Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, the recently named head of the Department of Neurosurgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and neurosurgeon-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH), is also now the inaugural Ralph G. Dacey Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery.
The professorship was funded by dozens of friends, colleagues and admirers of Dacey, the Henry G. & Edith R. Schwartz Professor of Neurological Surgery. Dacey served as the head of the neurosurgery department at the School of Medicine and neurosurgeon-in-chief at BJH from 1989 to earlier this year.
Zipfel, a noted expert on aneurysms and other disorders of blood vessels in the brain, was installed by Chancellor Andrew D. Martin and David H. Perlmutter, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs, the George and Carol Bauer Dean of the School of Medicine, and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor.
“I’m honored to recognize both Dr. Dacey and Dr. Zipfel with this professorship,” Martin said. “Under Dr. Dacey’s leadership, the Department of Neurosurgery grew into one of the best in the world, known for cutting-edge research, high-quality and compassionate care, and world-class neurosurgical training. Dr. Zipfel – an accomplished neurosurgeon, teacher and scientist – is an able successor to Dr. Dacey, and I believe he will help build on our momentum of national and international leadership in neurosurgery at Washington University and BJC HealthCare.”