John Raaf Day Lecture Features Boston Neurosurgeon

10/06/04    Portland, Ore.

R. Michael Scott, M.D., neurosurgeon in chief at Children's Hospital in Boston, is the featured lecturer at Oregon Health & Science University's 13th Annual John Raaf Day Oct. 23.

The event, which recognizes the accomplishments of John Raaf, M.D., widely considered the father of neurological surgery in Oregon, is from 8 a.m. to noon at the Vey Conference Center on the 11th floor of Doernbecher Children's Hospital. A luncheon will follow. The program is sponsored by the Department of Neurological Surgery, OHSU School of Medicine.

Scott, professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and chairman of the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery, will present ³Moyamoya Syndrome - A Surgically Treatable Cause of Stroke² at 9 a.m. and ³Cavernous Malformations in the Pediatric Population² at 10:30 a.m. Discussion sessions will follow each presentation.

Scott joined the neurosurgical department at Children's Hospital in Boston in 1988 and was appointed professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School in 1992. His position as neurosurgeon in chief at Children's Hospital began earlier this year, and he has directed its Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowship Program since its inception in 1991.

His clinical and research interests are pediatric cerebrovascular disease, brain tumors, and congenital malformations of the brain and spinal cord.

Scott earned his bachelor's degree from Williams College and his medical degree from Temple University. He completed a surgical internship at Boston City Hospital, a two-year research fellowship at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, and a neurosurgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Following a remarkable, 50-year career as Oregon's senior neurosurgeon, and a lifetime that spanned nearly the entire 20th century, Raaf died in April 2000 at age 94. Kim Burchiel, chairman of OHSU's Department of Neurological Surgery, holds a professorship in Raaf's name.

Reservations required; space is limited. For more information on John Raaf Day or to RSVP, contact Joanie Mastrandrea at 503 494-6207 or