• Editor's Note

    Author: Gerald A. Grant, MD

    Welcome to the fall issue of Congress Quarterly (cnsq), which focuses on the intersection of Art and Neurosurgery. This issue deviates from the typical news theme of our magazine and highlights the importance taking time to be expressive, creative, and to think “outside the box.”

    On the surface, it may seem that creativity has little role in a scientific discipline like neurosurgery. Our field is highly technical and complex, requiring great concentration, discipline, and exquisite attention to detail. However, it is quite the opposite. For starters, the brain is the most complex organ in the human body (yes, of course we are biased). A neurosurgeon must continually adapt to new findings and employ creativity and flexibility to solve problems, some which are anticipated and others which are not. Neurosurgeons use the latest technology to develop breakthroughs in our specialty—and this passion is captured through expressive creativity which leads to even greater innovation.

    In this edition, we take you on a tour into the minds of neurosurgeons to learn how their passion for art has complemented and been fed by their neurosurgical careers. You’ll see intriguing new parallels between art and neurosurgery. You’ll discover how these two fields merge in unexpected ways that not only bring a needed balance to our specialty, but preserve and expand our human spirit. We also interview a neuroscientist who has developed new artistic techniques that portray the intricacies of human neurology and the brain.

    We’re also excited to share stories on the lives of prominent medical illustrators, including David Peace, loyal and dedicated illustrator for the late Albert Rhoton Jr. for over 35 years, and Doris Hager Paget, a pioneer in the field of neurosurgical illustration, who worked at Walter Dandy’s side until his death. Turn to page 28 for a perspective on the use of ICD-10 for ambulatory patients compared with ICD-9, and read updates from the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, the CNS Resident Committee, the Joint Tumor Section, and the Washington Committee.

    Thank you to Antonia Callas, Ruby Thomas, and Danielle Slowey for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. This is my last issue as editor the Congress Quarterly as I pass the baton to the next Publications Chair. I thank my coeditors and editorial staff for a job well done! The winter issue will be the 2016 Annual Report for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

    Fall 2016
    Volume 17, Number 4

    Gerald A. Grant, MD, FACS
    Michael Y. Wang, MD, FACS
    Aviva Abosch, MD
    Kimon Bekelis
    Edward C. Benzel, MD
    Nicholas M. Boulis, MD
    James S. Harrop, MD
    Todd Charles Hollon, MD
    Vivek Mehta, MD
    Charles J. Prestigiacomo, MD
    Brian T. Ragel, MD
    Jason M. Schwalb, MD
    Ashwini Dayal Sharan, MD
    Kyle Anthony Smith
    Jamie S. Ullman, MD, FACS
    Antonia D. Callas
    Michele L. Lengerman
    Danielle Slowey
    Ruby M. Thomas
    CameronRush, Inc.
    Kivmars Bowling
    Lisa Bowling

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    The Congress of Neurological Surgeons exists to enhance health and
    improve lives worldwide through the advancement of neurosurgical
    education and scientific exchange.

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