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Surgery Lectureships

Munir H. Abbasy, MD Memorial Lecture

The Munir H. Abbasy, M.D. Memorial Lecture is an annual event presented by Baystate Medical Center and Mrs. Ann Abbasy.  It is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Abbasy’s family, friends, patients and colleagues.

Dr. Abbasy graduated from Liaqut Medical College in Pakistan and interned at Cook County Hospital, Chicago.  He completed his general surgery residency at Northwestern University, Chicago, followed by a neurosurgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Dr. Abbasy came to Springfield in 1976 to join Neurosurgical and Neurological Group, Inc.  He was on the medical staff at Baystate Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, and Holyoke Hospital, serving as Chief of Neurosurgery at Mercy Medical Center from 1988 to 1993 and at Baystate Medical Center from 1993 to 2001.

Dr. Abbasy was the first neurosurgeon in Western Massachusetts to perform the “Jannetta Procedure”, a microvascular decompression of a cranial nerve for those who suffer from tic douloureux and hemifacial spasm. He established an outpatient microdiskectomy service at Baystate Medical Center in 1994. This innovation resulted in a reduction of recovery time for patients and significant resource savings for the Medical Center.  He was the first to perform carotid endarterectomies under local anesthesia with sedation at Baystate Medical Center. He will be remembered not only for his expertise and dedication, but also for instilling in others the desire to achieve excellence. 

Sheldon S. Goldberg, MD Memorial Lecture

This series of annual lectures named in honor of Dr. Sheldon S. Goldberg, who died in 1994 as a result of an automobile accident, was developed in conjunction with members of Dr. Goldberg’s family.

Dr. Goldberg came to Springfield in 1965 and entered the practice of otolaryngology.  He had graduated from Syracuse University, received a Master of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts, a Ph.D. from Kansas State College, and an M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1960.  He took his residency in otolaryngology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.  In Springfield, he was a consultant for many institutions including the Shriners Hospital, the Jewish Nursing Home of Western Massachusetts, the Willie Ross School for the Deaf, and the Belchertown State School.

As Chief of the Otolaryngology Service, he always set very high standards for himself as well as for others, not only in clinical issues but also in ethical issues.  He loved to teach medical students and residents, and he took a deep and personal interest in their welfare.  His service to the community, to his patients, and to the hospitals which he served was outstanding, and reflected his deep sense of values and commitment.