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JAMES P. ARGIRES, MD,
FACS, FAANS
JAMES P. ARGIRES, MD, FACS, FAANS, 87, of Lancaster,
PA-prominent neurosurgeon, philanthropist, and U.S. Marine-passed away on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019, surrounded
by his family. He was the devoted husband of Anastasia "Tasia" (Koutroulakis) Argires, with whom he enjoyed 65 years of
marriage.
Born in Lancaster to first-generation Greek immigrants Peter Z.
Argires and Kacoula N. (Patmniou) Argires, Jimmy enlisted in the
United States Marine Corps after graduating from J.P. McCaskey
High School. He survived three major engagements of the Korean
War-including the defense of the Pusan Perimeter, the landing
at Incheon, and the Battle of Chosin Reservoir-earning a field
promotion to Staff Sergeant as well as numerous combat medals.
Following his honorable discharge, Jimmy's road to neurosurgery began with a BS in Physical Education and English from
West Chester University, where an errant dodgeball pointed him
toward higher callings. He simultaneously attended Birmingham
Southern College and night school at the University of Alabama
Birmingham, completed physical therapy training at the University
of Pennsylvania, and ultimately earned a Medical Doctorate from the
University of Alabama Medical School. He completed residencies
at the University of Tennessee (neurology) and the University of
Alabama (neurosurgery), the latter as Chief Resident under the late
Dr. J. Garber Galbraith, once stitching Dr. Martin Luther King for
a head injury sustained while preaching.
While licensed in both Alabama and Pennsylvania, Jimmy spent
the bulk of his 60-year career serving the people of Lancaster. He
began on Pearl St. in 1968 as an Associate in Practice with the late
John L. Polcyn, MD. The pair went on to develop Lancaster NeuroScience & Spine Associates, where Jimmy flourished for almost
40 years as a physician and businessman. In 2008, he joined Brain
Orthopedic Spine Specialists, and in his later years continued his
practice with independent medical examinations.

LANCASTER

Jimmy was a fixture at Lancaster General Hospital, where he
served on the Board of Directors for 26 years, as chairman of the
surgical department, and on 17 committees between 1979 and his
death. He was instrumental in the campus' growth, bringing the first
radiosurgical gamma knife to Lancaster and helping to bring the
first open MRI. He was also active at Lancaster Regional Medical
Center, Ephrata Community Hospital, Community Hospital of
Lancaster, HealthSouth Surgery Center, and Penn State Geisinger/
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Jimmy held numerous academic posts at Lancaster General
Hospital, Temple University, and Penn State University. He
belonged to many national, state, and local medical societies,
including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons,
the North American Spine Society, the Mid-Atlantic Neurological
Society (President Treasurer, 1985), the Pennsylvania Neurological
Society (President, 1978-1979), the Pennsylvania Medical Society
(Trauma Interspecialty Committee), and the Lancaster City and
County Medical Society. He published on pituitary apoplexy in
the Southern Medical Journal (1966) and served as Editor of the
Congress of Neurological Surgeons' newsletter (1979).
His many honors include the Outstanding Service Award from
the American Trauma Society, the Distinguished Honor Award
from Rotary International, induction into the Hall of Fame at West
Chester University's Sturzebecker Foundation, the Henry S. Wentz
Award from Lancaster General Hospital, Distinguished Alumnus
awards from both McCaskey High School and West Chester University, the naming of the Argires Science Complex at Millersville
University, and his recent admission to the board of the National
Korean War Veterans Association.
He is survived by his wife Tasia; his children, Eugenia Argires,
Kathleen Argires Pianka, wife of Robert, Perry Argires, MD; and
six grandchildren.

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