After graduating from medical school at the American University of Beirut, Dr. Hitchon completed residency training in Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa. This was followed by a fellowship in Cerebrovascular Physiology and Blood Flow. Dr. Hitchon has been on the faculty in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa since 1980.
Initially, Dr. Hitchon was interested in spinal cord injury and blood flow, receiving Merit Review grant support from the VA for 7 years. Thereafter, emphasis moved on to spinal biomechanics, implants, and arthroplasty, where support was secured from industry. Residents, fellows, and graduate students have participated in this laboratory, and many have gone on to become successful investigators and spine surgeons. Under his direction, the Spine fellowship program at Iowa has trained fellows from the US, Lebanon, and the Middle East. Dr. Hitchon serves as Associate Editor for Spine and Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery and is currently Professor of Neurosurgery and Bioengineering at the University of Iowa.
Beirut is Dr. Hitchon’s first home. He spent the first 26 impressionable years of his life in Beirut and at AUB. The foundations of what he does today were laid at AUB 40 years ago, and this he will never forget.