John Hanbery MD Award

The John Hanbery award is given annually to the best clinical paper covering topics in neurosurgery.

The honorarium for the Hanbery Award is $500.00. In addition, the Award winners are provided one night's complimentary lodging for the annual meeting and invited to the SFNS Annual Dinner.


John Hanbery MD Award Recipients

Satvir Saggi

An Arteriovenous Malformation Grading System for Pediatric Patients Undergoing Microsurgical Resection

Dr. John F. Burke, UCSF Neurosurgery resident

The impact of smoking on outcomes following surgery for grade 1 lumbar spondylolisthesis
UC San Francisco
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Adam MacLellan, MD

Baseline Perfusion Imaging Collateral Scores Predict Infarct Growth in Non-Reperfused, Extended Time Window Patients of the DEFUSE 3 Clinical Trial Cohort

Arjun Pendharkar, MD

Propensity Matched Comparison of Outcomes and Cost After Macroscopic and Microscopic Lumbar Discectomy Using a National Longitudinal Database

Elan Guterman, MD

Neurologic Consultation and Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia for Cardiac Arrest

Jared D. Ament

Cost Utility Analysis of The Cervical Artificial Disc versus Fusion for The Treatment of 2-Level Symptomatic Degenerative Disc Disease: 5-Year Follow-Up

Allen Ho, MD

Deregulated receptor trafficking by QKI deletion enhances self-renewal and gliomagenesis

Jonathan Breshears

A probabilistic map of function in the human ventral sensorimotor cortex (vSMC) by electrical stimulation

Dario Englot

Temporal Lobectomy for Epilepsy: Seizure Semiology in Patients who “Fail” Surgery

Melanie Hayden, MD

Integrin-specific knottin peptides as molecular probes for diagnostic imaging or image-guided surgical resection of human CNS tumors
Stanford University

Innaugeral Winner: 2011
Sandya Venugopal, B.Sc., MBBS, MRCS (Ed)

A Swine Model of Traumatic Brain Injury and a Novel Method to Reduce Cytotoxic Edema
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF


Additional Young Investigator Awards:

Edwin Boldrey Award

Henry Newman Award

Harold Rosegay Award

John Hanbery M.D.

John Hanbery, MD (1919-1996)

John Hanbery, MD

John Hanbery was born in Enid, Oklahoma on June 11, 1919. However, his family moved to Long Beach, California where he spent much of his childhood. He entered Stanford as a freshman in 1938 and received his undergraduate degree in 1942. Three years later he was granted an M.D. from Stanford University SOM, which was located in San Francisco at that time. He participated in a residency at Stanford until 1948, at which point he embarked upon a residency in neurosurgery at the famed Montreal Neurologic Institute at McGill University. There he trained under the direct supervision of Wilder Penfield and William Cone, two of his most esteemed role models. During his residency, he helped improve shunting procedures, which were being developed to relieve neonatal hydrocephalus. He also performed experiments to help determine safe and effective topical antibiotic concentrations to be utilized during brain surgery.

In 1954, Dr. Hanbery was recruited to return to Stanford as assistant professor of neurosurgery within the Department of Surgery. Through his determined efforts, the Stanford neurosurgical residency-training program was established in 1961. Hanbery was invited to be the inaugural Professor and Executive Head of the Division of Neurosurgery in 1964. During his tenure as Head of Neurosurgery, Hanbery trained 26 residents and countless interns and medical students. His residents benefited from his talent of teaching both at the bedside and in the operating theater. He was able to analyze the most complex surgical problem and dissect it so that his students could understand the solutions. Hanbery had the ability to lead residents through delicate surgical procedures in a manner that allowed for the transfer of his surgical talents to the trainee. His former residents felt so indebted to their mentor that they established the John W. Hanbery Society in 1974 in his honor. This organization continues to be quite unique; every year residents loyal to their former chief gather to present scientific and clinical papers that can be discussed in an open and honest forum. Dr. Hanbery retired as the Head of the Neurosurgical Unit at Stanford University SOM in 1989.