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Governance and Leadership

The AANS is governed by a volunteer group of neurosurgeons, nominated and elected by fellow AANS members, who are committed to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to promote the highest quality of patient care.

Anthony L. Asher
Anthony L. Asher MD, FAANS, FACS
Jacques J. Morcos
Jacques J. Morcos, MD, FAANS
E. Antonio Chiocca
E. Antonio Chiocca MD, PhD, FAANS
Sepideh Amin-Hanjani MD
Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, MD, FAANS
Ann R. Stroink
Ann R. Stroink MD, FAANS
Past-President/Interim CEO
John Joseph Knightly
John Joseph Knightly, MD, FAANS
Vice President
Michael A. Chabraja Esq.
Michael A. Chabraja Esq.
Appointed Officer - Legal Counsel-Parliamentarian

Adam S. Arthur MD
Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS
Chair, Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF)
John Joseph Knightly MD
Mohamad Bydon, MD, FAANS
Chair, NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA)
James T. Rutka MD
James T. Rutka MD, PhD, FAANS
Editor in Chief, Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group (JNSPG)
Walavan Sivakumar MD
Walavan Sivakumar MD, FAANS
Chair, AANS Early to Mid-Career Neurosurgeons Committee (E2M)

Domagoj Coric MD
Domagoj Coric, MD, FAANS
Richard W. Byrne MD
Richard W. Byrne, MD, FAANS
Stacey C. Wolfe MD
Stacey C. Wolfe, MD, FAANS
Joseph S. Cheng MD
Joseph S. Cheng MD, MS, FAANS
Jason P. Sheehan
Jason P. Sheehan, MD, PhD, FAANS
Marjorie C. Wang MD
Marjorie C. Wang MD, MPH, FAANS

Mark E. Linskey MD
Mark E. Linskey, MD, FAANS
Mark R. Iantosca MD
Mark R. Iantosca MD, FAANS, MBA
Shaun Thomas O'Leary MD
Shaun Thomas O'Leary, MD, PhD, FAANS
Sharon Woods Webb MD
Sharon Woods Webb MD, FAANS

  • Sharona Ben-Haim, MD, FAANS Chair, AANS/CNS Section on Women in Neurosurgery (WINS)
  • Sonia V. Eden, MD, FAANS President, American Society of Black Neurosurgeons (ASBN)
  • John H. Wong, MD, FAANS Chair, Canadian Neurosurgical Society (CNSS)
  • Jonathan Harris Sherman, MD, FAANS Chair, AANS Section on the History & Culture of Neurosurgery
  • Juan Santiago Uribe, MD, FAANS Chair, AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves
  • John Kevin Ratliff, MD, FAANS Chair, Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS)
  • Torstein R. Meling, MD, PhD, IFAANS President, European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)
  • Matthew D. Smyth, MD, FAANS Chair, AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery
  • Blas Ezequiel Lopez Felix, MD, FAANS Representative, Mexican Society of Neurological Surgery
  • Andre Guelman Machado, MD, PhD, FAANS Chair, AANS/CNS Section on Stereotactic & Functional Surgery (ASSFN)
  • P. B. Raksin, MD, FAANS Chair, AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma & Critical Care
  • Najia El Abbadi, MD, PhD President, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS)
  • Bello Bala Shehu, MBBS, FRCS, FACS, IFAANS President, Continental Association of African Neurological Societies (CAANS)
  • Russell R. Lonser, MD, FAANS Secretary, American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS)
  • Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS, FACS Chair, AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section
  • Katharine J. Drummond, MBBS, IFAANS, FRACS President, Asian Australian Society of Neurological Surgeons (AASNS)
  • Isabelle M. Germano, MD, FAANS Chair, AANS/CNS Section on Tumors
  • Luis Alencar Borba, MD, IFAANS President, Latin American Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (FLANC)
  • Steven M. Falowski, MD, FAANS Chair, AANS/CNS Section on Pain