Neurosurgeon Joseph Nadell, M.D., F.A.C.S., has announced he will retire at the end of summer. Dr. Nadell has been at Children’s Hospital since January 1976.
He served as the director of rehabilitation from 1981-1986 and as co-director of rehabilitation from 1986-present. He was elected secretary/treasurer of the medical staff for the term 1981-1983, vice president for the term 1983-1985 and president for the term 1985-1987. He was elected chairman of the department of surgery for the term 1993-1995. Dr. Nadell has served on the Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees from 1980-1983, 1985-1987 and from 1996-present.
He was appointed to the medical executive committee for the term 1995-1997 and associate medical director for surgical services in 2007 and holds that title to date.
Over his career, he has followed thousands of children, often operating on them as newborns and following their progress as they grew. He is renowned for not only being an amazing physician, but also a tireless motivator. "I work with all of the kids to try to encourage them to excel with things they can do with their brain because they have physical limitations,” he said. "Sometimes these kids feel their disability can prevent them from achieving success. You have to constantly nourish them. They shouldn’t be stopped from doing what they want to do.”