Dacey to be honored at Congress of Neurological Surgeons​

Ralph G. Dacey Jr., MD, the Henry G. and Edith R. Schwartz Professor and head of the Department of Neurosurgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will be the Honored Guest at the annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS).


Dacey will present four lectures during the meeting in Chicago from Oct. 6-10, which is expected to draw approximately 3,000 neurosurgeons and associated healthcare professionals. Three of the talks will be focused on neurosurgical research he has led, while the fourth talk will cover the challenges facing the profession of neurosurgery.

Previous recipients of the annual honor include Henry Schwartz, MD, who led the Department of Neurosurgery at the School of Medicine from 1946 to 1974, and his successor, Sydney Goldring, MD, who was head of the department from 1974 to 1989. Dacey became head in 1989.

The CNS is dedicated to improving the education and career development of aspiring and established neurological surgeons.

Dacey is currently serving as president of the Society for Neurological Surgeons. He was inducted to the Institute of Medicine in 2011.

Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation, currently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.