Michael L. J. Apuzzo, M.D.

  • Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Apuzzo is one of the world’s best known and most respected neurosurgeons. He is a native of New Haven, CT. He obtained his education at the Hopkins School, Yale College, Boston University School of Medicine, McGill University, and the Yale Medical School. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Following a period of distinguished service on U.S. Navy nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarines under NATO, he was appointed to the faculty of the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (1980).

There he quickly established highly progressive activities in pioneering applications of emerging technologies and methods to a broad spectrum of challenges in neurosurgery. These included microneurosurgery, endoscopy, imaging directed cerebral navigation, cerebral navigation, and the application of interstitial radio-nuclides and high energy forms. He established the computer as a neurosurgical tool and devised novel methods of minimally invasive operative techniques.

Concurrently, he developed seminal laboratories in immunology, molecular and cellular biology, later defining the area of “cellular and molecular neurosurgery” — thus expanding the domains of neurosurgical therapeutic activity.

He pioneered stereotactic radiosurgery, cerebral grafting and the concept of “neurorestoration”.

In addition, he led the initial clinical studies study of modulatory methods for management of epilepsy and other functional diseases, including pain, movement and neuropsychiatric disorders.

He studied and championed emerging areas of operative simulation, operating room design, and nanotechnology. These activities have been documented in more than 800 contributions to the medical literature. These include: Surgery of the Third Ventricle, Brain: Surgery Complication Avoidance and Management, and Surgery of the Human Cerebrum — all highly influential texts and considered classics in the field.

He was appointed Editor of Neurosurgery in 1991 and served in that capacity for 19 years. During that time he led the publication into the digital age, founding and developing Neurosurgery Online and Operative Neurosurgery. These proved to be highly influential and major creative forces of modernity in clinical and research areas worldwide. Later, he was asked to found the peer-reviewed journal World Neurosurgery and worldneurosurgery.org by the WFNS. Over a five-year period, the publication took its place among the leading journals in clinical neuroscience. The journal represented Dr. Apuzzo’s longstanding activities in establishing unified internationality in the field and optimization of neurosurgical care worldwide.

He has worked diligently to establish a role for the neurosurgeon in the area of sport. He served as the initial and principle neurosurgical consultant for the University of Southern California (USC) Trojan Athletic Department and the New York Football Giants as well as the primary consultant to the Head and Spinal Injury Committees and Commissioners of the National Football League (NFL). He was instrumental in developing and initiating modern protocols for head injury study and management in sport universally.

Dr. Apuzzo’s career has principally focused on disorders of the human cerebrum and the application of emerging technology and progressive neuroscience in creative and innovative methods to establish the cutting edge of modernity. Over a four-decade period, Apuzzo’s activities and collective body of work helped reinvent neurosurgery and earned him iconic historical status.

At Weill Cornell Medicine, he plans to be active in areas of mentorship of faculty, residents, fellows, and students as well as educational activities of the Department. Specifically, he will act in a senior advisory capacity in the expansion of the Department’s radiosurgery program, the development of an Office of Academic Publishing, and ongoing projects with the international journal World Neurosurgery. In addition, he will serve in an advisory status to leadership for development of both clinical and laboratory neurosciences. He will endeavor to further enhance existing aspects of international and global perspectives within the Department.

See A Storm of Ideas: Dr. Apuzzo Talks About the Award Named for Him.  

Dr. Apuzzo Presented With BAU Medal of Science
The award, which honors contributions to the field of medicine, is given annually by Bahcesehir University in Istanbul
Graham T. Allison, PhD, has been selected to deliver the Michael L. J. Apuzzo Lecture on Creativity and Innovation
Dr. Allison is the author of the 1976 best-seller "Remaking Foreign Policy: The Organizational Connection," and he has served since then as an advisor and analyst on nuclear weapons, terrorism, and political affairs.

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