Irvine G. McQuarrie, MD, PhD

Title: Neurosurgeon, Educator, Financier
Location: Hastings, Nebraska, United States

Irvine G. McQuarrie, MD, PhD, Neurosurgeon, Educator and Financier, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical research.

For Dr. McQuarrie, his drive as a medical professional has always come from a very personal place. At age 12, he contracted Polio. Having spent a great deal of his childhood in the hospital receiving treatment, he developed an intrinsic desire to help others and research diseases. When he grew into adulthood, he pursued his dream by first achieving a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Utah in 1961, followed by an MD and PhD from Cornell University in 1965 and 1977, respectively. Today, Dr. McQuarrie is highly regarded among his peers for his research in the mechanism of axonal regeneration in central nervous system, as well as biochemical investigations on maintenance and replacement of nerve cell processes (called axons and dendrites) by complex intraneuronal transport mechanisms. In recognition of his achievements, he was the recipient of a Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award and an Andrew W. Mellon Teacher-Scientist Award. He also earned the title of Fellow by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. McQuarrie has been the recipient of a number of grants by the Spinal Cord Society, the National Institutes of Health, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Veterans Affairs Office.

Since 1988, Dr. McQuarrie has found success as an associate professor of neuroscience for Case Western Research University. Previously, he served the college in a number of roles including assistant professor of developmental genetics and anatomy, assistant professor of neurosurgery, and visiting assistant professor for the department of anatomy. Dr. McQuarrie came to prominence early in his career as an intern and assistant surgeon for New York Hospital, as well as a research fellow for the department of physiology and assistant professor of physiology and surgery at Cornell University Medical College. Outside of his work in academia, he served as a medical investigator of neurosurgery, staff neurologist, chief of neurosurgery, and clinical investigator for the VA Medical Center in Cleveland OH. He also was chairman of the VA Office of Regeneration Research Programs and member of the advisory board for the University Hospitals of Cleveland. In looking at the next phase of his career, Dr. McQuarrie intends to continue working on research projects and teaching.

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