Mike came to us from the University of Tennessee at which Prof. Rick Boop is the Chairman of Neurosurgery. Rick is also the President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Mike holds the distinction of being the first and only fellow to be accepted without a personal interview. Given the many long hours that I spend with the fellow both in Sydney and overseas, the interview is an important aspect of the selection process as it is vital that I actually LIKE the fellow and feel that I would enjoy the time together.
Mike did not disappoint. Mike is a true “Southern” gentleman. He is not only a gifted surgeon, a devoted clinician and a compassionate doctor, he is a renaissance man with good humour, integrity and a warm and generous soul.
I really enjoyed the time that we spent together, and like many of my fellows, Mike taught me more about friendship, commitment and aspects of neurosurgery than I probably taught him.
Mike, we wish you all the best in the future and know that any patient who is lucky enough to have you as their surgeon, will be blessed as we were over the last 6 months.