Gifted in both academics and athletics, Wheeling native Joseph C. Maroon has risen to the top of his field, serving as chairman of the department of neurosurgery at Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital.
Dr. Maroon was educated at parochial schools in Bridgeport and Bellaire, Ohio. His athletic abilities earned him a scholarship to the University of Indiana, where as an undergraduate, he was selected as a scholastic All American in football.
Earning a bachelor of science degree in anatomy and physiology from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1961, Dr. Maroon received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, in 1965. He did his medical and neurosurgery training at Georgetown University, the University of Indiana, Oxford University, England, and the University of Vermont. He began his practice at the University of Pittsburgh in 1972 and was professor and director of neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital.
In 1984, he joined Allegheny General Hospital as chairman of the department of neurosurgery and through his clinical and academic work, as well as his recruitment efforts, Dr. Maroon built Allegheny General Hospital into one of the top neurosurgical centers in the United States. His research into diseases of the spine and brain tumors has led to many innovative techniques for diagnosing and treating those disorders.
Since 1977, he has served as team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and he has developed innovative programs for the management of athletes with cerebral concussions that are now used throughout the NHL and NFL.
A neurosurgeon licensed in Indiana, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, Dr. Maroon also has been honored for his contributions to his field by the national neurological societies of many foreign countries including Japan, Brazil, Egypt, Lebanon, Korea, Thailand and Turkey. In 1986 he was honored by his peers and elected as president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the largest society of neurosurgeons in North America.
He sits on the editorial board of five medical journals and has written two books, 210 scientific papers, and 35 book chapters.
Dr. Maroon continues his athletic interest, completing more than 50 triathlon events including Ironman Triathlons held in Hawaii, Canada and New Zealand in 1993, 1996 and 1998 respectively.
He and his wife, Lynn, are the parents of two daughters and live in Sewickley.