G. Michael Lemole, M.D.
G. Michael Lemole, M.D.

Ever since January 2011, when Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was successfully treated for what many thought would be a deadly gunshot wound to the head, citizens of Tucson have been aware of the amazing state of the art of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona.

Next Thursday (May 1) at 3:30 p.m., they will have the chance to meet one of the neurosurgeons who treated Giffords and kept the world apprised of her remarkable progress in the days and weeks that followed:  G. Michael Lemole Jr., MD, Chief, Division of Neurosurgery and Professor of Surgery, UA College of Medicine.

His presentation, entitled “The Evolution of Modern Neurosurgery: A History of Trial and Error, Success and Failure,” is the final piece to be presented at the Arizona Senior Academy of the UA 2014 College of Science series on “The Evolving Brain.” Accompanied by informative graphics and videos, Lemole will demonstrate how the science and art of neurosurgery has advanced dramatically in the past few decades.

Even so, its history is firmly grounded in a paradigm of surgical trial and error.  Collaborations with allied specialties have made these “trials” safer, but much of what is known of functional brain anatomy comes from disease or medical complications.

This lecture will explore, with sensitivity and humor, the keen observations and dogged persistence that led to the current state of the art. Lemole will explore how this surgical knowledge of the brain makes current practice safer and how future technologies will advance our understanding with less invasive but more meaningful impact.

A graduate of Harvard, Lemole received his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his residence at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

Submitted by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer


Surgeon Who Treated Giffords to Discuss Brain Surgery: May 2014