2011 AANS Annual Report - page 8

Building Leadership for Today
and Tomorrow
As part of its commitment to the advancement of neurosurgery,
and the development and improvement of the specialty,
the AANS offers three (3) Leadership Scholarships for
AANS Fellows (board-certified members). AANS offers this
opportunity not only to cultivate future leaders, but to encourage
long-term participation in organized neurosurgery and the
AANS. The recipients of these scholarships attended the 2011
course developed by the American College of Surgeons.
After a highly competitive application process, the members
selected to be the 2011 AANS Leadership Scholarship
Recipients were:
Cormac O. Maher, MD, FAANS, from the University of
Charles J. Prestigiacomo, MD, FAANS, FACS, program
director at New Jersey Medical School
Jamie S. Ullman, MD, FAANS, from Elmhurst Hospital Center,
New York
The awardees completed an application, submitted curriculum
vitae highlighting their leadership accomplishments and
completed an essay on how they would use their leadership
skills to advance their practice as well as organized
neurosurgery. “Every neurosurgeon can become a leader, both
in the community and within their practice,” said Charles J.
Prestigiacomo, MD, FAANS, FACS. “Leaders need vision, but
you need to learn how to find that vision and cultivate it. This
was an incredibly fruitful opportunity to learn how to lead.”
Events Propel Neurosurgeons’
White Coat Message Beyond
Events held in Denver on Sunday, April 10, 2011, helped advance
neurosurgeons’ most important white-coat message — preventing
recreation- and sports-related head and spinal cord injuries. The
two events tied into the theme of this year’s National Neurosurgery
Awareness Week: “There’s Always Another Game, but You Only
Have One Brain.”
In an effort to protect children from bicycle-related head
injuries, more than 200 Denver-area children enrolled in grades
preschool-5 were invited on April 10 to the Community Kids Bike
Helmet Day at INVESCO Field, which was co-sponsored by the
AANS and ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation. A
group of 85 ThinkFirst Chapter members from across the country,
and AANS neurosurgeons from the Public Relations Committee
and Young Neurosurgeons Committees fitted the children with
free, colorful bike helmets branded with sponsor logos. As a big
bonus, the crowd was treated to a special appearance by Denver
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who spoke to them about
playing it safe, followed by a question-and-answer session. His
young fans were especially enthralled when he recounted his
own personal experience about suffering a serious concussion
on the playing field during a college game. The children were
thrilled to meet Tebow and get their pictures taken with him; more
importantly, Tebow instilled in his young and captivated audience
the importance of wearing helmets. The Integra Foundation, the
philanthropic arm of Integra LifeSciences Corporation, as well as
Elekta both awarded grants to ThinkFirst in support of this injury-
prevention event.
Later in the day, the celebration at INVESCO Field continued with
the first-ever sports-themed AANS Opening Reception. A festive
tone was set at the stadium entrance, where Miles the Mascot and
a lively six-piece band greeted attendees as they arrived. Among
the festivities were punt and pass activities on the field, captured
on the JumboTron; behind-the-scene tours; ThinkFirst National
Injury Prevention Foundation-staffed sports stations; and a wide
array of classic upscale stadium cuisine and beverages. Several
neurosurgeons were spotted proudly wearing “brain” bicycle
helmets, which they received as a gift of $100 or more in support of
In concert with the INVESCO Field events, the AANS/CNS Section
on Neurotrauma and Critical Care issued a Position Statement on
Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports that was publicized to members
and the media during the meeting.
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