AANS Neurosurgeon : AANS International

Volume 24, Number 2, 2015

The Community of Neurosurgery — Across the Globe

Jillian R. Bernas

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Focused on enriching the experiences of its members and engaging with the community of neurosurgeons on a global level, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) has actively reached out to the other continental neurosurgical societies in the past year, participating in scientific meetings and providing and attending educational opportunities for the entire neurosurgical community worldwide.

Recent AANS international participation includes the 15th European Congress of Neurosurgery in Prague and the 10th Pan Arab Neurosurgical Society Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The 2014-2015 AANS President, Robert Harbaugh, MD, FAANS, was also chosen as the 2014 Chandy Orator by the Neurological Society of India (NSI). The Chandy oration was delivered at the NSI meeting, held in December 2014.

Following the AANS participation in the 14th Asian Australasian Congress of Neurological Surgeons in Jeju, South Korea, the 2015 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, D.C., featured a collaboration with the Asian Australasian Society of Neurological Surgeons (AASNS). Some of the most renowned neurosurgeons from the Asian and Australasian region were highlighted throughout the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting’s program, along with North American colleagues. The AASNS covers a region of 46 countries — or 60 percent of the world’s population — and shares its international perspective and understanding of neurosurgical realities around the world with the AANS.

Two notable events that celebrated international neurosurgery during the 2015 meeting were the International Symposium, with speakers from 16 different countries, and the International Reception, which celebrated the meeting’s global attendance. International meeting attendees hailed from close to 85 different countries. Each of the five international continental neurosurgical societies were represented at the 2015 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting by one of their prestigious officers. The AANS would like to thank Andrew H. Kaye, MD, of the AASNS; A. Graham Fieggen, MD, of CAANS; J. André Grotenhuis, MD, PhD, from EANS; Edgardo Spagnuolo, MD, from FLANC; and Amr El Shawarby, MD, representing PANS, for taking time out of their very busy schedules to attend the 2015 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting and share their experience and expertise.

With a continued commitment to the global community of neurosurgeons, the AANS will be collaborating with the FLANC, for the 84th AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held April 30-May 4, 2016, in Chicago.

Jillian R. Bernas is the AANS international relations manager. The author reported no conflicts for disclosure.

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