AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 2, 2018


2017 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting Preview

Join your fellow neurosurgeons this spring in Los Angeles,  for the 2017 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, April 22-26. Frederick A. Boop, MD, FAANS, AANS President, chose “A World of Innovation” as the theme of this year’s meeting to explore the educational and technological advances that are transforming neurosurgery around the globe.

This year’s meeting features a collaboration with Asian Australasian Society of Neurological Surgeons (AASNS) and the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS). Do not miss this opportunity to exchange ideas and access world-class neurosurgical education with your peers from around the world.

“Given the venue, we also hope for a strong Latin American turnout. Hence a global educational offering,” said Dr. Boop, in his introduction to the meeting.

Opening Ceremonies
One of the highlights of the meeting is the AANS Opening Ceremonies and Reception on Sunday evening. The AANS Opening Ceremonies will be moderated by CNN’s chief medical correspondent and Emory University assistant professor of Neurological Surgery, Sanjay K. Gupta, MD, FAANS. These distinguished speakers have taken their medical and neurosurgical skills around the world. You will be inspired by their stories of working to improve global health care.

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, made his mark in humanitarian work providing suitable health care to rural and under-resourced areas in developing countries, beginning in Haiti.

Michael M. Haglund MD, PhD
, FAANS, is the division chief of Duke’s Division of Global Neurosurgery and Neurology (DGNN), the first Division in the U.S. dedicated to global neurosurgery.Haglund

Walter D. Johnson, MD, FAANS(L), leads the Emergency and Essential Surgical Care at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.Johnson

Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc, is the co-founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, a non-profit that deploys US health professionals to serve as educators and faculty in resource-limited countries.Kerry

Invited Speakers
Our invited speakers this year have made a significant impact on science, medicine and education. They are innovators in their fields. As such, they are uniquely qualified to address our meeting’s theme in a way that will resonate with your experience as doctors, surgeons, scientists and educators. We hope you can draw on the experiences of these speakers for inspiration in the coming year.

Salman Khan is the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of “providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” Khan Academy currently reaches over 26 million registered students in 190 countries.Khan

David B. Agus, MD, is one of the world’s leading doctors and pioneering biomedical researchers who works to change the perception of health and empower people around the world to maintain healthy lives.Agus

Kevin J. Tracey, MD, is president and CEO of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research; professor of neurosurgery and molecular medicine at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine; and executive vice president, research at Northwell Health in New York. His contributions to science include discovery and molecular mapping of neural circuits that control immune responses and developing this as a method for treating rheumatoid arthritis in a successful clinical trial.Tracey

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Goetz is the director of the Institute of Stem Cell Research at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and chair of the Department of Physiological Genomics at the Medical Faculty of the LMU, München. She is a developmental biologist specializing in the analysis of molecular fate determinants both during development and in adult neurogenesis.Goetz

2017 Cushing Orator – Meg Whitman

WhitmanRenowned technology executive Meg Whitman will speak as the 2017 Cushing Orator at this year’s AANS Annual Scientific Meeting. Come listen to Whitman discuss the impact of Silicon Valley’s innovations on global business and the world at Plenary Session II on Tues., April 25.

Meg Whitman has first-hand knowledge of and role in the Internet and digital revolutions of the last 20 years. From 1998 to 2008, she served as president and chief executive officer of eBay Inc. During her tenure, the company grew from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue.

From 2011 to 2015, Whitman served as president and chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard, leading the company’s turnaround and subsequent separation into two Fortune 100 companies – Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. She will equip you with a vision of how the digital future will impact all of our lives in the coming years.

The Spetzler SymposiumSpetzler
Don’t forget to take advantage of a unique offering this year, the Spetzler Symposium, which will be held just prior to the main meeting on April 20-21. Over 75 leading neurosurgeons from around the world will present and share their knowledge and experience in tribute to Robert F. Spetzler, MD, FAANS. Presentations at the symposiums will be focused on the four neurosurgical themes to which Dr. Spetzler is most indelibly linked: craniovertebral junction, skull base, complex/deep brain tumors and cerebrovascular surgery.

Advance Registration & Housing Deadlines
March 22 is the deadline to register for the 2017 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting at the lowest rate. Be sure to reserve your hotel through our housing block at the same time.

When you register, make the most of your time for continuing education with Breakfast Seminars and Practical Clinics. Register for them in advance.

This year’s Practical Clinics will take place on April 22-23. Topics will cover a full range of neurosurgical techniques and issue, including cerebrovascular, TMI, stereotactic and functional, pediatric, trauma, pain, spine, sports, brain mapping and more. View descriptions of all practical clinics starting on p.32 of the Registration Brochure.

Breakfast Seminars will take place at the meeting on April 24-26. View descriptions of all breakfast seminars starting on p.60 of the Registration Brochure. Topics include skull base surgery, spine, epilepsy, vascular, tumor, Parkinson’s, vasospasm, endovascular and more.

Register for the 2017 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, and join us in Los Angeles!

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