• Carroll, Kalanithi, Kearns Goodwin, Skloot, Stephens, Vedantam, and Zimmer Headline the 2019 CNS Annual Meeting

    • Aug 08, 2019

    Schaumburg, Illinois, August 8, 2019 — An inspiring lineup of guest speakers will address thousands of leading neurosurgeons from around the world at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2019 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California on October 19–23. The chosen speakers are known for their leadership and expertise in healthcare, science, and journalism. These speakers include:

    Aaron Carroll, MD is a Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Research Mentoring, and the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. His research focuses on health care financing reform, the study of information technology to improve pediatric care, and areas of health policy including physician malpractice and the pharmaceutical industry/physician relationship. He was one of the first to study the use of mobile devices in actual care and has written numerous publications on the subject. Meet Aaron Carroll in the CNS Xperience Lounge immediately following the conclusion of this session!

    Lucy Kalanithi, MD, is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, neurosurgeon and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, “When Breath Becomes Air.” She is an internal medicine physician and faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California. She has appeared on PBS NewsHour, NPR Morning Edition, and Yahoo News with Katie Couric, and been interviewed for People, NPR, and The New York Times. She will be signing copies of the book, “When Breath Becomes Air,” immediately following the conclusion of her lecture.

    Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times #1 best-selling author. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.” She will deliver the Walter E. Dandy Oration, Leadership in Turbulent Times, on Monday afternoon and will be signing copies of her book, “Leadership: In Turbulent Times,” in the CNS Xperience Lounge immediately following the conclusion of her talk.

    Rebecca Skloot is the bestselling author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” which has sold nearly 3 million copies to date. Recognizable for its engaging, straightforward language, Skloot’s writing—both in “The Immortal Life” and her many feature articles for major publications—has charmed readers around the world. She will be signing copies of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” in the CNS Xperience Lounge during the Wednesday morning beverage break.

    Bret Stephens became an op-ed columnist and associate editor for the New York Times in April 2017, after spending 11 years as the author of Global View, the foreign-affairs column of the Wall Street Journal, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 2013. Stephens will deliver a talk on US Foreign Policy and the World during the Tuesday morning General Scientific Session and will sign copies of his book, “America in Retreat,” in the CNS Xperience Lounge immediately following the session.

    Shankar Vedantam is the host of NPR’s “Hidden Brain” podcast and radio show. His goal is to help people think about the world in new and interesting ways. He is endlessly fascinated by research in fields ranging from psychology and history to sociology and economics. He will be signing copies of his book, “The Hidden Brain: How our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives,” in the CNS Xperience Lounge during the morning beverage break.

    Carl Zimmer is the author of 13 books about science, including his latest, “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.” He also writes a weekly column, Matter, in The New York Times and created the podcast “What Is Life?” He will be signing copies of his book, “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity,” in the CNS Xperience Lounge during the Tuesday morning beverage break.

    For more details on the 2019 CNS Annual Meetingfeatured speakers, and registration information, visit cns.org/2019. Follow the CNS on Twitter @CNS_Update, #2019CNS, or on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and YouTube.


    About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery through innovation and excellence in education. The CNS provides leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. The CNS maintains the vitality of the profession through volunteer efforts of its members and the development of leadership in service to the public, to colleagues in other disciplines, and to neurosurgeons throughout the world in all stages of their professional lives. For more information, visit cns.org


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