Russell Lonser

Russell Lonser, MD

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Physician

Professor and Chair of Neurological Surgery

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About Me

I am a neurological surgeon who specializes in the resection of brain, spinal cord, pituitary and brainstem tumors. I also serve as professor and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. I hold the Dardinger Family Chair in Neurosurgical Oncology. Previously, I was chief of the Surgical Neurology Branch at the National Institutes of Health.

My research includes nervous system drug delivery, gene therapy and tumor biology. I have authored more than 300 publications. I received the Tumor Young Investigator Award and the Mahaley Clinical Research Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Tumor Section. Additionally, I was the AANS/CNS Tumor Section Bittner Lecturer and the American Academy of Neurological Surgery Edward H. Oldfield Lecturer.

I have served as treasurer and president of the CNS, and I am currently a director on the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. I was the head of the research subcommittee in Head, Neck and Spine Injury Committee for the National Football League and have served on the editorial boards of NEUROSURGERY, World Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, PLoS One and Science Reports. I am also consulting editor for Neurosurgery Clinics of North America and have edited three neurosurgical textbooks.
  • Director, American Board of Neurological Surgeons
  • Past-president, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Chair, American Academy of Neurological Surgeons Research Committee
  • Past-chair, Editorial Board, Journal of Neurosurgery
  • Named to Castle Connolly's Regional Top Doctors list

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Brain Cancers
  • Brain Injuries
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Mouth Cancers
  • Brain Concussion
  • Neurosurgery
  • Gliomas
  • Glioblastoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Meningioma
  • Brain Stem Tumor
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spine Sarcoma

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Loma Linda University School Of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA
8/6/1990 - 5/29/1994


Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus, Loma Linda, CA
7/1/1994 - 6/30/1995


Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus, Loma Linda, CA
7/1/1995 - 9/1/1997


National Naval Medical Center-Bethesda-GME, Bethesda, MD
2/8/1996 - 8/31/1998


University of Utah Hospital & Clinics, Salt Lake City, UT
7/1/1998 - 6/30/2001

Board Certification

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Academic Information

My Department

Neurological Surgery

My Division

Neurological Surgery

More About My Work

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 09/29/2023, Dr. Lonser has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • Oxford University Press
  • Uniqure NV
  • Biogen
  • Elsevier Publishing
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Board of Neurological Surgeons
  • Zheimer Therapeutics

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