• The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Awards $100,000 Christopher C. Getch Fellowship to Dr. Kristopher Kahle of Massachusetts General Hospital

    • Jul 09, 2013

    Additional CNS Fellowships Exceeding $90,000 Awarded
    To Six Neurosurgeons in North America

    SCHAUMBURG, IL – July 9, 2013 – The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the global leader in neurosurgical education, is pleased to announce that Dr. Kristopher Kahle has been named the recipient of the $100,000 Christopher C. Getch Fellowship Award for 2013-2014. Dr. Kahle is currently a resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, and will conduct his fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Named for the late Christopher C. Getch, MD, a past CNS president, this flagship award is granted to a neurosurgeon who is committed to advancing the practice of neurosurgery worldwide through excellence in education and scientific exchange.

    Dr. Kahle, a native of Milwaukee, graduated from the NIH Medical Scientist Training Program at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Kahle worked under the tutelage of Ph.D. mentor and human geneticist Richard Lifton. During that time, he was integral in the cloning and characterization of a novel kinase signaling pathway (WNK), which regulates electrolyte homeostasis in humans. His long-term goal is to become a pediatric neurosurgeon and conduct research on how alterations in chloride transport and the transporters and channels that handle this ion are involved in neurological disease, such as epilepsy and cerebral edema.

    “The CNS prides itself on its rich legacy of leadership and innovation in educational programming for neurosurgeons – programming that is aimed at improving overall health, both here in the United States and throughout the world,” said Dr. Aviva Abosch, MD PhD, CNS Fellowship Committee Chair. “This aspect of the CNS mission is essential for the advancement of global neurosurgery, which is why we are honored to present this year’s Christopher Getch Fellowship to Dr. Kahle, in recognition of his commitment to education and further development of treatments that will have a significant impact on neurosurgical practice.”

    Dr. Getch was an inspiring leader who worked tirelessly on behalf of the CNS, its members, and the profession of neurosurgery. In less than 15 years, Dr. Getch rose to the top of national neurosurgical leadership, including progressively increased responsibilities in leading the CNS, culminating with his role as president from 2010 to 2011. Dr. Getch was also president of the Illinois State Neurosurgical Society and had been an active member in the Medical Faculty Senate Council for Northwestern University and several Northwestern Memorial Hospital committees. Dr. Getch passed away unexpectedly on January 9, 2012.

    In addition to the Getch Fellowship, the CNS annually provides fellowship awards in several neurosurgical subspecialties in order to support its mission of enhancing overall health and advancing neurosurgical education and scientific exchange. Following is the list of 2013 fellowship award recipients.

    Award Recipient Current Location Fellowship Location
    CNS Functional Fellowship Jonathan Riley Emory University Emory University
    CNS Spine Fellowship Andrew Healy Cleveland Clinic Cleveland Clinic
    CNS Tumor Fellowship Wajd Al-Holou University of Michigan University of Michigan
    CNS Tumor Fellowship Ali Ravanpay University of Washington University of Washington
    CNS Vascular Fellowship Douglas Cook University of Toronto Queen's University
    CNS Socioeconomic Fellowship John Rolston University of California, San Francisco University of California, San Francisco
    CSNS/CNS Medical Student Fellowship Travis Ladner Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


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