• President's Message

    Author: Russell Lonser, MD, PhD

    Advance, Adapt, Achieve

    I want to personally invite you to the 2016 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. The theme of this year’s meeting is Advance, Adapt, Achieve. These three words define neurological surgery’s past, present, and future success. Neurosurgery has consistently demonstrated a unique ability to advance, adapt, and achieve in all facets of our profession. Our field has been, and will continue to be, a leader across medicine in education, resident training, neuroscience research, and legislative affairs. This year’s Annual Meeting has been designed to update and celebrate the features of past and current successes that directly impact member practice as well as advance these triumphs to create adaptive strategies for continued future achievement.

    Based on CNS meeting feedback, Annual Meeting Chair Steven Kalkanis, Scientific Program Chair James Harrop, and Scientific Program Vice-Chair Brian Hoh have conceived and developed new program offerings that will provide greater attendee interaction with the most recent information that impacts all facets of members’ practice (clinical, economic, legal, and research). They have seamlessly integrated cuttingedge educational technology to present content in engaging formats. World-class speakers in and outside of neurosurgery, who epitomize the broad-based characteristic strengths of our specialty, will provide unique insights into successful strategies moving forward.

    I am honored to welcome Dr. Edward H. Oldfield as the 2016 CNS Annual Meeting Honored Guest. Dr. Oldfield exemplifies the theme of this year’s meeting. He has continually advanced, adapted and achieved across neurosurgical research, organized neurosurgery, and young neurosurgeons’ training during his career. Specifically, he has made essential practice-altering insights into malignant tumor biology/treatment, nervous system drug delivery, pituitary disorders, spinal vascular malformations, neoplasia syndromes, and Chiari I malformation. Dr. Oldfield is an outstanding mentor and has trained over 100 fellows at the National Institutes of Health and University of Virginia. These individuals have gone on to make significant contributions to neurosurgery in a variety of different areas that impact our specialty. Finally, Dr. Oldfield supported the efforts of organized neurosurgery as president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons and chair of the Neurosurgical Research and Education Fund.

    This year, the CNS has added several satellite courses and meetings to occur in conjunction with the Annual Meeting, which will allow attendees to make the most of their time while accessing best-in-class educational opportunities. The CNS is holding the successful Oral Board Exam Preparation Early Review Course on Saturday and Sunday, September 24–25. Course attendees will have the flexibility to get exam prep and then stay on an extra few days and catch the CNS Annual Meeting. A new SNS/CNS PGY4-5 Boot Camp course is being rolled out on Sunday, September 25, which targets PGY4 and PGY5 residents with greater opportunities to advance their skills in the operating room and with leadership training. The SNS/CNS Boot Camp series has earned high praise, and we welcome this new addition for what is sure to be another success story.

    This year, the CNS is thrilled to embark upon a historic collaboration with the Tumor Section by co-sponsoring the biennial Tumor Section Satellite Symposium on Friday and Saturday, September 23–24. The symposium will focus on management strategies and innovations for lowgrade gliomas, and features Mitchel Berger, Hugues Duffau, and James Rutka as the keynote speakers. Hundreds of tumor neurosurgeons, residents, and neuro-oncologists from around the world are expected to attend the symposium and the 31st Anniversary Gala Dinner. Under the direction of Section Chair Steven Kalkanis and Scientific Program Chairs Chetan Bettegowda and Brian Nahed, the symposium will offer interactive sessions on recent clinical trials, tumor guidelines, and imaging for gliomas. A significant registration discount is offered to all tumor symposium participants that register for the CNS Annual Meeting.

    With all that we have planned, the 2016 CNS Annual Meeting will be an exciting opportunity for educational exchange, practice development, scientific discovery, and social interaction. I invite you and your family to attend this event set in one of America’s most beautiful coastal cities. See you in San Diego!

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