Hunt Batjer, M.D., is the chair of UT Southwestern’s Department of Neurological Surgery.
He completed medical school and his neurosurgical residency at UT Southwestern, training under the neurosurgery department’s first chair, Kemp Clark, M.D. as well as its second chair, Dr. Duke Samson. After a fellowship in cerebrovascular surgery at the University of Western Ontario, he returned to UT Southwestern, joining the faculty in 1983.
Alongside Dr. Samson and Bruce Mickey, M.D., Dr. Batjer helped build UTSW into a neurosurgical powerhouse in the 1980s and ‘90s. Among many other contributions, he helped launch Zale Lipshy University Hospital, performing its first neurosurgical operation.
He has led the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Society of University Neurosurgeons, and the Neurosurgical Society of America Currently, he serves as President-Elect of the Society of Neurological Surgeons (formerly the Harvey Cushing Society), as well as Chair of the ACGME Neurosurgical Residency Review Committee, which evaluates neurosurgery training programs to ensure their high quality.
In addition, he volunteers his time with the National Football League, where he is Co-Chair of its Committee on Head, Neck, and Spine Injuries.