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  • CNS Foundation Announces Winners of Future Women Leaders in Neurosurgery International and Domestic Scholarships for 2023

    • Jun 29, 2023

    CNS Foundation Announces Winners of Future Women Leaders in Neurosurgery International and Domestic Scholarships for 2023

    Schaumburg, Ill., April 28, 2023—The CNS Foundation is pleased to announce two winners of Future Women Leaders in Neurosurgery Scholarships. New this year, one domestic and one international winner were selected.

    The winners are:

    • Maya Bhattachan is senior consultant in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital.
    • Tracy Ma Flanders is an attending neurosurgeon in the Division of Neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Clinical Instructor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

    Dr. Flanders will be admitted into the CNS Leadership Institute class 2023 and attend the 2023 CNS Annual Meeting. The CNS Leadership Institute is designed to empower neurosurgeons with the skills needed to shape their careers and lead departments, groups, organizations, hospitals, and health systems in today’s healthcare environment. Dr. Flanders will also receive an award stipend of $1,500.

    Dr. Bhattachan will receive a $10,000 stipend to fund to travel from Nepal to the United States, to attend in person, a leadership course of her choice and to attend the 2023 CNS Annual Meeting.

    “The CNS Foundation is very proud to support Dr. Bhattachan and Dr. Flanders in their development as future leaders of neurosurgery,” said CNS Foundation Chair, Martina Stippler, MD. “It is because of this award that we are creating a cohort of female leaders who support each other from around the world.”

    “The donor who gives a substantial annual gift in support of these scholarships had a vision to create a supportive community of female leaders who will be mentors to future women,” said Ellen Air, MD, chair of the CNS Foundation Donor Relations Committee. “I know they are thrilled with the generous response from many additional donors who have joined in supporting the Foundation’s efforts to diversify the neurosurgeon workforce.”

    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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