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Past Honorees

WILLIAM HENRY HUDSON, M.D. 1862-1917

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Dr. William Henry Hudson has been called the first Southern neurosurgeon and rightly so. His Memory is kept alive largely as a result of the William Henry Hudson Lectureship established by the Southern Neurosurgical Society and presented at the annual meeting of the society.

Dr. Hudson was born in Chipley, Georgia in 1862. He graduated from the Atlanta Medical College in 1886. Following graduation he was in Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia for two years before settling in LaFayette, Alabama to begin his surgical practice. He was said to be a strict follower of Listerian principles. In 1892 he left for two years abroad, spending a year in London where he met Sir. William Gowers and was influenced by Sir. Victor Horsley. The next year was spent at the University of Berlin learning microscopic technique for examining tissues.

Returning to LaFayette he practiced neurosurgery in Western Georgia and Southern Alabama. He traveled by train, carrying his heavy box of instruments, to various towns operating for the most part in private homes. He was aptly called an “itinerant neurosurgeon” by Dr. Edgar Fincher.

Dr. Hudson designed a number of neurosurgical instruments including cranial and laminectomy forceps together with the Hudson perforator and burr used by generations of neurosurgeons before the introduction of air-turbine instruments. Though never associated with a university, he did have fourteen publications most of which were on neurosurgical topics. In 1913 he reported on 152 cranial operations without any mortality due to the surgery. He never accumulated any wealth or owned a home. He died in Linville Alabama in 1917 and thus ended the life of a remarkable pioneer Southern neurosurgeon.

William Henry Hudson Lecturers

2017

Daniel L. Barrow, MD

Atlanta, GA

2016

Anil Nanda, MD

Shreveport, LA

2015

Ralph G. Dacey, Jr., MD

St. Louis, MO

2014

Dennis D. Spencer, MD

New Haven, Connecticut

2013

Robert F. Spetzler, MD, FACS

Phoenix, Arizona

2012

Robert Martuza, MD

Boston, Massachusetts

2011

Richard Fessler, MD, PhD

Chicago, Illinois

2010

Mitchel Berger, MD

San Francisco, California

2009

Edward Laws, MD

Boston, Massachusetts

2008

Roberto C. Heros, MD

Miami, Florida

2007

Jon H. Robertson, MD

Memphis, Tennessee

2006

Edward H. Oldfield, MD

Bethesda, Maryland

2005

James T. Robertson, MD

Memphis, Tennessee

2004

John A. Jane, MD, PhD

Charlottesville, VA

2003

Julian T. Hoff, MD

Ann Arbor, Michigan

2002

Peter C. Burger, MD

Baltimore, Maryland

2001

Volker K.H. Sonntag, MD

Phoenix, Arizona

2000

Stephen J. Haines, MD

Charleston, South Carolina

1999

Mr. Lew Bennett

Belleair Shores, Florida

1998

M. Gazi Yasargil, MD

Little Rock, Arkansas

1997

John T. Povlishock, PhD

Richmond, Virginia

1996

Albert L. Rhoton, Jr., MD

Gainesville, Florida

1995

The Honorable Pedro Rossello

San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994

Murray Goldstein, D.O., M.P.H.

Washington, D.C.

1993

John Kirklin, MD

Birmingham, Alabama

1992

Peter T. Fox, MD

San Antonio, Texas

1991

Leo N. Hopkins, MD

Buffalo, New York

1990

Paul L. Kornblith, MD

New York, New York

1989

Hermes Kontos, MD, PhD

Richmond, Virginia

1988

John M. Tew Jr., MD,

Cincinnati, Ohio

1987

Shirley Ann Gilmore, PhD

Little Rock, Arkansas

1986

Paul Reier, PhD

Gainesville, Florida

1985

Michael T. Modic, MD

Cleveland, Ohio

1984

Helen F. Cserr, PhD

Providence, Rhode Island

1983

J. Donald Easton, MD

San Antonio, Texas

1982

William H. Feindel, MD, PhD

Montreal, Quebec

1981

John A. Bevan, MD

Los Angeles, California

1980

Lloyd Guth, MD

Baltimore, Maryland

1979

Vernon Mountcastle, MD

Baltimore, Maryland

1978

Stanley H. Appel, MD

Houston, Texas

1977

William Willis, MD, PhD

Galveston, Texas

1976

John Porter, MD

Dallas, Texas

 

SNS Annual Meeting

SAVE THE DATE:
69th Southern Neurosurgical Society Annual Meeting

February 28-March 3, 2018
The Ritz-Carlton
San Juan, Puerto Rico