Stewart B. Dunsker Fund


Fund Purpose: To be utilized for clinical or basic science research and fellowships in spine.

Applications for a $15,000 Research Grant with support from the Dunsker HYM Fund are being accepted through the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Visit the Spine Section Awards page for more information.

Stewart B. Dunsker, MD, FAANS(L), attended Harvard College (A.B. cum laude 1956) and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (Borden Award for Research 1960). He interned at the University of Illinois and took one year of training in internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Dunsker participated in the neurosurgery program at Washington University from 1965 through 1969. In 1970, he joined Frank Mayfield in practice, which subsequently became known as the Mayfield Clinic. Later, he became director of the department of neurosurgery at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati as well as professor of neurosurgery and director of spinal neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati.


Dr. Dunsker's interests have centered on disorders of the spine and he was a founding member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Section on Spinal Disorders (Chairman 1987). He worked as a member of the boards of directors of numerous organizations and served as president of the:

  • AANS (2001)
  • Society of University Neurosurgeons (1981)
  • Ohio State Medical Association (1982)
  • Ohio State Neurosurgical Society (1984)

He served six years on the American Board of Neurological Surgery (vice chair, 1999) and as vice president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery (1990).

Dr. Dunsker's neurosurgical honors include:

  • Neurosurgeon of the Year, Ohio State Neurosurgical Society (1992)
  • Meritorious Service Award, AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine (2001)
  • Harvey Cushing Medal, the highest honor of the AANS (2002)

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