2011 AANS Annual Report - page 10

iPod touch Technology Returns for
Second Ovation
For the second year in a row, the AANS successfully conducted
the Annual Scientific Meeting via the iPod touch. One big
difference from the 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting was that
members were asked to download the app from the iTunes
store in advance of the meeting. The AANS also incorporated
enhancements based on member feedback from 2010, including
the ability to create individualized schedule items for meetings
with colleagues and dinner dates as well as official AANS
meetings; taking notes within the program; and a new, user-
friendly rating system for electronic posters and abstracts.
iPod touch Initiative Supporters
Amedica Corporation/US Spine
Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc.
Codman & Shurtleff, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company
DePuy Spine, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company
Integra LifeSciences
Leica Microsystems
Methodist University Hospital Brain and Spine Institute
NuVasive Inc.
Siemens, AG
he relationships the AANS builds through its international
outreach efforts help members keep abreast of important
issues affecting neurosurgery, learn about pending innovations
in patient care, facilitate collaboration and bring value through
membership diversity.
During the 2011 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, the AANS celebrated
the widespread influence one individual can have in advancing
neurosurgery through teaching and training by presenting the
Kenichiro Sugita International Symposium. In his lifetime, Dr. Sugita
was arguably the most influential and innovative neurosurgeon
in Japan. His devotion to teaching neurosurgical trainees, and his
interests in international neurosurgery, led to the establishment of a
scholarship program enabling young neurosurgeons from around the
world to travel to Nagoya to learn from his complex skull base and
vascular neurosurgical cases. During the symposium, neurosurgeons
of international repute spoke on neurosurgical developments in their
countries and described how their careers were influenced by Dr.
Sugita. Later, fellows of Dr. Sugita from around the world gathered at a
unique reception, honoring their former teacher.
One Sugita fellowwas honored with AANS’ highest international
Shigeaki Kobayashi, MD, PhD
, was presented with the AANS
International Lifetime Recognition Award for his contributions to
advancing the field of neurosurgery in Japan and around the world.
Dr. Kobayashi is director of Komoro Kosei General Hospital in Nagano,
Japan. He served in leadership roles for the Japanese Congress
of Neurological Surgeons, Japan Neurosurgical Society and World
Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, where he is now an honorary
president. Dr. Kobayashi was selected as a medical commissioner
of the International Olympic Committee, which culminated in his
being named chief medical officer of the 1998 Nagano Winter
Olympics. Working as an associate of Dr. Sugita, Dr. Kobayashi
and his surgical practice focused on aneurysms, acoustic tumors,
skull base meningiomas and the innovation of surgical instruments.
More recently, he has contributed to breakthroughs in the areas of
neurosurgical robotics and telesurgery.
Annual Scientific Meeting attendees met Dr. Kobayashi at the AANS
International Reception & Award Program, where fellowship recipients
and award winners also were introduced.
The AANS International Abstract Award is given to the highest
ranking international abstract submitted to the AANS Annual Scientific
Meeting. This honor went to Christian Senft, PhD, for his abstract, titled
Intraoperative MRI Guided vs. Conventional Microsurgical Brain Tumor
Resection Results of a Prospective Randomized Trial.
The AANS International Travel Scholarship provides $1,500 to support
the attendance of a neurosurgeon from a developing country to the
AANS Annual Scientific Meeting. The 2011 recipient was Atul H. Goel,
MD, fromMumbai, India. His abstract was
Craniovertebral Realignment:
Concept, Design and Technique
The 2011 recipients of the AANS International Visiting Surgeons
Fellowship were Suchanda Bhattacharjee, MD, from Somajiguda, India;
and Mohamed El Beltagy, MD, from Cairo. Dr. Bhattacharjee visited
British Columbia Children’s Hospital under the observation of Paul
Steinbok, MD, FAANS; she hopes to develop a pediatric neurosurgical
unit in Hyderabad, India. Dr. El Beltagy visited Children’s Hospital
Boston under the observation of Liliana C. Goumnerova, MD, FAANS,
FACS; he focused his observational fellowship on treatments for
pediatric brain tumors.
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