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Spotlight: Donlin Long, MD, PhD (1960 to 1965) – Bringing a Legacy of Excellence from Minnesota to Johns Hopkins

Donlin Long, MD, PhD

Upon completion of a year-long internship in the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery, Donlin Long, MD, PhD, decided on a scientific career in neurosurgery. From 1960 to 1964, he completed both his residency in neurosurgery and his PhD in neuroanatomy, also at the U. Dr. Long then completed a chief residency (fellowship) in pediatric neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston, MA, in 1965.

Moving to Johns Hopkins
After serving in the U.S. Public Health Service as a clinical associate at the National Institutes of Health's branch of surgical neurology, Dr. Long was appointed chief of neurosurgery in 1967 at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Hospital. In 1973, he was recruited by Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD, to succeed A. Earl Walker, MD, as director of the Department of Neurosurgery, when the division was made an independent section outside the umbrella of the department of surgery. He led his department to become one of the best of its kind, responsible for major contributions to the understanding of brain systems, brain tumor therapy, and pain treatment. Twenty-three of his trainees went on to head neurosurgery departments or divisions in hospitals and medical schools all over the world.

As department director, Dr. Long developed an infrastructure for neurosurgical patient care at Johns Hopkins while advancing the standards for pain care around the world. During his tenure as director, he also held appointments at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and in the Applied Physics Laboratory at The Johns Hopkins University. He held this post until 2000, when he stepped down to devote his time to research, education, and patient care.

Electrostimulation pioneer
According to the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Portrait Collection, Dr. Long’s areas of interest included pediatric neurosurgery, skull base tumors, and the nature and treatment of spinal pain. He was one of the pioneers of the use of electrostimulation for the treatment of back pain and was instrumental in developing transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) for clinical practice. He also designed an implantable peripheral nerve stimulator to aid patients with severe spinal pain.

Dr. Long founded the Johns Hopkins Blaustein Chronic Pain Clinic, which was funded by former patient Dr. Morton Blaustein. In 2001, he was appointed a Distinguished Service Professor at Johns Hopkins.

In 2010, Dr. Long retired from Johns Hopkins and opened a private clinical practice in Lutherville, MD, with emphasis on diagnosing spinal problems and treating them with non-operative measures. He also consulted on issues of legal liability, product development and liability, medical education issues, neuroscience centers, and operating room design.

Distinguished career
The author or co-author of 276 academic articles, 116 book chapters, and 16 books, Dr. Long also served on 15 editorial boards, and was a founding editor for Spine and Neurosurgery Quarterly. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Cervical Spine Research Society, International Association for the Study of Pain, and International Collaboration for Competency Based Medical Education.

His legacy lives on in the Donlin M. Long Award, which honors those who have served the Johns Hopkins community in advancing the standards of pain care and embody the institution’s dedication to alleviating suffering and pain (the latest award given was in 2018). In addition, the Donlin M. Long Professorship in Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine was established in 1999 by patients, colleagues, and friends in his honor.

Dr. Long is married to Harriett Page Long, has three children and four grandchildren.

Former Residents

2020

David DarrowDavid Darrow, MD, MPH
2013–2020
Coridon QuinnCoridon Quinn, MD
2013-2020

2019

Molly Hubbard, MDMolly Hubbard, MD
2012–2019
(deceased 1-9-2020)
Joshua Lim, MDJoshua Lim, MD
2012-2019

2018

Amit Goyal, MDAmit Goyal, MD
2011–2018
Akshay Gupte, MDAkshay Gupte, MD
2011-2018

2017

Paramita Das, MDParamita Das, MD
2011–2017
Catherine Miller, MDCatherine Miller, MD
2011-2017

2016

Ciro Vasquez, MDCiro Vasquez, MD
2010–2016
Zoe Zhang, MDZoe Zhang, MD
2010–2016

2015

Daraspreet Kainth, MDDaraspreet Kainth, MD
2009–2015
Dino Terzic, MDDino Terzic, MD
2009-2015

2014

Kristin Jones, MDKristin Jones, MD
2012-2014
Farhan Siddiq, MDFarhan Siddiq, MD
2008-2014

2013

Rabia Qaiser, MDRabia Qaiser, MD
2008-2013
Haejoe Park, MDHaejoe Park, MD
2008-2013

2012

Fotis Souslian, MDFotis Souslian, MD
2007-2012
Efkan Colpan, MDEfkan Colpan, MD
2009-2012

2011

Christopher Roark, MDChristopher Roark, MD
2006-2011

2010

Greg Sher, MD, MPHGreg Sher, MD, MPH
2005-2010
Kyle Uittenbogaard, MDKyle Uittenbogaard, MD
2005-2010
Praveen Baimeedi, MDPraveen Baimeedi, MD
2006-2010

2009

Joel Ulloth, MDJoel Ulloth, MD
2004-2009

2008

Hart P. Garner, MDHart P. Garner, MD
2003-2008

2007

John Drygas, MD, MSJohn Drygas, MD, MS
2002-2007
Eun Kyung (Michelle) Won, MDEun Kyung (Michelle) Won, MD
2002-2007

