2013 AANS Annual Report - page 3

2013
AANS ANNUAL REPORT
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Another highlight from this past year has to do with our National Neurosurgery Quality Outcomes Database. This
effort has been led by Drs. Anthony Asher and Matt McGirt, and they have done a stellar job enrolling more than
40 sites throughout our country as participants in N
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QOD. This will ultimately change the face of how we practice
by providing national neurosurgical benchmarking data that we can compare our practice and outcomes against —
and ultimately help us deliver the optimal care for our patients. I am very impressed at how neurosurgeons around
the country have embraced this concept, and although we were far behind other specialties prior to the formation
of N
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QOD, we have really done a great job embracing it and making it a part of our culture.
Finally, I want to thank Tom Marshall and the magnificent staff at the AANS for being receptive to many new ideas —
not only for the Annual Scientific Meeting, but also for other things that came across our plate throughout the year
as the leaders of our national organization. Tom was magnificent to work with and I can assure you that there is no
better executive director in any organization anywhere in the country. We are certainly fortunate to have him and
his very talented staff. I also want to thank Katie Orrico for continuing to lead an excellent effort in public advocacy
through our Washington Committee along with its robust leadership. We owe Katie a great deal and I will forever
be in awe of her accomplishments.
I look forward to another great year as we turn over a new chapter with Bill Couldwell as our distinguished leader
for our national organization. The AANS is the spokes organization for all of neurosurgery and it is recognized
as the leader in promoting neurosurgical education as well as public advocacy. I look forward to serving the
organization in many ways in the future and I strongly suggest you all do the same to keep this one of our great
treasures.
Sincerely,
Mitchel S. Berger, MD, FAANS
2012-2013 AANS President
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