2015 ANNUAL REPORT
The Neurosurgery Research and
Education Foundation (NREF)
has had a very productive year.
The NREF board of directors
focused on establishing new
opportunities for contributing
to the foundation. We have
encouraged donors to view their
gifts given to the NREF as valued
personal investments. The program that most exemplifies
this approach to giving is the Honor Your Mentor
program, in which donations honor individuals who have
personally impacted the lives of fund donors. The monies
collected within these named funds are used to support the
mentor’s field of interest or specialty by establishing grants
or fellowships within the identified areas.
Beyond Honor Your Mentor, the NREF has seen growth
among our Cushing Circle-level membership, a level of
giving that was celebrated this year at a reception during the
2015 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting and thanked with a
private suite, available to members during the meeting.
Additionally, there was an increase in the money provided
to the NREF through the annual Columbia Softball
Tournament. Indeed, even the NREF’s private supporters
contributed at levels that allow the foundation to move
forward with our mission to enhance lives by advancing
neurosurgical care, allowing the NREF to preserve its
annual funding of Resident and Young Investigator grants
and to expand the Medical Student Summer Fellowship
grants to include the Rhoton Medical Student Fellowships.
Our industry partners continue to support the post-
residency clinical fellowships (PRCF). The generosity of
both industry and neurosurgery is allowing the planning
of new international and mid-career educational courses,
which will continue our mission-fulfilling efforts.
The Bagan Family Fellowship was awarded for the first
time this spring. When Merwyn Bagan, MD, MPH,
FAANS(L), presented the Bagan Family Fellowship, he
spoke of his family’s decision to create the fund. They
hoped it would set an example that would be embraced
and followed by others involved in neurosurgery. As both
NREF chair and donor, I hope that more members of the
neurosurgical community choose to echo Bagan’s words,
mission and generosity.
Those of us involved with the NREF appreciate the
support of all who have helped us achieve and, indeed,
exceed our goals during this past year, and we most humbly
request your continuing support in coming years.
Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS
NREF CHAIR’S MESSAGE