Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, Untied States
Michael Emmett Carey, Professor at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in neurosurgery.
As the son of psychiatrist and neurosurgeon, Dr. Carey’s interest in the brain and nervous system is deep-rooted. He knew early on that he wanted to pursue the subjects for himself and make his own mark, so he worked hard and earned an MD from Weill Cornell Medicine in 1960. Dr. Carey then garnered hands-on experience as an intern in general surgery, resident in general surgery, and resident in neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and a resident in neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic. He furthered his academic stranding with a Master of Science in neurosurgery from the University of Minnesota and a diploma from the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Upon graduating, Dr. Carey embarked on an illustrious journey that took him around the world. He really enjoyed meeting and treating such a wide variety of people, and quickly gained a reputation for professional excellence. Over the course of his career in the U.S., he advanced through roles like chief of neurosurgery at Beaumont General Hospital in Texas, assistant and associate professor in neurosurgery at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, clinical professor of neurosurgery at the NYU Medical Center and NYU Langone Medical Center, and chief of neurosurgery of the Manhattan VA Medical Center and VA NY Harbor Health Care System. He remains a professor at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine to this day.
Dr. Carey is most proud, however, of serving the soldiers and Marines in Vietnam. He was the chief of neurosurgery at the 312th-91st Evacuation Hospital in Chu Lai, Vietnam, between 1968 and 1969, which inspired him to join the U.S. Army Reserve in 1970. Dr. Carey remained with the organization as a colonel until his retirement in 1996. During this time, he also spent a year as the chief of neurosurgery at the 148th Evacuation Hospital in El Quasumah, Saudi Arabia. In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Carey was honored with a Legion of Merit, Two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal, and a Humanitarian Service Medal.
When Dr. Carey wasn’t working, he liked using his background to help out in his community. Some notable positions include board member of The National WWII Museum in Louisiana, consultant for the United States Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, consultant at the Desert Storm Neurosurgical Conference, and visiting professor at Wayne State University, Tufts University, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, and the University of Kentucky. Additionally, he supported organizations like the American Epilepsy Society and authored 85 papers on war neurosurgery, experimental brain trauma, brain and spinal infections, and cerebrospinal fluid physiology.
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