2006

Adam O. Hebb, MDAdam O. Hebb, MD
2001-2006
Charles R. Watts, MD, PhDCharles R. Watts, MD, PhD
2001-2006

2005

Edward Rustamzadeh, MD, PhDEdward Rustamzadeh, MD, PhD
2000-2005

2004

Ray M. Chu, MDRay M. Chu, MD
1999-2004
Ramachandra P. Tummala, MDRamachandra P. Tummala, MD
1999-2004
Sabrina M. Walski-Easton, MDSabrina M. Walski-Easton, MD
1999-2004

2003

Patrick C. Graupman, MDPatrick C. Graupman, MD
1998-2003

2002

Lars Anker, MDLars Anker, MD
1997-2002
Khalid Sethi, MDKhalid Sethi, MD
1997-2002

2001

Darren S. Lovick, MDDarren S. Lovick, MD
1996-2001
Margaret A. Wallenfriedman, MD, PhDMargaret
Wallen-
friedman,
MD, PhD
1995-2001

2000

Walter C. Jean, MDWalter C. Jean, MD
1994-2000
Michael P. McCue, MD, ScDMichael P. McCue, MD, ScD
1994-2000
Alejandro Mendez, MDAlejandro Mendez, MD
1994-1999

1998

Walter E. Galicich, MDWalter E. Galicich, MD
1993-1998
Joel D. Seigel, MDJoel D. Seigel, MD
1993-1998
Bradley E. Weprin, MDBradley E. Weprin, MD
1993-1998

1997

Jerone D. Kennedy, MDJerone D. Kennedy, MD
1991-1997
Eric S. Nussbaum, MDEric S. Nussbaum, MD
1992-1997
Abhay Sanan, MDAbhay Sanan, MD
1992-1997

1996

Jeffrey P. Blount, MDJeffrey P. Blount, MD
1990-1996
Eric P. Flores, MDEric P. Flores, MD
1992-1996
Edison P. McDaniels, MDEdison P. McDaniels, MD
1991-1996

1995

Todd Y. Nida, MDTodd Y. Nida, MD
1989-1995

1994

John C. Mullan, MDJohn C. Mullan, MD
1988-1994
Leslie A. Sebring, MD, PhDLeslie A. Sebring, MD, PhD
1991-1994

1993

Paul J. Camarata, MDPaul J. Camarata, MD
1987-1993
Jacques J. Morcos, MDJacques J. Morcos, MD
1990-1993
Mitesh V. Shah, MDMitesh V. Shah, MD
1988-1993

1992

Young Chung, MDYoung Chung, MD
1987-1992
Dennis Y.K. Wen, MDDennis Y.K. Wen, MD
1987-1992

1991

William F. Ganz, MDWilliam F. Ganz, MD
1986-1991
Frank L. Genovese, MDFrank L. Genovese, MD
1986-1991

1990

Christine M. Cox, MDChristine M. Cox, MD
1985-1990

1989

Anthony G. Bottini, MDAnthony G. Bottini, MD
1984-1989
 
1988
Thomas A. Bergman, MDThomas A. Bergman, MD
1983-1988
Mary E. Dunn, MDMary E. Dunn, MD
1983-1988

1987

H. Dennis Mollman, MD, PhDH. Dennis Mollman, MD, PhD
1982-1987
S. David Moss, MDS. David Moss, MD
1982-1987
Aizik L. Wolf, MDAizik L. Wolf, MD
1982-1987

1986

Edward G. Hames III, MD, PhDEdward G. Hames III, MD, PhD
1981-1986

1985

J. Bob Blacklock, MDJ. Bob Blacklock, MD
1980-1985
Gary L. Rea, MD, PhDGary L. Rea, MD, PhD
1979-1985

1983

Voravut Chanyavanich, MDVoravut Chanyavanich, MD
1978-1983
Terry W. Hood, MDTerry W. Hood, MD
1978-1983
Petr O. Ruzicka, MDPetr O. Ruzicka, MD
1978-1983

1982

John C. Godersky, MDJohn C. Godersky, MD
1977-1982
Richard P. Moser, MDRichard P. Moser, MD
1977-1982
Mahmoud G. Nagib, MDMahmoud G. Nagib, MD
1977-1982

1981

Alexa I. Canady, MDAlexa I. Canady, MD
1976-1981
Dennis L. Shubert, MD, PhDDennis L. Shubert, MD, PhD
1977-1981

1980

John R. Mawk, MDJohn R. Mawk, MD
1975-1980

1979

W. H. Druckemiller, Jr., MDW. H. Druckemiller, Jr., MD
1974-1979
Robert D. Harris, MD, PhDRobert D. Harris, MD, PhD
1974-1979

1978

Daniel B. Ahlberg, MDDaniel B. Ahlberg, MD
1971-1972; 1974-1978
Fernando G. Diaz, MD, PhDFernando G. Diaz, MD, PhD
1973-1978

