Cloward Award Recipient

2005: Donald J.Prolo, MD
Donald J.Prolo
Donald J.Prolo
The Cloward award is given by the Western Neurosurgical Society to the neurosurgeon or neuroscientist who has demonstrated epochal innovations and /or pioneering applications in the care of patients suffering from neurological diseases. In other words the recipient of the Cloward Medal has emulated the accomplishments of Ralph Cloward.

Ralph Cloward was a pioneer in spinal fusion surgery at all levels of the spine. Likewise Don Prolo has published and lectured dozens of times on improvements in spinal fusion surgery.

Cloward was probably the first to scientifically study and prove the necessity for both cortical and cancellous bone apposition in spinal fusions. Similarly Donald Prolo has published several papers which contribute to the success of solid spinal fusions. Going further into basic science Dr. Prolo has contributed more than a dozen papers on bone sterilization, bone storage and human tissue transplantation.

Prolo and Cloward have both published in orthopedic as well as neurosurgical journals and multiple articles in the orthopedic and neurosurgical literature refer to the Prolo Scale as if it were the gold standard for evaluating the results of spinal surgery.

Anyone reading Dr. Prolo's Curriculum Vitae would agree that Donald J. Prolo is an ideal recipient of the Cloward Award.