Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor Lectureship

The Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor Lectureship invites prominent physicians, scientists and thought leaders in the fields of neurology and neurosurgery to deliver a guest lecture and engage in informal round-table discussions with peers at Virginia Mason. The lectureship aims to foster communication across national and international lines to stimulate innovation, improve practice, and inspire novel clinical, research, and quality initiatives in neuroscience. Its goal is to bring to the Neuroscience Institute an exceptional senior scholar who can contribute to and enrich the community's research, education, quality and innovation endeavors.

While on site, visiting professors meet with members of the Neuroscience Institute team for the purpose of discussion and education. They do not have direct patient contact or provide clinical care of any kind. A Virginia Mason provider sponsors every visiting professor and is responsible for directing the professor’s lecture content and arranging round-table participation of mutual interest to the professor and the team. The sponsor serves as the visiting professor’s main contact point during the day of the lectureship.

Visiting Professor 2017: David Polly, Jr., MD

David Polly, Jr., MD, is professor of neurosurgery and chief of the Spine Service at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. After completing medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and orthopaedic surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Polly pursued both a spine and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He returned to Uniformed Services University and Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he served as professor and chief, and began his current roles at the University of Minnesota in 2003. Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Polly served as president of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) in 2015-2016 and has received numerous academic honors, including Best Paper/Presentation awards from the American Society of Spine Radiology, North American Spine Society (NASS), International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), Scoliosis Research Society, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and others. He has five patents, has authored over 200 published peer-reviewed articles, leads an active portfolio of research in spine surgery, and has been listed as one of America’s Top Doctors for 11 years.


David Polly, Jr., MD

David Polly, Jr., MD
Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor, Fall 2017 Sponsor: Rajiv Sethi, MD

Past Neuroscience Institute Visiting Lecturers
2017 - Marinus de Kleuver, MD, PhD, head of orthopedic surgery, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands
2016 - Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH, Chief, Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
        - John H. Shin, MD, Director, Stereotactic Spine Radiosurgery and Spine Metastases CLinic, Massachusetts General Hospital
2015 - Louis G. Jenis, MD, Chief of Spine Surgery, Massachusetts General and Newton-Wellesley Hospitals

How to Become a Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor
The Neuroscience Institute hosts a maximum of two visiting professor lectures per year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Invitation as a Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor is at the discretion of the Neuroscience Institute and requires:

  • Sponsor. Each visiting professor must be sponsored by a Virginia Mason Neuroscience Institute provider who proposes the visiting professor, contact information, content and lecture date to the Neuroscience Institute Executive Director and Administrative Director, Research and Academics. If approved, a letter of invitation is sent to the visiting professor.
  • CV and Photo. Upon accepting the invitation, visiting professors will be expected to provide electronic copies of their curriculum vitae and a professional photo.
  • Compliance. Visiting professors must comply with Virginia Mason’s Observers Policy. For more information about the Observers Policy, email Katie Lake or call (206) 341-1196.
  • Preparation. Visiting professors must arrive to Virginia Mason on the day of their appointment ready to present and engage in program activity.

For more information, please contact Katie Lake.