John Raaf Day Lecture

John RaafThe Department of Neurological Surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine is proud to recognize the accomplishments of John Raaf, M.D., (1905 – 2000), widely regarded as the father of neurosurgery in Oregon. Raaf advanced the profession during his years as chairman of neurosurgery at Good Samaritan Hospital by creating an outstanding resource for the neurosciences community in the Pacific Northwest.

The 26th John Raaf Day Lecturer — Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FACS, FAHA

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Center for Health & Healing, 3rd floor; 3070
3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland

9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:30 am The Science of Practice: A New Algorithm for Clinical Research
10.30 am Break
10.45 am Joe Paterno and the Penn State Scandal
11.30 am Discussion

Robert E Harbaugh

Robert E. Harbaugh obtained his M.D. from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and his general surgery and neurosurgery training at Dartmouth. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery) at the Dartmouth Medical School in 1985 and progressed to the rank of Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery) in 1997. During his career at Dartmouth, Dr. Harbaugh served as Director of the Cerebrovascular Disease Center, Director of the Neurosurgical Laboratory and as acting Residency Program Director.

In 2003 Dr. Harbaugh accepted the position of tenured Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Residency Program Director and Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at the Pennsylvania State University. He has since been promoted to the rank of University Distinguished Professor and appointed as the Director of Penn State University’s Institute of the Neurosciences. In 2013 he was named a Penn State Alumni Fellow, the highest award of the Penn State Alumni Association. He also holds a clinical appointment as Guiding Professor of Neurosurgery at Huanhu Hospital in Tianjin, China.

Dr. Harbaugh has been an invited speaker throughout the world. His research interests include clinical trial design, outcomes analysis, quality improvement in neurosurgery and neural engineering. He has edited three books and published more than 300 articles, book chapters and abstracts on various neurosurgical topics. He has served on the editorial boards of Neurosurgery, the AANS Neurosurgeon, the Journal of Neurovascular Disease, the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences and Neurobiology of Aging.

Dr. Harbaugh holds and has held numerous leadership positions in national organizations. He is a Past President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, former Vice-Chair and Director and presently a member of the advisory board of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and Chairman of the Board of organized neurosurgery’s quality improvement and data management company, the Neuropoint Alliance, Inc.  Dr. Harbaugh also serves as a member of the National Football League’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee and as a member of the Strategic Vision Committee of the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Registry (FITBIR).  He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Lebanon Valley College and the Saint Joan of Arc School.

Accreditation: Accreditation:Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: OHSU School of Medicine, designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Target Audience: Neurological surgeons and the neuroscience community.

Course Objectives: To further education of the neuroscience community by introducing innovative, state-of-the art techniques in the field of neurological surgery. RSVP 503-494-6207,

Past John Raaf Day Lecturers

  • Lawrence F. Marshall, M.D. — 1991
  • John A. Jane, M.D., Ph.D. — 1992
  • Julian T. Hoff, M.D. — 1993
  • Albert L. Rhoton Jr., M.D. — 1994
  • Martin H. Weiss, M.D. — 1995
  • Robert H. Wilkins, M.D. — 1996
  • John M. Tew Jr., M.D. — 1997
  • Donlin M. Long, M.D., Ph.D. — 1998
  • Robert Grossman, M.D. — 1999
  • William A. Buchheit, M.D. — 2000
  • Russel Hugo Patterson Jr., M.D. — 2001
  • Charles B. Wilson, M.D. — 2002
  • H. Richard Winn, M.D. — 2003
  • R. Michael Scott, M.D. — 2004
  • David G. Piepgras, M.D. — 2005
  • Edward R. Laws Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S. — 2006
  • Volker K.H. Sonntag, M.D. — 2007
  • A. John Popp, M.D. — 2008
  • William F. Chandler, M.D. — 2009
  • Robert Spetzler, M.D., F.A.C.S. — 2010
  • Roberto C. Heros, M.D., F.A.C.S. — 2011
  • Donald O. Quest, M.D. — 2012
  • Duke Samson, M.D. — 2013
  • Jon H. Robinson, M.D. — 2014
  • Anil Nanda, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S. —2015