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AANS Opening Ceremonies: Global Issues in Healthcare and Innovations

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

Paul Farmer, MD, PhDPaul Farmer, MD, PhD is an American anthropologist and physician who is best known for his humanitarian work providing suitable health care to rural and under-resourced areas in developing countries, beginning in Haiti. Co-founder of an international social justice and health organization, Partners In Health (PIH), he is known as "the man who would cure the world."

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Michael M. Haglund MD, PhD, MACM, FAANS, FCS (ECSA)

Michael M. Haglund MD, PhD, MACM, FAANS, FCS (ECSA)Michael M. Haglund MD, PhD, MACM, FAANS, FCS (ECSA) is the division chief of Duke’s Division of Global Neurosurgery and Neurology (DGNN). Founded in October 2104, it is the first Division in the U.S. dedicated to global neurosurgery. Over the last decade, Dr. Haglund has led 16 teams of 20-55 medical professionals to East Africa to build neurosurgical capacity and develop a neurological surgical training program while outfitting Uganda neurosurgical operating theaters with modern equipment and facilities.

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Walter D. Johnson, MD, FAANS(L)

Walter D. Johnson Walter D. Johnson, MD, FAANS(L), leads the Emergency and Essential Surgical Care at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Johnson completed his MD at Loma Linda University in California, a neurosurgery residency at SUNY Brooklyn, followed by a neurovascular fellowship at UCLA. He has been involved in academic neurosurgery since that time and was the vice chair of neurosurgery at Loma Linda University for a decade. He retired from active clinical practice in 2009.

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Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc

Vanessa Kerry 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 to build a pipeline of future in-country providers and educators, strengthen healthcare delivery capacity and provide a new type of global diplomacy.

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Sanjay K. Gupta, MD, FAANS

Sanjay K. GuptaThe 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.


Sunday, April 23

Osler Lecture

Roberto C. Heros, MD, FAANS(L)

Roberto C. HerosRoberto C. Heros, MD, FAANS(L), attended medical school at the University of Tennessee. Following an internship and first year general surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), he joined the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for two years with the rank of Major, USAF. In 1995, Dr. Heros moved to the University of Miami where he was founding director of the University of Miami International Health Center.

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Monday, April 24

Hunt-Wilson Lecture

Salman Khan

Salman KhanSalman 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 is a learning platform comprised of instructional videos, practice exercises, dashboard analytics and teacher tools which empower learners inside and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy currently reaches over 26 million registered students in 190 countries, features a library of over 7,000 video lessons in more than 36 languages and covers a variety of subjects from math to science, history, economics, computer science and more.

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Theodore Kurze Lecture

David B. Agus, MD

David B. Agus, MDDavid B. Agus, MD, is one of the world's leading doctors and pioneering biomedical researchers. Over the past 20 years, he has received acclaim for his innovations in medicine and contributions to new technologies, which continue to change the perception of health and empower people around the world to maintain healthy lives.

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AANS Presidential Address

Frederick A. Boop, MD, FAANS

Frederick A. BoopFrederick A. Boop, MD, FAANS, received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed his internship at The University of Texas Health Science Center; his residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center; his neurology rotation at the Institute of Neurology, The National Hospital, Queen’s Square, in London; his pediatric neurosurgery rotation at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto; his epilepsy and functional neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota; and his pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Boop is currently the JT Robertson professor and chair of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn. Additionally, he works as the co-director of the LeBonheur Neuroscience Institute.

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Ronald L. Bittner Lecture

Russell R. Lonser, MD, FAANS

Russell LonserRussell R. Lonser, MD, FAANS, received his MD from Loma Linda University Medical School and completed his neurological surgery residency training at the University of Utah. During his residency training, he completed a research fellowship at the Surgical Neurology Branch in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He returned to the Surgical Neurology Branch in 2001 and was later appointed as branch chief. He initiated the NINDS Neurological Surgery Residency Training Program in 2010 and was its inaugural program director.

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Sonntag Lecture

Vincent Traynelis, MD, FAANS

Vincent TraynelisVincent C. Traynelis, MD, FAANS, received his MD from West Virginia University School of Medicine. Following residency, he was a member of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Iowa for 20 years, rising to the rank of professor. He joined Rush University Medical Center in 2009 where he is currently the A. Watson Armour and Sarah Armour Presidential Professor, director of the Spine Service and vice chair of the department. He is also the director of both the Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship and the Neurosurgery Residency programs.

