The Robert A. Groff Chair of Neurosurgery, The University of Pennsylvania
The Robert A. Groff Chair of Neurosurgery, The University of Pennsylvania was established in 1997 to honor her brother, the prominent neurosurgeon Robert A. Groff, MD (1903–1975). A University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine alumnus, Dr. Groff Chaired the Departments of Neurosurgery at The Graduate Hospital and at The Perelman School of Medicine.
Dr. Groff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1925 and from the Perelman School of Medicine in 1928. He pursued a variety of fellowships in Philadelphia, in Boston and in Europe. During World War II he served with the 20th General Hospital, the major military hospital organized and run by Penn Medicine to provide medical care for the American, British, and Chinese forces in Northeastern India. The Hospital won acclaim for achieving an overall mortality rate of only 0.4 percent for its 73,000 patients despite primitive conditions and constant threat of malaria and other infectious diseases.
Following the war, Dr. Groff joined the faculty at Graduate Hospital, becoming Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery in 1955 and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at The Perelman School of Medicine in 1957. Dr. Groff trained under the legendary Dr. Charles Harrison Frazier (1870–1936) and, in 1963, he became the inaugural holder of the Charles Harrison Frazier Professor of Neurosurgery Chair. Dr. Groff was granted emeritus status in 1973.