2015 ANNUAL REPORT
This annual report that you
and your fellow members of
the American Association of
Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
and the Neurosurgery Research
and Education Foundation
(NREF) are reading highlights
the expanding and increasingly
dynamic impact that your
organizations have had on neurosurgery over the past year.
As you have read in 2014-15 AANS President Dr.
Robert Harbaugh’s introduction, the past year’s successes
were accomplished in a time of disordered transition in
American health care. As this report will show, the AANS
nevertheless continued to expand its scope of service to
its members and their specialty, operating from a strong
foundation today while secured by firm links to the rich
history of neurosurgery’s past.
Author Pearl S. Buck wrote that if you want to understand
today, you have to search yesterday. The influential
solutions that the AANS and NREF increasingly offer to
neurosurgeons, their specialty and their allied health-care
practitioners and partners should be viewed by AANS
members as part of a progressively evolving continuum
of planned growth, prudent fiscal planning, unrestricted
strategic vision and passionate volunteerism, all built upon
the founding principles of Dr. Harvey Cushing and the
leaders who have carried forth his visions in the society
that bears his name.
In the pages that follow, you will read of progress made
in established programs of the AANS and NREF, as
well as the early phases of strategic initiatives undertaken
more recently to meet your rapidly changing needs in a
chaotically evolving health-care environment.
For example, the AANS is quickly establishing its
outreach and influence internationally, in order to be a
more significant resource to its international members
and colleagues whose universal needs and practice
environments are as varied as the many cultures of
patients who inhabit the planet. From collaborating with
international neurosurgical organizations to providing
support and assistance where appropriate, the AANS, like
its many allied partners, understands that quality health
care resists any definition merely by geographic borders.
The state of North American neurosurgery and meeting
members’ needs was a primary concern of the AANS at
its founding, and is still a priority today, as the specialty
continues to be buffeted by workforce issues, increasing
focus on patient safety and escalating urgency for both
sophisticated resident and continuing education delivered
via enhanced, 24/7 technologies.
You will see how the AANS is addressing these and
dozens of other priorities born of its mission statement
with a broad-front strategy, from the remarkable impact
of its Washington advocacy to its involvement with allied
neurosurgical associations involved in the SNS Portal
Initiative, a large-scale collaborative project that promises
to be the most comprehensive resource for neurosurgeons’
educational needs from “cradle to grave,” yet undertaken
by separate organizations focused on enhancing
neurosurgeons’ knowledge at every stage of their careers.
The rapid success of NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA), AANS’
not-for-profit corporation, is also outlined in this report.
Established in 2008, NPA’s growth and expansion
is perhaps the best example of the AANS process of
addressing members’ needs.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE