Robert H. Wilkins, MD, FAANS(L)
ROBERT H. WILKINS was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 18, 1934. He received the B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1955, and the M.D. degree from the same institution in 1959. He received his postgraduate training at the Duke University Medical Center (two years of General Surgery and five years of Neurosurgery), spending the two years between these segments as a Clinical Associate in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Following the completion of his residency, Dr. Wilkins joined the neurosurgical faculty of Duke University and was an Assistant Professor from 1968 through 1972. The next four years were spent as Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Scott and White Clinic in Temple, Texas (three years) and as Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh (one year). Dr. Wilkins then returned to Duke University where he has been Professor since 1996. He was Chief of the Division of Neurosurgey from 1976 to 1996.
Dr. Wilkins is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Southern Neurosurgical Society, American Academy of Neurological Surgery, Research Society of Neurological Surgeons, Society of Neurological Surgeons, North Carolina Neurosurgical Society, Society of University Neurosurgeons, and the Fellowship of Academic Neurosurgeons. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in 1979-1980, Chairman of the Section on Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry of the Southern Medical Association in 1980-1981, Treasurer of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in 1989-1992, Secretary (1988-1991) and President (1992-1993) of the Southern Neurosurgical Society, and Vice President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons in 1995-1996. From 1989 to 1992, he was a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. From 1991 to 1997 he was a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, serving as Chairman in 1996-1997. He received the Distinguished Service Award of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (1998) and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (2000).
Dr. Wilkins has published more than 300 medical papers and chapters and has edited or written 28 books. From 1972 to 1975, he was Editor of Clinical Neurosurgery; from 1975 to 1976, he was an Associate Editor of Surgical Neurology; from 1977 to 1982, he was Editor of Neurosurgery; and from 1987 to 1997 he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery, serving as Chairman in 1996-1997. He was also a member of the editorial boards of Acta Neurochirurgica (1987-1995) and the British Journal of Neurosurgery (1987-1999). From 1993 to 1996 he was the neurosurgical editor for Key Neurology and Neurosurgery, and from 1994 to 1997 he was the neurosurgical editor for the Yearbook of Neurology and Neurosurgery.
On December 28, 1957, he married Gloria Ann Kohl. They have three children: Michael, a partner in a hedge fund; Jeffrey, an electrical engineer and entrepreneur; and Elizabeth, a businesswoman and active community volunteer.
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