James I. Ausman MD, PhD, received his BS from Tufts University in Boston in 1959, an MD degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore in 1963, an MA in Physiology from SSUNY at Buffalo in 1964 and a PhD in Pharmacology from George Washington University in Washington, DC in 1969. Dr. Ausman was educated as a neurosurgeon at the University of Minnesota from 1964-1972. He was Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan and is Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Illinois and at UCLA. He was Head of the Departments of Neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital and at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Ausman has authored over 300 book chapters and scientific publications. Professor Ausman has pioneered many new treatments for diseases of the Nervous System many of which are used around the world today. He has been an invited lecturer and Visiting Professor and neurosurgeon in almost 50 countries, most in the developing world. Three international libraries have been named in his honor. Most recently, the University of Illinois at Chicago has dedicated the Neuropsychiatric Institute Auditorium in his honor, for contributions he made during his tenure as Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Ausman serves on the Board of Directors of a biotechnology company, Somanetics Corporation, and has advised companies including Fortune 500 companies on innovative business strategies. He has a weekly TV segment on healthcare on KMIR 6 TV in Palm Springs California.

Dr. Ausman is also a nationally recognized consultant on strategic planning in healthcare. He is recognized as an innovative leader and pioneers in new developments in business and medicine His father was a physician, one of the first Geriatricians in the USA. Dr. Ausman is Editor of "Surgical Neurology," an international journal of neuroscience and neurosurgery. He is considered a Futurist in medicine.

Carolyn R. Ausman is an honors graduate with a B.S.S. degree from Northwestern University, School of Speech. Her major is in Radio, Television and Film. She has worked for J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency, New York, before forming her own advertising, public relations and mass communication agency.

Carolyn has won national awards including the multi-media public service campaign developed for the State of Minnesota to help educate people about the prevention of stroke; she also worked on writing and television projects for 3M company, in St. Paul. Carolyn wrote a comprehensive program and composed music and lyrics for "The Children's Heart Fund," which helped to raise millions of dollars for the organization's international work.

Carolyn recently served as Director of Special Projects and External Physician-Patient Relations at The University of Illinois College of Medicine and Hospital. During this time, she initiated and, with the help of her students, completed 44 major studies within a 10-year period. The studies and the necessary changes that she recommended were adopted; each involved improving the psychological, sociological, environment, and care of patients and their families. Carolyn and her husband, James, won a grant for their program to help prevent brain and spinal cord injuries throughout the Chicago and suburban area high schools of Chicago.

Carolyn was also designated as an international trainer for this effort. She has met with many government officials in developing countries and has lectured around the world to help prevent brain and spinal cord injuries. Traveling to over 50 countries, Carolyn has often been invited to lecture on many subjects that help patients, their families, and their communities.

The Leading Gen!® - What will you do with the rest of your life? is the Ausman's latest effort to help people maintain an active, healthy, and happy existence throughout their lives. It is a pioneering concept to inform and help the fastest growing segment of the USA population adapt to the changing evolution and continuing growth of their bodies and minds as they enter their age of wisdom.

Dr. and Mrs. Ausman are both 72 years of age. They have been married for 49 years and are the parents of two grown daughters.

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