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Duke Names Acclaimed Surgeon-Scientist as Chair of Department of Neurosurgery

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DURHAM, N.C. – Gerald Arthur Grant, M.D., an internationally known surgeon-scientist, has been named the new chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Duke University School of Medicine, effective April 1, 2022.

Grant returns to Duke from Stanford University, where he is currently an endowed professor and chief of pediatric neurosurgery.

In 2006, Grant joined Duke’s faculty as an associate professor in the Department of Surgery after serving in active duty in the United States Air Force. He was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He left Duke in 2013 to become chief of pediatric neurosurgery and vice chair of neurosurgery at Stanford. He also serves an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Stanford.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Grant back to Duke,” said Mary E. Klotman, M.D., dean of the Duke University School of Medicine. “A preeminent clinician, scientist and educator, Dr. Grant brings experience, knowledge and skills acquired over his distinguished 30-year career to guide our outstanding Neurosurgery Department into the future. His vision, collaborative spirit and leadership will be instrumental in advancing the School of Medicine’s mission of excellence in patient care, discovery, education, and community partnership.” 

Grant specializes in treating pediatric and young adults with brain tumors and medically refractory epilepsy. His research focuses on innovative ways to open the blood-brain barrier to improve the delivery of novel drugs and immunotherapy to target brain tumors. 

Grant is currently an investigator on several initiatives funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) relating to brain tumors, focused ultrasound, brain tumor immunotherapy and concussion. He is an author on 280 peer-reviewed journal articles, holds several leadership positions nationally, and serves on multiple editorial boards in neurosurgery.

Grant received his undergraduate degree in neurosciences at Duke University and his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Washington in Seattle and fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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