||Fredric B. Meyer, MD, FAANS
||Mayo Clinic/Neurosurgery, 200 1st St. S.W., Rochester, MN 55905-0001
||United States of America
Fredric Bruce Meyer was born on May 5, 1955, in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father was a maxillofacial surgeon and his mother a geriatric social worker. He spent much of his childhood growing up on Cape Cod where the favorite family activities included fishing, sailing, and skiing. Growing up on the Cape included many diverse experiences such as working in a fish market for over 13 years and serving as mate on lobster and swordfishing boats. This early experience on the docks taught him the value of hard work, discipline, and the importance of diversity.
He attended Deerfield Academy for high school and then received his B.A. with Honors at the University of Pennsylvania. Thereafter, he obtained his M.D. degree at Boston University in 1981. Dr. Edward Spatz, Chief of Neurosurgery was quite influential in his decision to become a neurosurgeon. Dr. Meyer subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic from 1981 to 1988. Thereafter, under the guidance of Dr. Thoralf Sundt, he spent one additional year in cerebrovascular research. He was appointed to Mayo as a staff consultant in 1989. He rose through the academic ranks, becoming a full Professor in 1998. He was Chair of the Department of Neurologic Surgery from 2004-2015 and was named the Alfred Uihlein Family Professor of Neurologic Surgery in 2006. He was appointed the Enterprise Chair for Neurosurgery for Mayo in January 2015 and in May 2016 he was appointed the Juanita Kious Waugh Executive Dean for Education of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and Dean of the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. In June 2015 he began serving as the Executive Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Dr. Meyer is proud to note that his training occurred during a true golden age of neurosurgery at Mayo. He was fortunate to learn under many great neurosurgeons including Drs. Thoralf Sundt, Edward Laws, Burton Onofrio, David Piepgras, Patrick Kelly, and Ross Miller. During his career he has won several awards including the CNS Resident Award in 1984, Honorable Mention Menninger Award in 1985, the Charles Elsberg Award in 1987, AANS Faculty Research Award 1989, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Boston University in 2000.
When first joining the Department of Neurosurgery he directed a basic science research laboratory that focused on the pathophysiology of stroke and epilepsy with an emphasis on calcium metabolism. From 1988 through 1998 he was the Principal Investigator on three NIH RO-1 research grants. Dr. Meyer has published over 350 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 4 books, over 60 book chapters, and a number of published editorials and abstracts. He has served on multiple institutional, national, and international committees and belongs to many of the major neurosurgical organizations including serving as president of the AAcNS and chair of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He has served as a reviewer for multiple scientific journals. His emphasis on resident education is evidenced by having won the resident teacher of the year award numerous times and received the prestigious Mayo Clinic Distinguished Educator Award. As Chair and Program Director, he made teaching and scholarship a priority goal of the Department and has continued that emphasis in his roles as Executive Dean for Education and Dean of the medical school. He has a very active clinical practice performing over 350 major cases each year focused primarily on brain tumor, pituitary, epilepsy, and vascular pathologies.
He currently is the Uihlein Professor of Neurosurgery; Enterprise Chair for Neurosurgery at Mayo; Executive Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery; the Juanita Kious Waugh Executive Dean for Education at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science; and Dean of the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. He is fortunate to work with a great group of colleagues, residents, nurses and operating room staff.
Certainly, the focus and love of his life is his wife and family. His wife, Dr. Irene Meissner, is Professor of Neurology at Mayo with a subspecialty interest in vascular disease. They have six children, three girls and three boys. Dr. Meyer’s extramural activities include fly-fishing and sailing.