Massachusetts doctor, neurosurgery pioneer, dies

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts doctor hailed as a pioneer in neurosurgery has died at the age of 90. Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington says Dr. Charles A. Fager died peacefully at his home in Wellesley on Tuesday.

Fager was flight surgeon and captain in the Air Force before joining Lahey Hospital's neurosurgery department in 1953. He served as president of the Neurosurgical Society of America and chaired the neurosurgery department at Lahey, which had previously named its neurosurgery endowment fund and the department chair in his honor.

Fager was also a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. His research focused, in part, on patients who had undergone unsuccessful spinal surgery. A celebration of his life will be held May 16 at the hospital.

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