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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

On behalf of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons

(AANS), the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation

(NREF) and NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA), it is my pleasure to

present the 2016 Annual Report to membership and stakeholders.

The AANS has evolved quickly in recent years. Its foundation,

the NREF, is rapidly developing successful new ways to attract

philanthropy meaningful to our members, with education and

services suited to today’s membership. Its data collection arm,

the NPA, has earned a national reputation for high-quality registry

programs. Now armed with maturing data, the NPA is taking the next step of developing

the individual and collective tools necessary to use registry data to guide objective quality

improvement. These organizations work closely with the AANS, as a professional society,

to support members in their career advancement and educational growth, attract and

cultivate the next generation of neurosurgeons, represent U.S. neurosurgeons among

national and international stakeholders and advocate for more favorable practice

environments that enable members to provide the best care for their patients. This

Annual Report highlights the major accomplishments the AANS, NREF and NPA have

achieved in fiscal year 2016. It is an honor to assume the role of Executive Director after

16 years of working with leaders and members at the AANS. I would like to thank our

stellar management team and talented, dedicated staff for their contributions to this

year’s achievements.

Kathleen T. Craig

Executive Director