2014 AANS Annual Report - page 22

An avid supporter of the Neurosurgical
Research and Education Foundation (NREF),
Praveen Mummaneni, MD, FAANS, has been
selected annually from 2005 as one of
the Best Doctors in America. When asked
what inspires his career and his continuing
support of the AANS and the Neurosurgical
Research and Education Foundation (NREF),
Mummaneni shared the following thoughts.
“My inspiration is my patients,” Mummaneni revealed. “My spinal neurosurgery
patients continuously amaze me; their drive to recover from their pathologies
and to resume their previously active lives always takes me by surprise, and I
find my role in helping them recover to be so very rewarding.”
Discussing how he found his professional calling, he explained, “I initially
chose academic neurosurgery because it was the only discipline that
interested me during rotations in medical school. I found the neurosurgical
patients challenging to treat; their management and outcomes — whether
good or bad — were always memorable. I knew that, in neurosurgery, I had
found the specialty where I could make my contribution.”
He contributes to the specialty not only through his academic work but also
through his involvement with organized neurosurgery. “Becoming more involved
with the specialty, I learned about the NREF,” Mummaneni said. “I personally
choose, both as a volunteer and philanthropically, to support NREF because I
understand how important it is to provide both financial support and real-world
opportunities for those who are in the early stages of their careers and who
want to engage in research for the advancement of spine surgery.
“Over the years, NREF has provided unique opportunities for advancement
in neurosurgical research to a wide variety of neurosurgical trainees. It
has becomes a key avenue of funding for many who are starting their
careers, and I see many of our residents and junior faculty at University
of California at San Francisco (UCSF) applying for the grants that NREF
offers. Furthermore, NREF has been funding fellowships for neurosurgical
subspecialty training over the past several years, and fellows at UCSF and
other institutions have had opportunities to enhance their training directly
as a result of NREF’s grants. I believe that there is undoubted advancement
in the neurosurgical field as a direct result of NREF’s research support,
infrastructure and support of subspecialty training.
“Additionally, I believe that the work that NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA) and NREF
are doing through the N
QOD is essential to the future of neurosurgery,”
Mummaneni added. “I became involved with N
QOD through the AANS/CNS
Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. As chair-elect
of the section, I want to help ensure that we, as a specialty, track outcomes
of our patients so that we can demonstrate the true benefits of neurosurgical
interventions for spine disease.”
Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS
, earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from
Boston University, completed his general surgical internship at the University of California
at Irvine and his neurosurgical residency at the UCSF. Following residency, Mummaneni
completed fellowship training in complex spine surgery at Emory University. During his
spine fellowship, he received advanced subspecialty training in adult spinal deformity
surgery at Northwestern University and at Washington University in St. Louis. He was
the first neurosurgeon to be awarded the Edgar Dawson Scholarship from the Scoliosis
Research Society. He was also the first neurosurgeon to be awarded the Scoliosis Research
Society’s European Traveling Fellowship Award. Mummaneni served as an assistant
professor of neurosurgery and orthopedics at Emory University from 2002 to 2006. In 2006,
he returned to UCSF as an associate professor, co-director of the UCSF Spine Center, and
director of the Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Fellowship. In 2012, he was promoted
to professor and vice-chairman of the UCSF department of neurosurgery.
Praveen Mummaneni, MD, FAANS, supports the NREF’s vision to advance the specialty
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