Faraji Receives Top Award at Rowe Day

Pittsburgh, October 5, 2017 -- PGY-5 resident Amir Faraji, MD, PhD, received the best presentation award at the 13th annual University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery Stuart Rowe Society Lectureship and Resident Research Day held on October 4.

Dr. Faraji's presentation. "Selective Mitochondrial Delivery of an Antioxidant Payload Using Nanoparticles," was one of 13 research lectures presented by department residents during the day honoring Stuart Niles Rowe, widely considered the founding figure of neurosurgery training in the city of Pittsburgh and a strong advocate of broad neurosurgical training.

In addition, PGY-3 resident Matthew Pease, MD, and chief resident Georgios Zenonos, MD, each received runner-up awards for their presentations. Dr. Pease spoke on "Immune Signatures in Glioblastoma" while Dr. Zenonos talked on "Molecular Signatures of Atherosclerotic Carotid Plaques." It was the second year in a row that Dr. Zenonos received an award. In 2016, he received the top award for a lecture on clival chordomas.

The awards were chosen and presented by the lectureship’s honored guest, Murat Günel, MD, Nixdorff-German Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurobiology and Genetics at Yale University and chairman of the school’s Department of Neurosurgery.

Faraji Rowe Award Winner

Pease Rowe Award Winner   Zenonos Rowe Award Winner
(Top) Amir Farji, middle, with honored guest Andres Lozano and department chairman Robert Friedlander. (Bottom left) Matthew Pease, and (bottom right) Georgios Zenonos with Drs. Günel and Friedlander.

In addition to the resident lectures, the day featured a lecture by Dr. Günel, entitled "The Integrated Practice of Academic Neurological Surgery." Dr. Lozano presented a second lecture, "Orthogonal Genomic Analyses of Malignancy in Brain Tumors," at a special reception and dinner held in his honor later in the evening at the Duquesne Club.

This special day was established in 2005 as a tribute to Rowe who believed that neurosurgery training should not only teach exceptional technique, but also the critical clinical decision-making skills necessary to succeed. He preached the underlying need for thorough literature review and independent research as a means for broadening clinical knowledge.