Hydrocephalus Association Board Member Receives Prestigious Neurosurgical Award

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Professor 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 ceremony during the American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ (AANS) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on May 4, 2015. The award is given to recognize an individual for significant research contributions to the field of hydrocephalus and CSF physiology.

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 their 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, a biomedical engineering company, 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. Hydrocephalus Association CEO Dawn Mancuso and staff were present to honor Dr. Kestle as he received the award.

At this same event, Medtronic Director of Marketing Tom Poss presented the Hydrocephalus Association with a $10,000 cash grant for the association’s research program.

About the Hydrocephalus Association
The Hydrocephalus Association (HA) is a charitable organization dedicated to eliminating the challenges of hydrocephalus by stimulating research and supporting people who are affected by this condition. Incorporated in 1986 as a San Francisco-based non-profit, HA is now the nation’s largest and most widely respected organization dedicated solely to serving those affected by hydrocephalus and is the largest private funder of hydrocephalus research. HA has been instrumental in creating a community of individuals, families, health care professionals, and researchers addressing the complexities of hydrocephalus in all age groups.

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