Stephen J. Haines
Stephen J. Haines was born on September 4, 1949 at the Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington, Vermont, the son of Gerald and Frances Haines. His father was spending a year in neurosurgical training at the Montreal Neurological Institute at that time. In 1950 they returned to Minneapolis, Minnesota where his father completed his neurosurgical training at the University of Minnesota. Steve obtained his secondary education at the Niskayuna High School in Schenectady, New York. From there he went to Dartmouth College, obtaining the B.A. degree magna cum laude with highest distinction in his major field of Mathematics and the Social Sciences and being elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Upon completing medical school at the University of Vermont graduating AOA in 1975, Steve returned to the University of Minnesota where he completed his general surgical internship. From 1976 to 1981 he was resident in neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh under Dr. Peter Jannetta. Steve won the Van Wagenen Fellowship of The American Association of Neurological Surgeons in that year and studied the application of clinical trials techniques in neurology and neurosurgery in the University Department of Clinical Neurology at Oxford University under the tutelage of Dr. Charles Warlow. Upon returning to the United States, he assumed his first academic position as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota where Shelley Chou was the Chairman of the Department. Achieving board certification in 1984, he was appointed Head of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery in 1985 and in 1987 was promoted to Associate Professor Neurosurgery. In 1989 Steve was granted a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Otolaryngology. In 1993 he was promoted to Professor Neurosurgery and Professor Otolaryngology. He also received a joint appointment as Professor of Pediatrics. Steve maintains an active practice in pediatric neurosurgery and in surgery of the skull base and posterior fossa. His current research interest is in neurosurgical clinical trials. Stephen has two sons, Christopher, a musician, and Jeremy, a computer scientist, with whom he shares his interest in electronic music. His interest in golf comes from his Scottish ancestors.
Dr. Haines reflects on his Presidential term at CNS