MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Julian Bailes, M.D., has resigned his post as chair of the Department of Neurosurgery in the West Virginia University School of Medicine to become the chairman of the neurosurgery program at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill., and a professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Bailes has served as chair of the WVU Department of Neurosurgery since 2000. Since his appointment, the department has grown both in numbers and in its national and international reputation, and patients from around the world have come to Morgantown for complex and difficult brain surgery.

Bailes has also led a national effort to prevent and treat brain injuries among athletes. He is the founding director of the Brain Injury Research Institute, based in Morgantown, and medical director of the Center for Study of Retired Athletes, based at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

“I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Dr. Julian Bailes for his work at West Virginia University over the past decade,” said Christopher C. Colenda. M.D., M.P.H., WVU’s chancellor for health sciences. “Hundreds of people in West Virginia, and far beyond our state’s borders, have been the beneficiaries of his skills and have come to trust him in the most difficult hours of their lives.  Through his work, physicians, athletes, coaches and the public at large have learned much about the dangers of head injuries and concussions in sports. His clinical work and research have led to real changes in how we protect and treat athletes on the playing field and in our clinics and hospitals.”

Arthur J. Ross III, M.D., dean of the WVU School of Medicine, said that Bailes’ move will be felt as a loss at the school. “But he has a great opportunity in Chicago, and we wish him nothing but the best in his new position. We’re very fortunate that he leaves behind an impressive group of neurosurgeons – most of whom he recruited to Morgantown and to WVU. Our patients, our research and our training programs in the Department of Neurosurgery are in extremely capable hands.”  

Dr. Ross has appointed Charles L. Rosen, M.D., to serve as interim chair after Bailes’ departure and Sanford E. Emery, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedics, to lead a national search for the next chair of neurosurgery.

Bruce McClymonds, president and CEO of WVU Hospitals, said Bailes’ work had contributed greatly to the growth of WVU’s hospitals and clinics. “Dr. Bailes has been a vital member of our WVU Healthcare community for more than a decade. His work as a neurosurgeon has attracted patients from across the country and around the world.”

For more information: Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
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