It has always amazed me how different each fellow has been. They have all excelled at various aspects of being a neurosurgeon…bedside manner, technical skill in the OR, compassion shown to families etc. Mike epitomised the dictum…knowledge is power! Mike excelled at all aspects of neurosurgery, not necessarily because he was born with inherent talents, but because if he didn’t have them, he learnt them. Mike was able to communicate with any person on any subject. He knew every surgical approach, not necessarily because he had performed them, but because he had read and memorised them. He is the consummate intellectual with the ability to disseminate his knowledge to anyone who wishes to learn no matter what their station or level of education and the ability to put into practice what he has studied. Mike endeared himself to all our staff and especially my family and their friends. He has a most engaging sense of humour, a pleasant and even temperament, a passion for neurosurgery and a considerate and kind nature. I believe, if anyone can find the cure for brain cancer, it will be Mike. We wish him the best of luck in his new position as Head of the Brain Cancer Center in Oklahoma City.
Dr Steve Carr
If you look back at all the valedictories that have been written, almost all of them contain some superlative description of the fellow. Steve will not be exempt. Without doubt, Steve Carr, is the nicest guy we’ve ever had. All the fellows are good surgeons, clinicians, technicians, intellects, communicators etc. and Steve is no exception, but no one has been as friendly, kind and considerate as Steve. Combine this with an absolute dedication to patient care and you have an amazing doctor.
Steve came to us from Denver, Colorado and will take an appointment at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. While he was here with his wife Mary, they had their first child, Benjamin. We wish them the very best of luck in the future.