HA Board Member Receives Distinguished Award in Neuroscience

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John R. W, Kestle, M.D. with HA CEO Dawn MancusoProfessor John R. W. Kestle, M.D., was presented with the Robert H. Pudenz Award for Excellence in Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Physiology for the year 2013 at a special evening ceremony during the American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ (AANS) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Monday, May 4, 2015. The award is given to recognize an individual for significant research contributions to the field of hydrocephalus and CSF physiology. On hand to honor Dr. Kestle’s research contributions were esteemed colleagues including Dr. Marion Walker, Dr. Sam Browd, Dr. Pat McAllister, Dr. Mark Hamilton, and Dr. Mandeep Tamber. Members of the HA Board of Directors, HA CEO Dawn Mancuso, and staff were also in attendance.

Dr. Kestle is a Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah, a practicing pediatric neurosurgeon at Primary Children’s Hospital, and the Chair of the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN). He has lectured widely as a visiting professor and has made significant contributions as a principal investigator in the field of hydrocephalus and CSF management. Dr. Kestle’s many contributions to pediatric neurosurgery have significantly influenced its practice to the great benefit of patients and their families. His dedication to the hydrocephalus community is further seen through his volunteerism, serving on the Hydrocephalus Association Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board.

The award was initiated in 1988 by PS Medical, Inc., (Goleta, CA), now Medtronic plc, and is named after Robert H. Pudenz, M.D., who was a recognized pioneer in the field of pediatric neurosurgery, research in cerebrospinal fluid physiology, and cerebrospinal fluid shunt technology for the treatment of hydrocephalus. The award is determined by a special selection committee established by the Neurosurgery business at Medtronic plc, and is comprised of previous awardees.

The presentation of the award was delayed until this year due to Dr. Kestle’s relocation back to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tom Poss, Director of Marketing, Neurosurgery, for Medtronic, presented the award to Dr. Kestle. Dr. Walker, a mentor, colleague, and longtime friend of Dr. Kestle, shared his many achievements and accomplishments, both as a practitioner and a researcher.

The event also recognized Dr. Michael Pollay for his 24 years of service to Medtronic as its Medical Director. Tom Poss presented Dr. Pollay with a vase as a token of appreciation for his service. He was followed by longtime friend and former Medtronic colleague, Ralph Kistler, who said a few words on Dr. Pollay’s contributions to the neurosurgical community through his medical practice, research, and advisory role with Medtronic. The evening ended with a presentation of a $10,000 cash grant to HA by Medtronic to support its research program.

Tom Poss and Dr. John R. Kestle with the 2013 Robert H. Pudenz award

Tom Poss, Medtronic’s Director of Marketing, Neurosurgery, and Dr. John R.W. Kestle with the 2013 Robert H. Pudenz award

Dr. John R. Kestle accepting the Robert H. Pudenz Award

Dr. John R.W. Kestle accepting the 2013 Robert H. Pudenz Award

Dr. Michael Pollay with Dr. John R. Kestle

Dr. Michael Pollay with Dr. John R.W. Kestle

Tom Poss, Medtronic's Director of Marketing, Neurosurgery, presents HA CEO Dawn Mancuso with a grant to support the association's research programs.

Tom Poss, Medtronic’s Director of Marketing, Neurosurgery, presents HA CEO Dawn Mancuso with a grant to support the association’s research programs.



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