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Monday, April 30

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

AANS Section on the History of Neurological Surgery Annual Dinner

Fee: $150
Advanced Practice Provider Fee: $150
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $150

Join us for the annual AANS Section on the History of Neurological Surgery Dinner. The location of the 2018 meeting provides a perfect backdrop for this annual gathering as the city of New Orleans celebrates its tri-centennial. Along with its rich history, the city is one of the world’s most unique and diverse places to visit. All are invited to attend this event for the opportunity to catch up with long-time colleagues or network and socialize with new contacts.

The evening includes cocktails, dinner and a presentation by the 2018 Setti S. Rengachary, MD Memorial Lecturer.

Ticketed Event; Non-CME Event. Tickets need to be purchased in advance online or at registration. Cost is $150

Thomas J. Durant Jr., PhD, is a professor in executive PhD program at Jackson State University. During his career, Dr. Durant has been a Peace Corps volunteer, a professor of sociology at Virginia State University and professor of sociology at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he is a retired emeritus professor. His interests include the social causes and effects of crime; aging among ethnic minorities; social inequality and race relations; and the social organization and culture of ante-bellum plantations. He has served as director of the African and African American studies program at LSU, president of the Mid-South Sociological Association and guest editor of the Journal of Sociological Spectrum.

Dr. Durant’s presentation is a brief descriptive history of “Big Charity” Hospital in New Orleans. He highlights the role of poverty, politics, public interest, race, class and gender in the illustrious history of one of the most storied public health hospitals and healthcare systems in the nation. The impact of Hurricane Katrina on "Big Charity" Hospital and public health in New Orleans and the State of Louisiana is provided, followed by a closing forecast of public hospitals in Louisiana.


The Court of Two Sisters’ location once housed a governor of colonial Louisiana, later becoming the home of Bertha and Emma Camors, the two sisters after whom the Fein Family's landmark restaurant is named. The sisters owned a “notions” shop here, selling imported Parisian perfume and other niceties for New Orleans’ upper-class ladies. The Court of Two Sisters now pays homage to the Camor Sisters, serving French Creole plates and classic New Orleans dishes in a unique setting.


The AANS Section on the History of Neurological Surgery consists of AANS members dedicated to documenting, discussing and preserving the history of neurological surgery. The section was founded by William C. Hanigan, MD, PhD, FAANS(L); James T. Goodrich, MD, PhD, FAANS; Edward R. Laws Jr., MD, FAANS(L); Christopher B. Shields, MD, FAANS(L); Samuel H. Greenblatt, MD, FAANS(L); and Peter W. Carmel, MD, FAANS(L).

Members of the AANS who have a major interest in the history of medicine may apply.