The Melvyn M. Gelch, M.D. Fund for Advanced Training Of Neurological Residents

The Melvyn M. Gelch, M.D. Fund for Advanced Training of Neurosurgical Residents at Rhode Island Hospital (“The Melvyn M. Gelch, M.D. Fund”) launched in September 2006 by Mrs. Joan Gelch to honor the late Dr. Melvyn Gelch. This endowment fund serves to create an annual program to provide neurosurgical residents with intensive training in state-of-the-art advances in neurosurgery, an area of vital importance to Dr. Gelch.

Curtis Doberstein
Melvyn M. Gelch, M.D.

The Melvyn M. Gelch, M.D. Fund will offer senior Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University Neurosurgical resident, per year, the opportunity to receive one or two weeks of advanced, specialized training in neurosurgery at a distinguished institution or specified location. Depending upon the resident’s area of interest, the recipient can choose to gain advanced knowledge and expertise in areas such as pediatric neurosurgery, epilepsy surgery, movement disorder surgery, neurovascular surgery, spinal instrumentation, neuroendoscopy or stereotactic surgery at distinguished institutions such as the Institute of Neurology at Queen Square, University of London, the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University, CyberKnife® training at Accuray, or training in neurosurgery in a Third World country.

Fund Recipients

2013

Heather Spader, M.D.
Dr. Spader is the recipient of the 2013 Melvyn Gelch, M.D. Award.

2012

Jonathan Grossberg, M.D.
Dr. Grossberg traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal with the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery. This organization fosters international collaboration between neurosurgical training programs and offers residents the opportunity to volunteer in hospitals abroad.

2011

Sheri Dewan, M.D.
Dr. Dewan attended the Advanced Endoscopic Skull Base and Pituitary Course at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

2010

Christopher Demers, M.D.
Dr. Demers traveled to England where he completed an intensive course at the world-renowned Institute of Neurology, University College London at Queen Square.

2009

Thomas W. Belknap, M.D.
Dr. Belknap attended the International 28th Course for Percutaneous Endoscopic Spinal Surgery and Complimentary Minimal Invasive Techniques at the Bethania Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland

2008

Michael K. Park, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Park traveled to France where he spent two weeks working with Jean Régis, M.D. at the Assistance Publique L’Hopital d’Adulte de la Timone, Marseille, France.
Dr. Regis is a neurosurgeon in Marseille, France, in charge of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and Gamma Knife Unit. Dr. Park was able to observe and attend Dr. Regis’ clinics and operative sessions that included gamma knife procedures, epilepsy and DBS surgeries.

2007

Marc A. Goldman, M.D.
Dr. Goldman traveled to Lima, Peru to train with a team of neurosurgeons at the Children’s Hospital where he participated in complex pediatric neurosurgical cases.

Annual Melvyn M. Gelch, M.D. Lecture

2013

Cranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Beyond: Innovation in Neurosurgery
Presented by Deborah L. Benzil, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor,
New York Medical College & Mt. Kisco Medical Group

2012

John A. Jane Sr., M.D.
Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia

2011

Concussion: Education and Advocacy
Presented by Richard G. Ellenbogen, M.D., Professor & Chairman of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Theodore S. Roberts Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurological Surgery

2010

Spine Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Technical Considerations and Outcomes for Metastatic and Primary Spine Tumors
Presented by Mark Bilsky, M.D., Professor of Neurological Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

2009

ETV for NPH: Making Sense of CSF Circulation
Presented by Marvin Bergsneider, M.D., Professor, UCLA Division of Neurosurgery

2008

Hydrocephalus: Old ideas, new concepts. Are we making progress with our treatment?
Presented by Marion L. Walker, M.D., Chairman, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Utah School of Medicine

2007

Current Healthcare Crisis in the United States and How to Solve It
Presented by Peter W. Carmel, M.D., Chairman, Neurological Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Professor of Surgery

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