Joseph C. Maroonis Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and longtime team neurosurgeon to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
His educational training was at Indiana University, Georgetown, University of Vermont and Oxford University, England.
His research interests have been diverse, including the development of minimally invasive surgical procedures for the brain, orbit and spine, traumatic brain injuries, and diseases related to aging.
He served as president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the largest society of neurosurgeons in North America. He co- developed the ImPACT® neurocognitive test for concussion management, now a standard of care for the NFL and all contact sports.
He was a scholastic All-American in football at Indiana University and is also a triathlete. He has competed in over 100 races including 8 Ironman distance finishes, 5 in Kona, Hawaii. On Sept. 28th, 2022, he was first in his age group at the Chicago Triathlon, the largest triathlon in the country.
He was inducted into the Lou Holtz Hall of Fame along with Joe Montana and Kareem Abdul Jabbar for his sports contributions. He is a member of the NFL Head and Spine committee and in 2022 was awarded the NFL Physicians Society Arthur C. Rettig Award for Academic Excellence in Research for advancing the health and safety of players in the NFL.
He was the recipient of the Jerome Bettis Humanitarian of the Year Award. Academically, he has authored more than 300 scientific papers, seven books, and 60 book chapters.