Christopher McPherson, MD, named Director of Surgical Neuro-Oncology

Christopher McPherson, MD, has been named Director of the Division of Surgical Neuro-Oncology for the Mayfield Clinic and the University of Cincinnati Department of Neurosurgery. The appointment is effective May 1, 2009.

Dr. McPherson, an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and a member of the Brain Tumor Center at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, joined Mayfield and the Department of Neurosurgery in 2005, after completing his residency at UC and earning fellowship credentials in surgical neuro-oncology from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

In addition to managing a thriving private practice, Dr. McPherson has emerged as a leader at the UC Brain Tumor Center. He chairs the Tissue Bank Committee and has been a driving force in the redevelopment of the Barrett Center’s multidisciplinary brain tumor clinic. In his role as a teacher of neurosurgical specialists, he has developed a surgical neuro-oncology fellowship, a highly specialized training program that follows the completion of residency training in neurosurgery. UC’s first fellow in neuro-oncology will start in July 2009.

As Director of the Division of Surgical Neuro-Oncology, Dr. McPherson reports to Brain Tumor Center Director Ronald Warnick, M.D., who formerly held the Surgical Neuro-Oncology post. During his tenure as divisional director, Dr. Warnick was instrumental in the vision and development of the Precision Radiotherapy Center, which opened in West Chester, Ohio, in 2003, and the Brain Tumor Center, which was launched in 2008. Dr. Warnick continues to maintain a busy clinical practice in neurosurgery and radiosurgery while also serving as Chairman of the Mayfield Clinic and Co-Director of the Precision Radiotherapy Center.

The Mayfield Clinic is recognized as one of the nation’s leading physician organizations for clinical care, education, and research of the brain and spine. Supported by 20 neurosurgeons, three neurointensivists, an interventional radiologist, and a pain specialist, the Clinic treats 20,000 patients from 35 states and 13 countries in a typical year. Mayfield’s physicians have pioneered surgical procedures and instrumentation that have revolutionized the medical art of neurosurgery for brain tumors and neurovascular diseases and disorders.

The UC Department of Neurosurgery is one of the leading neurosurgery training programs in the United States. The department, chaired by Raj Narayan, M.D., provides broad-based education for medical students, residents, and fellows, while offering continuing medical education for neurosurgeons worldwide. The department supports technical, clinical, and basic science research in the neurosciences.

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