Anthony  J.  Raimondi, MD
Senior: 1994

1928-2000

ANTHONY J. RAIMONDI was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 16, 1928. He is a graduate of the University of Rome, M.D., 1954, and did all of his post-graduate studies in Chicago: neurosurgery, pediatric neurology and pediatric neurosurgery, neuroanatomy, neuropathology, electron microscopy at the University of Chicago and Children’s Memorial Hospital. His teachers, to whom he is forever indebted were Gianluigi Crema, Joseph Evans, Sean Mullan, Douglas Buchanan, Orville Bailey, Percival Bailey, Raymond Glasen, Ruth Rhines, Luis Amador, Harvey White.

He was elected to Omega Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Alpha Omega Alpha. He was Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University of Rome "La Sapienza," and Emeritus Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery), Anatomy and Cell Biology at Northwestern University in Chicago. From 1963 to 1969 he served as Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cook County Hospital and the Cook County Graduate School of Medicine, from 1969-1980 as Chairman of the Division of Neurosurgery at Children’s Memorial Hospital, from 1972-1982 as Chairman of the Division of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University. From 1956 to 1990 his investigative activities focused upon the fine structure of normal glia, cerebral edema, human brain tumors, human lead encephalopathy, and the oncogenesis of perineural fibroblastoma. During the same time frame, his clinical work consisted of a detailed analysis of the neuroradiological characteristic, therapeutic procedures, psychomotor function, and social quotients of children with congenital hydrocephalus, with particular emphasis given to pediatric cerebral angiography and the study of two strains (HY 3 and CH) of murine mutants with congenital hydrocephalus. From 1962 to 1994 he was continuously active in the study of neurosurgical techniques peculiar to infants and children, neurosurgical education, and integrating pediatric neurosurgery as a clinical scientific discipline into the general specialty of neurosurgery and socio-economic health care systems.

Dr. Raimondi was instrumental in the founding of: the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (past Secretary and President); the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (1st President), The Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery of the AANS; the International Society for Pediatric Skull Base (1st President), Italian Skull Base Society (Treasurer). He is presently President of the European Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery. Among the honors conferred upon him were: Knighthood of the Republic of Italy, honorary member of the Japan Neurosurgical Society, Man of the Year of the City of Chicago; among his 80 invitations as visiting professor/guest lecturer are the Universities of Paris (Salpetrier), Rome, Oxford, Coimbra, Norway, Harvard, California, and Pittsburgh.

He was the founder and first editor of Child’s Nervous System (formerly Child’s Brain) and of Critical Reviews in Neurosurgery; he wrote 14 books, 37 chapters and 135 articles in pediatric neurosurgical and educational topics; 10 of his students became department or division chairmen in neurosurgery or pediatric neurosurgery.

Anthony J. Raimondi had three children: Marco, Laura, and Paolo (deceased in a boating accident in 1978); was married to Lucia Duran (1986); and resided in the Valpolicella, just outside of Verona, where he enjoyed his hobby of cultivating his vineyard.

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