Neurosurgery honors the Class of 2022
The program recognized two graduates during a June 18 celebration
The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center continued its tradition of training exceptional physician-scientists when it honored two more graduates of its residency program.
The department recognized Paige Lundy, M.D., and Anthony Alvarado, M.D., during a June 18 graduation celebration at Pinstripes in Overland Park, Kansas.
Lundy and Alvarado, who served as co-chief residents this year, are credited with multiple individual achievements during their training.
Among her accomplishments, Lundy counts scoring above the 90th percentile on the American Board of Neurological Surgery exam that certifies neurosurgeons. She was first author on both a cover article in the Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics and a research manuscript published in the Journal of Neuro-Oncology detailing glioblastoma multiforme guidelines. Glioblastoma is a form of cancer in the brain or spinal cord.
“My most important accomplishment was building wonderful relationships and friendships that will last forever with the entire neurosurgery family,” said Lundy, who will continue her training as a fellow at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, one of the top pediatric neurosurgery fellowship programs in the nation.
Lundy aspires to become a pediatric neurosurgeon at a pediatric hospital with a dual appointment at an adult hospital to focus on transitional care. She plans to devote her career to caring for patients with spinal differences from prenatal to adulthood.
Over the course of his residency, Alvarado was credited with a combined 20 manuscript publications and textbook chapters. He also served on the Residents-as-Teachers Committee.
Away from his training, Alvarado met and married his wife, Kara, and celebrated the birth of their first child, daughter, Nellie. He also completed six marathons, five 70.3-mile ironman triathlons, and one 140.6 mile full-distance ironman triathlon.
Following graduation, Alvarado will complete one of the top neurosurgery spine fellowships in the nation at Rush Medical Center in Chicago. He aspires to earn an academic appointment where he can provide cranial and spinal neurosurgical care.