UAB neurosurgeon Mark N. Hadley, M.D., was recently chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Distinguished Service Award. Hadley was honored by the CNS at the organization’s 65th Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 9 and officially received this award at the meeting’s General Scientific Session III: “Systems and Teams as a Means to Extend Human Performance.”

According to the CNS, the Distinguished Service Award is the most prestigious award that the organization can bestow on an individual.

Dr. Mark HadleyDr. Mark Hadley

Hadley, who serves as the Charles A. and Patsy W. Collat Endowed Professor of Neurosurgery at UAB and as a professor in the UAB Department of Neurosurgery, has been an active leader in the CNS for more than 30 years. In 2003, he served as the president of the CNS, and from 1997-2000, served as its secretary. Hadley has served on the Editorial Board of the CNS journal, Neurosurgery, since 1999 and currently serves in an executive advisory role to the editor on the Neurosurgery Publishing Task Force as chair of the Neurosurgery Advisory Committee. From 1994-2004, he served on the CNS Executive Committee, and from 1992-1999, on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Hadley also served as a member of the AANS/CNS Washington Committee from 2001-2003.

“The Congress of Neurological Surgeons, one the world’s largest neurosurgical member service organizations with more than 8,000 members, is a leader in innovative educational programs and opportunities for neurosurgeons worldwide,” Hadley said. “True to its roots, the CNS has an equal-opportunity governance structure for all neurosurgeons, including those in training. Based on a meritocracy, the CNS offers professional development for young neurosurgeons—even those yet to be board certified—teaching, encouraging and promoting them to leadership roles for service in our field. I have greatly enjoyed my more-than-30-year membership and participation in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award.”

Hadley is considered a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the care and surgical treatment of patients with spinal cord tumors and spinal column pathology, including congenital anomalies, traumatic spinal cord injuries, fractures of the spinal vertebrae, degenerative spinal diseases, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, spinal reconstruction and fusion procedures of the entire spinal column. He performs an average of 300 such procedures a year.

Dr. James MarkertDr. James Markert

“Dr. Mark Hadley has been a dedicated member of a wide variety of neurosurgical organizations over the course of his career and, through his hard work and creativity in these areas, has made many contributions to our specialty,” said UAB Department of Neurosurgery Chair James Markert, M.D., M.P.H. “In particular, his work for the CNS has been vast, and he has helped shape this organization and its relationship to many of our other organizations. I can’t think of a more deserving individual for this award.”

Hadley is a true surgeon-scientist; treating hundreds of patients each year, studying their outcomes and other vital research issues in neurosurgery. He has published more than 200 scientific manuscripts in the literature and is the recipient of federal funding for human spinal cord injury research.

Hadley is also active in medical student and resident education and has served as the Department of Neurosurgery’s residency training program director for 19 years, helping to develop it into the highly competitive and sought-after neurosurgery training program that it is today. He remains committed to a number of leadership organizations within the field of neurosurgery and recently completed a six-year term as a director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. This fall, Hadley was recognized as the Alden March Outstanding Surgical Alumnus Awardee from his medical school, Albany Medical College in New York.