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Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor Lectureship

The Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor Lectureship invites prominent physicians, scientists and thought leaders in the fields of neurology and neurosurgery to deliver a guest lecture and engage in informal round-table discussions with peers at Virginia Mason. The lectureship aims to foster communication across national and international lines to stimulate innovation, improve practice, and inspire novel clinical, research, and quality initiatives in neuroscience. Its goal is to bring to the Neuroscience Institute an exceptional senior scholar who can contribute to and enrich the community's research, education, quality and innovation endeavors.

While on site, visiting professors meet with members of the Neuroscience Institute team for the purpose of discussion and education. They do not have direct patient contact or provide clinical care of any kind. A Virginia Mason provider sponsors every visiting professor and is responsible for directing the professor’s lecture content and arranging round-table participation of mutual interest to the professor and the team. The sponsor serves as the visiting professor’s main contact point during the day of the lectureship.

The Neuroscience Institute at Virginia Mason is pleased to welcome Dr. Todd Albert as Visiting Professor on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.

Todd J. Albert, MD, is Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus at Hospital for Special Surgery and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Albert is the Past President of both the Scoliosis Research Society and the Cervical Spine Research Society and serves on the boards of several scholarly journals. He has authored seven books, more than 40 book chapters, and nearly 400 peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Albert honed his leadership skills while serving as Surgeon-in-Chief and Medical Director of Hospital for Special Surgery and has presented on effective leadership both nationally and internationally. The title of his lecture is “Leadership in a Changing Environment: Lessons from History and Stoicism.”

Save the Date
Todd Albert, MD
Friday, Nov. 12 8:30 a.m.
Four Seasons
99 Union Street, Seattle, Wash


Past Neuroscience Institute Visiting Lecturers

- Mark Weidenbaum, MD, Director of Spine Optimization Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital
- Dean Chou, MD, Associate Director of the Neurospine Center at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

- Han Jo Kim, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
- Gregory Mundis Jr., MD, Medical Director, San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders

- Marinus de Kleuver, MD, PhD, Head of Orthopedic Surgery, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands
- David Polly, Jr., MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of Spine Service, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

- Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH, Chief, Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
- John H. Shin, MD, Director, Stereotactic Spine Radiosurgery and Spine Metastases Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital

- Louis G. Jenis, MD, Chief of Spine Surgery, Massachusetts General and Newton-Wellesley Hospitals

How to Become a Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor

The Neuroscience Institute hosts a maximum of two visiting professor lectures per year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Invitation as a Neuroscience Institute Visiting Professor is at the discretion of the Neuroscience Institute and requires:

  • Sponsor. Each visiting professor must be sponsored by a Virginia Mason Neuroscience Institute provider who proposes the visiting professor, contact information, content and lecture date to the Neuroscience Institute Executive Director and Administrative Director, Research and Academics. If approved, a letter of invitation is sent to the visiting professor.
  • CV and Photo. Upon accepting the invitation, visiting professors will be expected to provide electronic copies of their curriculum vitae and a professional photo.
  • Compliance. Visiting professors must comply with Virginia Mason’s Observers Policy. For more information about the Observers Policy, email Julie Katz or call 206-341-1830.
  • Preparation. Visiting professors must arrive to Virginia Mason on the day of their appointment ready to present and engage in program activity.

For more information, please contact Kelsey Hanson, MBA, NSI Academic Specialist.