President

Thomas B. Scully, MD, FAANS
Thomas B. Scully, MD, FAANS

It is a pleasure to have Thomas (Tom) Scully as the 64th President of the Western Neurosurgical Society. Dr. Scully has been a member since 2005 and has served as Vice President from 2014 to 2015 and has also served as Membership Chair and Bylaws Chair. It is said that if he was as good in golf as he is in surgery, he would be on the PGA tour and not in this organization and certainly not hula dancing at which he tried and failed in Hawaii in 2018.

Tom grew up in Gary Indiana but completed high school in Merrillville Indiana where he was President of his class while lettering in golf and being voted Best Humor and Most Likely to Succeed. He attended the University of Norte Dame, graduating in 1983 (no surprise he lettered in golf). He went to Indiana University for medical school, graduating AOA in 1988. Tom continued at IU for his residency, finishing in 1994. He was nominated “resident teacher of the year” twice while a resident.

Tom married Dawn toward the end of his residency. Upon completion of training, they moved to Tucson, Arizona and joined a private practice group.

Tom served as the Chief of the section of neurosurgery at St. Mary’s Hospital from 1996 to 2000. While at the Northwest Medical Center, he served as Chief of the section Neurosurgery 1996-2002 and Chair of the Department of Surgery 1998-2002. In addition, he was Chair of the Performance Improvement Council for 6 years, overseeing Peer review for the hospital. Tom also served as a Board of Trustees member for Northwest Medical Center.

In addition to his roles served for the Western and in Tucson, Tom has worked hard for organized neurosurgery completing a term on the AANS Public Relations Committee from 2009-2013. He has been the Vice President and President of the Arizona Neurosurgical Society from 2014-2016. He served as an Alternate Delegate to the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies. For many years, Tom has been an Instructor for the AANS Julius Goodman Oral Board Review Course. Many of his efforts in organized medicine have been centered on sports related concussions.

Tom co-founded the Northwest NeuroSpecialists group in 2003. In addition to his full-time practice, Tom is now the Medical Director of the Oro Valley Surgical Suites where they perform outpatient spine and orthopedic surgery

When Tom is not operating, managing his practice or directing his surgical center, he spends as much time as he can pursuing his other loves. He and Dawn have two children, Thomas and Caroline. Dawn no longer practices as a neuroscience nurse; she is now a full time entrepreneur and the sole proprietor of her store, Embellish Home, selling home goods, jewelry and gifts. Son Thomas recently graduated from Texas Christian University and is now in a master’s program in Medical Science while he considers medical school. Caroline is following in her mother’s footsteps and is becoming a nurse; she is in her second year at TCU.

Tom is still passionate about sports, he has filled some bucket list items by playing golf at Cypress Point, Augusta National and Pine Valley, all in the last year and a half. He boasts that these are 3 of the top 5 courses in the world (I’m sure the other 2 found out about his hula and barred him). He still follows his beloved Hoosier basketball and Irish football teams.

We look forward to Tom serving as President. His inspiration and leadership have been well demonstrated over the years and his outgoing/fun personality just adds to the excitement that is to come.

Presidential Address 2014
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Presidential Address 2013
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Presidential Address 2012
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Presidential Address 2011
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Presidential Address 2010
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Presidential Address 2009
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Presidential Address 2006
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Presidential Address 2005
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