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Jul 19, 2021

UT Appoints Dr. Adam Arthur as Neurosurgery Department Chairman

We are proud to announce that the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) in Memphis has named Semmes Murphey Clinic neurosurgeon Dr. Adam Arthur as Neurosurgery Department Chairman.

“I’m very honored by this appointment,” says Dr. Arthur. “The exemplary tradition of the University of Tennessee Department of Neurosurgery is humbling. I’m committed to doing everything I can to support the students, residents, and faculty in the program.”

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The Department of Neurosurgery at UTHSC in Memphis is one of the nation’s oldest and most-respected programs with a long history of excellence in clinical teaching and leadership. The department includes world-class expertise in several subspecialties such as Cerebrovascular Surgery, Neuro-oncology, Neurotrauma & Critical Care, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Skull Base Surgery, and Spinal Surgery. Semmes-Murphey enjoys a long-standing partnership with the department; Dr. Eustace Semmes, one of the Clinic’s founders, was appointed as the school’s first Professor of Neurosurgery in 1932.

Dr. Arthur joined Semmes Murphey Clinic in 2004. He became one of the first neurosurgeons in the nation to develop a thriving practice in both open cerebrovascular surgery and endovascular surgery.

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He is heavily involved in developing innovative treatments for aneurysms and stroke, often being one of the firsts to bring life-saving new technologies to the public. Recently, Dr. Arthur performed the first operation in the USA using the WEB (Woven EndoBridge), a groundbreaking and minimally invasive approach to treating aneurysms. Dr. Arthur is the Past President of the Society for Neurointerventional Surgery, the current Treasurer of the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section and the Chair of the Education Committee of NREF. With all this excitement, it is no wonder that Dr. Arthur also leads one of the most sought-after cerebrovascular neurosurgery fellowships in the country.

Committed to the Next Generation

“Training up the next generation, practicing in an academic environment, and learning from and teaching young people in this exciting field is one of the greatest joys of my life,” he says. “Neurosurgery is a team sport, and I’m very grateful to work with the motivated, intelligent, compassionate neurosurgeons in our training program.”

He steps into the role on the heels of another renowned physician in the Semmes Murphey family, Dr. Frederick Boop. Dr. Boop and Dr. Arthur will continue to collaborate. “I’m pleased to pass the baton to someone I respect and trust to make this very strong program even better in the future,” says Dr. Boop.

“In my opinion, Dr. Boop is the best pediatric brain surgeon on the planet,” says Dr. Arthur. “His affiliation with St. Jude, the greatest pediatric cancer organization on the planet, is a great partnership. I look forward to continuing to work with him in his role there.”

Congratulations to Dr. Arthur on this prestigious appointment.