The Olivecrona Award and Symposium

The Herbert Olivecrona Award

Photo of Herbert Olivecrona

Professor Herbert Olivecrona (1891-1980) was an internationally renowned neurosurgeon, credited as being the father of modern neurosurgery in Sweden. He was Professor of Neurosurgery at Karolinska Institutet from 1935 to 1960.

Almost every year since 1976  the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, in collaboration with the Department of Neurosurgery, Karolinska University Hospital, honours an international neurosurgeon for his/her contributions to brain or spinal cord surgery and/or research.

The Herbert Olivecrona Lecturers

Year LecturerNoMedallion
2022    Olivecrona Lecturer 2022 Daniel J Curry Daniel J Curry  40 # 23 
  Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA    
  Stereotactic Laser Ablation and the Advance of Minimally Invasive Epilepsy Surgery in Children    
2021 Olivecrona Lecturer 2021 Marwan Hariz Marwan Hariz 39 # 22
  Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden    
  Ethics and Serendipity in Functional Neurosurgery    
2019 2019 Ali Krisht Ali Krisht 38 # 21
  CHI St. Vincent Arkansas Neuroscience Institute, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA    
  The Complexity and Simplicity of Unlocking the Cavernous Sinus    
2017 Olivecrona Lecturer 2017 Dade Lunsford L Dade Lunsford 37 # 20
  University of Pittsburgh/UPMC, Pennsylvania, USA    
  Can the Rich History of Neurosurgical Innovation Be Sustained?    
2016 Olivecrona Lecturer 2016 David Adelson P David Adelson 36 # 19
  Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona, USA    

Shifting Paradigm for Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Management: An Individualized Approach, Present and Future

2015 Olivecrona Lecturer 2015 Peter J Hutchinson    Peter J A Hutchinson 35 # 18
  Cambridge University, United Kingdom    
  Microdialysis as a clinical monitoring tool    

