Summary of Qualifications

Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, U.T. Southwestern Medical School, 1982-2004

Attending Neurosurgeon, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Dallas, Texas, 1980-2012

Medical Director, Gamma Knife, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Dallas, Texas, 2005-2009


Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1972

Texas License # E1336


Internship in Surgery: Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina 1964-1965

Neurosurgery Residency Training: University of Tennessee Affiliated Hospitals
Memphis, Tennessee 1965-1969

Medical School: The University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Jackson, Mississippi 1960-1964

Pre-Medical Training: The University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma 1957-1960

Professional Experience

Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy, 1969-1971

Neurosurgeon for Hospital Ship USS Sanctuary in Vietnam, 1969-1970

Neurosurgeon, Chelsea Naval Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, 1970-1971

Private Practice, Jackson, Mississippi, 1971-1973

Staff Neurosurgeon, Scott & White Clinic, Temple, Texas 1973-1975

Private Practice, Dallas Neurosurgical Association, 1975-1997

Clinical Assoc. Prof. of Neurosurgery, UT Southwestern Medical School, 1982-2004

Private Practice, Dallas Neurosurgical Associates, P.A., 1997-1998

Private Practice, Neurological Surgeons of Dallas, P.A., 1999-2012

Retired from medical practice January 1, 2013

Professional Affiliations

Fellow (retired) of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Texas Surgical Society, Senior Member

Leksell Gamma Knife Society

Editorial Board, Medical Journal NEUROSURGERY, 1981-1989

Director of Neurosurgery Laser Workshops in Dallas, 1980-1985

Neurosurgery Editor, Dallas County Medical Journal, 1991-2000

Awards and Honors

Dean’s Scholarship, University of Mississippi School of Medicine, 1960-1964

Alpha Omega Alpha scholastic honor society, University of Mississippi School of Medicine, 1964

Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal, 1970

First Place Scientific Exhibit Award, Texas Medical Association, “EMI Scanner –

             Revolutionary System for Investigation of Brain Disease”, 1975 Session

Third Place Scientific Exhibit Award, Texas Medical Association, “Laser Neurosurgery”, 1982

Third Place Scientific Exhibit Award, Texas Medical Association, “The Dallas Gamma Knife, Three Years Experience”, 1993 Session.

Selected as one of “Top Doctors in America”, by the Consumer Research Council, 2004-2005

Selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America”, 2009–2010, first selected 1998

Honored Member, “The Stanford Who’s Who Black Book”, 2010

Medical Research

1968-1979: Stroke Model – developed the trans-orbital approach for experimental middle cerebral occlusion (ref 18, 19, 21).

1980-1981: Artificial Intelligence – wrote computer program LOBAK for diagnosis of disc disease (ref 36, 39).

1980-1985: Laser Neurosurgery – pioneered use of laser in Dallas, taught workshops there for five years (ref 5, 37).

1985: Stereotactic Surgery – clinical trials of stereotactic laser resection of brain tumors with UCLA “tulip” device (ref 4, 5).

1979-1990: Spine Surgery – pioneered microsurgery for cervical and lumbar disc disease, wrote the two chapters on these procedures in Youmans’ six-volume textbook NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY, Third Edition, 1990 (ref 6 – 10, 38).

1989: Gamma Knife Radiosurgery – instigated the purchase of the Gamma Knife in Dallas, treated the first patient in 1989, and the 1001st patient in 1998 (ref 41– 51).

List of Publications


1.   Hudgins WR.   1971 YEAR BOOK OF NEUROLOGY AND NEUROSURGERY.  The Predictive Value of Myelography in the Diagnosis of Ruptured Lumbar Discs.  Abstract.

2.   Hudgins WR.   1972 YEAR BOOK OF NEUROLOGY AND NEUROSURGERY.  The Effect of Electrocautery, Atmospheric Exposure, and Surgical Retraction on the Permeability of the Blood-Brain Barrier.  Abstract.

3.   Wilkins RH, Gildenberg PH, Hudgins WR, et al., Editors.  CLINICAL NEUROSURGERY.  Proceedings of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.  The Williams and Wilkins Co., Baltimore, 1973, 500 pages.

4.   Hudgins WR.   LASER SURGERY SEMINAR, W. Snyder, Ed.  Ch. 4. Use of the Laser in Neurosurgery.  Truman Medical Center Pubs., Kansas City, MO, 1980.

