Nowicki Receives Top Award at Rowe Day

Pittsburgh, September 13, 2018 -- PGY-3 resident Kamil Nowicki, MD, PhD, received the best presentation award at the 14th annual University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery Stuart Rowe Society Lectureship and Resident Research Day held on September 12.

Dr. Nowicki's presentation, "Reparixin Prevents Cerebral Aneurysm Formation by Inhibiting the Platelet-driven CXCL7-CXCR1/2 Inflammatory Pathway: Preliminary Results," was one of 14 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. Taking home runner-up honors was PGY-1 resident Daryl Fields II, MD, PhD, for his talk, "Mechanical Ventilator Weaning: Moving Towards a Molecular Solution."

Kamil Nowicki and Daryl Fields
Stuart Rowe Day presentation winner Kamil Nowicki (left) with runner-up Daryl Fields II.

The awards were chosen and presented by the lectureship’s honored guest, Michael Taylor, MD, PhD, professor of surgery, laboratory medicine and pathobiology at the University of Toronto and principal investigator at the Hospital for Sick Children's Labatt Brain Tumor Research Centre in Toronto.

In addition to the resident lectures, the day featured a lecture by Dr. Taylor, entitled "Classification of Medulloblastoma and Ependymoma in the Molecular Era." Dr. Taylor presented a second lecture, "On the Origin of Posterior Fossa Tumors," at a special reception and dinner held in his honor later in the evening at the Duquesne Club.

Robert Friedlander with Michael Taylor
Department chairman Robert Friedlander presents plaque to Michael Taylor in recognition of his appearance as Stuart Rowe honored lecturer.

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.