Author: Russell Lonser, MD, PhD
I am honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to serve as the president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons this past year. Over the course of my year as president, something I had long known was validated time and again: It is only through everyone’s efforts to work “better together,” do we move forward. Regardless of what it is that we want to achieve, it is more difficult, if not impossible, to do so without the help of others. I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of an outstanding team. CNS officers and volunteers have devoted countless hours of their personal and professional lives to ensure the success of our organization and specialty. The CNS Executive Committee has done a remarkable job in advancing worldwide neurosurgical education, research, and patient care. The CNS office, led by Regina Shupak, is our organizational face and implementation team. Under the stewardship of Nelson Oyesiku, editor-in-chief of NEUROSURGERY® Publications, and his outstanding editorial team and staff, our journals have risen to historic heights and stature.
I’m exceedingly proud to be involved in the CNS. The CNS’s accomplishments in 2016 were all the more remarkable given the environment in which they occurred. The rate of change currently taking place in healthcare is overwhelming. Thanks in part to years of forward thinking, and a commitment to the development of a new strategic plan, I am confident the CNS is well-positioned to meet the needs of neurosurgeons in the future.
The Congress is dedicated at all times to “enhancing health and improve lives through the advancement of neurosurgical education and scientific exchange.” This past year, educational products were updated so that busy practicing neurosurgeons could receive more education in convenient formats such as online webinars and on-demand courses, without sacrificing quality or CME. Our tireless Education Division worked diligently to evolve SANS Lifelong Learning to meet the needs of a milestones-based curriculum and today’s neurosurgeons.
Advance, Adapt, Achieve. This was the theme of the 2016 Annual Meeting, and these words exemplify and underscore the intrinsic qualities of each of you. These are the qualities that ensure the ongoing progress and success of our specialty. We went into neurosurgery because of the rewarding challenges it presents and to better humankind. And by working together, we improve the lives of our patients. The Annual Meeting Committee, guided by Steve Kalkanis, Jim Harrop, and Brian Hoh, innovated the Annual Meeting program to bring more clinicallyfocused content, case presentations, original science, and technological advances to the meeting—all factors which translated to record-high attendance in San Diego last September.
Our Washington Office, led by Katie Orrico, along with Shelly Timmons as Washington Committee Chair, has successfully championed our patients’ and specialty’s best interests, especially with government and regulatory agencies, and we made significant progress in 2016, working together to advance the interests of neurosurgery in public policy matters.
I want to express my sincerest gratitude to every member of the CNS. Your commitment to your patients and profession is unmatched in the medical world. I thank you for your support during my tenure as CNS President. I am immensely proud of our profession’s achievements in 2016, and I look forward to continue to work to advance the specialty and improve the lives of our patients.