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Join the AANS

Becoming a member of the AANS allows you to join more than 12,000 of your colleagues from around the world in advancing the specialty of neurological surgery. The community of AANS members enjoys access to scientific publications, patient education materials, discounted meeting attendance and many more member benefits.


Fellows (FAANS)

Neurosurgeons residing in North America who are board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery


Neurosurgeons who are eligible for board certification in North America


Neurosurgeons certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS) or trained internationally and practicing in the U.S


Retired from operative neurosurgery, with more than 20 years spent as an AANS member


Candidate (Residents/Fellows)

Residents and fellows training in the U.S., Canada or Mexico

Medical Student

Students enrolled in an accredited medical schools in the U.S., Canada or Mexico



Neurosurgeons trained and residing outside of the U.S. and Canada

International Candidate (Residents/Fellows)

Residents or fellows enrolled in neurosurgical training program outside of the U.S., Canada and Mexico


Associate (MDs and PhDs)

Non-neurosurgeons involved in neurosurgery and neuroscience, including non-neurosurgical MDs and researchers

RNs, NPs and PAs

Nurses, nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) involved in neurosurgical care

Allied (Administrative Staff and Surgical Techs)

Certified surgical technologists and neurosurgical administrative staff


For questions about your membership category, application or benefits, please contact member services.

Member Services Department
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
5550 Meadowbrook Industrial Ct.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-3852

Phone: 847.378.0500 or 888.566.2267
Fax: 847.378.0600
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. CST

As of October 2023
Total: 12,210 members