Grandhi Takes Top Award at Rowe Day

Pittsburgh, December 13, 2012 -- PGY-6 resident Ramesh Grandhi, MD, received the best presentation award at the eighth annual University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery Stuart Rowe Society Lectureship held on December 12.

Grandhi's presentation "The Influence of Suturectomy on Age-Related Peridural Hyperemia in Craniosynostotic Rabbits" was one of ten research lectures presented by department residents during the day honoring Stuart Niles Rowe, the department’s first chairman and an early advocate of broad neurosurgical training.

Award Presentation

PGY-5 resident Kimberly A. Foster, MD, received a runner-up award for her presentation, "Factors Associated with Hemispheric Hypodensity after Subdural Hematoma following Abusive Head Trauma in Children." It was the second year in a row that Foster took home an award at the annual event. In 2011, she shared co-winner awards with Matthew Tormenti, MD.

The awards were chosen and presented by the lectureship’s honored guest, James T. Rutka, MD, R.S. McLaughlin Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.

In addition to the resident lectures, the day featured a lecture by Dr. Rutka entitled "Glioblastoma Invasion: Advances from the Leading Edge." Dr. Rutka also presented a second lecture, "Translational Research: Fact or Fiction," at a special reception and dinner held in his honor at the Duquesne Club.

This special day was established in 2005 as a tribute to Rowe, widely considered the founding figure of neurosurgery training in Pittsburgh. Rowe 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.