Mark Elwood Linskey, born in Oak Park, Illinois, is son of an Irish chemical engineer & a 1st generation Swedish-American & is the first member of his family to attend a graduate school. An Eagle Scout, he was valedictorian of his high school class in NJ before he entered Dartmouth College on a National merit Scholarship. At Dartmouth, he majored in Philosophy, graduating junior Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, with highest honors in moral philosophy. He then entered Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons on a US Navy Health Professions Scholarship (HPSP). He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha in his junior year, graduated second in his class, & earned the Admiral David Willard Lyons Award for academic excellence. Residency training was completed at the University of Pittsburgh under Peter Jannetta where he developed interests in skull base microsurgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, & cranial nerve disorders such as trigeminal neuralgia & hemifacial spasm. He won both the Preuss Award for Brain Tumor Research and the AANS van Wagenen Fellowship in 1993. He completed two post-doctoral research fellowships in neuro-oncology, one with Mark Gilbert at the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute & the other with Mark Noble at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in London. After Fellowship he served as an active duty neurosurgeon in the US Navy. There he served as chief of neurosurgery at Naval Medical Center in San Diego in 1996-8. Among many military decorations, he received the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, & the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hour glass. He was recruited to the University of Arkansas in1998 and, in 2004, was recruited to be the Chair of neurosurgery at UC Irvine (UCI). There, he rebuilt the department and re-established the neurosurgery residency training program, serving as Chairman from 2004-2009 & Program Director from 2008 - 2012. He was promoted to Full Professor with tenure in 2012. He established, & served as first Director of, the multi-disciplinary Neuro-Oncology Program at the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award form the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the Leibrock Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS), the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation UCI Chapter, the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Outstanding Eagle Scout Award from the Orange County NESA Chapter, & the 1st Special Service Award from the Young Patients Committee of the Facial Pain Association. Research interests include brain tumor molecular epidemiology and biomarkers, developmental glial biology, brain tumor radiobiology, brain tumor clinical trials, and clinical outcomes studies including cranial nerve disorders. He has published more than 125 peer-reviewed articles, 33 book chapters, & 1 book. He has delivered 167 professional scientific abstracts & more than 203 invited lectures or instructional course presentations. Dr. Linskey has served as Chair of the CSNS, President-Elect of the CA Association of Neurological Surgeons (CANS), President of the San Diego Academy of Neurological Surgeons, 9 years on the Executive committee of the CNS, 15 years on the Executive Council of the AANS/CNS Joint Tumor Section, 6 years as a voting member of the AANS/CNS Washington Committee, 2 years on the AANS Board of Directors and the Board of the Neurosurgery PAC. He is the Western Regional Director of the Medical Advisory Board of the national Facial Pain Association. He is a founding member of both the North American Skull Base Society & the International Stereotactic radiosurgery Society. He organized & wrote the by-laws for the Neurosurgery Executive Resource Value and Education Society (NERVES). He has been Chairman of the AANS/CNS Guidelines Committee, Chairman of the AANS Publications and van Wagenen Selection Committees, & a member of the AANS Nominating Committee, Chairman of the CSNS Medical Practices Committee as well as Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary and Vice Chair of the CSNS, & Chairman of the Joint Tumor Section Guidelines, Clinical Trials, Outcomes, and Extra-Mural education committees. He is Head of the SNS PORTAL Editorial Board for Tumor. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neuro-Oncology. He is married to JoAnne Louise Linskey (nee - Bambrick) of Saratoga, CA. Together they live in Newport Beach, CA. Outside interests include sailing, history, and travel.