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GRAEME F. WOODWORTH, <strong>MD</strong>, <strong>FACS</strong><br />

<strong>Graeme</strong> <strong>Woodworth</strong>, <strong>MD</strong>, <strong>FACS</strong> is Professor<br />

and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery<br />

at the University of Maryland School of<br />

Medicine. He also serves as the Director of the<br />

Brain Tumor <strong>Program</strong> and the Translational<br />

Therapeutics Research Group in the<br />

Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at<br />

the University of Maryland.<br />

Dr. <strong>Woodworth</strong> completed medical school and<br />

neurosurgical residency training at Johns<br />

Hopkins. He also completed fellowships in<br />

cancer nanomedicine at Johns Hopkins and<br />

cranial endoscopy at Cornell University with<br />

Dr. Ted Schwartz. His clinical subspecialty areas of interest are neurosurgical<br />

oncology and skull base and stereotactic surgery.<br />

Dr. <strong>Woodworth</strong>’s research focuses on developing new therapeutic strategies to<br />

improve the treatments and outcomes for patients with malignant brain tumors.<br />

These efforts include (1) leveraging the diverse interstitial effects of transcranial<br />

focused ultrasound and hyperthermia, (2) developing advanced nano-therapeutics<br />

to improve treatment efficacy, and (3) expanding the suite of patient-derived and<br />

genetically engineered models of human brain tumors to improve predictive<br />

therapeutic testing.<br />

A core component of Dr. <strong>Woodworth</strong>’s research has been centered on the concept<br />

of using the operating room as a portal for discovery and opportunity to improve<br />

our understanding of therapeutic delivery to brain cancers. Dr. <strong>Woodworth</strong>’s team<br />

is leading the first-in-human clinical trials of MRI-guided focused ultrasound<br />

(FUS) and Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT) combined with radiation in<br />

the United States. These studies are designed to establish the safety and feasibility<br />

of FUS and LITT in various clinical contexts, with the goal of using these<br />

technologies to improve therapeutic delivery to and effects against glioblastoma<br />

and other deadly brain tumors.


WELCOME<br />

Heather S. Culp, JD<br />

Senior Vice President<br />

Chief Philanthropy Officer<br />

University of Maryland Medicine<br />

William F. Regine, <strong>MD</strong>, FACR, FASTRO, FACRO<br />

Isadore and Fannie Schneider Foxman Chair and Professor<br />

Department of Radiation Oncology<br />

Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs<br />

University of Maryland School of Medicine<br />

President, University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc.<br />

Executive Director, Maryland Proton Treatment Center<br />

REMARKS<br />

Mark T. Gladwin, <strong>MD</strong><br />

Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine<br />

Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, Baltimore<br />

John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor<br />

DONOR RECOGNITION<br />

Mark T. Gladwin, <strong>MD</strong><br />

SPEAKERS<br />

Howard M. Eisenberg, <strong>MD</strong><br />

R.K. Thompson, <strong>MD</strong> Professor of Neurosurgery<br />

University of Maryland School of Medicine<br />

Beth Fisher<br />

Cofounder, Keep Punching<br />

Rafael Tamargo, <strong>MD</strong>, FAANS, <strong>FACS</strong><br />

Walter E. Dandy Professor of Neurosurgery<br />

Vice-Chair, Department of Neurosurgery<br />

Director, Division of Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery,<br />

Neurosurgical Co-Director, Neurosciences Critical Care Unit,<br />

Professor of Neurosurgery,<br />

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery<br />

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine<br />

MEDAL PRESENTATION<br />

Mark T. Gladwin, <strong>MD</strong><br />

REMARKS<br />

<strong>Graeme</strong> F. <strong>Woodworth</strong>, <strong>MD</strong>, <strong>FACS</strong><br />

Howard M. Eisenberg, <strong>MD</strong> Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery<br />

CLOSING REMARKS<br />

William F. Regine, <strong>MD</strong>, FACR, FASTRO, FACRO


T<br />

he first endowed professorships were established more than<br />

500 years ago with the creation of the Lady Margaret chairs<br />

in divinity at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The<br />

original endowed chairs were sponsored by Lady Margaret,<br />

countess of Richmond, and grandmother of Henry VIII in 1502.<br />

Subsequently, private individuals began making financial contributions<br />

to establish other endowed professorships and chairs such as the<br />

Lucasian Chair of Mathematics, which Sir Isaac Newton held beginning<br />

in 1669. Professor Stephen Hawking, the internationally renowned<br />

physicist and recipient of the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, was<br />

another prominent holder of this endowed chair.<br />

The honor associated with appointment to an endowed position has<br />

remained unchanged for the last 500 years and is recognized as one of<br />

the highest tributes that an academic institution can bestow upon its<br />

most distinguished faculty. These endowed professorships and chairs<br />

continue to reward exceptional scholars uninterrupted to the present<br />

time.<br />

The Office of Development is charged with securing private gifts to<br />

ensure the School’s tradition of excellence is sustained through robust<br />

research, clinical, and educational programs and initiatives. The<br />

University of Maryland School of Medicine is fortunate to have nearly<br />

90 endowed chairs & professorships in various stages of completion and<br />

held by esteemed faculty members.


HOWARD M. EISENBERG, <strong>MD</strong><br />

Howard M. Eisenberg, <strong>MD</strong> is recognized as one of the<br />

nation’s top neurosurgeons and preeminent experts on<br />

traumatic brain injury and the blood-brain barrier. As<br />

former Chair of Neurosurgery at UMSOM, he led a<br />

group of neurosurgeons and scientists in providing<br />

innovative programs that result in safer, less intrusive<br />

and more effective treatments, particularly for traumatic<br />

central nervous system injury, and more recently, for<br />

Parkinson’s disease.<br />

Dr. Eisenberg received his BA Degree from Syracuse<br />

University, and his <strong>MD</strong> Degree from The State<br />

University of New York, Downstate Medical Center,<br />

New York, NY. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship at New York Hospital/<br />

Weill Cornell Medical Center. He was a resident in Neurological Surgery at Children’s Hospital<br />

Medical Center and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, MA; a Fellow in Neurology at the<br />

National Hospital for Nervous Disease in London; and then a Clinical Fellow in Surgery at<br />

Harvard Medical School.<br />

After service in the US Navy, Dr. Eisenberg returned to Harvard University School of Medicine<br />

as an instructor. Later on, he was Professor (visiting) at Harvard working on sophisticated<br />

imaging technology. Before joining the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr.<br />

Eisenberg was Chief of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas. He later became Chief of the<br />

Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and advanced to<br />

Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and the R. K. Thompson Professor.<br />

Dr. Eisenberg’s career in neurosurgery has spanned several decades with key leadership and<br />

professional appointments in his field. He has also served as Chairman of the American Board of<br />

Neurosurgery; Vice Chairman of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education<br />

Residency Review Committee for Neurosurgery; Chairman of NIH Study Section (Neuro A);<br />

Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery; and President of the American<br />

Society for Neurosurgery (the Senior Society).<br />

Dr. Eisenberg is highly published, and his work has been cited over 25,000 times. He has also<br />

received countless awards for his contributions to neurosurgery. His expertise in the field has<br />

garnered him a place on the Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors list (a list of select<br />

physicians nominated by their peers) for more than ten years. Dr. Eisenberg is a consultant to the<br />

National Football League, where he has served them since 2013.


The Howard M. Eisenberg, <strong>MD</strong> Distinguished Professorship in<br />

Neurosurgery was made possible through the generosity of many<br />

friends, colleagues, trainees, and organizations<br />

in honor of Dr. Howard M. Eisenberg including:<br />

Anonymous<br />

Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund<br />

Dr. Narlin B. Beaty and Mrs. Eva R. Beaty<br />

Dr. Robert H. Bradley<br />

Dr. Louis Chang<br />

Dr. Ryan P. DenHaese<br />

Dr. Edwin G. Fischer and Mrs. Angela Fischer<br />

Dr. David K. Hamilton<br />

Dr. Michael Koltz<br />

Dr. Jessica B. Kraker<br />

Dr. Barbara E. Lazio<br />

Dr. Tony Markel<br />

Dr. Thomas K. Mattingly, III and Mrs. Kelly R. Mattingly<br />

Dr. Christopher Maulucci<br />

Dr. Charles Park<br />

Mr. William M. Passano, Jr.<br />

Dr. Bimalkumar G. Rami<br />

Dr. Karl Schmitt<br />

Dr. J. Marc Simard and Dr. Monique Bellefleur<br />

Dr. Justin A. Slavin<br />

Dr. Peter B. Weber and Mrs. Karen D. Weber<br />

Dr. William Wirchansky

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