Author: Regina Shupak
As I look back on 2015, I am proud of our many accomplishments, but most of all I am proud to be given the opportunity to work for and with you in what I consider to be the best neurosurgical association in the world. Through an ever-expanding number of collaborations both inside and outside of the specialty, the CNS’ influence and stature continue to grow.
I am pleased to report that we closed fiscal 2015 with recordbreaking membership numbers, a strong affirmation on the value of CNS membership. This reflects the dedication of our volunteer members who work tirelessly on behalf of the membership, setting challenging goals and routinely surpassing expectations. I am privileged to acknowledge that the CNS has the hardest-working team of volunteers and staff in organized neurosurgery, advancing our objectives in education, scientific exchange, and in federal issues, both legislative and regulatory.
The Congress of Neurological Surgeons was founded by neurosurgical veterans of World War II, and has a long and distinctive heritage of supporting military neurosurgeons. I’m proud to say that in 2015 the CNS continued to honor those who serve our country by extending special member benefits for Active Duty Military member neurosurgeons. These benefits include complimentary member dues and registration rates for our Annual Meeting, among other complimentary educational benefits.
This has also been a pivotal year for our publications, as the CNS worked to establish Operative Neurosurgery as a separate publication from Neurosurgery. Meanwhile, Neurosurgery had a record number of submissions from over 50 countries and received its highest Impact Factor (3.620) since its launch in 1977. This past year we also welcomed both Dr. Krystal Tomei as the new editor-in-chief of Clinical Neurosurgery and Dr. Gerald Grant as the new editor of the Congress Quarterly.
The 65th Annual Meeting held in New Orleans was a tremendous success. Our abstract submissions set a five-year record and our exhibit hall was named one of the “50 Fastest Growing Meetings of 2014” by Trade Show Executive magazine. Our superb live courses— Spine Complications, SANS MOC Board Review, and the Oral Board Examination Early Review—have garnered overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees. Online, we’re keeping pace with advances in digital technology by adapting more of our online educational products to be mobile friendly and accessible on the go.
The CNS continues to be the leader in promoting quality care through the development of evidence-based guidelines. Clinical guidelines and quality measures have become increasingly important as the practice of evidence-based medicine has become the standard of care. Although the CNS in-house guidelines department was established just a few years ago, it has become a powerhouse in the production of well-respected medical guidelines.
We enter 2016 operating with sound, conservative fiscal management. Surpluses from programs are continuously reinvested in developing new initiatives and improving current programs in order to meet neurosurgeons’ needs. The organization’s focus on a strong but small administrative footprint keeps expenses under control while making the most of CNS resources.
We have much to be thankful for in 2015. I am privileged to have been a part of the remarkable achievements we have made this past year. On behalf of our Executive Committee and our dedicated volunteers, thank you for your support and encouragement; it is an honor to serve you.