2013 AANS Annual Report - page 19

2013
AANS ANNUAL REPORT
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Battling To Be Neurosurgery’s Top Gun
For the last eight years during the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, residents and fellows have tested their
surgical talents head-to-head against their peers in the Neurosurgical Top Gun Competition. This program,
which again was presented by the Young Neurosurgeons Committee, took place during the final three days
of the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting. The 2013 edition in New Orleans included stations for endovascular
aneurysm occlusion, lumbar pedicle screw, thoracic deformity and ventriculostomy. Both the AANS and the Young
Neurosurgeons Committee would like to thank the following companies for their support of this contest: Codman,
a Johnson & Johnson company; DePuy Synthes Spine; Immersive Touch; Leica Microsystems; Medtronic, Inc.;
MicroVention, Inc.; and the University of Florida.
Thanks to their generous corporate support, awards were presented to the Neurosurgical Top Gun and his/her
institution, along with the each of the individual station winners. The following well-deserving award winners
received these honors:
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Overall Top Honors (the Neurosurgical Top Gun): Jonathan Forbes, MD (then-resident);
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. (graduated June 2013)
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Institutional Top Honors: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.
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Top Honors for the Endovascular Aneurysm Occlusion Station: Jay Vachhani, MD (resident);
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, Peoria, Ill. (to graduate June 2015)
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Top Honors for the Lumbar Pedicle Screw Station: Jonathan Forbes, MD (then-
resident); Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. (graduated June 2013)
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Top Honors for the Thoracic Deformity Station: Jay Vachhani, MD (resident); University
of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, Peoria, Ill. (to graduate June 2015)
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Top Honors for the Ventriculostomy Station: Doris Wang, MD, PhD (resident); University
of California, San Francisco (to graduate June 2017)
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