Wisconsin Medical Society member Robert Dempsey, MD, was honored by the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) as the third recipient of its Medical Student Teaching Award. The world’s oldest neurosurgery organization and the primary academic society in the field cited Dempsey for his lifelong teaching including his stewardship of its annual Research Update in Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons course and his humanitarian work of more than 25 years of training a generation of physicians in the developing world.
Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), Dr. Dempsey is a three-time winner of Clinical Teaching Awards as voted by the students. He was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2014 and in 2015 was named the “Best Clinical Teacher Across the Statewide Campuses” for outstanding teaching and mentorship for UWSMPH students.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Dempsey has multiple research projects with a focus on cerebral ischemia, vascular cognitive decline, and repair of the injured brain. He has more than 240 refereed publications and over 80 research grants.
In 2014, Dr. Dempsey was also honored by SNS with its “Distinguished Service Award” for a lifetime of service to national and international medical education. The award noted Dempsey’s decades of teaching trips in Central and South America and Africa. As chairman of the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery, Dr. Dempsey and his entire family have participated in medical teaching throughout the world leading to self-sustaining neurosurgery programs in those countries.
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