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Dr. Neil Martin was the guest speaker at the third annual Robert H. Wilkins, M.D., Lectureship in Academic Neurosurgery sponsored jointly by the UNC and Duke Neurosurgery Departments on February 28th at the Washington Duke Inn Ambassador Ballroom. About sixty guests dined and later enjoyed Dr. Martin’s talk on “Chasing Perfection in the Neurosurgery of Tomorrow: Innovation.”

The University of North Carolina Department of Neurosurgery and the Duke Department of Neurosurgery were pleased to welcome Neil Martin, M.D. to the Third Annual Robert H. Wilkins, M.D., Lectureship in Academic Neurosurgery on Tuesday, February 28 at the Washington Duke Inn Ambassador Ballroom in Durham, NC. Together with the Wilkins family, we were pleased to introduce Dr. Martin as the 2017 Wilkins Lecturer with Chasing Perfection in the Neurosurgery of Tomorrow: Innovation as his presentation title.

Dr. Wilkins has a long and distinguished career in neurosurgery, serving Duke University and its Neurosurgery program from 1959 to 1961 as an intern and resident in general surgery, then as a resident in neurosurgery from 1963 to 1968. Out of residency, Dr. Wilkins worked at Duke University as an Assistant Professor and Professor from 1976 to 2004. In 2004, Dr. Wilkins was promoted to Professor Emeritus. He then joined the UNC Department of Neurosurgery as Director of Academics in 2012.

Our distinguished guest lecturer, Dr. Neil Martin, is the newly appointed Director of the Neuroscience Institute and Chief Quality Officer for Geisinger Health System. He is formerly Professor and W. Eugene Stern Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he also served as Director of the Quality Council of UCLA Health.

Dr. Martin attended Yale University and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency under the direction of Charles Wilson, M.D. at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Martin also completed a clinical and research fellowship in Neurovascular Surgery, with Robert Spetzler, M.D., at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

Having specialized in the research and treatment of neurovascular disorders, including arteriovenous malformation, aneurysm and stroke, Dr. Martin has published nearly 300 articles on his research in medical journals and texts. He conducts renowned NIH-funded research in cerebral blood flow and metabolism, neurosurgical critical care, and minimally invasive neurosurgery. He has given over 300 lectures in the last 30 years at regional, national, and international neurosurgical meetings and conferences.