AANS PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Members of the American Association of
The opportunity and honor of serving as president of this
remarkable association over the past year has been a major
highlight of my career in our remarkable specialty. Serving as
president of the AANS provides the opportunity to meet intimately
with our members across our state and regional societies as
well as to travel the world, as the AANS is a continental society
of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS).
These unique encounters help to frame one’s thinking and priorities for what proves to
be a remarkably short year. I have been so proud and comfortable with our intitiatives
in Washington, D.C. under the leadership of Katie O. Orrico, JD, and our Washington
Committee that I saw my role as “send me in, coach.” I had the opportunity to testify and
participate in a number of events on Capitol Hill which I hope will prove helpful to our
members. Under the leadership of Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FAANS, who serves as
the new chair of our Washington Committee, we can all feel extremely comfortable that
we will be impactful and protect public access to specialty care going forward.
During the 84th AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, I tried to craft a message of hope and
optimism that was truly from the heart. In many ways, we have all been battered by a
rapidly evolving health care system, which at times seems to be spiraling out of control.
As this is an election year, I felt that diving into the weeds of all the potential outcomes
regarding health policy would not be productive or beneficial for any of us, as the election
will dictate many of these specific policy outcomes. Rather, I wanted to focus on the core
values of our profession and how neurosurgery leads the way in American medicine.
Ours is a truly honorable and wonderful profession.
We and our successors must preserve its unique
culture and in so doing will strengthen medicine
overall with neurosurgery leading the way.