Michael L. J. Apuzzo is one of the world’s best known and respected neurosurgeons. He is the Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery at the Yale School of Medicine and Senior Consultant for Clinical and Research Activities at the Rockefeller Neurological Institute. He also holds active appointments at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
Following periods of education at Yale College, Boston University School of Medicine, McGill University and the Yale Medical School, he had a period of distinguished service on US Navy nuclear powered fleet ballistic missile submarines under NATO. He participated in extended patrols in the Black Sea and Polar Regions earning Admiral’s Commendation and Surgeon General Awards. He earned qualifications in nuclear, submarine and deep-sea diving medicine and developed protocols for the management of neurological emergencies for the entire submarine fleet. Later, in association with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) he served as medical consultant and research scientist for the first Viking Project for Mars Landing.
After completing his neurosurgical training at the Yale New Haven Hospital, he joined the Division of Neurosurgery at USC. Subsequently, his career was primarily 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, seminal contributions and collective body of work helped to reinvent neurosurgery and earned him iconic historical status.
For 19-years, he was Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed journal NEUROSURGERY, the field’s leading publication. After leading the publication into the digital age, he founded Operative Neurosurgery the disciplines primary technical journal. Later, he was asked to found World Neurosurgery a journal directed toward global neurosurgical care and standards.
During his career, he worked diligently to establish and define the role of the neurosurgeon in the arena of sport. He served as the initial and principal neurosurgical consultant for the USC Trojans Athletic Department and the New York Football Giants as well as the primary consultant for the Head and Spinal Injury Committee of the National Football League. He was instrumental in developing modern protocols for head injury study and management that are applied universally.
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