Robert E. Harbaugh Fund

Fund Purpose: To support rigorous research in registry-based clinical neurosurgery research.

Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS, obtained his MD from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and his general surgery and neurosurgery training at Dartmouth. During his career at Dartmouth, Dr. Harbaugh served as director of the Cerebrovascular Disease Center, director of the Neurosurgical Laboratory and as residency program director. In 2003, Dr. Harbaugh accepted the position of professor and chair of the department of neurosurgery, neurosurgery residency program director and professor of engineering science and mechanics at the Pennsylvania State University. He has been promoted to the rank of university distinguished professor and appointed as the director of the Penn State Neuroscience Institute. In 2013, he was named a Penn State Alumni Fellow, the highest award of the Penn State Alumni Association. He also holds a clinical appointment as guiding professor of neurosurgery at Huanhu Hospital in Tianjin, China.

Dr. Harbaugh has been an invited speaker throughout the world. He has been a visiting professor at 67 academic institutions and the honored guest of neurosurgical societies in Bulgaria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, South Korea, Spain and Taiwan. He has delivered 25 named lectures. Dr. Harbaugh’s research interests include clinical trial design, outcomes analysis, quality improvement in neurosurgery and neural engineering. He has edited five books and published more than 400 articles, book chapters and abstracts on various neurosurgical topics. He has served on five editorial boards and obtained continuous research funding from the NIH, NATO, USDA, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, industry, foundations and other organizations since 1985.

Dr. Harbaugh holds and has held numerous leadership positions in national organizations. He is a past president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, former director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, vice president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, a member of the National Football League’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee and a member of the Strategic Vision Committee of the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Registry (FITBIR).

He presently serves as chairman of the Board of organized neurosurgery’s quality improvement and data management company, the NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA), Inc., a member of the advisory council of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, a member of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education’s Residency Review Committee for Neurosurgery, a member of the Steering Committee of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, co-chair of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Registry of Patient Registries project and a member of the Governance Council for the Food and Drug Administration’s coordinated registry network for Devices used for Acute Ischemic Stroke Intervention (DAISI) project.

Dr. Harbaugh has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Lebanon Valley College and the Saint Joan of Arc School. He has five children and is married to Kimberly S. Harbaugh, MD, a neurosurgeon specializing in peripheral nerve surgery.

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