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Dr. SeldenNathan R. Selden, M.D., Ph.D., Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery and professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery, has been selected to receive the Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The annual award recognizes 10 program directors nationally who are excellent teachers and mentors and who exemplify the "courage to teach." The ACGME accredits approximately 8,900 residency and fellowship programs across the United States. The award is named after Parker J. Palmer, Ph.D., a writer and senior associate at the American Association for Higher Education. Dr. Palmer wrote The Courage to Teach and is a national leader in educational issues.

"The Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award of the ACGME is a singular honor that few in our discipline have received," saidKim Burchiel, M.D., FACS, a professor and chair in the department of neurological surgery. "It reinforces my strong conviction that Dr. Selden is a phenomenal resource for graduate medical education at OHSU, and for neurosurgery nationwide." 

As a leader in neurosurgery, Dr. Selden is involved in the education of neurosurgeons in Oregon and around North America. He has published approximately 100 articles in medical journals devoted to advanced techniques and new methods of caring for children with disorders of the nervous system, including numerous articles devoted to the science of neurosurgical education.

"Dr. Selden has contributed substantially and consistently to the advancement of neurosurgical education through his activities as the Secretary of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, through his innovative establishment of the Neurosurgery PGY1 Boot Camp training programs, and now as the Chairman of the Society of Neurological Surgeons Committee on Resident Education (CoRE)," said Dr. Burchiel. "His accomplishments are truly a model of professional commitment to medical education, and he deserves our admiration for the time and energy he has devoted to improving the education of future physicians and surgeons."

In 2009, at OHSU, Dr. Selden launched what has since become a national fundamentals and safety course for all trainees entering neurosurgical residency in the United States. He was one of the founding editors of the Self-Assessment in Neurological Surgery, a major online learning tool that is a required component of maintenance of board certification for American neurosurgeons. He also edits the Program Directors' Toolkit and serves as Chair of the Committee on Resident Education for the Society of Neurological Surgeons, which represents US neurosurgical residency program directors.

Dr. Selden's clinical focus is functional neurosurgery for children, including epilepsy and spasticity, as well as pediatric craniofacial surgery. In November 2006, he performed the first ever implantation of neuronal stem cells in a human patient, as co-Principal Investigator of a trial treating Batten's Disease. His scientific interests focus on functional neurochemistry and he has twice co-authored the Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Guidelines.