H. Russell  Meyers, MD
Senior: 1965

1904-1999

RUSSELL H. MEYERS was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 25, 1904. He received an A.B. (1927) and an Sc.M. (Psychology, 1929) degree from Brown University and an M.D. (1932) degree from Cornell University. He served a rotating internship (1932-33) at the Brooklyn Hospital, Brooklyn, New York; a residency in Neurosurgery (1933-34) at Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, New York; and a residency in Neurology/Neurosurgery (1934-35) at Bellevue Hospital, New York City. He was a Fellow in Neurosurgery (1935-36) at the Lahey Clinic, Boston, Massachusetts, and served a preceptorship (1937-39) under Dr. E. Jefferson Browder at The Long Island College of Medicine and The Brooklyn Hospital, both in New York.

He was certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (N) (1938), The American Board of Neurological Surgery (1942), and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1939.

His academic posts have been in Embryology, Histology, Experimental and Physiological Psychology, Speech Pathology, Neurology, Neurophysiology and Neurosurgery. He served as Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa, Iowa City (1946-63).

His honor societies include Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Alpha Omega Alpha, and Phi Delta Kappa. He was awarded the Polk Prize for highest class honor (1932) at Cornell Medical College, the 1942 Prize for Surgical Research by The New York State Medical Society and several others.

In World War II, he served as Chief Neurosurgeon at four general hospitals of the Army Medical Corps–in the United Kingdom, France, and the U.S.A. (1942-46). In 1945, he was Neurosurgical consultant of the Oise (France) Intermediate Zone. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

In 1963, Dr. Meyers resigned his posts at the University of Iowa to become Chief of Neurology and Neurosurgery of the Appalachian Regional Hospital at Williamson, West Virginia, where he helped reorganize the medical staffs of a chain of 10 new community hospitals in Appalachia.

He served as a member of the Neurosurgical Advisory Committee of the American College of Surgeons (1956-60) and as Chairman thereof during the last two years of that period. He is/was a member of over 30 professional societies, in many of which he has held offices.

He has published some 140 papers and monographs pertinent to his research interests in neuroanatomy, human stereotaxy, proprioception, neural suppression and extinction, intracranial pressure, epilepsy, Parkinsonism and other abnormal movement disorders, aphasia, consciousness, neurocommunication, neurosemantics, the infracort-ical mechanisms of libido and potency, ultrasonics in neurosurgery and medical education.

Dr. Meyers retried from practice in 1975, and lives in Pensacola. His wife, the former Pauline Simmons has recently died.

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