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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 2018: Han Jo Kim, MD

Han Jo Kim, MD
Han Jo Kim, MD
Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor, Spring 2018
Sponsor: Rajiv Sethi, MD

Han Jo Kim, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, specializing in cervical spine and scoliosis surgery. After his residency, he completed a spine fellowship in adult and pediatric spinal deformity and scoliosis surgery followed by a subspecialized fellowship in cervical spine surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis. Currently serving as Spine Fellowship Co-director, he is a lead investigator for numerous research studies and has won multiple national and international awards.  Dr. Kim has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific articles and over 25 book chapters, including his own textbook, The Riew-Kim Manual for Cervical Spine Surgery. Through the AO Spine Foundation, he has been invited by international leaders in spine surgery to author surgical reference guides that teach other spine surgeons performing scoliosis surgery. He was also selected by the Scoliosis Research Society for the prestigious Edgar G. Dawson Fellowship in 2013.

Visiting Professor September 2018: James O. Sanders, MD

James O. Sanders, MD
James O. Sanders, MD
Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor, September 2018
Sponsor: Rajiv Sethi, MD

James O. Sanders, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Rochester Medical Center, specializing in pediatric and adolescent orthopaedic disorders and spinal deformity, including scoliosis. His clinical practice includes scoliosis and other spinal deformities, hip, limb and foot abnormalities and neuromuscular disorders.

Dr. Sanders earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, completed his orthopaedics residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on treatment of pediatric orthopaedic problems. Dr. Sanders is considered a national leader in pediatric orthopaedics and has won national awards for his research and treatment methods. He is a Professor of Orthopaedics and the Chief of URMC Pediatric Orthopaedics. His research interests include spinal deformity, the relationship of growth to musculoskeletal disorders, and understanding human gait.

Past Neuroscience Institute Visiting Lecturers

2017 - Marinus de Kleuver, MD, PhD, Head of Orthopedic Surgery, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands
         - David Polly, Jr., MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of Spine Service, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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.