Miguel Faria

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Miguel Faria
Born (1952-09-30) 30 September 1952 (age 61)
Sancti Spiritus, Cuba
Education University of South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina
University of Florida
Emory University
Medical career
Profession Neurosurgeon, editor, professor, author, writer, medical historian

Miguel A. Faria, Jr. (born 30 September 1952) is an associate editor-in-chief and a world affairs editor of Surgical Neurology International. He is a retired neurosurgeon and neuroscientist,[1][2][3][4][5] editor and author, medical historian and ethicist,[6][7] public health critic,[8][9] defender of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,[10][11][12] and advocate of freedom in medicine.[13][14]

Early Life and education[edit]

Faria was born in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. Faria's parents were members of the urban underground Revolutionary Directorate (Directorio Revolucionario Estudantil; DRE) under Faure Chomón (es) and Rolando Cubela that fought an urban as well rural countryside insurrection against the dictator Fulgencio Batista.[15][16] Faria (age 13) and his father, also a physician, were prompted to a daring escape from Cuba while under the watch of Castro's G2 (i.e., state security). A police informant attempted to trap and implicate the elder Faria in collaborating with the anticommunist rebels fighting in the so-called War against the Bandits. Their escape was successful, despite the inquiries and pursuit of the G2 police, and the tale of their escape through several Caribbean islands is also narrated in Faria's book.[17]

Faria attended Eau Claire High School in Columbia, South Carolina and graduated in 1970. He entered and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina, receiving a BS degree (Biology and Psychology) and graduating magna cum laude in 1973. He then attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (1975) in his second year. Faria graduated with honors, receiving the Merck's Manual Award for scholastic achievement, and earning his M.D. degree in 1977. Faria completed his surgical internship at Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida (1977–1978), and his neurosurgical residency at Emory University (1978–1983).[18][19]

Professional life[edit]

Faria practiced neurosurgery in Macon, Georgia, at HCA Coliseum Medical Centers, where he served as Chief of staff in 1987. Faria was also clinical professor of neurosurgery (ret.) and adjunct professor of medical history (ret.) at Mercer University School of Medicine.[19] Faria has written over 200 medical, scientific, and professional articles as well as letters or editorials published in the medical literature. More than 70 of these articles are currently indexed in PubMed.[20][21][22] His interests range from brain surgery for the removal of cerebral tumors; traumatic blood clots of the brain; diagnosis and treatment of pituitary tumors via microsurgery;[4] diagnosis and treatment of cerebral aneurysms[5] and arteriovenous malformations;[1][23] radiographic techniques;[24] diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of the Chiari type I and II malformations;[2][3][25] advances in neurosurgery;[26][27] to medical history and politics.[6][7][13][14][28]

Faria served on the Injury Research Grant Review Committee (later renamed the Initial Review Group [IRG]) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)[29] from 2002–2005, reviewing grants seeking public funding for scientific and technical merit in the area of injury prevention and control.

His appointment to the CDC committee was of great interest to public health because during the 1990s, Faria was involved in the gun control debate regarding the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC).[30][31][32][33][34] Faria and other critics felt the NCIPC's program on gun violence was involved in gun politics and biased against gun owners, promoting "politicized, result-oriented research."[35][36][37][38] In March 1996, Faria testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health, and Human Services to that effect stating, "I have yet to see a published report that has been funded by the NCIPC in which the benefits of firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens have been published even though they are there ... if you don't conclude that guns are bad and that they need to be eradicated because they are a 'public health menace,' they are not published."[9][39] Faria wanted to defund the NCIPC entirely but Congress opted to act by prohibiting the CDC from funding gun research and proscribed public health officials from using taxpayer's money in lobbying and participating in politically partisan activities.[34][40] In more recent interviews, Faria's views on his testimony appear to remain unaltered.[41][42]

Humanitarian Effort[edit]

In March 1990, Faria traveled to El Salvador as part of a fact-finding mission sponsored by Accuracy in Media (AIM), an organization headed at that time by the late Reed Irvine and Joseph Goulden. Faria agreed with AIM that the American media coverage of news from El Salvador was biased against the conservative government and favored the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) insurgents. During this trip to El Salvador, Faria visited hospitals and orphanages. He found that while neighboring Sandinista Nicaragua directed its efforts almost solely for war, the government of El Salvador, despite the ongoing war against the communist rebels of the FMLN, directed much of its resources toward the welfare of its citizens in health and education.[43] After his return to the United States, Faria, who was then serving as chief-of-staff at HCA Coliseum Medical Centers in Macon, Georgia, convinced Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr., CEO of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), to send humanitarian assistance to El Salvador. As a result of Faria's effort, Salvadoran hospitals received a large shipment of medications, beds, wheelchairs and a variety of physical therapy equipment at a cost of $550,000. The assistance to the poor, war devastated country was received with gratitude.[44][45][46]

Publications and Editorships[edit]

