George Ojemann

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George Ojemann

George Ojemann is a professor emeritus of neurologic surgery in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His research focuses on the neurobiology of human cognition, particularly cortical organization for language and memory, which he investigates in the context of awake neurosurgery under local anesthesia. In order to study these aspects of cognition, Ojemann utilizes techniques ranging from electrical stimulation mapping to recording of activity of single neurons, which have resulted in methods for reducing the risk of cortical resections for epilepsy and tumors.

Early life[edit]

Ojemann received a B.A. in 1956 from the University of Iowa, having served in the Air Force wing of the ROTC and being elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was awarded the University's Brigg's award on graduation for having the highest cumulative GPA for the four undergraduate years.

Medical career[edit]

He received a M.D. in 1959, from the University of Iowa as well. During that time, he had developed an interest in neurology, under the guidance of Dr. Adolph Sahs, best known for his work in the natural history of subarachnoid hemorrhage from aneurysms. During his medical school years, he had completed a rotation in neurosurgery as Massachusetts General Hospital. He received the MacEwen prize for top academic performance throughout medical school and was elected AOA president his junior year. He then completed training in the field of neurosurgery at King County Hospital (now Harborview Medical Center) in Seattle and the University of Washington, followed by further specialty training in surgical neurology at the National Institutes of Health. He served as a military surgeon for the United States Public Health Service from 1964-66. He returned to Seattle in 1966, and has been affiliated with the neurosurgical faculty at UW since that time. He was board certified in 1967 by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Ojemann served as director of the Washington Epilepsy Center at Harborview from 1986–1996, serves as a consultant for the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, and is on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals in the fields of neurosurgery and neurology.[1]


He has authored or co-authored over 300 articles in the neurologic and neurosurgical literature.


He is the co-author of two books with William H. Calvin, Ph.D.: Inside the Brain was published in September 1980, and Conversations with Neil's Brain: the Neural Nature of Thought and Language in April 1995. He has co-authored Fundamental Mechanisms of Human Brain Function 1987 and Epilepsy Surgery 1993.


  1. ^ "George Ojemann". University of Washington. Retrieved 26 December 2008.