John Anthony Jane Sr., M.D., Ph.D.

September 21, 1931 - September 18, 2015

Dr. John Anthony Jane Sr., of Charlottesville, passed away at his home on Friday, September 18, 2015.  He was born on September 21, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois, to Serrita and Kamil Schulhof.   Although honored to have received numerous awards, professionally he took the greatest pleasure and reward from having influenced the lives of those who would come after him. He was proud to have been involved in the training of numerous residents many of whom have continued his legacy of teaching. He would humbly note that much of his professional success could be credited to the staff in the Department of Neurosurgery and the University of Virginia including Karen Saulle, Brenda Shifflett, Margie Shreve, and Savola Monroe, but, most importantly to his devoted wife of 54 years, Noella. 

He took great interest in his family. Despite, his responsibilities at work, he was always home for dinner and looked forward to the annual drive to Beverly Shores, Indiana to see his mother and then to the Laurentian Mountains in Canada to see his wife's family. He was able to manage his responsibilities because of the love of his wife. The Janes spontaneously hosted dinner guests and regularly held departmental parties at their home. Together they created a home that welcomed all, whether for a short visit or a stay of several months; a place where everyone felt they were family.

He valued the individual and took specific interest in each person with whom he came in contact. He was a voracious reader, enjoyed quoting long passages, loved music and maintained broad, yet deep, intellectual interests throughout his life. He also took great pleasure in tending his large garden of roses and other plants.He was preceded in death by his parents; and is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Fisher; his wife, Noella Fortier Jane; his four children, Serrita Jane Reilly (Hugh), Jennie Jane Hanztmon (Matthew), Katherine Jane Yoder (Eric), and John Anthony Jane Jr. (Robin). He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, Matthew Hanztmon, William Hantzmon, John Hantzmon, Thomas Hantzmon, Mary Yoder, Eric Yoder, John Jane III, Maddie Nell Jane; and his great-grandchild, Micah Yoder.The family would like to thank the Dabney/Cromwell/Worley family for the love and care they have shown the Jane family.A wake will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church Wednesday, September 23, 2015, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday, September 24, 2015, at St. Thomas Church at 11 a.m.In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Dr. Jane's memory to St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.Condolences may be sent to the family at


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He graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A., cum laude.

He then attended the University of Chicago School of Medicine, receiving his Doctor of Medicine in 1956.

He did his internship at the Royal Victoria Hospital at McGill University and returned to begin his Neurosurgical residency at the University of Chicago clinics in 1957 with Dr. Sean Mullan.

In 1958 he was a Fellow in Neurophysiology at Montreal Neurological Institute with Dr. Herbert Jasper. 

In 1959, he was a Senior Fellow in Neuropathology and in 1960 a Demonstrator in Neuropathology, both at McGill University in Montreal.

In 1961, he was a Research Assistant in Neurosurgery to Sir Wylie McKissock at Atkinson Morleys Hospital in London, England.

In 1962, he was a Research Associate with the Department of Psychology at Duke University with Irving T. Diamond who was his Ph.D. advisor.

He then completed his Neurosurgical residency in 1963-1964 at the University of Illinois Research and Educational Hospital and the Illinois Neuropsychiatric Institute with Oscar Sugar and Eric Oldberg.

The year 1965 found Dr. Jane as Senior Instructor in Neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University.

In 1967, Dr. Jane completed and was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Division of Biological Sciences, Section of Biopsychology.

After 4 years at Case Western Reserve, Dr. Jane assumed in 1969, the position of Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He held the position of Chairman until 2006 and remained the Residency Program Director until 2014.

Dr. Jane became a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery in 1984. He became the Chairman of the Editorial Board in 1990, the Associate Editor in 1991 and in 1992, he was elected Editor, a position he held until 2013. He is also founder of Journal of Neurosurgery:Spine and Journal of Neurosurgery:Pediatrics.

Received the Grass Prize and Medal of the Society of Neurological Surgeons for Meritorious Research as well as the Herbert Olivecrona Lectureship of the Karolinska Institute of Stockholm, Sweden.

Received the 29th Annual Fellows Day Lecturer, Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Dr. Jane was elected to be Vice President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons in 1988.  He also received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service, University of Chicago.

Dr. Jane was elected to be President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons in 1993.

Received the Honored Guest, Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

He is the past Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery completing his term in 1996. He also received the Honored Guest, Joint Annual Congress of the Surgical Society, Taipei, Taiwan

Received the Sir Wylie McKissock Neuroscience Lecturer, Atkinson Morley Neuroscience Centre, London, England.

Received the William Feindel Lecturer, Montreal Neurological Institute as well as the Jamieson Memorial Lecturer, Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, Australia

Received th Lifetime Achievement Award, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, recipient of Kurt Schurmann Professorship, Hannover, Germany and Decade of the Brain Medalist, CNS/AANS.

Received the Decade of the Brain Award, American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Schneider Lecturer, American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Received the Distinguished Service Award by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the NSA Medallist, Neurosurgical Society of America.

Received the Distinguished Service Award, Society of Neurological Surgeons. 

Received the Cushing Medalist, American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Received the WFNS Medal of Honour at the XIII World Congress of Neurosurgery Meeting and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Founder's Laurel Award.

Received the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Meritorious Service Recognition.

Received the ACGME's 2008 Parker J. Palmer "Courage to Teach" Award Recipient

Received the Golden Neuron Award from the World Academy of Neurological Surgery.

Received the Raven Award from the University of Virginia.

Received the Governor's Public Service Award for Career Achievement.

View photos from the team's trip to Germany in January 2015.  Visit included tours of the International Neuroscience Institute, Bochum Trauma Hospital and Neurobionics Rehab Center.

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Dr. Jane documents his early research on auditory discrimination in cats. He details training undertaken with Diamond, Evans, Hebb, McKissock, Nulsen, Oldberg, Penfield and Rasmussen. He describes his work at University of Virginia and the training program he has developed.


Dr. Jane was proud to have been involved in the training of numerous residents many of whom have continued his legacy of teaching.  Below is a list of active faculty at the Seattle Science Foundation who were trained by Dr. Jane.

Johnny B. Delashaw, M.D.
Chair of Neurosurgery
Swedish Neuroscience Institute

D. Kojo Hamilton, M.D.
Residency Program Director
University of Pittsburgh

John Jane Jr., M.D.
Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics
Director of Neurosurgical TrainingProgram
University of Virgnia School of Medicine

Adam Kanter, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery
University of Pittsburgh

Sebastian F. Koga, M.D.
Vice-Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery
Ochsner Health System

Giuseppe Lanzino, M.D.
Mayo Clinic

Stephen Monteith, M.D.
Brain and Spine Specialist, Neurosurgeon
Swedish Neuroscience Institute

David Okonkwo, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery
Director, Neurotrauma
University of Pittsburgh

Rod Oskouian, M.D.
Chairman of Spine
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
CEO and Board President
Seattle Science Foundation

Charles Sansur, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Christopher I. Shaffrey, M.D.
Professor, Neurological Surgery
University of Virginia

Nicholas Theodore, M.D.
Director, Neurotrauma, Director, Neurosurgery Spine Program
Barrow Neurosurgical Associates

Richard Winn, M.D.
Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Mount Sinai School of Medicine