Ronald Warnick, MD, Appointed to Prestigious Neuro-Oncology Editorial Board

Ronald E. Warnick, MD, a neurosurgeon and brain tumor specialist with Mayfield Brain & Spine, has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Neuro-Oncology. The prestigious appointment was announced by the journal's Editor-in-Chief, Jason Sheehan, MD, PhD.

Dr. Warnick began his 2-year term on January 1 and is eligible to serve additional terms.

The Journal of Neuro-Oncology (JNO) is the official journal of the Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Tumors, an organization that Dr. Warnick chaired from 2005 to 2007. Published by Springer-Nature, the multidisciplinary journal has an international reach and is a leading source for clinical, translational, and basic science publications in the field of cancers related to the central nervous system.

During his 26-year career, Dr. Warnick has performed more than 3,000 radiosurgery procedures, the vast majority on patients with primary or metastatic brain tumors. He has served as Co-Director of the Gamma Knife Center at The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health since 2016. He has authored or co-authored 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 10 book chapters.

"Dr. Warnick is widely viewed as an expert in neuro-oncology and stereotactic radiosurgery," said Dr. Sheehan, the Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Virginia. "His presence on the editorial board provides tremendous experience and insight into journal submissions and publications. Editorial board members serve to review manuscript submissions and provide recommendations regarding special issues or features for the JNO. We are honored to have Dr. Warnick as a member of the JNO Editorial Board."

Dr. Warnick, who continues to serve the Section on Tumors as an advisory board member, has been an ad-hoc reviewer for the JNO since 1995. The editorial board appointment is a volunteer position requiring a commitment of a few hundred hours each year.

"I am honored to accept this appointment," Dr. Warnick said. "I have a long-standing commitment to the Section on Tumors, and this is their official journal. It is the voice of neuro-oncology. Leaders have a responsibility to volunteer their expertise to enhance and advance the journal of their organization. When you have a passion for an organization, you volunteer."

As a reviewer of articles submitted for publication, Dr. Warnick said he will enjoy the role of guiding younger authors as they hone their manuscripts. "It's like an anonymous mentorship program, in that they do not see who the reviewer is, but the reviewer is providing constructive criticism," Dr. Warnick said. "You help them make the manuscript stronger so that it can be accepted for publication."

While mentoring, Dr. Warnick also will be learning, staying abreast of all that is new in the areas of brain tumor research and patient care. "The art of medicine involves continuous learning," Dr. Warnick said. "As I am teaching younger physicians how to improve their manuscripts, they are teaching me about new areas of research."

In addition to his work with the JNO, Dr. Warnick is an ad-hoc reviewer for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics; Radiation Oncology; World Neurosurgery; and the Journal of Neurosurgery.

Additional co-sponsors of the JNO are the Society of British Neurological Surgeons, the Korean Neurosurgical Society, the Chinese Society for Neuro-Oncology, the Grupo Interdisciplinario Mexicano de Investigacion en Neuro-Oncologia, and the Taiwan Society for Neuro-Oncology.

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