Tindall Lecture Series

TindallOur first Chairman of the Neurosurgery department at Emory, Dr. George T. Tindall, was a pioneer in the field of neurosurgery. Dr. Tindall graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1948.  He received his M.D. in 1952 from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha. After entering the surgical training program at Duke University, he completed his training in 1961.  Dr. Tindall has played a leading role in organized neurosurgery. He has published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals on a variety of neurosurgical subjects, including his major research interests of vascular disease, head injury and pituitary tumors, and has contributed numerous chapters to neurosurgical textbooks and co-authored several others. In 1973, he was appointed Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. During the next 23 years, he sought to enhance the clinical, research and publications activities of Emory's Neurosurgery program.  In 1989, through his leadership, the program achieved departmental status. Upon his retirement in 1997, Dr. Tindall became Professor Emeritus. Through his forward-thinking, Dr. Tindall provided an excellent foundation upon which our department now continues to build; a foundation that set standards of excellence to which we all remain committed.

2018 Tindall Distinguished Professor

Rutka - Tindall LectureJames T. Rutka, MD
RS McLaughlin Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery
University of Toronto

Born in Toronto, and educated at Princeton University (1975-1977), and Queen's University Medical School (1977-1981), Dr. Rutka did an internship at McGill University (1981-1982) before entering the University of Toronto Neurosurgery Training Program in 1982.  His training included a research fellowship at the Brain Tumor Research Centre, the University of California San Francisco where he obtained his PhD in Experimental Pathology (1984-1987). Dr. Rutka assumed his appointment in the Division of Neurosurgery, the Department of Surgery, the University of Toronto in 1990.  He is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon whose clinical practice has been at the Hospital for Sick Children.  Dr. Rutka's primary research and clinical interests relate to the science and surgery of human brain tumors and epilepsy. He has over 500 peer reviewed publications. In 1999, Dr. Rutka was promoted to Professor in the Department of Surgery, the University of Toronto, and was appointed to the Dan Family Chair in the Division of Neurosurgery -- a position he held until 2011.  In 2009, he was the Honored Guest at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Annual Meeting.  In 2010 - 11, Dr Rutka served as President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.  In 2011, he became President of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery, President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  That same year, he was appointed as the RS McLaughlin Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.  In 2013, he became the first Canadian to be appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery, and was inducted as a Member of the Order of Ontario.  In 2015, he received the Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize from the University of British Columbia, the Robert L. Noble Award from the Canadian Cancer Society, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.  In 2017, he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Science, from his Medical School Alma Mater, Queen’s University.  Dr. Rutka is married to Mari Rutka. Together they have three children: Daniel, Hana and Marissa.


Previous Distinguished Professors

Hunt Batjer University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Ralph G. Dacey, MD  Washington University
Andres Lozano, MD  University of Toronto
Anil Nanda, MD Louisiana State University HSC Shreveport
Robert Solomon, MD Columbia  University
Mark N. Hadley, MD University of Alabama
Douglas Kondziolka, MD, MSc University of Pittsburgh
Michael L.J. Apuzzo, MD, PhD (hon) University of Southern California
Arthur L. Day, MD Harvard University Medical School
Albert L. Rhoton, MD University of Florida
Robert F. Spetzler, MD Barrow Neurological Institute
Mitchel S. Berger, MD University of California at San Francisco
Warren R. Selman, MD Case Western Reserve University
Roberto C. Heros, MD University of Miami
Volker K.H. Sonntag, MD Barrow Neurological Institute
M. Gazi Yasargil, MD University of Arkansas
Issam A. Awad, MD Yale University
Robert G. Ojemann, MD Harvard University Medical School
Jules Hardy, MD University of Montreal
Edward R. Laws, Jr., MD University of Virginia