2021 Charles A. Elsberg Lecture
Radiosurgery as an Integral and Expanding Part of Neurosurgery
September 9, 2021
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
About The Lecturer
L. Dade Lunsford MD, FACS, FAANS
Lars Leksell and Distinguished Professor.
Department of Neurological Surgery
University of Pittsburgh
Director Center for Image Guided Neurosurgery
Associate Resident Director
Chair, Technology and Innovative Practice Committee
Dr. Lunsford’s career has transformed the field of brain surgery to less invasiveness and improved outcomes. Beginning in the 1970’s he pioneered the coupling of stereotactic guiding technologies and imaging, placing the first dedicated CT scanner in an operating room in 1982 and then the first US 201 Cobalt source Gamma knife radiosurgical technology in 1987. Since then his experience detailed in more than 1000 publications and 16 books have transformed the management of both benign and malignant brain tumors, vascular malformations, and selected trigeminal neuralgia and movement disorder patients. His trainees across the world have impacted the care of millions of patients. Minimally invasive stereotactic radiosurgery accounts for approximately 10 % of all current neurosurgical procedures. His h index is 83. Currently he serves as the Lars Leksell and Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh where he has practiced for 40 years.