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Matson Lecture

Arthur E. Marlin, MD, FAANS

Arthur MarlinArthur E. Marlin, MD, FAANS, is past chair of the AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery. Currently a professor of neurosurgery at the University of South Florida, he has edited seven books on pediatric neurosurgery and wrote the Handbook of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Neurology. Dr. Marlin trained at McGill University, University of Minnesota and New York University. His most influential mentors have been Drs. Theodore Brown Rasmussen, MD, Joseph Ransohoff, MD, and Fredrick J. Epstein, MD. He was the founding CEO at The Methodist Children's Hospital of South Texas and held that position for five years while in the active practice of pediatric neurosurgery. He is a senior member of the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ASPN). He has limited his practice to pediatric neurosurgery for nearly 40 years.


Yasargil Lecture

L. Nelson (Nick) Hopkins III, MD, FAANS

L. Nelson Hopkins IIIL. Nelson (Nick) Hopkins III, MD, FAANS, is a pioneer in the minimally invasive, catheter-based treatment of vascular diseases of the brain which cause stroke. After graduating cum laude from Albany Medical College, he trained in surgery at Case Western Reserve followed by neurology and neurosurgery at SUNY Buffalo.

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Tuesday, April 25

Cushing Orator

Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman From 2011 to 2015, Meg 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. Meg Whitman also served as president and chief executive officer of eBay Inc. from 1998 to 2008, where she oversaw its growth from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue.

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Richard C. Schneider Lecture

Kevin J. Tracey, MD

Kevin J TraceyKevin 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. He discovered the molecular basis for inflammation occurring in the absence of infection by identifying HMGB1, an abundant component in cell nuclei, as a therapeutic target at the intersection of sterile and infective inflammation.

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John Loeser Lecture

Konstantin V. Slavin, MD, FAANS

Konstantin SlavinKonstantin V. Slavin, MD, FAANS, is professor, chief of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery section and fellowship director for stereotactic and functional neurosurgery in the department of neurosurgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Slavin graduated from medical school in Baku, the Soviet Union, and completed his neurosurgery residency in Moscow. He completed his second neurosurgery residency at UIC and a fellowship in functional and stereotactic neurosurgery at Oregon Health Sciences University.

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Setti S. Rengachary, MD Memorial Lecture and Horsley History Lecture

Michel Zerah, PhD

Michel ZerahMichel Zerah, PhD, is head of the department of pediatric neurosurgery in the Hopital des Enfants Malades (Necker Hospital) in Paris, France. He is president of the French Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery, past-president of the European society of Pediatric Neurosurgery and treasurer of the French Language Society of Neurosurgery. He is also a member of the French National Academy of Surgery.

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Rhoton Family Lecture

Evandro Pinto da Luz de Oliveira, MD, PhD, IFAANS

Dr. Evandro de Oliveira Evandro de Oliveira, MD, PhD, IFAANS is currently a professor of neurosurgery, the director of the Institute of Neurological Sciences, head of neurosurgery at Hospital São José, chief of the medical residency program of neurosurgery at the Hospital Beneficência Portuguesa of Sao Paulo, as well as director of the microsurgery laboratory, where he works with numerous colleagues from around the world for training and for continuing education courses.

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Van Wagenen Lecture

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Goetz

Magdalena GötzProf. 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. One of her major contributions was the discovery that radial glial cells are a major source of neurons in the developing nervous system. She has extensive experience in the use of genetic mouse models as well as viral vectors to manipulate fate determinants in the developing and adult nervous system in vivo.

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Donaghy Lecturer

Robert H. Rosenwasser, MD, FAANS

Robert H RosenwasserRobert H. Robert H. Rosenwasser, MD, FAANS, attended attended Louisiana State University (LSU) in New Orleans and graduated in 1975 with a BS from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. He received his MD from LSU in Shreveport, La., in 1979. Dr. Rosenwasser took a general surgery internship and residency in neurological surgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. In 1984, he was a fellow in neurovascular surgery under at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, and from 1992 to 1993, he had a fellowship in interventional neuroradiology at New York University. He is certified in Neurocritical Care and is a founding member of the Society of Neurocritical Care.

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Kline Lecture

Rajiv Midha, MD, MSc, FAANS, FCAHS

Rajiv Midha Rajiv Midha, MD, MSc, FAANS, FCAHS, was born in India in 1962 and immigrated to North America in 1972. He received his medical degree in 1987, MSc in 1991 under Susan Mackinnon’s supervision and neurosurgical training, completed in 1995, all from the University of Toronto. He obtained clinical fellowships in peripheral nerve neurosurgery at St. Michaels’ Hospital in Toronto and at Louisiana State University (LSU) in New Orleans.

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Charles Tator Lecture

Marios C. Papadopoulos, MD

Marios C PapadopoulosMarios C. Papadopoulos, MD, is the professor of neurosurgery at St. George’s, University of London. He graduated from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and completed his neurosurgery training in London (clinical) and San Francisco (research).

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