Drs. McPherson, Espay and Neel are Forty under 40 Honorees

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From left: Christopher McPherson, MD, with UCNI colleagues and fellow honorees Alberto Espay, MD (a Parkinson’s specialist), and Robert Neel, MD (a neuromuscular disorders specialist). Photo by Cindy Starr / Mayfield Clinic

Christopher McPherson, MD, a specialist with the UC Brain Tumor Center, was honored Thursday at the Cincinnati Business Courier’s prestigious 2010 Forty under 40 luncheon at Music Hall. Dr. McPherson was selected because of his early-career achievements and his contributions to the Greater Cincinnati community.

Dr. McPherson, a Mayfield Clinic Neurosurgeon, is currently involved in four clinical trials that could lead to better treatments for glioblastoma and other brain tumors. He is Principal Investigator of the Ohio Brain Tumor Research Study, which is looking at risk factors for brain tumors.

Dr. McPherson graduated “with highest distinction” from the University of Kansas (1994), where he earned the Cassandra Ritter Award for undergraduate achievement in microbiology and was named to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1998. He followed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Cincinnati (1998-2004) with a fellowship in neuro-oncologic neurosurgery at the famed MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston (2004-05). His 11 years of medical training complete, he joined the Mayfield Clinic in 2005. He became an assistant professor of neurosurgery at UC at that time, and in 2009 was named Director of the Division of Surgical Neuro-Oncology in the Department of Neurosurgery.

His credits include 14 peer-reviewed publications and 11 abstracts and posters. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and he is an executive committee member of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors. At UC’s Academic Health Center, he is Director of the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship, a specialized training opportunity for a neurosurgeon who has completed his or her neurosurgical residency. He is also a member of the Mayfield Clinic Board of Directors.

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