Christopher B. Shields

1988, Seattle

Dr. Shields was the first Canadian president of the Congress. He was born in Schumacher, a small gold-mining town in northern Ontario where he lived until finishing secondary school. He graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto in 1966 and completed his neurosurgical residency in Winnipeg, Canada at the University of Manitoba under the direction of Dwight Parkinson. Following his residency he spent 1 year as a fellow in microvascular neurosurgery at the University of Vermont under Peardon Donaghy. Since 1974, he has spent his entire professional life at the University of Louisville where he is now professor and co-director of the Division of Neurological Surgery, and co-director of the Kenton D. Leatherman Spine Center. He has also served as chairman of the Cerebrovascular Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), and as annual meeting chairman of the AANS in 1989. His primary areas of neurosurgical expertise are in spinal surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery with research interests in spinal cord protection and regeneration as well as in developing techniques of intraoperative neuromonitoring. He is married to Deborah Dickson from Winnipeg. They have two daughters, Lisa and Karen, who are accomplished pianists, having won several Kentucky State music competitions, and having competed in Southern regional piano competitions. Lisa will attend Duke University this year and Karen will be a junior in high school.

The 1988 annual meeting of the CNS was held in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle) for the first time which provided the theme for the social events during the week. During the planning stages of the meeting the convention center was still under construction so there was considerable doubt and consternation that it would be completed in time for the meeting. It was finished only 1 month before the meeting date and the Congress was the first major event to be held in the Washington State Convention Trade Center.

The Congress was pleased to have Lindsay Symon as its honored guest in 1988. Professor Symon was the second British neurosurgeon to hold this position. Professor Symon's graciousness and scientific contributions were the highlight of the annual meeting, particularly his valuable advice to the neurosurgical residents. The meeting's major themes were future pathways in health care delivery, spinal surgery, vascular surgery, and glioma surgery. Thomas Saul was the annual meeting chairman and Nick Hopkins served as scientific program chairman. Kim Burchiel was the local arrangements chairman for the beautiful "Emerald City." A postconvention meeting was held in Victoria, Canada at the Princess Hotel, which was attended by more than 200 members. The group enjoyed a 3-hour scenic catamaran ride from Seattle. The postconvention hosts were Barbara and Brian Hunt.