Lindsay Symon, MD
LINDSAY SYMON was born in Aberdeen, Scotland on November 4, 1929. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and Aberdeen University, graduating with honors and the Lyon Prize for the most distinguished graduate of the year in Medicine in December 1951. He was House Officer to Professors Harold Fullerton and W. C. Wilson in Medicine and surgery in the Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, and then served in the Royal army Medical Corps as a Junior Specialist in Surgery. During this time he met and married Pauline Barbara Rowland. They have three children, a son and two daughters.
He returned to Aberdeen as a Research Fellow in Surgery, and subsequently Surgical Registrar, and then spent some years with the Medical Research Council, the foundation of his interest in cerebrovascular research. He joined Valentine Logue in the Maida Vale Hospital, remaining with him as Registrar and first Assistant until his appointment to the staff of the National Hospitals in 1965. Having spent one year as a Rockefeller Travelling Fellow in the United States, he developed a cerebrovascular research laboratory in Queen Square with a part time appointment on the external staff of the M.R.C., in addition to his clinical appointment as consultant neurosurgeon. He became Professor of Neurological Surgery in London University at the Institute of Neurology and the National Hospital in 1978, and was Senior Surgeon in the National Hospitals Group from 1981 until his retirement in 1995.
He held Honorary appointments as Consultant Neurosurgeon in St. Thomas Hospital, the Post Graduate Medical School, the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and the Italian Hospital. He was Adjunct Professor in Surgery at the Southwestern Medical School of Texas in Dallas, and Civilian Advisor in Neurosurgery to the Royal Navy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and London, and an Honorary fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a Freeman of the City of London. He was a founding member of the Editorial Board of Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery and its Chief Editor for some 10 years. He was a Vice President of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies from 1975 to 1979, and a member of its Training Committee from 1979 to 1983. He was President of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies from 1989 to 1983, and an Honorary or Corresponding Member of some 10 Neurosurgical Societies. He was visiting Professor in clinics in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, China, India, Japan and several European Countries.
His publications include papers on Acoustic Neuroma, Aneurysms, Craniopharyngioma and other Neurosurgical topics, while his Research publications concentrated on ischaemic vascular disease, the ischaemic penumbra and the use of Evoked Potentials in the Clinic and Laboratory.
Honors include Commander of the Order of The British Empire and the Territorial Decoration. He was awarded the John Hunter Medal and Triennial Prize of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Zulch Medal of the Max-Planek Gesselschaft, the Ottfried Foerster Medal of the German Society of Neurosurgeons and the Jamieson medal of the Australasian Society. He is an Honorary Fellow of the royal Society of Medicine. Since retiring, he has been President of the Harveian Society of London.
He now lives in Wiltshire, dividing his time between archeology, prehistory, gardening and golf.
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