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SCHAUMBURG, Ill, July 23, 2015 — An engaging line-up of featured speakers, headlined by Rudy Giuliani, Herbie Hancock, and Juan Williams, has been announced for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) 65th Annual Meeting. The selected speakers are prominent thought leaders who are known for challenging the status quo and who deliver thoughtful conversations about free expression, individuality, and the concept of personal principle as the foundation of life and work.
Rudy Giuliani, the 107th Mayor of New York City, is the 2015 Walter E. Dandy Orator for the CNS Annual Meeting. Giuliani will address “Principled Leadership: In the Face of Change and Crisis.”
This year’s conference theme, Mentorship: Service, Education, Progress, highlights the rich tradition of mentorship in neurosurgery and celebrates Walter E. Dandy, one of the leaders and founding fathers of neurosurgery. He is honored annually by the CNS through the selection of a Walter E. Dandy Orator.
The 2015 Walter E. Dandy Orator is Rudy Giuliani. Celebrated by many as “Mayor of the World,” Rudy Giuliani provides a resolute voice in tackling the toughest domestic and international issues of our time. Acclaimed as one of the most effective chief executives in modern American history for his leadership and bravery during 9-11, Giuliani was named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year, was given an honorary knighthood by the Queen of England, and was awarded the Ronald Reagan Presidential Freedom Award. Never one to shy away from a battle, Giuliani almost single-handedly took on organized and white-collar crime in New York with a remarkable record of 4,000 convictions. Ushering in a new era of fiscal responsibility and broad-based growth, he turned an inherited $2.3 billion budget deficit into a multibillion-dollar surplus and added a record 450,000 new private sector jobs. Recognized by Consulting magazine as “Consultant of the Year,” Giuliani Partners is a leader in strategic consulting and emergency preparedness. Giuliani is also a partner in the international law firm Bracewell & Giuliani.
Legendary composer and musician Herbie Hancock has been named the Michael L.J. Apuzzo Lecturer on Creativity and Innovation. Hancock discusses mentorship themes in terms of his guiding friendship with Miles Davis and his experiences as a pioneering jazz musician who has been an integral part of every jazz movement since the 1960s.
Progressive journalist and political analyst for the FOX News Channel, Juan Williams, is the John Thompson History of Medicine Lecturer. Williams is known for being on the cutting edge of America’s politics and culture. His talk “The Latest from Washington: An Insider’s View” delivers his perspective as one of the nations’ most influential journalists.
Renowned scientist Trevor W. Robbins, professor of cognitive neuroscience, chair of experimental psychology, and head of the department at the University of Cambridge, will also lecture. In 2014 Professor Robbins was a co-recipient of the Brain Prize for the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation, the most valuable prize in neuroscience, awarded to neuroscientists originating from Europe.
Also slated to appear at the 2015 CNS Annual Meeting is pioneering explorer and oceanographer Don Walsh USN (ret), PhD, who shares his incredible story “From the Ends of the Earth to the Deepest Ocean—A Personal Odyssey.” Captain Walsh and Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard became the first people to make a record maximum descent of seven miles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in 1960.
The CNS Honored Guest, world-leading functional neurosurgeon and educator Dr. Kim J. Burchiel, delivers three lectures over the course of the conference: “DBS Targets, Technology, and Trials,” “Trigeminal Neuralgia: New Evidence for Origins and Surgical Treatment,” and “Neurosurgical Education: A New Paradigm for Curriculum, Core, and Subspecialty Training.”
Chief Public Policy Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges Atul Grover discusses “Federal Training Funds, Manpower, and the Future of Specialty Medicine.” Grover leads policy, strategy, and outreach efforts that advance the work of the academic medical community.
The President Emeritus of Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Yücel Yilmaz, delivers a historic lecture, “Troy, Cradle of Western Civilization.” Yilmaz comes to the convention as a delegate of the Turkish Neurosurgical Society, the international partner of the 2015 CNS Annual Meeting.
The 2015 CNS Annual Meeting takes place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Saturday, September 26, through Wednesday, September 30. The meeting annually attracts thousands of neurosurgeons, advanced practice providers, professionals, and advocates from around the world.
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