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AANS Bylaws

“The Harvey Cushing Society was founded in 1931 and became incorporated on June 6, 1956. The Bylaws for conducting the Society’s business were adopted at the meeting of the Society in April of 1960. The organization has been restructured since, broadening its concept to represent neurosurgery both nationally and internationally."

The AANS Code of Ethics was established for neurosurgeons as guidelines in medical and professional relationships. This code is a statement of ideals, commitments and responsibilities of neurosurgeons to patients, their families, other health professionals, insurers, society and themselves. It thus may be considered as one of the measures used to evaluate a member’s maintenance of good professional standing and to evaluate qualifications for membership by applicants. Breaking any tenet of the code may subject a member to a formal sanction by the AANS.


For the purpose of technical innovation, neurosurgeons are necessary collaborators with industry. However, the collaborative relationship between neurosurgeons and industry must be structured to avoid the pitfalls of improper inducements or incentives.

The AANS requires leadership positions to disclose potential conflicts of interest and offers guidelines on both conflicts of interest and corporate relations.


The AANS Professional Conduct Program was established in 1983 to provide a forum and due process procedures to evaluate complaints lodged by one AANS member against another and to make recommendations to the AANS Board of Directors for action (dismissal or sanctions) on such complaints.

Complaints are filed due to perceived violations of the AANS Code of Ethics or the AANS Rules for Neurosurgical Medical/Legal Expert Opinions Services, according to the published guidelines of the AANS Professional Conduct Committee.



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