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Dr. Russell Lonser, M.D

Professor and Chair | Department of Neurological Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Russell R. Lonser, M.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  He holds the Dardinger Family Chair in Neurosurgical Oncology.  Previously, he was Chief of the Surgical Neurology Branch at the National Institutes of Health.  He specializes in the resection of brain and spinal cord tumors.

His research includes nervous system drug delivery, gene therapy and tumor biology. He has authored more than 300 publications and given over 300 national/international talks.  He received the Tumor Young Investigator Award and the Mahaley Clinical Research Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Tumor Section.  He was the AANS/CNS Tumor Section Bittner Lecturer and the American Academy of Neurological Surgery Edward H. Oldfield Lecturer.

He has served as Treasurer and President of the CNS. He is a Director on the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and was the Head of the Research Subcommittee for Head, Neck and Spine Injury Committee for the National Football League.  He has mentored over 40 fellows.  He has served on the Editorial Boards of NEUROSURGERY, World Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery (Co-Chairman of Board), PLoS One and Science Reports.  He is Consulting Editor for Neurosurgery Clinics of North America and has edited 3 neurosurgical textbooks.

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