Frank  H.  Mayfield, MD
President: 1967-1968
Distinguished Service Award: 1981


FRANK H. MAYFIELD was born in Hampton County, near Garnett, South Carolina, on June 23, 1908. His pre-medical studies were at the University of North Carolina. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1931. After completing the neurosurgical training program in 1935, under Dr. Claude Coleman and Dr. Gayle Crutchfield, he studied at the University of Louisville under Dr. R. Glen Spurling, until 1937.

He entered private practice in Cincinnati on July 1, 1937, as Chairman of the Surgical Training Committee in General Surgery at the Good Samaritan Hospital. In WW II, 1942-1945, he was Chief of Neurosurgery at the Perch Jones Hospital, Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1946, he returned as Director of Neurosurgery at the Good Samaritan and Christ Hospitals, Cincinnati, which became affiliated in the Graduate Training Program in Neurological Surgery at the University of Cincinnati, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Evans. Dr. Mayfield was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery). In 1951, he was placed on leave from the faculty in order to serve on the Board of Directors of the University. In 1968, he returned to the faculty as Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery).

The group practice which he initiated included neurologists and neuroscientists as well as neurosurgeons. On his 65th birthday, the members of the group named the practice The Mayfield Neurological Institute, which became the focal point of a free-standing training program in neurological surgery based at the Good Samaritan and Christ Hospitals. He was President or Chairman of several medical organizations, including: Cincinnati Academy of Medicine; Ohio State Medical Association; American Academy of Neurosurgeons; American Board of neurological Surgery and the Harvey Cushing Society.

As President of the Harvey Cushing Society, he proclaimed neurosurgery organized under that Society in 1964-65 and his unique leadership, effective oratory and personality was successful in giving neurosurgery its present prominent position in medicine with a single spokesman of the Association of Neurological Surgeons.

His active participation in civic and legal affairs produced the model to insure physicians the right to be taxed as a corporation. His interest in medical instrumentation created the original intracranial aneurysm clip and most neurosurgeons are familiar with the widely used Mayfield Neurosurgical Headrest.

His honors include: Honorary D.Sci. degree from University of Cincinnati (1971); Distinguished Service Award, American Board of Neurological Surgery (1969); Honored Guest, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (1979); Distinguished Service Award, AMA (1980); member AOA; A Great Living Cincinnatian Award, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce (1980); First recipient of Harvey Cushing Medal, AANS (1977); Elected to membership in Xeiron (1981); Appointed Honorary President, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (1981); Establishment of a Mayfield Award for excellence in spine research, Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Mayfield and his first wife had four children. After her death, he married Belle (Mayfield). Dr. Mayfield died in 1991.

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