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Health Journalism 2011: G. Michael Lemole Jr., M.D.

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G. Michael Lemole Jr., M.D.

Neurosurgeon who treated Giffords will be keynote speaker

G. Michael Lemole Jr., M.D., chief of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery and University Medical Center, performed brain surgery on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in Tucson on Jan. 8.

In that operation, Lemole and Martin E. Weinand, M.D., removed part of Gifford's skull to allow her brain to swell, as well as removing dead brain tissue and skull fragments caused by the bullet. On Jan. 15, Lemole repaired Giffords' orbital roof fracture through a skull base approach. He supervised the congresswoman's care until she was was released to a Houston rehabilitation hospital on Jan. 21.

Lemole also is an associate professor of surgery and co-director of the UA Center for Sinonasal and Skull Base Tumors. His clinical interests include diseases of the cranial base and his focus is on creating multidisciplinary teams of surgeons and specialists to treat patients with brain and spine disorders.

Lemole received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in 2002 in neurological surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, where he completed fellowships in complex spinal surgery and cerebrovascular/skull base surgery.

Previously, Lemole headed the Skull Base Multidisciplinary Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was co-director of the Chicago CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Lemole has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and is a member of several medical societies.