2011 AANS Annual Report - page 9

2011
AANS ANNUAL REPORT
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Neurosurgical Top Gun Competition
For six consecutive years, the Young Neurosurgeons Committee
has offered a skills competition for residents and fellows at the
AANS Annual Scientific Meeting. Under the leadership of Anand
V. Germanwala, MD; and Prashant Chittiboina, MD, MPH, this
year’s Neurosurgical Top Gun event included stations for image-
guided lumbar pedicle screw, bone scalpel, virtual thoracic
vertebroplasty, brain-tumor debulking and ventriculostomy
simulator. Supporters of this year’s innovative competition were
Anspach Companies; Aesculap Inc.; Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.,
a Johnson & Johnson Company; DePuy Spine, Inc., a Johnson
& Johnson Company; Medtronic; Immersive Touch; National
Research Council of Canada; and the University of Florida.
Thanks to the generous contributions of these corporate
supporters, awards were given to the Neurosurgical Top Gun and
his/her institution, along with the winners of each individual station.
Honors were bestowed upon the following deserving awardees:
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Overall Top Honors (the Neurosurgical Top Gun)
: Jason Rahal,
MD (resident), Tufts Medical Center, Boston (to graduate June 2015)
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Institutional Top Honors:
Tufts Medical Center
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Top Honors for the Lumbar Pedicle Screw Station:
Jason Rahal,
MD (resident), Tufts Medical Center (to graduate June 2015)
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Top Honors for Bone Scalpel Station:
Laszlo Entz, MD
(resident), Semmelweis University, Budapest
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Top Honors for the Lumbar Vertebroplasty Station:
Amit
Singla, MD (resident), State University of New York, Syracuse
(to graduate June 2014)
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Top Honors for the Ventriculostomy Station:
Jason Rahal,
MD (resident), Tufts Medical Center (to graduate June 2015)
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Top Honors for the Brain Tumor Debulking:
Gregory
Hawryluk, MD (resident), University of Toronto, Toronto (to
graduate June 2012)
The 2011 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
at a Glance
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Scientific Meeting content delivered and accessible via the iPod
touch to all attendees via download from the iTunes store
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34 practical clinics and four International Masters practical clinics
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18 general scientific sessions and three plenary sessions
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174 oral abstract presentations
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Special International Symposium
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Nearly 500 electronic poster presentations
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800 exhibit booths representing about 200 companies
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66 educational breakfast seminars
Recognizing Leaders that Expanded
the Frontiers
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Cushing Medalist
A. John Popp, MD, FAANS
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Distinguished Service Award
— Thomas A. Marshall
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Humanitarian Award
— Barth A. Green, MD, FAANS, FACS
Special Lectures Reflect Neurosurgical
Discoveries and Beyond
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Cushing Orator
— Nathaniel Philbrick, champion sailor, award-
winning scholar and bestselling author
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The Rhoton Family Lecturer
— Robert F. Spetzler, MD, FAANS
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The Hunt-Wilson Lecturer
— Richard Gilbertson, MD, PhD
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The Ronald L. Bittner Lecturer
— Raymond Sawaya, MD,
FAANS
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The Richard C. Schneider Lecturer
— Jon H. Robertson, MD,
FAANS
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The Theodore Kurze Lecturer
— Ian Suk, MD
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The Louise Eisenhardt Lecturer
— Kristen Iversen
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The Van Wagenen Lecturer
— Lars Olson, PhD
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