Residents & Fellows
Henry Newman, Edwin Boldrey and Kaiser Awards
Winners of the 62nd Annual Meeting of the SF Neurological Society in Sonoma, CA:
All residents and fellows in the neurosciences were invited to submit their papers for consideration for the San Francisco Neurological Society's annual Henry Newman Award, Edwin Boldrey Award and Kaiser Award. The Henry Newman award is presented each year to the author of the best paper dealing with clinical neurology. The Edwin Boldrey award is intended to recognize a research project in neuroscience. The Kaiser Award is given to the next highest scoring paper, and can be either for clinical neurology or neuroscience. The three award recipients presented their papers on Sunday February 28, 2010 at the Society's Annual Meeting, which was held at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa in Sonoma, CA.
The honorarium award was $500.00 each for the Boldrey and Newman Awards and $250 for the Kaiser Award. In addition, the Newman and Boldrey Award winners were provided one night's complimentary lodging at the Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa and invited to the Society Annual Dinner.
Winners for the 61st Annual Meeting of the SF Neurological Society in Monterey, CA: From left to right:
HENRY NEWMAN AWARD -
KAISER AWARD -
EDWIN BOLDREY AWARD -
EDWIN B. BOLDREY, M.D.
Edwin Barkley Boldrey was born in Indiana on July 17, 1906, the son of a minister and grandson of a doctor. His mother's parents were from Scotland and, spending summers with them as a child, he formed a strong and lasting affection for things Scottish. Influenced by his parents and his Latin teacher, he pursued a liberal arts education as a solid foundation on which to structure a life's work.
After graduation from DePauw University, he followed his growing interest in medicine, like many students during the Depression, working to continue his education. His interest in the nervous system was awakened by the work of Bailey and Cushing. Three days after receiving his M.D. degree from Indiana University in 1932, he married Helen Burns Eastland, who became his constant partner. After a surgical internship, he was offered a position at the Montreal Neurological Institute by Dr. Wilder Penfield in 1935. With Penfield, he studied and published original contributions that provided the fundamental anatomical correlates of much of the clinical physiology of motor and sensory cortical mechanisms in humans. He completed his residency in 1939.
In 1940, Dr. Howard C. Naffziger persuaded Dr. Boldrey to join the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF, where he served on the faculty for 48 years and as Chairman from 1951 to 1956. Dr. Boldrey was a pioneer in the therapeutic use of radiation for cerebral arteriovenous malformations and brain tumors. Among his many other contributions, to improve surgery for cervical intervertebral disc disease he developed an anterior cervical approach using discectomy without fusion, and was the first to remove a compressive lesion without requiring a bone graft.
As a physician, Dr. Boldrey demanded uncompromising attention to detail and concern in every act bearing on his patients' safety and welfare. His character was matched by his kind and gracious nature and a ready wit, and the fellowship of his colleagues and residents was a rich and valued aspect of his professional life. The Edwin B. Boldrey Lectureship at UCSF, established in 1983, reflects the maxim he adopted from Michaelangelo, and lived by- Ancora imparo, I am still learning. The Edwin Boldrey Award for Research In The Neurosciences was established by the San Francisco Neurological Society in honor of this great mentor and physician.
HENRY NEWMAN, M.D.
Henry Wise Newman, M.D., for whom one of our Society's two annual awards is named, was one of Stanford School of Medicine's first neurologists. He descended from a Fresno family of vintners, rose to full Commander in the U. S. Navy, and continued as a consultant once a week to the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital. A compact man with a wry sense of humor, he was a shrewd diagnostician and compassionate clinician.
He had many interests besides neurology, including sailing and restoring antique cars (his death occurred from a ruptured aortic aneurysm, while pushing one of these cars).
He left an indelible impression on those who worked with him, and he influenced many careers. His former Stanford colleague, Wm. Hofmann, M.D., remembers him as "a pleasant mixture of Robert Benchley and W. C. Fields, and the likes of him are today nowhere to be found".