2013 AANS Annual Report - page 15

2013
AANS ANNUAL REPORT
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New Sunday Programming Brings Specialty Together
The Saturday and Sunday programming scheduled on April 27-28, 2013, featured nearly 40 practical clinics,
allowing attendees to explore a wide range of topics and gain valuable hands-on experience while learning from
some of the specialty’s brightest minds and teachers. Sunday also featured a first-ever dedicated plenary session
for mid-level practitioners, including three guest speakers and four abstract presentations, as well as addresses
from the respective presidents of the American Academy of Neuroscience Nurses and the Association of
Neurosurgical Physician Assistants. The session was extremely well received and will be a staple at future AANS
Annual Scientific Meetings.
Sunday evening showcased another watershed event for the organization as the first-ever Opening Ceremonies
program was held at the New Orleans Theatre. Former CNN chairman/CEO and renowned author Walter Isaacson
discussed the innovative approach of Steve Jobs and how it has impacted our society, followed by the presentation
of two new awards — the AANS Cushing Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Neurosurgery, which
was presented to Edward H. Oldfield, MD, FAANS; and the AANS Medal of Courage Award, which was given
to former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and accepted by her husband, former NASA astronaut
Mark Kelly. Kelly then addressed the packed auditorium, talking about the importance of communication and
commitment both to his wife and to her surgeons following her tragic shooting. Giffords’ neurosurgeon, G. Michael
Lemole Jr., MD, FAANS, then spoke, stressing the importance of patient safety and the role that neurosurgeons
play in positively impacting so many lives. The program concluded with a tremendous musical program by the
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, followed by a Mardi Gras-style parade to Mardi Gras World, where the evening’s
Opening Reception was held. Even with the rain that was falling outside, attendees were treated to a unique,
engaging and festive kickoff to the educational programing slated for the rest of the week.
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