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Here's the complete program, updated Sept. 13


A Duke Neurosurgery Tradition Returns

Beginning in the 1950s, when neurosurgeons finished their training at Duke they became members of a group known as the OWL Society (Odom Woodhall Legion), named in honor of two founding fathers of Duke's neurosurgery program -- Guy Odom, MD, and Barnes Woodhall, MD. Membership perks included regular meetings and get-togethers and an OWL Society lapel pin.

Eventually, the  tradition faded, but today Duke Neurosurgery Chair Gerald Grant, MD, is officially bringing back this society to celebrate Duke Neurosurgery’s legacy, including the more recent past leaders, Drs. Robert Wilkins, Allan Friedman, and John Sampson. 

Join Us at the Reunion!

All trainee alumni and former faculty are invited to join current faculty and residents: 

Thursday evening to Saturday, September 14 -16, 2023 

at the JB Duke Hotel on the Duke University campus. 
This multi-day event will include interactive meetings and social events, and the opportunity to attend the Duke vs. Northwestern football game Saturday afternoon.


Thursday, September 14, 2023

6:00–9:00 p.m. | Welcome Reception in the Club Room


Friday, September 15, 2023

7:00–8:00 a.m. | Breakfast in Ballroom AB

8:00-2:00 p.m. | Morning Session in Ballroom AB

12:00–1:00 p.m. | Lunch in Meeting Room A

1:00–5:00 p.m. | Afternoon Session in Ballroom AB

6:00–6:30 p.m. | Cocktails in Ballroom Gallery

7:00–9:00 p.m. | Dinner in Ballroom CD


Saturday, September 16, 2023

8:00–9:00 a.m. | Breakfast in Meeting Room A

10:00–11:00 a.m. | Tour of the Medical Center 

3:30 p.m. | Football Game: Duke vs. Northwestern at Blue Devil Tower

Logos of the event sponsors


Early Registration $150 Deadline for early registration is August 1
Regular Registration $200 Regular registration is August 2 to September 1
Guest $75  
Current Faculty and Residents   Contact for a registration code


The JB Duke Hotel exterior


The conference hotel is the JB Duke on the Duke University campus.


Duke Football

An aerial view of the Duke football stadium
Photo: Bill Snead

Please join us for the Duke vs. Northwestern Game on Saturday, September 16 at the Blue Devil Tower. Elevate your Duke football game day experience with the Blue Devil Tower’s premium seating. 

Tickets are listed as an option on the event registration form.

Tickets are $189 each and include access to the climate-controlled club space, an all-you-can-eat buffet with a rotating menu, complimentary drinks including sodas, tea, water, lemonade, and coffee, and two fully stocked bars.

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