Chicago Neurosurgeon Announced as Medical Honoree of the Chicago Hydrocephalus Association WALK

Arthur DiPatri, MD, will be honored at the event aimed at raising awareness and critical funds for this incurable brain condition that affects more than 1 million Americans.

Arthur DiPatri, MD, a neurosurgeon at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago, will stand with the Hydrocephalus Association to raise awareness for hydrocephalus on Saturday, August 27, as the Medical Honoree of the 2016 Annual Chicago Hydrocephalus Association WALK. Hydrocephalus is the leading cause of brain surgery in children in the U.S. and is a life-long condition that has no prevention or cure.

“It is an honor to have Dr. DiPatri stand with local patients, families and caregivers to give a call for action to the Chicago-area to help raise awareness and funds for research. The current treatment for hydrocephalus, the insertion of a medical device called a shunt to drain fluid from the brain, was developed in the 1950s and requires brain surgery. My son deserves better options than we have now,” stated Katie Cook, chairperson for the local WALK and mother to 7 year old, Conor, who was born with hydrocephalus and was shunted at a month old.

The WALK, to be held at Lincoln Park South Rowing Lagoon, will raise funds to support the Hydrocephalus Association’s critical research initiatives and current education and outreach programs. More than 800 people are expected to attend this year in the hopes of raising more than $120,000.

Dr. DiPatri is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He received his medical degree from Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey and has been in practice for 25 years. He is one of 6 doctors at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and one of 31 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital who specialize in neurological surgery and treating individuals living with hydrocephalus.

In addition to the 3 mile WALK, this year’s event will have food, a face painter, a special kids’ zone and other fun activities. Families with hydrocephalus are invited to tell their story in poster format to be displayed on Ambassador Avenue. Participants raising $75 or more will receive a HA WALK T-shirt.

Local sponsors for the Hydrocephalus Association’s 2016 Annual Chicago WALK include: Genesis Automation, BDO, Cameron Can, Bri’Zan and Affiliated Control. The national sponsors are: Codman Neuro, Medtronic Neurologic Technologies, Aesculap, Inc. and Sophysa USA.

Please contact Katie Cook at for more information. There is still time to register to participate as a team or an individual walker by visiting WALK Schedule or by calling the HA national office at 888-598-3789 Ext. 113 or emailing

About the Hydrocephalus Association:

Founded in 1983 by parents of children with hydrocephalus, the Hydrocephalus Association has grown to be the nation’s largest and most widely respected organization dedicated to hydrocephalus. The Hydrocephalus Association began funding research in 2009.  Since then HA has committed well over $4.5 million to research, making it the largest non-profit, non-governmental funder of hydrocephalus research in the U.S. All Hydrocephalus Association WALKs are volunteer initiated and volunteer coordinated.   For more information, visit the Hydrocephalus Association web site at or call (888) 598-3789.