1977

Robert G. Clubb, MDRobert G. Clubb, MD
1972-1977
Kenneth J. Murray, MD, PhDKenneth J. Murray, MD, PhD
1973-1979
Andrew J.K. Smith, MD, PhDAndrew J.K. Smith, MD, PhD
1972-1977

1976

Richard S. Gregory, MDRichard S. Gregory, MD
1967-1970; 1973-1977

1975

George S. Allen, MD, PhDGeorge S. Allen, MD, PhD
1970-1975
Phudhiphorn Thienprasit, MD, PhDPhudhiphorn Thienprasit, MD, PhD
1970-1975

1974

Harry O. Cole, MDHarry O. Cole, MD
1969-1974
Humberto Ortiz-Suarez, MD, PhDHumberto Ortiz-Suarez, MD, PhD
1969-1974
Gaylan L. Rockswold, MD, PhDGaylan L. Rockswold, MD, PhD
1969-1974

1973

Willis E. Brown, MDWillis E. Brown, MD
1968-1973
Norval M. Simms, MDNorval M. Simms, MD
1968-1973
Deceased 7/24/1975

1972

James I. Ausman, MD, PhDJames I. Ausman, MD, PhD
1964-1965; 1969-1972
Kil Soo Choi, MDKil Soo Choi, MD
1970-1972
Harry M. Rogers, MDHarry M. Rogers, MD
1967-1972

1971

Robert E. Maxwell, MD, PhDRobert E. Maxwell, MD, PhD
1966-1971
Anavankot Mohandas, MDAnavankot Mohandas, MD
1966-1971

1970

David Danoff, MDDavid Danoff, MD
1965-1970

1969

John L. Seymour, MDJohn L. Seymour, MD
1965-1969
Donald L. Erickson, MDDonald L. Erickson, MD
1964-1969

1968

Edward L. Seljeskog, MD, PhDEdward L. Seljeskog, MD, PhD
1963-1968
John P. Wissinger, MDJohn P. Wissinger, MD
1963-1968

1967

Michael E. Carey, MDMichael E. Carey, MD
1962-1967

1965

John Cleary, MD, PhDJohn Cleary, MD, PhD
1965
Fernando G. Diaz, MD, PhDFernando Ruiz Garcia, MD
1964-1965
Donlin M. Long, MD, PhDDonlin M. Long, MD, PhD
1960-1965

1964

Warren Boop, MDWarren Boop, MD
1960-1964
August W. Geise, MDAugust W. Geise, MD
1960-1964
Deceased 1/14/1997

1963

Joseph H. Galicich, MDJoseph H. Galicich, MD
1958-1963
John Serbu, MDJohn Serbu, MD
1959-1963
Deceased 12/17/1999

1962

Erich S. Wisiol, MDErich S. Wisiol, MD
1958-1962
Deceased 11/21/2004

1961

Jim L. Story, MDJim L. Story, MD
1956-1961
Jeong Wha Chu, MDJeong Wha Chu, MD
1959-1961
Max E. Zarling, MDMax E. Zarling, MD
1957-1961

1960

Lucien R. Hodges, MDLucien R. Hodges, MD
1956-1960
Deceased 6/19/2000

1959

Richard H. Strassburger, MDRichard H. Strassburger, MD
1956-1959

1957

Bo Sung Sim, MDBo Sung Sim, MD
1955-1957
Ralph L. Suechtin, MDRalph L. Suechtin, MD
1953-1957
James E. McIntosch, MDJames E. McIntosch, MD
1953-1957

1956

Howard Chandler, MDHoward Chandler, MD
1952-1956
Purdue L. Gould, MDPurdue L. Gould, MD
1952-1956
Deceased 8/24/2011

1955

Shelley N. Chou, MD, PhDShelley N. Chou, MD, PhD
1950-1955
Deceased 7/21/2001
William S. Ogle, MDWilliam S. Ogle, MD
1954-1955

1954

David R. Johnson, MDDavid R. Johnson, MD
1948-1954
Deceased 11/4/2005

1953

Carrel M. Caudill, MDCarrel M. Caudill, MD
1949-1953
Deceased 1/1/2006
    
Gerald L. Haines, MD, PhDGerald L. Haines, MD, PhD
1949-1953
Deceased 2/11/2015

1952

Martin E. Feferman, MDMartin E. Feferman, MD
1948-1952
Deceased 5/21/2011

1951

Paul S. Blake, MDPaul S. Blake, MD
1947-1951
Deceased 5/23/1997

1950

Robert L. Merrick, MDRobert L. Merrick, MD
1949-1950
Deceased 10/16/2004
C. Kent Olson, MDC. Kent Olson, MD
1946-1950
Deceased 9/6/2000

1949

Jules D. Levin, MDJules D. Levin, MD
1942-1949
Deceased 2/16/2002

1947

Lyle A. French, MD, PhDLyle A. French, MD, PhD
1940-1947
Deceased 10/19/2004

1946

Leonard A. Titrud, MD, PhDLeonard A. Titrud, MD, PhD
1939-1946
Deceased 10/18/2004

1938

Harold Buchstein, MDHarold Buchstein, MD
1935-1938
Deceased 10/29/1987