Northwestern neurosurgery director earns distinguished physician award


Drew Spencer, MD, medical director of neurosurgery at Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital in Palos Heights, Ill., has received the inaugural St. George Foundation Distinguished Physician Award for neurosurgery. 

The award recognizes physicians who achieve both personal and professional excellence in the field of neurosurgery, according to a May 14 press release sent to Becker's. 

The St. George Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to promoting the general health of the community in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.

Dr. Spencer joined Northwestern's department of neurosurgery in 2017 and was recruited in 2021 to lead the development of cranial and spinal neurosurgical services at Palos Hospital.

Northwestern Medicine has only honored a total of 12 physicians as '"distinguished" physicians, according to the release. Three additional recipients earned the St. George award in 2024 in the fields of surgery, cardiology and oncology. 

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