Rhoton, Albert L., Jr.
R.D. Keene Family Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32610
ALBERT L. RHOTON, JR. graduated from Washington University School of Medicine with the highest academic standing in the Class of 1959. He interned at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and returned to Washington University and Barnes Hospital where he completed his neurosurgery residency and a one year NIH Research Fellowship in Neuroanatomy. It was during this fellowship that he began his studies of microsurgical anatomy that are now so widely published.
In January 1966, he joined the staff of the Mayo Clinic and in 1972, he assumed the position of Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Neurological Surgery at the University of Florida where he organized microsurgery courses that have been attended by more than 1000 surgeons and residents. In 1981, the Division was awarded departmental status and he became the R.D. Keene Family Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery. That same year, the University of Florida recognized his service by giving him the Distinguished Faculty Award. One of his career-long dreams was realized in 1999 with the construction of the Brain Institute at the University of Florida at which he served as Clinical Director.
He has served as President of the AANS, CNS, the SNS, Florida Neurological Society, the North American Skull Base Society, the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Craniofacial and Skull Base Surgery, the International Society for Neurological Technology and Instrument Intervention, and the International Society for the Study of Microsurgical Anatomy. He has also served as Vice Chairman of the ABNS, Chairman of the Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery, Governor of the ACS, and a Member of the Neurosurgery Appeals Panel of the ACGME.
He received an Alumni Achievement Award from the Washington University School of Medicine, the Cushing Medal of the AANS, the Medal of Honor of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, and the Golden Neuron Award of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery. He has also received the Founders’ Laurel Award and been the Honored Guest of the CNS. He has been the Honored Guest or elected to honorary membership in more than 20 neurosurgical societies throughout the world. He has served on the Editorial Board of more than one dozen journals and has authored more than 400 articles and two books. He recently completed the Millennium and 35th Anniversary Issues of NEUROSURGERY that were based on his studies of microsurgical anatomy. His book on Cranial Anatomy and Surgical Approaches has been translated into several languages. He has developed more than 200 instruments for neurosurgery. At the time of becoming Chairman Emeritus in 1999, colleagues created the Rhoton Chairman’s Endowed Professorship at the University of Florida, a gift that with matching funds has grown to more than $5 million. At the time of turning over the Chairmanship, the Department had 11 endowed chairs and more than $15 million in endowments. He and his wife Joyce have four children, all pursuing medical careers. They have 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.