2020 Jannetta Lecture Postponed

Roberto HerosThe 2020 Peter J. Jannetta Lecture originally scheduled for May 6, featuring honored guest Roberto C. Heros, MD, has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

Pittsburgh, January 22, 2020 -- Roberto C. Heros, MD, professor and co-chair of neurosurgery at the University of Miami, has been named the 2020 Jannetta Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh. The Peter J. Jannetta Lecture is held in honor of the late chair of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery and focuses on innovations in the field of neurosurgery.

An expert in cerebrovascular neurosurgery, Dr. Heros has received numerous awards for his work including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons' Cushing Medal, the highest award given to a neurosurgeon by the AANS. He has authored or co-authored four textbooks, over 200-refereed articles and 50 textbook chapters on cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, experimental cerebral ischemia and skull base surgical approaches. 

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1942, Dr. Heros left the country in 1960 for exile in the United States. He soon trained as a paratrooper for the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, but was captured and served as a POW for two years before being released in an exchanged program. He returned to the U.S., attending medical school at the University of Tennessee where in graduated first in his class in 1968. He completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital where he would later become director of cerebrovascular surgery in 1980. He would eventually move to the University of Miami in 1995 where he would found the University of Miami International Health Center.

Dr. Heros has been chairman of the leading medical journal Neurosurgery and serves on editorial boards of several other journals. He also has served as vice president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and as president of American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons and the World Congress of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. In addition to the Cushing Award, Dr. Heros has also received the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” award in 2007 and the COR Vitae Award of the American Heart Association for Stroke Care in 2010.

For more information on the Jannetta Lecture, please contact Barbara Deriggi at 412-647-6358.