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William H. Feindel, MD
WILLIAM FEINDEL was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada, on 12 July1918.
He completed his undergraduate education at Acadia University in 1939. He was Rhodes Scholar from Nova Scotia to Merton College, Oxford University (1939). He received an MSc in physiology from Dalhousie University (1942), M.D. , CM from McGill University (1945) and a DPhil in neuroanatomy from Oxford University (1949). He was also awarded honorary DSc from Acadia University (1963) and McGill (1984), honorary LLD from Mount Allison University (1983) and the University of Saskatchewan (1966).
Dr Feindel did post-graduate studies at Dalhousie University, Oxford University (under Professor LeGros Clark, Dr. Graham Weddell, and Sir Hugh Cairns, 1946-49), The National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square (clinical clerk under Sir Charles Symonds, 1949), and at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), (under Drs Elvidge, Cone, Penfield, McNaughton and Jasper, 1949-1953). He was in neurosurgical practice with Dr Wilder Penfield and Assistant Neurosurgeon at the MNI and Royal Victoria Hospital (1953-55). He became the first director of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital, Saskatoon, and Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Saskatchewan (1955-59). He was William Vernon Cone Professor of Neurosurgery at McGill University (1959-1988), Founder and Director of The Cone Laboratory for Neurosurgical Research (1960-1984), Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at the Montreal Neurological Hospital (MNH) (1963-1972) and the Royal Victoria Hospital (1972-1984).
His memberships include the AANS, Canadian Neurological Society, Canadian Neurosurgical Society (President 1968-69), Montreal Neurological Society (President, 1962), Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Diplomate, ABNS, ACS, AAcNS (President 1976), SNS, (Vice President 1978), American Neurological Association, (Vice President 1976), L’Association des neurochirurgiens du Quebec (President 1964).
In the 1950s, working with Drs Penfield, Jasper and Gloor, Dr Feindel emphasized the role of the amygdala in temporal lobe seizures. In the 1960s, he developed with Charles Hodge and Lucas Yamamoto, the technique of fluorescein angiography for the surgery of AVMs. He established and directed the Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) at the MNI (1960-1986). He was Governor (1980-1990) and Chancellor of Acadia University, Nova Scotia (1991-1996). He continues as Senior Consultant in neurosurgery at the MNI (since 1984), member of the expert panel on neurosciences of the WHO (since 1976), member of the Board of Curators of the Osler Library, McGill (since 1963), Honourary Osler Librarian (since 1998), Curator of the Wilder Penfield Archive (since 1977), and member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honour Society (since 1960). In 1973 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 1982 awarded the Order of Canada. He was selected in 1998 by the American Epilepsy Society for the J Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Epilepsy Care; elected Grand Officier de 1’Ordre national de Quebec in 2002; and Laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2001 the William Feindel Chair of Neuro-Oncology was endowed at McGill and the MNI.
Dr Feindel has over 500 publications to his credit.
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