UC Irvine’s Dr. Mark E. Linskey has garnered the Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of neurosurgery.

The prestigious award – inaugurated in 1961 but not bestowed every year – was presented Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C. Linskey, the 31st recipient, joins some of the most prominent neurosurgeons in North America to be so honored.

“I’m surprised and overwhelmed,” said the associate professor of neurological surgery. “It’s very humbling to be recognized in this way and to be associated with such a select group in our profession’s history.”

Linskey is surgical director of UC Irvine Medical Center’s Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program. The Congress of Neurological Surgeons noted his leadership in organizational and advocacy efforts.

As chairman of the joint CNS/American Association of Neurological Surgeons guidelines committee, Linskey led the development of new treatment guidelines in 2008 and 2009 to improve the quality of care for patients with brain metastases. Such cancers travel to the brain from other parts of the body and account for nearly 500,000 new cases each year.

Since 2000, Linskey has also served on the CNS/AANS Washington committee, been a member of the CNS’s executive and education panels, and headed multiple CNS scientific program subcommittees.

Linskey came to UCI in 2004 as chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery. His accomplishments include establishing a neurosurgery residency training program and a multidisciplinary neuro-oncology program for patients with brain and spinal cord tumors.

In addition, he participated in the development of multidisciplinary stereotactic radiosurgery and skull base surgery programs, as well as a dedicated cranial nerve disorders clinic.

Linskey’s areas of interest include brain tumor surgery, Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery, skull base microsurgery, trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm.

He has been named one of America’s Top Doctors for Cancer by Castle Connolly and, every year since 2006, an Orange County Medical Association Physician of Excellence in Neurosurgery. He is also western regional director of the medical advisory board for TNA/The Facial Pain Association.

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