The Charles G. Drake Professorship Lecture is named for London’s first and one of the world’s foremost neurosurgeons. Dr. Drake was trained by Canada’s first neurosurgeon, Dr. Kenneth McKenzie of Toronto. In the early 1950's there were very few direct operations being done for ruptured brain aneurysms. However, Dr. McKenzie thought there might be a future in it and suggested that Charlie Drake should have a “crack” at it. The person and the opportunity had met. Dr. Drake carefully developed and perfected methods for tackling aneurysms in various locations under the brain. He and his radiologist partner Dr. John Allcock were among the first to recognize the condition of delayed cerebral vasospasm after aneurysm bleeding. With his anesthesiologist partner Dr. Ron Aitken (see Aitken Memorial Lecture), he evaluated profound hypotension and hypothermia to protect the brain during surgery. He invented new devices including the fenestrated clip to better treat unusually complex aneurysms. Most importantly, Dr. Drake looked critically at the results of his work, recording observations on track sheets, and asking himself why things sometimes went wrong during surgery, and how it might have been done better.
The 2018 Charles G. Drake Professor is Dr. Fernando Vinuela, Professor Emeritus, UCLA, Los Angeles. Dr. Vinuela completed his radiology resident training at Western(78) and went on to complete a radiology fellowship at Western(79) as well as neurointerventional fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh(79) and Western(80).
Dr. Vinuela was a pioneer in the treatment of brain aneurysms and has had a long cherished history with the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at Western from his years serving here as an interventional radiologist and Associate Professor of Radiology(80-86) before going to UCLA where he served as a Professor of Radiology/Neuroradiology(86-10), Director of the Division of Interventional Neuroradiology(86-13), Director of Translational Research(86-13), and the Co-Director of the UCLA Stroke Centre(95-13). Dr. Vinuela is currecntly the Assistant Director of the UCLA Radiology Mentorship Program and the Assistant Director of the UCLA Translational Research Laboratory.
Over the course of his illustrious career, Dr. Vinuela has authored over 400 publications and given over 400 scientific presentations. He has contributed to 22 patented new medical devices, trained over 400 clinical fellows, and cared for thousands of patients with brian aneurysms, vascular malformations, and spinal arteriovenous malformations. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the President’s Award from Uruguay, the Citizenship Award from Uruguayan Parliament, Professor Honoris Causa of University of Uruguay, and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the UCLA School of Medicine
Resident Teaching Sessions
Monday January 29th, Time TBD
Location: LHSC-Univeristy Hospital, Auditorium C
Topic: An Unplanned and Unfinished Journey Through Objectives, Cultures, and Diversity
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Location: LHSC-University Hospital, Auditorium A