  • Hudgins WR and Jacques AD.  MICRONEUROSURGERY, RW Rand, Ed. Ch. 5. The Laser in Microneurosurgery.  CV Mosby Co., St. Louis, 3rd Ed., 1985.

6.   Hudgins WR.  NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY, JR Youmans, Ed.  Ch. 91.  Micro-operative Treatment for Lumbar Disc Disease.  W. B. Saunders, Phila., 3rd Ed., 1990, pp 2704-2714.

7.   Hudgins WR.   NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY, JR Youmans, Ed.  Ch.  100.  Posterior Microoperative Treatment of Cervical Disc Disease.  W. B. Saunders, Phila., 3rd Ed., 1990, pp 2918-2922.

8.   Hudgins WR.   MICROSURGERY FOR LUMBAR DISC DISEASE, DL McCulloch, Ed.  Ch. 5. Special Instruments for Micro-Discectomy.  Harper & Row Medical Books, Washington, 1989.

9.   Hudgins WR.   LUMBAR DISC DISEASE, RW Hardy, Ed.  Ch. 12.  Microdiscectomy.  Raven Press, New York, 1993, pp 139-145.

10.   Hudgins WR   LUMBAR DISC DISEASE, RW Hardy, Ed.  Ch. 30.  Computerized Decision Making in Disc Disease.  Raven Press, New York, 1993, pp 321-329.

11.  Hudgins WR   1995 YEARBOOK OF NEUROLOGY AND NEUROSURGERY.  Patients’ Attitudes About Outcomes and the Role of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in the Treatment Of Vestibular Schwannomas.  Abstract, p. 340.


12.   Hudgins WR, McDuffie FC.  7S and 19S antibodies and the anticomplement Coombs test.  Bulletin South-Central Assn Blood Banks 6:4-9, 1964.

13.   Hudgins WR, Wardlaw LL, McDuffie FC.  Relationship of the anticomplement Coombs test to the classes of immunoglobulins.  Vox Sang 123:410-418, 1967.

14.   Kroe DJ, Hudgins WR, Simmons, JCH, Blackwell CH.  Primary intrasellar leiomyoma.  A case report.  J Neurosurg 21:189-190, 1968.

  1. Hudgins WR. Term life insurance is the best buy for me.  Hospital Physician 4:57-61, 1968.

16.   Hudgins WR, Wood MW, DeSaussure RL.  The normal myelogram and lumbar disc surgery.  Memphis & Mid-South Med J. 44:71-75, 1969.

17.   Hudgins WR   The predictive value of myelography in the diagnosis of ruptured lumbar discs.  J Neurosurg 32:152-160, 1970.

18.   Hudgins WR, Garcia JH.   Trans-orbital approach to the middle cerebral artery of the squirrel monkey: a technique for experimental cerebral infarction applicable to ultrastructural studies.  Stroke 1: 107-112, 1970.

19.   Hudgins WR, Garcia JH.  The effects of electrocautery, atmospheric exposure and surgical retraction on the permeability of the blood-brain barrier.  Stroke 1:375-380, 1970.

20.   Hudgins WR.  Penetration of the skull by teeth.  A case report.  Military Medicine 35:137, 1971.

21.   Garcia JH, Hudgins WR, Cox JV.  Ultrastructure of the microvasculature in experimental cerebral infarction.  Acta Neuropath (Berlin) 18:273-281, 1973.

22.   Hudgins WR.  Compensation and the success of lumbar disc surgery.  Texas Medicine 70:62-64, 1975.

23.   Hudgins WR.  Should degenerated discs be removed?  Surgical Forum 25:442, 1974.

24.   Hudgins WR.  Exposure of two interspaces for lumbar disc surgery.  J Neurosurg 42:59-60, 1975.

25.   Hudgins WR.  Lumbar disc disease.  Laminectomy versus chymopapain chemonucleolysis. (Letter) J.A.M.A. 234:703, 1975.

  • Hudgins WR.  Laminectomy for treatment of lumbar disc disease.  Texas Medicine 72: 65-69, 1976.