OlivecronaLecturer 2013 Juhler

Marianne Juhler 34 # 17
  Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark    
  Challenges in the understanding and treatment of hydrocephalus: Past and present    
2012 OlivecronaLecturer 2012 Lozano Andres M Lozano 33  # 16
  University of Toronto, Canada    
  Neurosurgery: from Movement to Mood and Mentation    
2011 OlivecronaLecturer 2011 Al-Mefty Ossama Al-Mefty 32 # 15
  Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA    
  Skull Base Surgery: Between Virtuosity and Assembly Line Neurosurgery    
2010 OlivecronaLecturer 2010 Duffau Hugues Duffau 31 # 14
  Institute of Neurosciences of Montpellier, France    
  Brain Hodotopy and Plasticity: New Concepts in Glioma Surgery    
2009 OlivecronaLecturer 2009 Fehlings Michael Fehlings 30 # 13
  Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto    
  Repair and Regeneration of the Injured Spinal Cord: From Molecule to Man    
2008 Olivecrona Lecturer 2008 Bernard George Bernard George 29 # 12
  Hôpital Lariboisière Paris    
  Surgery of the Vertebral Artery    
2007 Olivecrona Lecturer 2007 M Ross Bullock Ross M Bullock 28 # 11
  Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond    
  Neuromonitoring to guide clinical trial design, in human TBI    
2006 Olivecrona Lecturer 2006 Cornelis A F Tulleken Cornelis A F Tulleken 27 # 10
  University of Utrecht, Netherlands    
  Development of an intracranial non-occlusive high flow bypass technique    
2005     Niels-Aage Svendgaard 26:II # 9
   Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm    
  (Deceased June 2005)    
2005 Olivecrona Lecturer 2005 Björn Meyerson Björn Meyerson 26:I # 8
  Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm    
  The neurosurgeon and the pain    
2004 Olivecrona Lecturer 2004 Alexander N Konovalov Alexander N. Konovalov 25 # 7
  Burdenko Institute of Neurosurgery, Moscow    
  Surgical treatment of tumors in the third ventricle    
2003 Olivecrona Lecturer 2003 Matti Vapalahti Matti Vapalahti 24 # 6
  University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland    
  How to educate a neurosurgeon, is there a nordic line?    
2002 Olivecrona Lecturer 2002 Nicolas de Tribolet Nicolas de Tribolet 23 # 5
  Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève    
  Gene expression profiles of human gliomas and their clinical significance    
 2001 Olivecrona Lecturer 2001 Patrick J Kelly  Patrick J. Kelly 22 # 4
   New York University School of Medicine    
  Precision neurosurgery: Minimal invasion, maximal efficacy    
2000 Olivecrona Lecturer 2000 Albert L Rhoton Albert L Rhoton 21 # 3
  University of Florida, Gainesville    
  The art and beauty of the brain in neurosurgery    
1999 Olivecrona Lecturer 1999 Robert F Spetzler Robert F Spetzler 20 # 2
  Barrow Neurosurgical Institute, Phoenix    
  Classification and treatment of spinal arteriovenous malformations    
1998 Olivecrona Lecturer 1998 Michael L J Apuzzo Michael L J Apuzzo 19 # 1
  Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles    
  Neurosurgical treatment of third ventricular mass lesions    
1997 Olivecrona Lecturer 1997 Takanori Fukushima Takanori Fukushima 18  
  Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh    
  Vascular reconstruction and revascularization, update and its significance in neurosurgery    
1996 Olivecrona Lecturer 1996 Vinko Dolenc Vinko Dolenc 17  
  University Hospital, Ljubljana    
  Management of skull base tumors invading the cavernous sinus    
1995 Olivecrona Lecturer 1995 Alan Crockard Alan Crockard 16  
  National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, London    
  Craniospinal deformity; the role of mechanical and genetic factors    
1993 Olivecrona Lecturer 1993 Emil Pásztor Emil Pásztor 15  
  Institute of Neurosurgery, Budapest    
  Transoral and anterolateral surgery of cervical spine in ventral extradural pathological processes    
1992 Olivecrona Lecturer 1992 Keiji Sano Keiji Sano 14  
  Tokyo University School of Medicine, Tokyo    
  The hippocampus and temporal lobe epilepsy    
1991 Olivecrona Lecturer 1991 Graham Teasdale    Graham Teasdale 13  
  University of Glasgow, Glasgow    
  Management of head injuries    
1989 Olivecrona Lecturer 1989 William H Sweet William H Sweet 12  
  Massachussetts General Hospital, Boston    
  Neurosurgery: Lessons from the past and hopes for the future    
1987 Olivecrona Lecturer 1987 Madjid Samii Madjid Samii 11  
  Krankenhaus Nordstadt, Hannover    
  Acoustic neurinoma surgery: state of art    
1985 Olivecrona Lecturer 1985 John A Jane John A Jane 10  
  University of Virginia, Charlottesville    
  Cranio-orbital-facial resection and reconstruction    
1984 Olivecrona Lecturer 1984 Kenichiro Sugita Kenichiro Sugita 9  
  Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Japan    
  Special clipping technique for unusual aneurysms    
1983 Olivecrona Lecturer 1983 Peter J Jannetta Peter J Jannetta 8  
  Presbyterian-University Hospital, Pittsburgh    
  Neurovascular compression of the cranial nerves and brainstem: Common syndromes related to aging process    
1982 Olivecrona Lecturer 1982 Charles B Wilson Charles B Wilson 7  
  University of California, San Francisco    
  A decade of pituitary microsurgery    
1981 Olivecrona Lecturer 1981 Bernard Pertuiset Bernard Pertuiset 6  
  Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpetrière, Paris    
  Advances in radical surgery of intracranial arteriovenous malformations    
1980 Olivecrona Lecturer 1980 Lindsay Symon   Lindsay Symon 5  
  National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, London    
  The aneurysm surgeon as vascular physiologist    
1979 Olivecrona Lecturer 1979 Leonard I Malis Leonard I Malis 4  
  The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York    
  Microsurgical approaches to parasellar tumors    
1978 Olivecrona Lecturer 1978 M Gazi Yasargil M Gazi Yasargil 3  
  Kantonsspital Zürich    
  Microtechnical approach to acoustic neuromas, experience and results    
1977 Olivecrona Lecturer 1977 Charles G Drake Charles G Drake 2  
  University Hospital, Ontario    
  The surgical treatment of giant intracranial aneurysms    
1976 Olivecrona Lecturer 1976 John F Mullen John F Mullan 1  
  University of Chicago    
  Induced thrombosis of carotid-cavernous fistulae and giant intracranial aneurysms