Author: Regina Shupak
On behalf of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, it is my honor to share the 2017 CNS Annual Report with our membership. This has been an exciting year of energy, focus, and growth, none of which could not have been possible without the leadership, vision, and stewardship of our 2017 CNS President, Dr. Alan M. Scarrow, the 2017 CNS Executive Committee Meeting, and the many CNS Committee members donating countless hours of their personal time to the CNS. We are grateful for their continued dedication to organized neurosurgery and the CNS.
We are also immensely grateful to the thousands of CNS members who continually inspire us to achieve more, and whose loyalty strengthens the core of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. CNS members are the heart and soul of this organization, and we are extremely proud of the work done this year to better connect with you, and learn about your practice and career challenges so that we may continue to provide the most relevant and innovative programs to meet your needs.
Consistently providing world-class educational events and experiences is a challenge for any organization, and I take sincere pride in the knowledge that year after year the CNS has led the charge in innovating neurosurgical education. From the launch of four new live courses and our growing online education catalog to relevant programming at the 2017 CNS Annual Meeting in Boston, this year has been one for the record books. This year's Annual Meeting was an experiment in event design. The dynamic CNS Xperience Lounge and the focus on virtual reality, culminating in a world record attempt for most participants in a VR experience, highlight that the CNS was learning right alongside members.
We will continue to build upon these successful lessons learned for years to come. This past year also marked a major milestone for NEUROSURGERY® Publications, which celebrated their 40th anniversary. The tireless efforts of our Editorin- Chief, Nelson M. Oyesiku, MD, PhD, FACS, our Editorial Board, and staff, have led to a truly remarkable impact factor of 4.889 for the flagship journal Neurosurgery. Equally impressive was the rapid growth of Operative Neurosurgery, which in 2017 moved to a bimonthly publishing schedule with great feedback from readers.
Obviously, we are thrilled to see continued growth amongst our corporate partners and sponsors as well. Critically, our finances remain strong as an organization, allowing us the freedom to branch out into new educational channels and technologies. We are especially grateful to our member companies of the CNS Industry Allies Council (IAC) for the ongoing support of the CNS and its educational mission. These partnerships will help the CNS thrive during our ambitious 2018 education goal of doubling our online learning offerings.
The CNS Executive Committee, the CNS Committee member volunteers, and I would like to extend a sincere thanks to our dedicated and professional staff. The staff is small in number but a force in output, results, and service. We are all very excited about the future of the CNS. The 2018 CNS President Dr. Ashwini Sharan and the 2018 CNS Executive Committee bring with them an unprecedented level of innovation and energy to support the needs of our members. It is a great honor to continue serving the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the CNS members, the CNS Executive Committee, volunteers, and staff in 2018!