2014 AANS Annual Report - page 18

It was an honor and a privilege to be the president of the Neurosurgery
Research and Education Foundation (NREF) during this momentous year.
As you may know, over the past year, the NREF has undergone a complete
restructuring of the composition of the board of directors to include
representation from the Joint Sections, the Society of Neurological Surgeons,
and the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons. In addition, for the
first time in its 34-year history, the NREF has a seat on the board for a
public member. The NREF has been reinvigorated not only by the new board
structure but in its mission as well.
Going forward, the NREF is dedicated to providing education to neurosurgeons at all stages of their careers,
as well as funding research into new and existing neurosurgical treatments in order to identify links between
best practices and improved outcomes in patient care. The NREF is now closely aligned with NeuroPoint
Alliance (NPA) and will seek funding for data registries and outcomes studies such as the new Stereotactic
Radiosurgery Registry (SRS) project, which is a groundbreaking patient registry aimed at establishing
national benchmarks for care. As you can see, this reorganization of NREF has been the result of rethinking
and broadening the scope of NREF to meet the challenges of an evolving health system and to preserve
and strengthen our specialty and establish the NREF as the philanthropic arm for neurosurgery.
Our ability to impact and advance the specialty through research support and registry project development is
directly related to the generosity of the individuals and organizations that believe and share our vision. We are
thankful to all of our supporters that help us achieve our goals. The NREF board of directors is grateful for you,
our donors, friends and volunteers, whose support over the past year helped further our important initiatives.
I am pleased to share the many success stories in this annual report, and I look forward to more to come.
Troy M. Tippett, MD, FAANS
2013-2014 NREF President
Troy M. Tippett, MD, FAANS
NREF President
Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS
Vice President/Society of Neurological Surgeons
A. John Popp, MD, FAANS(L)
Secretary/Society of Neurological Surgeons Representative
Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS
Treasurer/American Association of Neurological Surgeons
William Christianson
Public Member
Regis W. Haid, Jr., MD, FAANS
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Joseph M. Piepmeier, MD, FAANS
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Donald O. Quest, MD, FAANS(L)
American Academy of Neurological Surgeons Representative
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS
Section Representative (AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of
the Spine and Peripheral Nerves)
Craig Andrew Van Der Veer, MD, FAANS
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD, FAANS
Ex-Officio/AANS President
NREF Board of Directors 2013-2014
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