27.   Hudgins WR.  Stroke 1977.  Something can be done.  Dallas Medical Journal 63:66-70, 1977.

28.   Hudgins WR   The crossed straight-leg-raising test. (letter) New Eng J Med 63:66, 1977.

29.   Hudgins WR.  Forum – Chymopapain.  Spine 2:231, 1977.

30.   Hudgins WR.  Diagnostic accuracy of lumbar discography.  Spine 2:305-312, 1977.

31.   Hudgins WR.  Ankylosing spondylitis and sciatica.  J Neurosurg 48:688, 1978.

32.   Hudgins WR.  The crossed straight-leg raising test.  A diagnostic sign of herniated disc.  J Occupational Med. 21:407-410, 1978.

33.   Hudgins WR.  Comment: Prediction of results of lumbar disc surgery by preoperative psychological testing.  NEUROSURGERY 4: 28, 1979.

34.   Hudgins WR.  Diagnosis of sciatica. (letter)  J Occupat Med 22:34, 1979.

35.   Hudgins WR, Raney LA, Sachson RA, Young SW.  Failure of intrasellar muscle implants to prevent recurrent downward migration of the optic chiasm in empty sella syndrome. NEUROSURGERY 8:231-232, 1981.

36.   Hudgins WR.  A computer program to diagnose causes of lower back pain.  Symposium on Artificial Intelligence.  Proceedings of the National Computer Conference, Chicago, May 3-8, 1981, pp 31-38.  Library of Congress Catalogue Card No. 81-67132.

37.   Hudgins WR, Moody JA, Sanders M, Simpson CW.  Microsurgical laser vaporization of inaccessible tumors of the central nervous system.  Dallas Med Journal 67:245-250, 1981.

38.   Hudgins WR.  Current treatment of lumbar disc disease.  The role of microdiscetomy.  Orthopaedic Clinics of N America 14:589-603, 1983.

39. Hudgins WR.  Computer-aided diagnosis of lumbar disc herniation. Spine 8:604-615, 1983.

40.   Hudgins WR.  Comments following review of many papers as member of the Editorial Board of NEUROSURGERY published in the years 1984-1988.

41.   Hudgins WR.  Gamma knife radiosurgery.  Brain surgery without an incision.  Texas Medicine 89:64-68, 1993.

42.   Hudgins WR, Meineke, M.  Decision Analysis of Vestibular Schwannoma Treatment (Abstract).  Acta Neurochir, vol 120.  Fasc. 1-2, p. 1 66, 1993.

43.   Hudgins WR.  What is the role of gamma knife radiosurgery in treating acoustic neuromas?  Acoustic Neuroma Assoc. of Canada, Quarterly Bulletin, November 1993.

44.   Hudgins WR.  Decision analysis of the treatment of AVMs with radiosurgery.  Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 61 (Suppl 1): I 1-1 9, 1993.

45.   Hudgins WR, Meineke M. Patients’ attitudes about outcomes and the role of gamma knife radiosurgery in the treatment of vestibular Schwannomas.  NEUROSURGERY 34:1-7, 1993.

46.   Hudgins WR.  Gamma knife radiosurgery: brain surgery without an incision.  Texas Medicine  89: 64-68, 1993.

47.   Hudgins WR.  Clinical update:  Neurosurgery – gamma knife radiosurgery.  Dallas Medical Journal 80:69-74, 1994.

48.   Flickinger JC, Kondziolka D, Lunsford LD, Coffey RJ, Goodman ML, Shaw EG, Hudgins WR, Weiner R, Harsh GR, Sneed PK, Larson DA.  A multi-institutional experience with stereotactic radiosurgery for solitary brain metastasis.  Int. J. Radiation Oncology Biol. Phys. 28: 797-802, 1994.

49.    Hudgins WR, Kilgore BB, Simpson CW, Hood TW, Barker JL.  Intracranial hemorrhage remote from a radiosurgically obliterated arteriovenous malformation.  Clinical Applied Thrombosis Hemostasis 1: 76, 1995.

50.    Hudgins WR, Barker JL, Schwarz DE, Nichols TD.  Gamma knife treatment of 100 consecutive meningiomas.  Proceedings of the 7th Internat. Leksell Gamma Knife Society Meeting.  Published in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 1996.

51.     Hudgins WR, Antes KJ, Morley AH, Weiner RL, Desaloms JM, Stamos D, Barker J>, Echt GA, Nichols TD, and Schwarz DE.  Control of growth of vestibular schwannomas with low-dose Gamma Knife surgery.  J Neurosurg 105: 154-160, 2006.