Each June, University at Buffalo Neurosurgery (UBNS) faculty, residents, and fellows, together with neuroscientists from the Western New York area, gather to attend the prestigious Dr. George A. Cohn Memorial Lectureship – a distinguished lecture event that each year features a different prominent member of the international neurosurgical community. Following resident grand rounds in the morning, the keynote speaker meets with UBNS faculty, residents, and fellows for an informal case review session and discussion. Later that evening the lecturer serves as guest-of-honor at the annual UBNS graduation gala celebrating the residents’ academic achievements. The graduation is a black tie event, and is always one of the highlights of the year.
The Cohn family, Kaleida Health and The Kaleida Health Foundation sponsor the Dr. George A. Cohn Memorial Lectureship in cooperation with University at Buffalo Neurosurgery, State University of New York Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The lectureship was established in memory of Dr. Cohn after his passing in June 1991. Dr. Cohn was a member of the medical/dental staff at Buffalo General Hospital for 40 years, and former head of the BGH Department of Neurosurgery.
A leader in the western New York medical community, Dr. Cohn served as president of the medical staff from 1977 to 1978, and as a member of the BGH Board of Trustees for three years. He also headed the medical staff fundraising effort for the hospital’s tower building. Dr. Cohn graduated from the University of Rochester Medical School and completed an internship in neurosurgery at Yale University.
The Dr. George A. Cohn Memorial Lectureship Endowment Fund of The Kaleida Health Foundation and other contributions made in Dr. Cohn’s memory support the lectureship. The Cohn family and Dr. Cohn’s colleagues and friends created the endowment fund in his honor.
Past Guests of Honor
|2018||Robert F. Spetzler, MD||Emeritus Director, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ|
|2017||Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FACS||Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Team Neurosurgeon, Pittsburgh Steelers. “Square One – A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life”.|
|2016||Laligam N. Sekhar, MD, FACS, FAANS||Professor and Vice-chairman of Neurosurgery, University of Washington|
|2015||Leland Albright, PhD||Clinical Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Wisconsin|
|2014||Janne Sirén, PhD||Peggy Pierce Elfvin, Director, Albright-Knox Art Gallery|
|2013||Elad I. Levy, MD, MBA, FACS, FAHA||Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo Neurosurgery|
|2012||Julian E. Bailes, Jr., MD||Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery & Co-Director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute|
|2011||Alan Schwarz||Sports Writer for the NY Times and Author|
|2010||Lieutenant Michael E. Thornton||U.S. Navy SEAL and Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient|
|2009||Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD||President, American Medical Association|
|2008||André Grotenhuis, MD, PhD||Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery, Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen, The Netherlands and Director of the Neurosurgical Center Nijmegen|
|2007||Charles W. Kerber, MD||Professor of Radiology and Neurosurgery, University of California, San Diego|
|2006||Duke Samson, MD||Chairman and Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX|
|2005||Robert F. Spetzler, MD||Director, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ|
|2004||John B. Simpson, PhD||President, University at Buffalo, State University of New York|
|2003||Keith L. Black, MD||Chariman, Department of Neurosurgery & Director, Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neurosciences|
|2002||Patrick J. Kelly, MD||Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, New York University School of Medicine|
|2001||Mark S. Dias, MD||Chairman, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Hershey Medical Center, PA|
|2000||Richard B. Morawetz, MD||Director, Division of Neurosurgery & Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery
University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center
|1999||Edward R. Laws, Jr., MD||Professor of Neurosurgery & Professor of Medicine
University of Virginia Health Sciences Center
|1998||Hunt Batjer, MD|
|1997||Ralph G. Dacey, Jr., MD|
|1996||Arthur L. Day, MD|
|1995||John M. Tew, Jr., MD|