Department leadership in transition
The Department of Neurosurgery is undergoing a transition in leadership. On November 10, 2023, Medical School Dean Jakub Tolar announced that Professor Clark C. Chen, MD, PhD, had accepted the role of Director of the Brain Tumor Program in the Department of Neurosurgery at Brown University in Providence, RI. He will transition into this role in January of 2024.
On November 27, Dean Tolar announced that Professor Daniel Guillaume (pictured here), MD, MS, will assume the role of interim head of the Department of Neurosurgery. Guillaume joined the Medical School in 2012 and holds a joint appointment as professor in the departments of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics. He also holds the Shelley N. Chou Endowed Chair and is vice chair for Clinical Affairs, as well as the neurosurgery chief of the Neuroscience Service Line with M Health Fairview.
During this interim period, “My primary goal will be to serve the members of the department, the Medical School and the University the best that I can,” said Guillaume. “The department has grown significantly under Dr. Chen’s leadership, and our extremely talented group of faculty members are truly world class. It is an honor to serve and support them.”
Guillaume, who specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery and Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, received his MD at the University of Iowa, where he also completed his neurosurgery residency. He is a Board-certified diplomate of the American Boards of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Neurological Surgery.
“He has an outstanding history of service both with Doernbecher and Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals in Portland, Oregon, and is responsible for the development and growth of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Program at our M Health Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital,” said Tolar. “Dr. Guillaume has extensive experience in quality and safety improvement in neurosurgery, and his expertise in endoscopic surgery is internationally recognized.”
Those who have worked with him know that he is an established service line leader, an experienced team builder, and a compassionate clinician, added Tolar. “Please join me in wishing him all the best in his new role,” he said.