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Kelly receives Meritorious Award

David L. Kelly, Jr., M.D., was the honored guest and Meritorious Award recipient at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves (AANS/CNS) in March.

Kelly is professor and former chairman of department of neurosurgery and has been with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for 42 years. He was the chairman of the neurosurgery department for 22 years. The award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to neurosurgery and the spine. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his residency at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly is also a recipient of the highest medal awarded by AANS, called the Harvey Cushing Award.

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