One Little Rock neurosurgeon has received a major award this week for his contributors to the field of neurosurgery.
Dr. Ali Krisht has received the 2019 Herbert Olivecrona Award for his work with cerebrovascular, pituitary and skull base tumor surgery. Sweden’s Karolinska Institute presents the award – which is sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize for neurosurgery” – most years.
Krisht is the co-founder and director of the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute at CHI St. Vincent. He is actually the third individual with Arkansas connections to receive the award. Two of his mentors, Dr. M. Gazi Yasargil and Dr. Ossama Al-Mefty, received the award in 1978 and 2011, respectively.
“It is a true honor to be recognized alongside my mentors and those I have learned so much from throughout my career,” Krisht said in a press release. “It’s also a recognition of the work still left to do in the field of neurosurgery. Some of the advancements and new techniques we have today were unimaginable just decades ago and I am particularly excited to learn what the next generation of neurosurgeons will discover and the impact it will have on patient lives.”
The award is named after Swedish neurosurgeon and professor Herbert Olivecrona, who is considered the father of modern neurosurgery. The award has been presented since 1976 to honor an “international neurosurgeon for his/her contributions to brian or spinal cord surgery and/or research,” according to the Olivecrona Award’s website.
Krisht will travel to Stockholm, Sweden in May to receive the award during the Scandinavian Neurosurgical Society meeting and deliver the annual Olivecrona Lecture.