History of UIC Neurosurgery

History of UIC Neurosurgery 2017-05-25T11:35:35+00:00

History of UIC Neurosurgery

The Founding of the Neuropsychiatric Institute
(the NPI)

The University of Illinois at Chicago established the Neuropsychiatric Institute, dedicated to the study of the neurosciences, in 1939. It was the first institute of its kind in the United States and promoted many advances in the fields of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Psychiatry. The Department of Neurosurgery has included such illustrious figures as Dr. Eric Oldberg (the first Department Head), Dr. Paul Bucy, and Dr. Percival Bailey.

Laying the of the cornerstone of The Neuropsychiatric Institute, May 9, 1939

Laying the of the cornerstone of The Neuropsychiatric Institute, May 9, 1939

The NPI in 1940

The NPI in 1940

Dedication Ceremony: June 6, 1942

Dedication Ceremony: June 6, 1942

Surgery at the NPI

The first operating room case was on December 9, 1941 which was performed by Drs. Oldberg and Green. The next day these two doctors would perform the second case involving a ventricular tumor.

One of the most notable cases to take place was the separation of the conjoined Brodie twins in 1952. The surgeon, Dr. Oscar Surgar, was able to successfully separate the twins, however, only one was to survive the procedure. The remaining twin, Rodney, lived until the age 11.

The Brodie Twins

The Brodie Twins

Rodney Brodie at the age of 10

Rodney Brodie at the age of 10

Surgery on the 7th Floor of the North Tower, NPI

Surgery on the 7th Floor of the North Tower, NPI

Surgery to separate the Brodie twins, performed by Dr. O. Sugar

Surgery to separate the Brodie twins, performed by Dr. O. Sugar

The Men Behind the Masks:
the First neurosurgeons at the NPI

Eric Oldberg (Cushing resident)
Percival Bailey (Cushing resident)
Paul Bucy
James Poppen
Wesley Gustafson
Milton Tinsley
Joshua Spiegel
Oscar Sugar
Luis Amador
Dr. Sugar during Friday morning rounds. (1981)

Dr. Sugar during Friday morning rounds. (1981)

Mayor Richard J. Daley and Dr. Eric Oldberg (1975)

Mayor Richard J. Daley and Dr. Eric Oldberg (1975)

Dr. Oldberg and Dr. Bailey

Dr. Oldberg and Dr. Bailey

Drs. Harvey Cushing and Eric Oldberg

Drs. Harvey Cushing and Eric Oldberg

Dr. H. Cushing

Dr. H. Cushing

 Chairmen of the NPI

Eric Oldberg, 1936 – 1971
Oscar Sugar, 1971 – 1981
Robert Crowell, 1982 – 1989
James Ausman, 1991 – 2001
Fady T. Charbel, 2001 – present
 Oscar Sugar

Oscar Sugar

 James Ausman

James Ausman

Eric Oldberg

Eric Oldberg

 Robert Crowell

Robert Crowell

 Fady T. Charbel

Fady T. Charbel