||H. Huntington Batjer, MD
||UT Southwestern Medical Center
||United States of America
Dr. Hunt Batjer was the Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center from September 2012 to December 31, 2020. He is recognized internationally as a leading cerebrovascular surgeon.Growing up in West Texas as a left-handed pitcher, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1970. His father encouraged him to decline this offer and he accepted an athletic scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. After a rotator cuff shoulder injury, he left UT early and matriculated at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he received his M.D. degree in 1977.
After training at his alma mater in neurological surgery under Drs. Kemp Clark and Duke Samson, he accepted a faculty position where he served until 1995. At that time he accepted the position as the Michael J. Marchese Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago where he served until September, 2012. At that time he was recruited back to UT Southwestern to take over as Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery following Dr. Duke Samson's tenure.
Dr. Batjer has had numerous roles in organized medicine. He is a past-President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Society of University Neurosurgeons, the Neurosurgical Society of America, the Society of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is past-Chairman of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Cerebrovascular Disease. He is a past-Director and past-Chair of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and was Chairman of the Board of the Interurban Neurosurgical Society from 2001 to 2012. He is past-Chair of the ACGME Neurosurgical Residency Review Committee, and Co-Chair of the NFL Committee on Head, Neck, and Spine Injuries. In 2011, he was named Honored Guest of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. In 2016, he was the Medalist for Neurosurgical Society of America and was awarded the Founder's Laurel by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. In 2016, Dr. Batjer was nominated by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies to serve on the Board of Directors of The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and his term began in February 2017. In 2018, he was named Honored Guest for the 8th Academic Congress of International Chinese Neurological Sciences and the 53rd Rocky Mountain Neurological Society meeting. His academic pursuits and research in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke have resulted in 460 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and 9 books. He has presented 53 Endowed Lectureships and served as Visiting Professor in 63 medical institutions worldwide.