On April 30, pediatric neurosurgeon Jeffrey G. Ojemann, MD, was honored by the Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association for his contributions to epilepsy research and surgery.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, Ojemann completed a medical degree and a master’s degree in biomedical science at Washington University. He then completed his residency in neurosurgery and a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Ojemann was also an epilepsy surgery fellow at the University of Washington.
Ojemann’s research has helped to uncover the fundamental mechanisms in the brain underlying motor function, language and behavior. He has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to use functional imaging to study memory; investigate motor cortex physiology; and study the brain computer interface. Ojemann has continued to push the boundaries of cortical mapping to guide safe and effective brain resections to treat intractable epilepsy.
“Dr. Ojemann is not only an amazing researcher, but he’s a dedicated neurosurgical mentor and teacher,” said Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, the Ralph G. Dacey Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery and head of the Department of Neurosurgery. “His entire career exemplifies the WashU Way, and we are incredibly proud to call him one of our own.”
Currently, Ojemann serves as Surgeon-in-Chief and Senior Vice President at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Professor and Vice Chair for Research in Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and the Richard G. Ellenbogen Chair in Pediatric Neurological Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA.