Dr. Mario Zuccarello is University Hospital’s MVP for 2012

Doctors pose with plaque

Mario Zuccarello, MD, left, is presented with the Clinical MVP Award by Brian Gibler, MD, President and CEO of University Hospital. Photo by Cindy Starr / Mayfield Clinic.

Today is Doctors’ Day nationwide, and at UC Health’s University Hospital, cerebrovascular specialist Mario Zuccarello, MD, is being honored with the Clinical MVP Award. Brian Gibler, MD, President and CEO of University Hospital, surprised Dr. Zuccarello with a private announcement of the award last week at a routine 7 a.m. meeting.

Dr. Zuccarello, the Frank H. Mayfield Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, helps lead the Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke Center at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, a multi-disciplinary center within UC Health.

Dr. Gibler said the Clinical MVP Award “is presented to the attending physician who has a highly productive clinical practice with good patient outcomes and high patient satisfaction. The award recognizes the physician, regardless of specialty, who makes a significant contribution to our inpatient, outpatient, and/or procedural volumes.”

Dr. Zuccarello, a native of Italy, is in the prime of a career defined by consistent excellence in clinical care, research and education. He has published more than 175 peer-reviewed papers and 10 book chapters, has received more than $17 million in research funding, and has been named to Top Doctors in Cincinnati (2005-2012) and Best Doctors in America (2006-2011). He became head of the Department of Neurosurgery in 2010.

Dr. Zuccarello chaired and brought Vasospasm 2011: The 11th International Conference on Neurovascular Events after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage to Cincinnati. He also played an integral role in the recovery of three young women whose recovery from life-threatening cerebrovascular events was widely publicized: pediatric resident Alison Delgado, MD, Xavier University basketball star Amber Gray, and American Heart Association advocate Christine Phan.

“In addition to his responsibilities as Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and chairman of multiple committees in the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the University Hospital, Dr. Zuccarello is one of the busiest surgeons at the University Hospital,” Dr. Gibler said. “Those who know Mario know that he is indefatigable, sincere, passionate, erudite, skilled and, above all, compassionate.  It is for these reasons that I am happy to award him the Clinical MVP Award for 2012.”

— Cindy Starr

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