Harry van Loveren, MD

Interim Dean, Morsani College of Medicine
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery & Brain Repair, Morsani College of Medicine

Dr. van Loveren also is a professor and the chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. His clinical and research interests include pain, functional neurosurgery, trauma, vascular neurosurgery and skull base surgery.

Since 1982, Dr. van Loveren has contributed over 75 papers in various publications. He has also written 28 book chapters, and in 1993, he and Dr. John Tew wrote the Atlas of Operative Microneurosurgery, Volume I, Aneurysms and Arteriovenous Malformations, the first-place winner of the Association of Medical Illustrators award for a medical atlas. Atlas of Operative Microneurosurgery, Volume II, was released in January 2001.

Dr. van Loveren has lectured at more than 200 conferences across the United States and around the world. In addition, he has had 17 visiting professorships in seven countries, conducted over 60 practical courses, and organized more than 20 professional symposia. He has mentored 10 skull base fellows and six post-graduate fellows, and has served as a co-investigator in more than 25 clinical research projects.

Dr. van Loveren has served in many professional and scientific societies, including the AMA, AANS, AAcNS, CNS, North American Skull Base Society, Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati, Frank H. Mayfield Society, Ohio State Medical Association, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors, and the American Heart Association.

Dr. van Loveren was born in the Netherlands in 1953, son of a Marine Corps master-sergeant father and an Asian mother. He was raised to cherish discipline, hard work for its own sake, and a quiet response to all important events. He immigrated to the United States with his family and maintained immigrant values. His college education was varied, ranging from political science at Holy Cross to chemistry at the University of Cincinnati (UC), with time off in between to try a traditional family career as a carpenter. Medical school was a very late decision.

After completing medical school, he trained with the Mayfield Clinic (then the Mayfield Neurological Institute) because Frank Mayfield, M.D. represented all that was good about being a physician, and because of John Tew, M.D., the chairman. A fellowship rotation in the neurophysiology laboratory of Jean Sigfried and Helmut Haas in Zurich convinced him that personal success in Neuroscience would best be achieved by collaboration rather than competition, a recognition that resulted in a continuing collaboration with Jeffrey Keller, Ph.D., an anatomist at Mayfield. He remained at the Mayfield Clinic and participated in its amalgamation with the University of Cincinnati Department of Neurosurgery. He joined the USF Health faculty in 2002.

Dr. van Loveren enjoys sports such as skydiving, boating, scuba diving, and touring the scenic byways of Florida on his motorcycle. He is married to Jeffrie, a real estate broker, and has three adult children: Rachael, Harry and Mark.