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AANS International Lifetime Recognition Award

This award recognizes the recipient's lifetime of contributions to neurosurgery in his or her native country, and to neurosurgery globally.

AANS International Lifetime Recognition Award - 2017 Recipient

André Grotenhuis, MD, PhD, IFAANS is being honored with this award for his lifetime of working to improve the quality of neurosurgical education around the world. His career began studying medicine at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, Netherlands and serving in the Dutch military as a medical doctor to the 103rd Cavalry Battalion, earning his degree in 1979. He later went on to complete his neurosurgical training at the Academisches Lehrkrankenhaus Städtische Kliniken in Duisburg, Germany followed by various fellowships in Austria, Sweden and Canada from 1985-86. He is board certified in both the Netherlands and Germany.

Dr. Grotenhuis began his clinical work in 1987 back in the Netherlands at the Neurosurgical Centre Nijmegen as an assistant professor at the University Hospital St. Radboud and a consultant neurosurgeon at the Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital and the Rijnstate Hospital.

Since 1995, he has been a Senior Lecturer in the Medical School at the University of Nijmegen and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital St. Radboud. He defended his doctoral thesis in December 2000 on 'Endoscopic third ventriculostomy in the treatment of hydrocephalus'.

In 1999, Dr. Grotenhuis became the chairman and training program director of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Radboud University Medical Centre and two years later was appointed Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery. Since 2010, his focus has been on clinical work, teaching, resident training and research in neurosurgery. His clinical focuses are in minimally invasive/endoscopic techniques in neurosurgery, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery, surgery of deep-seated and intraventricular lesions, and CSF related diseases.

Currently, Dr. Grotenhuis serves as the President of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) and he served on the board of his home country’s society from 1999-2007. He also is a member of various societies around the world including the AANS and CNS, among many others, and is an honorary member of eight neurosurgical societies in four continents. He has been invited 17 times as a visiting professor throughout the world since 1995.

Dr. Grotenhuis is an active reviewer for several journals and co-founder and member of the editorial board for the Innovative Neurosurgery journal, formally known as Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, and associate editor of Acta Neurochirurgica.  He has added extensively to the body of neurosurgical research authoring two books on endoscopic neurosurgery, 27 book chapters, more than one hundred peer-reviewed scientific publications and given more than 400 international lectures and presentations.

Past recipients of the AANS International Lifetime Recognition Award:

2015 Andrew H. Kaye, MD

2016 Edgardo Spagnuolo, MD

2015 Andrew H. Kaye, MD

2014 Nicolas de Tribolet, MD

2013 Johannes Schramm, MD

2012 Leonidas M. Quintana, MD

2011 Shigaki Kobayshi, MD, PhD

2010 Jose G. Martin-Rodriguez, MD from Madrid, Spain

2009 Albino Bricolo, MD from Verona, Italy

2008 Jose Humberto Mateos Gomez, from Madrid Mexico

Best International Abstract Award The AANS Best International Abstract awards $500 to the author presenting the highest scored abstract submitted by an international author. In 2017, the AANS is honoring

Laura Salgado-López, MD from Barcelona, Spain

A Pilot Study of Deep Brain Stimulation in Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia

International Travel Scholarship The scholarship provides $2,000 to support the attendance of a neurosurgeon from a developing country to the AANS Annual Meeting. The 2017 recipient selected is

Edgar M. Carrasco, MD, IFAANS from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Minimally expensive Neurosurgery. State of the art at the public hospital of a developing country

The William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship The William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship provides support to a post neurosurgical resident for foreign travel for scientific enrichment, prior to beginning an academic career in neurological surgery. The Fellowship was designed to give freedom in scientific development without the restrictive limitations usually imposed by many research grants and fellowships. Candidacy for the fellowship is open to all senior neurosurgical residents, in approved neurosurgery residency programs.

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