Charles A. Fager, MD, FAANS(L)
CHARLES ANTHONY FAGER was born in Nassau, Bahamas, British West Indies, on January 16, 1924. He was graduated from Wagner College and New York State University - Downstate Medical Center (M.D., 1946). His internship (1946-47) and residency in general surgery (1947-48) were both served at Syracuse University Medical Center. He was a Resident in Neurosurgery at Cushing VA Hospital, Framingham, Massachusetts (1950-52), and was a Fellow in Neurosurgery at Lahey Clinic (1952-53).
In 1953, he joined the staff of the Lahey Clinic, and was Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, from 1963-1984. The Department developed in 1933, by Gilbert Horrax, and later chaired by James L. Poppen, has maintained its emphasis on clinical neurosurgery, especially surgical technique, throughout its 62 years of existence. He was Assistant in Surgery, Harvard Medical School (1967-72), and has been Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School since 1972.
His early interests and publications were in the areas of stereotactic surgery for movement disorders, pituitary ablation for diabetic retinopathy and metastatic cancer, and the intracranial surgery of large pituitary tumors. His work with Poppen on intracranial aneurysms resulted in a number of joint publications.
Exposure at the Lahey Clinic to many patients who have undergone unsuccessful spinal surgery, directed his attention to this area in the last 20 years. His publications have dealt with the appropriate selection of patients, the proper indications and operations for surgery, and have also emphasized the importance of posterior and posterolateral operations for cervical disc lesions. As a result of this particular interest, he has spoken regularly at a number of postgraduate courses and seminars, and has contributed to several chapters in textbooks devoted to these areas, including his own single authored text published in 1989. He has made over 127 contributions to the medical literature.
Dr. Fager is a member of: American Medical Association; Massachusetts Medical Society; New England Neurosurgical Society (past-President); Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry (past-President); The AANS and the CNS, American College of Surgeons (past-Chairman, Advisory Council for Neurosurgery; Chairman, Advisory Council Chairman); Neurosurgical Society of America (past-President); Boston Surgical Society; Argentine Neurosurgical Association; and the Venezuelan Society of Neurosurgery. From 1973 to 1992 he was Vice-Chairman of the Lahey Clinic Board of Governors, and has also been Chairman of the Medical Practice Council and Chairman of the Surgical Division of the Lahey Clinic Medical Center. In addition, he is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha.
Dr. Fager received the Dudley Award in Medicine from New York State University Downstate Medical Center. He also received the Lifetime achievement Award from the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine of the AANS & CNS in 1992. He served as a member of the American Board of Neurological Surgery from 1976 to 1983. He has given several guest lectures including the Teachenor Memorial, The Balado Memorial and the Gardner Lectures. In 2000, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Neurological Society of America.
He is married to the former Margaret Bulkley. They have four children: Christopher, Gregory, Mary Louise and Jeffrey.
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