William T. Couldwell M.D., Ph.D. was born in British Columbia, Canada. He received his college education first at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he received a B.S. with combined honors in physical chemistry and biology. Dr. Couldwell attended McGill University in Montreal, where he received an M.D.-Ph.D. (M.D. 1984) degree. He had a surgical internship at the University of Southern California and was a resident in neurosurgery from 1985 to 1989. He served as a research fellow in neuroimmunology at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital and research fellow in the neurosurgical service in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was assistant professor of neurological surgery at the University of Southern California from 1991 to 1995, and became professor and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at New York Medical College, as well as program director of neurosurgical residency in 1997. He is professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah, as position he assumed in 2001.
Dr. Couldwell has served on many national and local committees in the medical schools with which he has been associated. He is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Academy of Neurological Surgeons and the Neurosurgical Society of America. He is currently (or has served) on the Editorial Boards of several journals (including the Journal of Neurosurgery, Chairman 2007-2008). He has served as on the Board of Directors of the AANS, and is a Former Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS). He has served as Vice President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons (2008-2009). He was President of the AANS (2013-2014), President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery (AAcNS; 2016-2017), and President of the International Meningioma Society (IMS; 2016-2017). He is currently President of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery (WANS).
He received the Wood Gold Medal at McGill University as a McGill University Scholar in 1984, and has received a number of federal (NIH) and private grants. His clinical interests are in skull base and vascular neurosurgery, with a secondary interest in functional neurosurgery. He is directing research in signal transduction and apoptosis in gliomas, pituitary tumors and meningiomas. He has published over 450 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 100 book chapters and seven books.
Dr. Couldwell and his wife, an endocrinologist, have three children.