2014 AANS Annual Report - page 2

On behalf of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the
Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) and NeuroPoint
Alliance (NPA), it is my pleasure to present the 2014 Annual Report to
Membership and Stakeholders.
In the pages that follow, it is our hope that the growth, commitment, service and
visions for the future that all three dynamically robust organizations demonstrate
make vividly clear to you why your support and involvement is so vital.
The highlights of the past year that you are about to read are at the same time a revealing look ahead to the
future visions of the AANS, NREF and NPA. The leadership and management of each organization view
accomplishments not as summits reached but waypoints achieved. Each successful objective is not an
end, but another step forward.
Thus, through your support and with your involvement, the three organizations have become true
pathfinders in leading the specialty toward its future in medicine, science and healthcare. Among the many
innovations and successful achievements of this past year’s strategic visions, this report’s highlights are:
The 2014 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting generated a record number of abstracts and established new
horizons for technological education, provocative and challenging analysis, ongoing advancement of the
most innovative meeting delivery systems, and dynamic speakers from around the neurosurgical world.
The newly structured NREF, AANS’s foundation, began its initial year under the direction of its own
board of directors, and with a renewed mission to support the AANS’s strategic vision by expanding the
foundation’s multidimensional scope of addressing neurosurgeons’ educational needs at every stage of
their careers, while funding advanced treatments in neurosurgical care.
NPA, now at the forefront of medical specialty registries providing dynamic national clinical data from
an increasing number of neurosurgical practices and subspecialties, continued its rapid growth. The
National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N
QOD) national registry is now the largest
national spine registry yet created in North America. NPA and the NREF introduced a Stereotactic
Radiosurgery Registry, secured through an educational grant from Brainlab. And, exploratory
collaborations were initiated with the Scoliosis Research Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society,
the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the International Society for the
Advancement of Spine Surgery, in addition to other related health-care organizations.
The successes of each passing year are our foundations for creatively meeting
today’s new challenges, as we create tomorrow’s opportunities.
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