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Gift Endows Lecture Series

A new endowed lecture series that honors a pioneering neurosurgeon will bring top medical speakers to the Brody School of Medicine.

The series will honor Dr. Jose G. Albernaz and has been created through an initial gift of $100,000 to the Medical Foundation of ECU by his son, Dr. Marcus Albernaz, a surgeon with Eastern Carolina ENT-Head & Neck Surgery in Greenville. The gift was made as part of a surprise 82nd birthday tribute to Jose Albernaz on Dec. 3.

The elder Albernaz, whose contributions to his field were written about in the June 2002 issue of The Journal of Neurosurgery, was born in Brazil and attended the Federal University Medical School in the city of Belo Horizonte. He then traveled to Chicago to study neurology and neurosurgery. He returned to Brazil, where he was that country’s first American-trained neurosurgeon. In time, he became chairman of neurology and neurosurgery at the Federal University Medical School, started a modern medical residency program there in neurosurgery and helped found the Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery.

In 1968, Albernaz came to the United States to work as a professor at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. There, Albernaz was twice awarded the Golden Apple Award for his dedication to students.

Details about the series will be announced once they are finalized. Plans are for the first lecture to be held in 2006.

This page originally appeared in the Feb. 3, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at