Grass Award: 1988
ROBERT GEORGE GROSSMAN was born in New York City on January 24, 1933. Dr. Grossman is Professor of Neurosurgery at Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Grossman received his M.D. in 1957 from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was awarded the Borden Undergraduate Research Award in Medicine. He took his surgical internship at Strong Memorial Hospital University of Rochester. He served in the United States Army at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington D.C. His post graduate training in neurosurgery was at the Neurological Institute of New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University. Dr. Grossman has held academic appointments at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he was Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery.
His research has received recognition by the National Head Injury Foundation, which awarded him the Caveness Award in 1992, and by the Society of Neurological Surgeons, which in 1988, awarded him the Albert and Ellen Grass Foundation prize and medal for continuous commitment to research in the Neurosciences by a neurological surgeon. He received the Distinguished Service Award of the Society of Neurological Surgeons in 2002. In April, 2007, he received the Cushing Medal from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons for outstanding leadership, dedication and contributions to the field of neurosurgery.
He served on numerous public advisory boards within the United States Public Health Service. He was a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery from 1984 to 1990, and was Chairman of the Board from 1989 to 1990. He was the President of the American Epilepsy Society, and of the Society of University Neurosurgeons. He served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery from 1979-1989, and was Chairman of the Board from 1987-1989. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Neurosurgery and is on the Editorial Board of World Neurosurgery. He was Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Neurosurgical Research and Educational Foundation.
He was married to Ellin Friedman in 1955, and they have three children, Amy, Kate, and Jennifer.