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In response to demand from international

members and meeting attendees for more

international programming, the AANS

expanded its international initiatives during

the past year.

One of the most notable additions to the

offerings is the new International Fellow of

the American Association of Neurological

Surgeons (IFAANS) designation. The

AANS granted this distinction to almost

500 members. Those who have been

international-dues-paying members for five

or more consecutive years or those who

have four consecutive years of membership

and have attended one AANS Annual

Scientific Meeting qualify to be designated

as IFAANS. Many of those now bearing the

IFAANS distinction have been members for

many years.

Continuing in the tradition of last year,

leaders from world organizations,

continental societies and a regional

society were hosted at the 2016 AANS

Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago and

provided very valuable international insight

and comradery. The AANS was pleased

to welcome the following organizations

through their representatives:


Basant K. Misra, MD, Asian Australasian

Society of Neurological Surgeons (AASNS)


A. Graham Fieggen, MD, IFAANS,

Continental Association of African

Neurosurgical Societies (CAANS)


J. André Grotenhuis, MD, PhD, IFAANS,

European Association of Neurosurgical

Societies (EANS)


Edgardo Spagnuolo, MD, Federación

Latinoamericana de Sociedades de

Neurocirugía (FLANC)


Amr El Shawarby, MD, Pan Arab

Neurosurgical Society (PANS)


Yong-Kwang Tu, MD, PhD, World

Federation of Neurosurgical Societies



Franco Servadei, MD, World Federation of

Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS)


Walter D. Johnson, MD, FAANS(L), World

Health Organization (WHO)

This year, the meeting featured a

collaboration between the AANS and

FLANC and PANS. FLANC is made up of

neurosurgeons from throughout Latin

American while PANS is a regional society

representing countries within the Arab world.

Due to a strong international showing last

year, the 2016 AANS Annual Scientific

Meeting featured an International

Symposium extended to two days. In total,

there were 47 speakers from 15 different

countries who presented developments

in neurosurgery from around the world.

Members from the two collaborating

societies were featured during the

International Symposium. Also, attendees

learned from their celebrated colleagues

at the International Reception, held at the

Chicago Cultural Center and toasted their

collective achievements under the largest

Tiffany glass dome ceiling in the world.