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NREF Honors Inspirational Mentors and Leaders

NREF Honor Funds recognize individuals and organizations that have made a profound impact. The NREF salutes the following distinguished honorees with newly established funds:

  • Veena D. Mummaneni Fund

    Fund Purpose:
    To fund an Award for an outstanding woman resident or fellow to present a top rated abstract at the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.

    The fund was established by Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS, in memory of his mother, a practicing OB/GYN in California for over 30 years. Throughout her career, Dr. Mummaneni was a strong proponent of women physicians. The NREF Veena Mummaneni-WINS Residents and Fellows Award celebrates an outstanding young neurosurgeon with an award presented at the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Young Neurosurgeons – Chris A. Philips Honor Fund

    Fund Purpose:
    To advance medical student mentorship, research, education and participation in organized neurosurgery, particularly students who would otherwise lack access.

    For three decades, Chris Philips was committed to the AANS, providing exemplary service to its members as part of the professional staff. During her years of service, she served as a guide and mentor to many neurosurgeons, particularly in her work with the Young Neurosurgeon’s Committee where she helped many ascending AANS leaders navigate the nuances of the organization early in their careers.

View the complete list of NREF HYM Fund honorees and make a donation in recognition of a mentor instrumental in your career development.