Robert  W.  Rand, PhD
Senior: 1983

ROBERT WHEELER RAND was born January 28, 1923, in Los Angeles, California, the only son of Dr. Carl Wheeler Rand and Katherine Humphrey Rand. Received undergraduate training at Harvard College (1940-42) and the UCLA Naval Training Program (1942-44). He was a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Medicine (M.D., 1947). Internship, assistant residency, and residency in neurological surgery were all done at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He earned an M.S. in Surgery (1951) and a Ph.D. in Anatomy (1952) from the University of Michigan, under the direction of Drs. Frederick Coller, Max Peet, and Elizabeth Crosby. In 1952, he entered private practice in neurological surgery with Carl W. Rand, and remained with him for a year before joining the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine (1953). He remained at UCLA until 1989, with the exception of two years of active service as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve Medical Corps (1954-56). Achieved the rank of Professor of Neurological Surgery at UCLA in 1968. In 1989, he became Professor of Neurological Surgery, Emeritus at UCLA and Clinical Professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California.

Since 1989, has been active in private practice in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California, developing a new stereotactic radiosurgical device, immunotherapy for malignant brain tumors, neural transplantation for Parkinson’s disease, and cryosurgery and MRI for movement disorders. Currently is Associate Medical Director for Neuro-Oncology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica.

Dr. Rand has written and edited several books: Intraspinal Tumors in Childhood (1960); Microsurgical Neuroanatomy Atlas (1967); Cryosurgery (1968); three editions of Microneurosurgery (1969, 1978, 1985); and Compresion Neurovascular de los Pares Craneales (1992). Published 250 scientific papers and chapters. He holds a number of patents.

He developed surgical operations at UCLA, including: Lissauer Tractolysis for Pain; Substantia Nigrolysis for Dystonia; Stereotactic Yttrium 90 Hypophysectomy for Diabetic Retinopathy; Stereotactic Cryohypopyhysectomy for Pituitary Tumors; Microsurgery of the Common Bile Duct; Stereotactic Ferrothrombosis of Aneurysms with a Super-conduction Magnet; Ferrosilicone Embolization of Renal Tumors; Thermomagnetic Surgery for Cancer; Cryolumpectomy for Breast Cancer; Hyperthermia Chemotherapy for Malignant Brain Tumors; and suboccipital Transmeatal Microsurgical Operation for Acoustic Neuromas Resection and Cranial Nerve Preservation. In 1979, installed the first Gamma Knife in the United States at UCLA.

He was an early adopter of a number of techniques such as microsurgery, implanted electrodes for epilepsy, and IL-4 pseudomonas toxin for gliomas.

He is a recipient of the UCLA Distinguished Service Medal.

On December 17, 1949 he married Helen Pierce. They have three children, Carl, Richard, and Helen.

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