The Julian Hoff Era Photos (1981-2004)

In 1981, Dr. Julian (“Buz”) Hoff became the fourth Chairman of Neurosurgery. Dr. Hoff helped lead the U-M Department of Neurosurgery into the modern era. Under Dr. Hoff's leadership, the neurosurgical service and training program become more diverse and comprehensive. During his time as chairman, he expanded the scope of the laboratory and hired a number of full time PhD basic science research faculty. He remained as chairman for 24 years and provided inspiration to both his faculty and residents. Under his direction, the department grew and flourished.

In 1982, the Neurosurgery Laboratories that began under the leadership of Drs. Peet, Kahn, Schneider, and Crosby were named for Dr. Elizabeth Crosby.

In July 2001, Neurosurgery is given full departmental status at the University of Michigan, elevating it from a Section of Surgery to the Department of Neurosurgery and allowing the department to take a more active role in the higher-level decision-making processes of the Health System as a whole.

Request for Photos: If you have any photos from your time in the Department of Neurosurgery (whether recent or dating back many years!), we’d love to include them in this photo archive. Please send photos you’d like to share to Megan Foldenauer at, or mail them to the address listed below. Please be sure to include names of individuals pictured in the photo(s) along with a date/year, if known. Hard copy photos or digital versions are both fine (Megan can digitize photos as needed). If you send an original copy that you’d like returned to you, please be sure to include a return address.

Mail photos to:

U-M Department of Neurosurgery

Attn: Megan Foldenauer

3552 Taubman Center

1500 E. Medical Center Drive, SPC 5338

Ann Arbor, MI 48109