Ronald Warnick, MD, Honored as Tew Chair in Neurosurgical Oncology


Ronald E. Warnick, MD, addresses the audience at a celebration of the inauguration of the Tew Chair in Neurosurgical Oncology. Photo by Mark Byron.

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CINCINNATI — More than 100 dignitaries, donors and supporters helped celebrate the inauguration of the $2 million John M. Tew, Jr., MD, Chair in Neurosurgical Oncology March 15 at the Queen City Club in downtown Cincinnati.

The Tew Chair was awarded to Ronald Warnick, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology and Medical Director of the UC Brain Tumor Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute, one of four institutes of the UC College of Medicine and UC Health.

The chair, a tribute to Dr. Tew, Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiology and Surgery at UC and Clinical Director of the UC Neuroscience Institute, was announced by Mario Zuccarello, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Frank H. Mayfield Chair for Neurological Surgery. The chair is an endowment at the UC College of Medicine that will fuel research in brain cancer and brain metastasis in perpetuity.

Dr. Tew said he wished to honor all those who donated financially to the Tew Chair’s endowment as well as “all the people who give of their talents, their resources, their efforts, their wisdom every day.”

Ginger Warner, a University of Cincinnati Trustee and friend of the Brain Tumor Center, read a proclamation from Ohio Governor John Kasich in which he recognized Dr. Warnick as the John M. Tew Chair, commended him for his commitment and dedication, and expressed his certainty that “you will change many lives in the coming years.”

James Kingsbury, President and CEO of UC Health, praised Dr. Tew for ushering in a new generation of leaders, including Dr. Warnick. “Instead of developing the Brain Tumor Center himself, John said, ‘Ron Warnick, I want you to develop the center.’ John mentored him, encouraged him, and supported him … assisted him in how to develop an advisory council and how to raise funds, how to put together a business plan. So John began another legacy of not just doing things, but of helping train new leaders to do great things.”

In another reflection, John Hutton, MD, Dean Emeritus of the UC College of Medicine, praised Dr. Tew for his “uncanny ability to spot and develop young talent.” That talent included Dr. Warnick, who was a rising young neurosurgeon when he caught Dr. Tew’s eye.

“I was a brain tumor fellow at the University of California San Francisco with a job offer from the University of Pennsylvania,” Dr. Warnick recalled. “Just before signing the contract, I received a call from John Tew. It was the sheer force of his personality that persuaded me to visit Cincinnati. I arrived in 1991, and since then we have worked side by side on many important projects in neurosurgery and neuro-oncology.”

A central tenet of the UC Brain Tumor Center is teamwork. From diagnosis through treatment and recovery, patients are evaluated and cared for by a multidisciplinary team. In keeping with that core value, Dr. Warnick recognized his colleagues “in the Mayfield Clinic, the UC Brain Tumor Center and the Community Advisory Council,” many of whom were in attendance, and thanked them for their support and guidance. He also thanked his patients, “whose courage and spirit are constant sources of inspiration.”

To the community that had entrusted him with the Tew Chair, Dr. Warnick concluded, “I’m going to work tirelessly to exceed your expectations … I will make you proud.”

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