Hal L. Hankinson
1990, Los Angeles
Hal Lomax Hankinson was born in Tyler, Texas, on December 23, 1942. His father was in the oil business and ultimately the family moved to Houston where Hal attended high school. He became interested in the biological sciences while attending the University of Texas in Austin, from which he graduated in 1963, with a B.A. degree in biology cum laude. His medical school years were spent in New Orleans at Tulane. There he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha in his junior year and graduated first in the class of 1967. Internship was in surgery at the Charity Hospital of Louisiana. Dr. Hankinson served in the Navy as a submarine medical officer. In 1970, he began his residency at the University of California, San Francisco under Chairman Charles B. Wilson. In 1972, he married Donna Cameron, and following the completion of formal training, the couple moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Dr. Hankinson has practiced private neurosurgery for 16 years. Shortly after moving to Albuquerque, the first of their two children was born. Dr. Hankinson became involved in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in 1975 and was given his first major task as sergeant-at-arms chairman. He then served on the Executive Committee, was treasurer and vice president before being selected as president elect in 1988. The 1990 meeting was held in Los Angeles at the Century Plaza Hotel. Doctor Hankinson's presidential address was entitled "Privilege and Obligation" and emphasized the positive aspects of practicing neurosurgery during changing times. Dr. Hankinson practices general neurosurgery with a special interest in skull base surgery and is on the staff of several hospitals in Albuquerque. He is a clinical professor of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico.