James L. Stone, MD, was a senior medical student on the Trauma Unit in 1973 and stimulated to become a Surgical Intern at Cook County Hospital in 1974–1975, followed by Surgical Residency (1975–1976) and a Cook County-University of Illinois (UIC) Neurosurgery Residency from 1976 to 1980. He stayed on as full-time academic faculty in Neurosurgery at UIC based at CCH and attained Associate Professor and Chairman of the Neurosurgical Division at CCH in 1987. In 1992, he was appointed Professor of Neurological Surgery at Loyola, and later Rush, bringing both these residency programs to CCH until his retirement from CCH in late 2003. He acted as Interim Head at CCH in 2004 until he rejoined UIC as Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology. Dr. Stone remains active in the clinical practice of neurosurgery and neurophysiology at UIC, Advocate Illinois Masonic, and Evanston Hospitals, and also maintains a voluntary appointment in neurosurgery at Stroger Cook County Hospital.