• CNS Annual Meeting

    In 2016, the CNS Annual Meeting lived up to its reputation as the most relevant, engaging, and comprehensive neurosurgical educational meeting in the world.

    • A renewed emphasis on clinically-focused courses and practice management issues was embraced by clinical and academic attendees alike
    • More than 2,700 medical registrants attended—a 14 percent increase over 2015
    • More than 16 percent of meeting attendees traveling from international countries
    • 34 CNS US Active Duty Military members took advantage of the CNS special benefits such as complimentary registration and free housing
    • 38 CNS Resident members received free housing
    • 25 Affiliates took advantage of the opportunity to host their event during the Annual Meeting

    2016 CNS Annual Meeting Distinguished Honorees

    CNS Honored Guest
    Edward H. Oldfield, MD, FACS

    CNS Distinguished Service Award Winner
    Mary Louise Spencer

    CNS Founder’s Laurel Award Winner
    H. Hunt Batjer, MD

    The CNS Exhibit Hall attracted overwhelming participation from meeting attendees and generated new avenues of engagement with our exhibitors, who showcased some truly exciting new technology.

    Other Courses and Symposia

    The CNS Annual Meeting served as a hub for other courses and symposia.

    • CNS Oral Board Exam Preparation Early Review Course: For the first time, the course was held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting, and had a record-breaking attendance of over 90 participants
    • Tumor Satellite Symposium: The Joint Tumor Section held their bi-annual meeting for the first time concurrently with the CNS Annual Meeting, attracting 198 medical attendees
    • ANSPA Annual Fall Meeting, presented in collaboration with the CNS: This day-long CME meeting drew 102 registrants, an increase of 80 percent over last year
    • PGY4-5 Resident Boot Camp: The SNS and the CNS came together to roll out the newest Boot Camp course, with 52 residents in attendance


    International bestselling author Victor Mayer-Sch?nberger signed copies of his book Big Data after delivering a fascinating lecture at the General Scientific Session.

    2016 Residency Program Abstract Competition

    The 2016 Residency Program Abstract Competition attracted neurosurgical residency programs from across the United States and abroad. Winners were:


    Abstract Program 

    The CNS continues to advance the best in new science, with the abstract program drawing over 1,300 submissions. Featured were oral presentations, posters presentations, digital posters, and new rapid-exchange oral presentation sessions.

    The SANS Challenge

    Forty-three resident programs participated in the preliminary online timed challenge and eight programs qualified to be a part of the live challenge at the Annual Meeting. SANS Challenge Champions:

    Congratulations and thank you to Gary R. Simonds, MD, recipient of the SANS Service Award, for his contributions to SANS, dedication to resident education, and outstanding service as SANS Challenge host.

    CNS Innovation Fellowships

    Three CNS Innovation Fellowships were awarded for 2016-17. These awards were granted to support future neurosurgical educators in pursuit of new training modalities, including the development of neurosurgical simulators, novel web-based technologies, or other surgical training innovations.

    2016 International Partner

    The Congress warmly welcomed Continental Association of African Neurosurgical Societies (CAANS) as its 2016 International Partner.

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