"Neurosurgeon of the Century" -- HONORED IN ARKANSAS
The United States is home to the world's best neurosurgeon, according to the century's final cover of Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. M. Gazi Yasargil, MD, was selected as "Man of the Century 1950-1999." He has earned the respect of the world's neurosurgeons along with the love of the people and patients who have become part of his life.
Yasargil, who was born in Turkey in 1925, is one of the pioneers in the field of microneurosurgery. He not only mastered its techniques but developed the surgical concepts and instruments needed to advance them. He and his teacher in Zurich, Professor Hugo Krayenbuhl, recognized the evolution in microtechniques in 1963.
Mahmut Gazi Yasargil became Assistant Professor in Zurich in 1965 and almost immediately made plans to spend a year in the microvascular laboratory at the University of Vermont in Burlington under R.M.P. Donaghy. Hardly 14 months after returning to Zurich, he performed the first Cerebral Vascular bypass surgery using the surgical microscope--STA-MCA--on October 30, 1967, launching himself into the limelight of the neurosurgical world where he has remained since.
In April 1973, he succeeded his mentor, Dr. Krayenbuhl, in Zurich. Over the next 20 years, he performed 7500 intracranial operations, establishing new standards and techniques in the microsurgical management of aneurysms, vascular malformations and tumors.
He has published more than 250 papers and seven monographs. His multivolume textbook, Micro-Neurosurgery, stands as an authoritative and thoroughly documented discussion of neurosurigcal tactics and practical anatomy. Yasargil has helped three generations of neurosurgeons, defining what is possible in neurosurgery, then demonstrating how to achieve it.