Dr. Glenn Keiper Jr received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he received the Miles Q. White Award in Biology and the school’s Academic Achievement Award. He proceeded to medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he earned the Salvador M. Adriano Memorial Award in Pathology. He stayed at the University of Cincinnati Department of Surgery to finish his General Surgery Residency and Neurosurgery Residency.
Dr. Keiper learned in his rotations that he loved and was good at neurosurgery, and he made that his choice to apply his medical skills. Another momentous occasion in his life took place in a less academic setting: An epic bicycle trip with his father that went all the way from Portland, Oregon, to Denver, Colorado. That adventure made it clear to him that the West was his destiny, and after his training he started to decide where he would go. He only considered medium-sized college towns with populations of 130 thousand or less, the kind of place where he could be surrounded by other skilled surgeons and have a real influence on his community but also not be beholden to the downsides of big city practices. He chose Eugene, Oregon, to build his skills, and other than a brief sojourn to Idaho, Eugene has been where he has chosen to stay. He built up his own neurosurgery practice to handle every facet of a patient’s neurosurgical needs, along with its own surgery center. His advanced skills have also led him to develop techniques, such as motion segment preservation and artificial disc placement, that have led to simpler surgeries and quicker recovery times for patients. As a leader in neurosurgery in Oregon, he has also taught other surgeons in the area these invaluable techniques.
Neurosurgery is a huge part of Dr. Keiper’s contribution to the world around him, one that has led to positive health care outcomes for countless patients and literally saved the lives of many others. But that’s not all there is to this interesting and complex doctor, who is also highly skilled in barbecue and knife-making!