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2013
AANS ANNUAL REPORT
CHANGE WITH PURPOSE
I first want to again thank all of you for the tremendous opportunity to serve as your President
over the past year. Though the year flew by, it proved quite eventful and, as an organization, we
made great strides, culminating with an outstanding Annual Scientific Meeting.
It was my intention to have a different kind of Annual Scientific Meeting, one that included a
repetitive theme of patient safety throughout all aspects of the meeting on each and every
day. We had outstanding speakers with national reputations, who helped build the patient-
safety movement, come and address our audience. I hope all of you were as excited as I
was about the talks that were given during those five days down in New Orleans. I want to
thank all of those individuals who participated in the scientific program for keeping the patient-safety theme in
their sights and as a component of their talks during the presentations.
This year’s program also showcased outstanding social events — especially the tremendous Opening Reception,
which even the rain was unable to cast a shadow over. For me, however, the personal highlight was to deliver the
annual presidential address on my passion for patient safety, review the movement to date and how it has finally
made its way into the realm of neurosurgery. I tried to impart the message that it is our sole responsibility to
make it as safe as possible for our patients and that, ultimately, we are responsible for delivering high-quality,
safe care. We must realize that we can’t do this by ourselves and that we must have not only good, supportive
people working with us but also systems in place that prevent errors from occurring before they happen. I believe
that we are well on our way to achieving our goal to maximize the best outcome for our patients. Once again, I
thank all of you for giving me the great opportunity to send that message forward.
I also was thrilled that we were able to name a new editor-in-chief for our prestigious
Journal of Neurosurgery
,
Dr. Jim Rutka. Although there will never be anyone who will replace Dr. John Jane in his role as editor-in-chief,
Dr. Rutka, without a doubt, will do an outstanding job imparting his specific imprint on the
Journal
well into the
future. We are all very excited about all of his new ideas and we look forward to an extremely successful run with
Dr. Rutka as our new editor-in-chief of the JNS.
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
“We must realize that we can’t do this by ourselves and that we must
have not only good, supportive people working with us but also systems
in place that prevent errors from occurring before they happen.”
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