CHI St. Vincent’s Ali Krisht Receives International Olivecrona Award for Contributions to the Field of Neurosurgery
Faced with the stark reality that they have a brain tumor, patients only want to put their lives in the hands of the very best neurosurgeon in the world, wherever they may be. That journey leads them to Sherwood and Ali Krisht, lead neurosurgeon and director of CHI St. Vincent’s Arkansas Neuroscience Institute.
This May, Krisht will be honored as the 2019 recipient of the Herbert Olivecrona Award for his contributions to the neurosurgery field with proficiency in cerebrovascular, pituitary and skull base tumor surgery. The international award, commonly referred to as the “Nobel Prize of neurosurgery,” is awarded annually by Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and is named after renowned neurosurgeon and professor Herbert Olivecrona, who is credited as the father of modern neurosurgery. Krisht joins his mentors, M. Gazi Yasargil and Ossama Al-Mefty, who received the award in 1978 and 2011, respectively.
“It is a true honor to be recognized alongside my mentors and those I have learned so much from throughout my career,” Krisht said. “It’s also a recognition of the work still left to do in the field of neurosurgery. Some of the advancements and new techniques we have today were unimaginable just decades ago, and I am particularly excited to learn what the next generation of neurosurgeons will discover and the impact it will have on patient lives.”
The Olivecrona Medal and Diploma will be presented to Krisht during the Scandinavian Neurosurgical Society Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, where he will also deliver the annual Olivecrona Lecture.
Much like the neurosurgeons he traveled to Arkansas to study under, Krisht is now recognized internationally as a leader in the field for developing new techniques, research and training. That expertise draws influential neurosurgeons from near and far to Arkansas to learn from Krisht at the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute.
The ongoing effort to continually advance the field of neurosurgery will take a significant step forward this June with the opening of the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute Research and Education Center, located adjacent to CHI St. Vincent North in Sherwood. The center and world-class team of neurosurgeons Krisht has assembled will focus on improving treatment outcomes, surveying the human brain and training a new class of neurosurgeons with the skills required to take on the most complex cases and further impact patient outcomes.
“We are truly blessed here in Arkansas to have such an internationally recognized surgeon like Dr. Krisht to lead our neurosurgery team and continually strive to both improve the field and outcomes for our patients,” CHI St. Vincent CEO Chad Aduddell said. “One of the biggest results of that work can be seen in ANI’s patients. Our patients’ three-year survival rates for glioblastomas is 34 percent compared to the national average of 8.8 percent. We’re now excited to expand the reach of that expertise with training and mentorship through the new ANI Research and Education Center.”
The Arkansas Neuroscience Institute sees patients from all 75 counties in Arkansas, as well as 38 other states and countries around the world. It is a comprehensive program incorporating all aspects of neurosurgery and the spectrum of neurological disorders. Learn more about the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute at chistvincent.com/ANI