IRRF to establish the Dan Leksell Lecture

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Dr. Leksell, “a vital force in dissemination of knowledge” honored by industry, colleagues


Dr. Dan (Danny) Leksell, founder and former chairman of the Leksell Gamma Knife Society

The International Radiosurgery Research Foundation (IRRF) has established a biennial honorary lecture in the name of Dr. Dan (Danny) Leksell, founder and former chairman of the Leksell Gamma Knife Society. This is in recognition of Danny’s great contributions to the field of radiosurgery.

Dade Lunsford, MD, the Lars Leksell Professor and Distinguished Professor at the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, said: “In the 68-year-saga of the field of stereotactic radiosurgery, Danny Leksell has been one of the most important vital forces in its dissemination of knowledge across the world. Trained as an otolaryngologist, Danny early recognized the now well-known role of radiosurgery and the Leksell Gamma Knife® as means to improve the outcomes of now millions of patients.

“His tireless international efforts helped to establish radiosurgery’s medical merit. He has organized critical funding support to many organizations that provide both education and research to further establish the field of radiosurgery. Naturally outgoing and fluent in multiple languages, his personal gifts have made him not only a close friend to many but also a collaborator and colleague to all who include stereotactic radiosurgery in their professional life.”

Danny was only 19 years old when he started to spread the word of Gamma Knife radiosurgery around the world on behalf of his father, Professor Lars Leksell. His unwavering commitment to his father’s legacy has contributed not only to Elekta’s successful journey, but also to establishing Gamma Knife radiosurgery as a gold standard and recognized surgical treatment method for many brain disorders. His early foresight to encourage the global Gamma Knife community to build the published scientific evidence that totally dominates radiosurgery literature today has echoed throughout the broader radiosurgery community.

Dr. Dan Leksell commented: “I am honored to have a lecture named after me and I look forward to attending the upcoming IRRF meeting in New York (June 18-20, 2020). We do what we must in life, and I am happy if I have been able to contribute in some small measure.”

The inaugural Dan Leksell lecture will be given by Professor Dade Lunsford at next IRRF meeting in New York in June 2020.

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