Dr Albert L. Rhoton Jr’s time at the mayo clinic: The beginnings of a remarkable career

Tarek Rayan, Matthew L. Carlson, David G. Piepgras, Michael J. Link, Jamie J. Van Gompel

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Dr Albert L. Rhoton Jr became the focal point of neurosurgery’s evolution in understanding the intricate and complex microanatomy of the human brain over the last 4 decades. His pioneering work on cadaveric specimens proved to be a pivotal endeavor in the pursuit to better understand the complex microsurgical anatomy of cranial surgery. This paper details his early career at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. A comprehensive review and synthesis of data acquired from the institutional historical archives including the Annual Reports to the Executive Committee, the Reports to the Board of Directors, the MAYOVOX Newsletter, the illustration archives of the Mayo Clinic Division of Creative Media, staff biographies, curriculum vitae, personal interviews, as well as full-text journal articles, and book publications was performed. Dr Rhoton was engaged in a busy clinical practice as a young staff at the Mayo Clinic. Records show he focused on tackling complex intracranial pathologies along with numerous basic research and neuroanatomy projects that became a major part of his life’s work and passion. He was a great teacher and friend to countless individuals and his work will continue to impact and improve the care provided to neurosurgery patients for generations to come.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-307
Number of pages11
JournalClinical neurosurgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2018


  • Albert Rhoton
  • History
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Microanatomy
  • Neurosurgery
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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