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Michael L.J. Apuzzo Award

for Creativity and Innovation in Contribution to the Peer Reviewed Medical Literature

Original thought and new ideas are the catalysts for progress in neurosurgery. The Peer Reviewed Literature is the documented foundation for medical knowledge and serves as the ground for validation of originality of thought in medicine. This Award recognizes creative and innovative work by a Yale neurosurgery resident in either clinical or laboratory research areas that most exemplifies original thinking and is subsequently published in a major peer reviewed journal during the previous academic year. It was named after Dr. Michael Apuzzo, MD, one of the world’s best known and respected neurosurgeons. Over a four-decade period, his collective body of work and contributions, characterized by his originality and creativity, earned him iconic historical status.

Apuzzo was particularly influential in global peer-reviewed publishing. He is a graduate of Yale college and the Yale Resident Training Program under the direction of William German and William F. Collins.

The Apuzzo Award is directed to a resident’s manuscript published in a major peer-reviewed journal that carries the spirit of originality and innovation that was the hallmark of Apuzzo’s multiple contributions to clinical, research and organized neurosurgery.

The manuscript should:

  • Be published in the previous academic year
  • Reflect work done at Yale
  • Be resident driven
  • Be published in a significant peer-reviewed journal

The Award is accompanied by a crystal commemorative item and a monetary component directed toward the recipient’s educational activities.

Previous Awardees

Year Awardee
2021 Abhijeet Gummadavelli, MD
2020 Jacky Yeung, MD
2019 Christopher Hong, MD
2018 Joaquin Camara-Quintana, MD
2017 Eyiyemisi Damisah, MD
Dr. Apuzzo with inaugural award winner, Eyiyemisi Damisah, MD