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International Membership

When you become an AANS member, you join a global community of neurosurgeons dedicated to providing superior patient care and advancing your profession.

  • Reside/practice outside of North America
  • Maintain board certification (or equivalent) in country of residence
  • Letters of sponsorship from three neurosurgeons, at least one of which is a current AANS member Note: The AANS can assist in identifying a member sponsor.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) in English
  • International Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (IFAANS) honorific after five years of uninterrupted, paid membership
  • Free online subscriptions to the official journals of the AANS from the Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group (JNSPG):
    • Journal of Neurosurgery
    • Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine
    • Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics
  • Free and discounted NeuroU online courses offering CME
  • Reduced registration for the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Reduced registration rates for AANS educational courses and resources
  • Free printable patient information pamphlets covering common conditions and treatments
  • Members-only searchable directory
  • Subspecialty section membership eligibility
  • Discounts on AANS publications and merchandise
  • Pay Annual Dues:
    • $200 in most non-North American countries
    • Discounted dues of $100 for countries designated low-income or lower-middle income by the World Bank. View the list here.
  • Optional, discounted paper subscription to the Journal of Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine and Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics for $250

Before beginning your member application, please have the following information ready:

  • Payment method for application fee/first-year dues.
    • Dues may be paid via credit/debit card via the link below.
    • To pay by wire transfer, please contact for instructions.
  • Dates of attendance and names of medical school and residency programs
  • Current employer and start date
  • Country where you currently hold your medical license, the license number and effective dates
  • Proof of certification in English
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) in English
  • Letters of Sponsorship from three neurosurgeons, including one from an AANS member. Note: The AANS can assist in identifying a member sponsor.

Upon paying your application fee, you will have temporary access to AANS member benefits.

You must complete and submit your membership application within 30 days of payment to become a full member. The application should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete.

If your membership application is not completed within 30 days, your temporary AANS membership will be terminated and the application fee forfeited.

If you have questions, please contact Karen Yoshikawa at, 847.378.0554 or toll-free at 888.566.2267 x554.

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