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  • CNS Foundation Announces 2023 Winners of Multiple Awards in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

    • Jul 10, 2023

    CNS Foundation Announces 2023 Winners of Multiple Awards in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

    Schaumburg, Ill,. July 10, 2023—The CNS Foundation is pleased to announce the winners in four categories of awards in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Each recipient will be honored at the 2023 CNS Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., September 9-13, 2023.

    Research in health care disparity is important and I am thrilled that the CNS Foundation is one of the first neurosurgery foundations providing funding support in this area. The CNS Foundation committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has created some of the first awards in this area,” said CNS Foundation Chair, Martina Stippler, MD. “We could not do this without the support of the CNS Foundation Board, and our generous donors. Thank you, Medtronic Stryker, and the many generous individual donors whose gifts make these extraordinary learning opportunities possible.”

    “Over the next two years we will share the data resulting from the portfolio of these awards,” said Tiffany Hodges, CNS Foundation committee chair of the DEI Pillar. “We hope to learn what might make us better leaders for our colleagues and staff, as well as better practitioners for our patients and their families. I am looking forward to the results from our awardees.”

    A total of eleven winners have been announced in four award categories:

    DEI Scholar Award
    Each individual will receive $14,000 to be used to examine, understand, and report the presence, or causes, of health care disparities in neurosurgery. They will report their findings to the CNS Foundation and the CNS in 2024.

    Jacob Greenberg, Washington University School of Medicine

    William Ashley, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

    Nicholas Laskay, University of Alabama at Birmingham


    DEI Pilot Project
    Each individual will receive $17,000 for an active study to implement, test, and report results of an intervention hypothesized to correct a known health care disparity/ies and/or improve diversity in the neurosurgery workforce. They will report their findings to the CNS Foundation and the CNS in 2024.

    Alankrita Raghavan, Duke University

    Alexandra Giantini Larsen, New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medical Center


    DEI Impact Project

    A prize of $5,000 recognizes work done by a neurosurgeon for their outstanding DEI and community engagement work to share best practices in addressing disparity in equity and inclusion. Look for a report on Dr. Goodwin’s work in the Congress Quarterly.

    Rory Goodwin, Duke University


    DEI Pathway to Neurosurgery Think Tank
    Five awardees will collaborate for a year to develop best practices for the successful Pathway to Neurosurgery program. Each individual will receive a prize of $3,000. They will report their findings to the CNS Foundation and the CNS in 2024.

    Cleresa Roberts, UVA Health

    Tessa Harland, Albany Medical College

    Matthew Anderson, Brown University

    Sonia Eden, Semmes Murphey Clinic and UTHSC

    Damirez Fosset, Howard University

    The CNS Foundation offers a portfolio of award programs to facilitate section and medical societies to advance neurosurgery around the world. To learn more please visit



    About the CNS Foundation

    The CNS Foundation’s philanthropic mission is to improve worldwide patient health by supporting innovative programs that allow neurosurgeons to collaborate globally as researchers, learners, educators, and caregivers. As a 501(c)(3) based in Schaumburg, Illinois, the four mission pillars are Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; International Philanthropy; Clinical Scientist Development, and CNS Guidelines Development. For more information, please visit, or contact Courtney Johnson, Director of Foundation and Giving at

    About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery through innovation and excellence in education. The CNS provides leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. For more information, visit


    Media inquiries:

    Congress of Neurological Surgeons Foundation  

    10 N. Martingale Road, Suite 190

    Schaumburg, IL 60173

    (847) 240-2500


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