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The Development of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah, 19552009

House, Paul A. MD; Heilbrun, M. Peter MD; Apfelbaum, Ronald I. MD; Kraus, Kristin L. MSc; Couldwell, William T. MD, PhD

doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000374766.52631.0C
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LOCATED IN THE geographic Intermountain West, the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah has undergone remarkable growth and transformation since the appointment of the first full-time clinical faculty member in 1955. The Department has provided broad neurosurgical services to an expanding community while fulfilling its academic mission of pushing the frontiers within neurosurgical subspecialties. The history of neurosurgery in the Salt Lake Valley and the achievements of the Department of Neurosurgery, including the seminal development of early cranial stereotactic devices, are reviewed in this article.

Department of Neurosurgery, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

Reprint requests: William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Utah, 175 N. Medical Drive East, Salt Lake City, UT 84132. E-mail:

Received, July 1, 2009.

Accepted, February 19, 2010.

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