March 18, 2022 Regis W. Haid, Jr., MD is a neurosurgeon and good friend of Dr. Joseph Maroon. As part of his neurosurgical training at Allegheny General Hospital in 1986 he was taught by Dr. Maroon who was the Chairman of Neurosurgery at AGH at that time. Dr. Haid has had a distinguished career including being a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery, the founding partner of the Atlanta Brain and Spine Care Institute, and the Medical Director of the Piedmont Spine Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a founding member of the Chuck Noll Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Haid is now president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons-the largest society of neurosurgeons in the world.
Dr. Haid recently authored an article entitled, The Obstacle Is the Way; The Struggle Is What Defines Us, and discusses the life lessons he learned in part from Dr. Maroon.
The request was simple: write about the hardships all of us face during our neurosurgical careers, notably the impact and interaction of family, marriage, health, with our chosen vocation. Whew… As Joe Maroon taught me in 1986, “Mistakes are avoided by wisdom… Wisdom is gained by making mistakes.” I am a very wise man…Personally, my greatest struggle is attempting to maintain some type of balance, as so eloquently stated in Dr. Maroon’s CNS Presidential Address in 1986, Aequanimitas.