Peter W. Carmel Fund

Fund Purpose: To support preservation and research related to neurosurgical history

Peter W. Carmel, MD, is one of our most respected and treasured colleagues and mentors. Dr. Carmel earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago and his MD at New York University, Bellevue College of Medicine. While there he was mentored by Dr. Leonard Malis and, after completing his internship, he took a position in the lab of Dr. Bob Livingston. After this he completed his neurosurgical residency at the Neurological Institute of New York and after that was appointed to the faculty there with a specialty in pediatric neurosurgery. From there, Dr. Carmel went on to be the chairman of neurosurgery at Rutgers University. Eventually, his time there included the development of the neurosurgical residency program and the Neurological Institute of New Jersey.

In addition to his contributions to our field through his practice and scientific endeavors (publishing over 100 scientific articles and 25 book chapters), Dr. Carmel has been a leader for neurosurgeons and physicians in general. He was the first division chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. As mentioned above, he was the long-term chairman of the department of neurosurgery at Rutgers University. In 2008, Dr. Carmel received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

In parallel with his dedication to leadership and clinical evidence, Dr. Carmel has dedicated his life and career to the study of neurosurgical and medical history. He was a founding member of the History Section of the AANS. He continues to participate in the section and has delivered multiple lectures as well as published multiple articles on the history of neurosurgery. Dr. Carmel has always maintained that progress in neurosurgery depends on a deep understanding of the past and he has sought to encourage that throughout his career.

This History Section of the AANS is asking for your help in funding an Honor Your Mentor fund in the name of Dr. Carmel and his significant contributions to the practice of neurosurgery and his life-long dedication to neurosurgical history. The fund will be dedicated to support preservation and research related to neurosurgical history.

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