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 27th John Raaf Day Lecturer — Nicholas  M.  Barbaro, M.D., FAANS, FACS

Saturday, October 21, 2017
University Hospital South 8B60 Auditorium
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, Oregon

9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:30 am Advances in the Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy
10.30 am Break
10.45 am Remember the Mayfly: The Importance of Life Away from Neurosurgery
11.30 am Discussion

Dr. Barbaro

Nicholas M Barbaro graduated summa cum laude with a BS degree in Biology from Georgetown University in 1975 and received his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha) in 1979. After an internship in general surgery and residency training in neurological surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), he joined the faculty of the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery in 1985. He became Professor and Vice-Chair of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Neurological Surgery Residency Program. In 2011, Dr. Barbaro accepted the position as Betsey Barton Professor and Chair of Neurological Surgery at Indiana University. In addition, he became the Medical Director of the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center.

Dr. Barbaro has extensive expertise in the treatment of disorders that are manageable by stereotactic and functional neurosurgical techniques, including epilepsy, chronic intractable pain syndromes, and movement disorders. He is internationally recognized for his work in the surgical management of epilepsy, and is currently the Principal Investigator in a multi-center study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Elekta Corporation using Gamma Knife® radiosurgery to treat patients with mesial temporal sclerosis (ROSE Trial). During his residency, Dr. Barbaro did a fellowship in pain research with Howard L Fields MD, PhD of the UCSF Department of Neurology. He has been involved in studies on the epileptogenic properties of brain tissue obtained from patients undergoing epilepsy surgery. Other clinical and research interests include trigeminal neuralgia and peripheral nerve surgery, including nerve tumors.

Dr. Barbaro is involved with a number of professional organizations. He is a past president of the San Francisco Neurological Society and has served as Secretary and President of the Neurosurgical Society of America. He has served on numerous committees for the Congress of Neurological Surgery and the American Epilepsy Society. He is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and served on the Neurosurgery Advisory Council to the ACS. Dr. Barbaro is also on the Medical Advisory Board of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association. He was a member of the NSD-K Study Section for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke branch of the National Institutes of Health. He co-chaired the Epilepsy Common Data Element Committee for the NINDS. He has reviewed proposals to the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) of the AANS. He is currently on the NREF Board. He has served as Local Arrangements Chair for the AANS, served on the Scientific Program Committee, as Chair in 2012. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery and Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons and the Society of University Surgeons.

Dr. Barbaro has had a longstanding interest in neurosurgical education. He served as the first chair of the Committee on Resident Education (CoRE) for the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) and is currently Secretary of the SNS. He was recently appointed to the Residency Review Committee for Neurological Surgery.

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, nsgeducation@ohsu.edu.

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., FACS — 2006
  • Volker K.H. Sonntag, M.D. — 2007
  • A. John Popp, M.D. — 2008
  • William F. Chandler, M.D. — 2009
  • Robert Spetzler, M.D., FACS — 2010
  • Roberto C. Heros, M.D., FACS — 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., FACS —2015
  • Robert E. Harbaugh, M.D., FACS, FAHA —2016