George Ablin Memorial Lectureship
George Ablin MD 
In 2000, the members of the Western Neurosurgical Society inaugurated a new lectureship designed to honor, in a tangible and enduring manner, one of the Society’s most outstanding members. In its long history, the Society has had no more devoted contributor than Dr. George Ablin. He brought to the group stunning ability and experience, especially in matters of local, national, and international organization, in which he had few peers. He contributed through service in many areas including a memorable term as President. He was a wise and thoughtful counselor whose advice concerning many professional and personal questions always included a careful analysis, given with words of encouragement. There was no more active and engaged participant in all of the Society’s affairs.

George Ablin was raised in Chicago, received his B.S. and M.D. from the University of Michigan, interned at Charity Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana, did his residency at the University of Wisconsin, later was Instructor at the University of Michigan, and also became a Clinical Professor at California State University, Bakersfield. Dr Ablin was Board Certified in Neurological Surgery, A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Dr Ablin began practice in neurosurgery in Bakersfield, California, in 1953, was President of the Kern County Medical Society in 1984, and was very active in the California Medical Association in various leadership positions. He was Treasurer of the California Medical Review Board and received Distinguished Service awards from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgery. He was named Honorary President of the World Neurological Society and in 1989 he was selected as the Kern County Physician of the Year. George was the devoted father of seven children, three of whom became physicians and who have supported this lectureship.

George combined an exceptionally perceptive understanding of others, including hundreds of fellow neurosurgeons, with warmth and gentleness and lively humor. He loved his colleagues and friends, and he loved this Society. With this permanent lectureship, the members of the Western Neurosurgical Society honor George Ablin and his cherished wife, Millie.

Dr. George Ablin, one of the giants of neurosurgery, and in particular the Western Neurosurgical Society, was honored by a lectureship in his name at our annual meetings from 2000 until 2019. The Ablin Lectureship was discontinued in 2022 and at our annual meeting in 2023 was replaced by Randy Smith Lectureship.

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