Honorary Lectureship

The Wallace - Cusimano Lectureship


M. Christopher Wallace



Michael D. Cusimano

The Wallace-Cusimano Lectureship has been designed to honour two teachers whom have made a huge positive impact on their students, and continue to demonstrate a unique approach in educating future generations of Neurosurgery.

Professors Wallace and Cusimano are outstanding teachers of neurosurgery, having a strong and significant influence on my personal success. In addition, they are extra ordinary clinicians in their sub specialty fields (Cerebrovascular for Chris Wallace and Skullbase for Michael Cusimano). This is a small way to thank them for their devotion to education in the field of medicine; specifically neurosurgery.

The candidate professor receiving The Wallace Cusimano Honorary Lectureship should exemplify many of these characters mentioned above. Therefore, our choice for the third honorary lecturer is John P. Rossiter from Kingston, Canada. I am excited that Professor John P. Rossiter has accepted this honorary title.

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John P. Rossiter, 2017 Honorary Lecturer

John P. Rossiter

MB, BCh, PhD

Professor Neuropathology
Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine
Queen’s University and Kingston Health Sciences Centre
Past Chair of RCPSC Neuropathology examination board


William T. Couldwell, 2016 Honorary Lecturer

William T. Couldwell

Dr. William Couldwell was born in Canada and received his MD and Ph.D. Degrees from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. He trained in Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California.
Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Couldwell did fellowship training in Canada at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Switzerland. He subsequently joined the faculty at USC and in 1996 accepted a position as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery, at the New York Medical College, (1996-2001).
Since 2002 Dr. Couldwell has served as the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He has served as a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and is Past-President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has over 350 peer-reviewed publications and has been the recipient of several federal (NIH) and other research grants).


Andre Grotenhuis, 2015 Honorary Lecturer

Andre Grotenhuis

Dr. Andre Grotenhuis is a Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the Radboud University Medical Centre) Nijmegen, the Netherlands and from 1999-2010 he has been the chairman of the department and the training program director. Since 2010 his focus is now away from management and more to clinical work, teaching and research in neurosurgery.

Initially studying medicine at the Catholic University of Nijmegen until 1979, Dr. Grotenhuis later completed neurosurgical residency training at the Academisches Lehrkrankenhaus Stadtische Kliniken in Duisburg, Germany. Board certified in both Germany and the Netherlands, he went on to complete multiple fellowships at the University Clinic in Vienna, Austria in 1985, Karolinska Sjukhuset in Stockhom, Sweden in 1986 and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He defended a PhD thesis in December 2000 on ‘Endoscopic third Ventriculostomy in the treatment of hydrocephalus’.

He currently sits as Secretary and President-elect of EANS (European Association of Neurosurgical Societies), Chairman of the Committee of Medico-Legal Expertise, Chairman of the Consilium Neurochirugicum and member of the Accreditation Committee of the NVvN (Dutch Neurosurgical Society).

He holds multiple memberships and the Medical Advisor for the Dutch Foundation of Pituitary Diseases. He has been the delegate for the Netherlands in the EANS Training Committee for ten years and he is also the delegate for the Netherlands at the WFNS. While co-founder and member of the editorial board for the journal ‘Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery’ for many years and now for ‘Innovative Neurosurgery’, he likewise is an active reviewer for several journals including Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, Central European Neurosurgery, Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Review, Acta Neurochirurgica, to name a few. He has authored two books, 21 book chapters, more than ninety peer-reviewed scientific publications and given more than 400 (international) lectures and presentations.