• Editor's Note

    Author: Gerald A. Grant, MD

    It is my sincere pleasure to introduce the summer issue of Congress Quarterly (cnsq), which offers a glimpse into the 65th Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons taking place in New Orleans this September. Our 2015 meeting coincides with the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest hurricanes to hit the United States; the 10- year mark highlights the hard work and dedication of proud New Orleanians to rebuild their beloved city. The theme of this year’s meeting is Mentorship: Service, Education, Progress with Dr. Kim Burchiel as Honored Guest. Dr. Burchiel is the mentor of current CNS President Dr. Nate Selden.

    In this issue, we also feature the NERVES (Neurosurgery Executives’ Resource Value and Education Society) association, which serves as an invaluable resource to neurosurgery in many different ways. This team of administrators collaborates with neurosurgery leadership to develop and provide oversight of the socio-economic survey used to benchmark your practice in comparison to your colleagues’ practices across the country. These data will become more and more important for your practice as the value of our esteemed profession is continually challenged. NERVES also shares how to implement a new rule from the DEA reclassifying hydrocodone and hydrocodonecontaining products as Schedule II controlled substances. This change has significant impact on providers, who no longer have the authority to prescribe these medications electronically. In other words, we are going back to mandatory written prescriptions, which have to be picked up or mailed to the pharmacy.

    We hear from the Cerebrovascular, Pediatrics, Pain, Neurotrauma, and Spine Joint Sections, highlighting their key initiatives. We also introduce the CNS Leadership Fellows, a newly formed resident committee that serves to identify young resident leaders to sit on key strategic committees of the CNS. We are very excited about the opportunity to foster a close relationship with these young stars to stimulate their creativity and drive, encourage their participation, and maximize their leadership potential. At the same time, we look at resident burnout, lack of resiliency, and coping mechanisms for residents under severe stress.

    Finally, we spotlight the legislative agenda of the incredibly important Washington Committee, which will be highlighted in the fall issue in more detail, and examine the Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ social media experience, learning how various social media platforms have expanded our ability to reach CNS members around the globe.

    Thank you to the “A” team at the CNS headquarters, including Christina Tagle, Antonia Callas, Ruby Thomas, and Michele Lengerman, who are so dedicated to making the Congress Quarterly special.

    I hope you enjoy reading this Annual Meeting issue and look forward to seeing you all in NOLA!


    Summer 2015
    Volume 17, Number 3

    Gerald A. Grant, MD, FACS

    Michael Y. Wang, MD, FACS

    Aviva Abosch, MD
    Edward C. Benzel, MD
    Nicholas M. Boulis, MD
    L. Fernando Gonzalez, MD
    Catherine A. Mazzola, MD
    Todd C. Hankinson, MD, MBA
    Charles J. Prestigiacomo, MD
    Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MD
    Brian T. Ragel, MD
    Jason M. Schwalb, MD
    Ashwini Dayal Sharan, MD
    Jamie S. Ullman, MD, FACS

    Christina V. Orda Tagle

    Antonia D. Callas
    Michele L. Lengerman
    Ruby M. Thomas

    CameronRush, Inc.

    Jason Pointe

    Lisa Bowling


    2014-2015 OFFICERS
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    Russell R. Lonser, MD

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    Alan M. Scarrow, MD, JD

    Ganesh Rao, MD

    Daniel K. Resnick, MD


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