Muraszko Gives 2nd Annual Nash Lecture

Pittsburgh, February 9, 2023 -- Karin Muraszko, MD, professor and chair emeritus at the University of Michigan Department of Neurosurgery, presented a lecture entitled “Update on Chiari I—What Do We Really Know,” Wednesday, February 8, as part of the second annual Dorothy Klenke Nash Lectureship at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Muraszko met with residents and faculty during her visit discussing various cases and later gave a second presentation on her career in neurosurgery at a special reception and dinner in her honor.

Robert Friedlander, Karin Muraszko, Stephanie Greene

The Dorothy Klenke Nash Lectureship is a celebration of the first female neurosurgeon to practice in the United States. Dr. Nash practiced at Presbyterian University Hospital and other Pittsburgh area hospitals from the 1940s through the 1960s and served as an instructor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She led the neurosurgical service at Presby for a short time when the founding father of neurosurgery in Pittsburgh, Stuart Niles Rowe, MD, served in World War II, designating Dr. Nash to lead in his absence.

A big advocate of women in medicine, Dr. Nash actively encouraged women to pursue careers in the field, providing vocational lectures aimed toward female students at the University of Pittsburgh. She was also extensively involved in volunteer activities in a number of areas including cerebral palsy and mental illness. A recipient of numerous awards throughout her career, Dr. Nash was honored by the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania for her outstanding achievements in brain surgery in 1953 and she was recognized as one of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s ten women of the year in 1957.