Suzie C. Tindall, MD, FAANS(L)
Suzie C. Tindall was born on September 16, 1944 in Norfolk, Virginia Naval Hospital, the first child and only daughter of Warren P. Cunningham, Jr., and Ellen Benner Cunningham. Her father, an attorney, and later a State Civil District court judge dedicated much of his professional time to developing and teaching in the National College for state trial judges. Her mother, though educated as a registered nurse, never worked outside of the home and raised three children.
She decided early in life that she wanted to be a physician. At age 16 she began working in the hospital, first as a nurses aide feeding healthy newborns and then as a janitor and scrub tech in the labor and delivery department, a job she held during summers in college. She attended Duke University as an undergraduate taking the typical premedical curriculum and finishing in 1966 with a B.A. in chemistry. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston graduating AOA in 1970. The first two years of study were made unduly difficult because of financial insecurity. She worked at several jobs - phlebotomist, laboratory technician - support herself. A small scholarship loan for the last two years enabled better concentration on the medical curriculum.
Medical internship at Vanderbilt University Hospital was followed by a return to the University of Texas for a neurology residency under Dr. John Calvery. She married George Tindall, the Chairman of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and in 1973 moved to Atlanta, Georgia with him where he accepted the position as Chief of Neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, and she completed her neurology residency. She entered the private practice of neurology in DeKalb County, Georgia.
In 1978 she returned to the Emory University School of Medicine and entered a neurosurgical residency. Upon finishing the residency, she accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Emory. She has remained at Emory and is currently Professor of Neurological Surgery and Assistant Professor of Neurology. She is a member of multiple professional organizations including the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, The Society of Neurological Surgeons, The Congress of Neurological Surgeons, The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, The Southern Neurosurgical Society and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.
Her academic interests have centered around surgical disorders of the peripheral nerves and education of neurosurgical residents and medical students. She has been extensively involved in the administration of the Emory Clinic, a multi-specialty physician corporation associated with Emory University. She has been a strong advocate of equal opportunities for women, mostly by example. She is the President-Elect of the Southern Neurosurgical Society, has been President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society and is the first female member of The American Academy of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Tindall enjoys all aspects of wood working and home remodeling, loves sailing and other beachside activities; she has become an avid golfer. She retired from practice in 2000.
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