The Originators

James I. Ausman MD, PhD, received his BS from Tufts University in Boston in 1959, a 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 a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan, Illinois, and the University of Minnesota and is currently Professor of Neurosurgery at UCLA. He was Head of the Departments of Neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

James and Carolyn Ausman, originators of The Leading Gen!Dr Ausman has authored over 300 book chapters and scientific publications. He pioneered many new treatments for diseases of the Nervous System, the majority of which are used around the world today. He has been an invited lecturer and Visiting Professor and neurosurgeon in almost 70 countries, primarily in the developing world. Dr Ausman has received honors from neurosurgical societies around the 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.

Dr. Ausman served on the Board of Directors of a biotechnology company, Somanetics Corporation (which produced a product he and his colleagues developed) and has advised a number of companies including Fortune 500 companies on innovative business strategies. He is a medical expert on healthcare for NBC affiliate KMIR 6 TV in Palm Desert California.

Dr Ausman is also a nationally recognized consultant on strategic planning in healthcare, with his own company, Future Healthcare Strategies.® He is recognized as an innovative leader and pioneer in new developments in business and medicine. His father was a physician, and one of the first Geriatricians in the USA. Dr Ausman is founder and Emeritus Editor-in-Chief of "Surgical Neurology International," the world's first free-access Internet journal in neurosurgery, which has been accessed by over 2 million people in 237 different countries. He is considered a Futurist in medicine. He is unique in being successful in the scientific, business, and entertainment worlds.


Carolyn R. Ausman is an honors graduate with a BSS degree from Northwestern University School of Speech in Evanston, Illinois. Her major is in Radio, Television and Film. She worked for J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency in New York before forming her own advertising, public relations and mass communications 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 has also worked on writing and television projects for 3M company, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Carolyn wrote a comprehensive program and composed music and lyrics for "The Children's Heart Fund," which helped raise millions of dollars for the organization's international work.

Carolyn served as Director of Special Projects and External Physician-Patient Relations at The University of Illinois at Chicago 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 changes that she recommended were all adopted--each involved improving the psychological, sociological, and environmental 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 Chicago and suburban area high schools.  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 nearly 70 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?" was lauded in Variety Weekly, the leading publication for the entertainment industry, and has already garnered several awards. It is the Ausmans' latest effort to contribute their energies to society. The Leading Gen!
® is a pioneering concept in television to help the largest, fastest growing segment of the USA population adapt to their changing lives with new adventures, careers, and solutions to the challenges of an increased life span in an inspirational, entertaining and informative way.

Dr and Mrs Ausman, both 82 years of age, have been married for 60 years and are the parents of two grown daughters. Dr and Mrs Ausman live in California. Their yellow Labrador Retriever, "Honey" - a trained comfort and service dog - has served as the official mascot for The Leading Gen®.