During 1993–1995, Faria was the editor of the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia, taking that state medical journal to national prominence and controversy, which resulted in pressure on him to resign.[47][48][49] Faria has also described the circumstances surrounding his resignation in correspondence and in his book Medical Warrior.[50][51][52][53][54] In 1996 Faria founded and served as editor-in-chief of the Medical Sentinel of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). As editor of the Medical Sentinel, Faria called for an "open data, public review policy in peer reviewed medical journalism."[55] He called for other medical journal editors to post research data online thereby allowing investigators to validate scientific conclusions before public policy is implemented, particularly in the area of public health. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that public policy is dictated by sound scientific principles and not by premature assertions or tainted by politics or ideology.[55] Faria left AAPS in 2002 to pursue other interests.[56]

From 2004 to 2010, Faria served on the Editorial Board of Surgical Neurology, an international journal of neurosurgery, formerly the Official International Journal of the Neurosurgical Societies of Belgium, Brazil, China, Romania, Russia, and Taiwan. Surgical Neurology International (SNI), its successor publication, is also headed by James I. Ausman, M.D., editor-in-chief. Faria now serves with SNI as one of its editors, along with his friend and colleague, Dr. Russell Blaylock. In 2003 Faria published an interesting three part history of surgery article, "Violence, Mental Illness, and the Brain – A Brief History of Psychosurgery" that has received some notoriety in medical history circles, as well as the popular culture, where it was cited with humor.[57][58]

Faria has written or coauthored several chapters in medical textbooks,[59][60][61] and his works are cited and referenced in a number of other books and publications.[9][39][62][63][64][65][66][67][68][69][70] He is the author of three books: Vandals at the Gates of Medicine — Historic Perspectives on the Battle Over Health Care Reform (1995),[71] Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997),[72] and Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002).[73] Faria's last historical and autobiographical book, Cuba in Revolution – Escape From a Lost Paradise, details his childhood experiences and his family's involvement in the Cuban Revolution.[74][75]

Endeavors in history[edit]

Faria has also studied Soviet communism and the Cold War and has written articles and reviewed books detailing many of the crimes committed by former Soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin and other totalitarian dictators.[76][77] Most recently in a historic and medical article published in Surgical Neurology International entitled "Stalin's Mysterious Death", Faria cited compelling evidence that the Russian dictator was poisoned by members of his inner circle, including Lavrentiy Beria and others, who feared for their own survival. He continues to closely follow the evolving democratic process in Russia today.[78][79] Faria continues to write and edit articles on science, politics, history, and socio-economic topics for numerous journals and websites, particularly Surgical Neurology International and RealClearHistory.[80]


  • Editor of the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia (1993–1995)
  • Editorial Board of Surgical Neurology, an international journal of clinical neurosurgery (2004–2010)
  • Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery, ret.) Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor of Medical History (ret.) Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Neuroscience Preceptorship (ret.). Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Chief of staff, HCA Coliseum Medical Centers, 1989; Honorary Staff to the present.
  • Ex-member of the Injury Research Grant Review Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 2002–2005).
  • Associate Editor-in-Chief and World Affairs Editor, "Surgical Neurology International" ("SNI"; 2011–present)

Awards and Memberships[edit]

Professional Publications and Scholarly Citations[edit]

  • Over 200 medical, scientific, and professional articles as well as letters or editorials published in the medical literature. More than seventy of these articles are currently listed by NCBI/PubMed.[20] and[21] Citations of Faria's work are searchable under Goggle Scholar Listings[22]and Goggle Book Citations[28]


  1. ^ a b Faria, MA Jr; Fleischer AS (Feb 1980). "Dual cerebral and meningeal supply to giant arteriovenous malformations of the posterior cerebral hemisphere". J Neurosurg. 52 (2): 153–61. doi:10.3171/jns.1980.52.2.0153. PMID 7351554. 
  2. ^ a b Faria MA Jr, Tindall GT. Pathogenesis, diagnosis, and surgical treatment of the Chiari Malformation. Contemporary Neurosurgery 1980 2 (Lesson 9)
  3. ^ a b Faria, MA Jr; Spector RH, Tindall GT (May 1980). "Downbeat nystagmus as the salient manifestation of the Arnold-Chiari Malformation". Surg Neurol 13 (5): 333–6. PMID 7384997. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Faria, MA Jr; Tindall GT (Jan 1982). "Transsphenoidal microsurgery for Prolactin-secreting pituitary adenomas: Results in 100 women with the Amenorrhea-Galactorrhea Syndrome". J Neurosurg 56 (1): 33–43. doi:10.3171/jns.1982.56.1.0033. PMID 7198681. 
  5. ^ a b Fleischer, AS; Faria MA Jr, Hoffman JC (Oct 1979). "Pseudoaneurysm complicating superficial temporal artery-middle cerebral artery bypass". Surg Neurol 12 (4): 305–6. PMID 524245. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Faria, MA Jr (Sep 1990). "Dominique-Jean Larrey: Napoleon's Surgeon from Egypt to Waterloo". J Med Assoc Ga 79 (9): 693–5. PMID 2212907. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Faria, MA Jr (Dec 1992). "The Death of Henry II of France". J Neurosurg 77 (6): 964–9. doi:10.3171/jns.1992.77.6.0964. PMID 1432144. 
  8. ^ "Gun control: Medical ethics issue, public health concern, or political bias?". Medical Ethics Advisor, June 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
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  24. ^ Faria MA Jr, Hoffman JC, O'Brien MS. "Metrizamide Cisternography and the management of the Chiari II malformation". Child's Brain. 1984;11(4):242-9. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
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