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The 84th AANS Annual Scientific Meeting

April 30–May 4, 2016

Chicago provided a beautiful backdrop for the 2016 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting,

which explored the many ways in which neurosurgery has taken the lead in fields as

seemingly far ranging from medicine as professional sports and the military.

An engaging and thoughtful opening ceremonies had CNN and neurosurgery’s own

Sanjay K. Gupta, MD, FAANS, leading a panel of diverse experts through a discussion on

head trauma. Panelists included Russ Lonser, MD, FAANS; Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli (Ret.);

Col. Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD (Ret.) and Walter Koroshetz, MD, the National Institutes of

Health’s (NIH) director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

(NINDS). Representing the National Football League (NFL) were its senior vice president

of health and safety, Jeff Miller, and former Chicago Bear and Hall of Famer, Mike


A video of the session is available on the Neurosurgery S.P.O.R.T.S. website.

After the presentation, attendees made their way to Soldier Field for the AANS Opening

Reception. Guests were given access to views of the field and the outdoor terrace of the

historic stadium, where lightning highlighted a dramatic Chicago skyline and rain fell, yet

failed to dampen the spirits or enthusiasm of those present.