Annual Meeting Committee

Elad I. Levy, Chair

Dr. Levy is currently the Chairman at University at Buffalo, Department of Neurosurgery. He lives in Buffalo, New York, with his wife Cindy and 3 children, Bennett, Hannon, and Lauren. He enjoys participating in triathlons, biking, and watching his children participate in sporting events.

In 2013 Dr. Levy obtained his MBA, to improve quality health care for all patients, and to help better integrate and navigate the department within our ever-changing health care system.

Dr. Levy is a Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery and Professor of Radiology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Levy originally joined the department in 2004, and in addition to being the Department Chairman, Dr. Levy is the Medical Director of the Neuroendovascular Services, Gates Vascular Institute for Kaleida Health, Co-Director of Stroke Research, and Co-Director of Kaleida Health Stroke Center.

Most recently, Dr. Levy was appointed Editor of the Endovascular section for NEUROSURGERY. Now into its fourth year, Dr. Levy founded and is President of PUCCS (Program for Understanding Childhood Concussions and Strokes). The mission of PUCCS is to create awareness throughout our community about childhood traumatic brain injury in sports. Dr. Levy believes “There is little more gratifying than seeing our research and training translate into real advancements in medicine that help our community and patients across the globe.”

Steven N. Kalkanis, Scientific Program Chair

Steve has been on the CNS Executive Committee for 5 years as both a Member-at-Large and Ex-Officio member. Steve and his wife Laurel have 3 children: Nicholas, Connor and Grace, all of whom keep their parents extremely busy with Boy Scout events, baseball, tennis, basketball, robotics and music and dance classes, and a fun and extensive travel schedule!

Steve was recently named as the new chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and co-chair of the Neuroscience Institute at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, and he also serves as the Director of the Henry Ford Center for Cancer Surgery. A member of the Society for Neuro-oncology and the Adult Brain Tumor Consortium, Steve also serves on the executive committee of the CNS/AANS Joint Section on Tumors and is co-vice chair of the Joint Guidelines Committee. He is president of the Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons. Steve earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Harvard and completed neurosurgical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

In 2011, Steve helped design and implement a new CNS fellowships process including an inaugural $100,000 flagship award now named after Dr. Christopher Getch. In January 2012, Steve was appointed as the first chair of the newly formed CNS Guidelines committee, which has since spearheaded 12 new guidelines projects in conjunction with multiple joint Sections, in an attempt to address identified knowledge and practice gaps within our profession. Steve was asked to take on the role of the CNS Scientific Program Committee chair in 2015, and he will serve as the Annual CNS Meeting Chairman in 2016.

James S. Harrop, Vice Scientific Program Chair

Jim is married to Elyse and has 2 children: Matthew and Casey. In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family, and reading.

He is a Professor of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia PA. He is Chief of the division of Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery in the Neurological Surgery Department. He is involved in multiple organizations and is on the executive boards of the: Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), Jefferson University Physicians.

Jim Harrop has been on the CNS Executive Committee for eight years. He originally joined the board as a Member-at-Large. He is presently Chairman of the Publication Committee. He has served Editor of the CNSq, and Chairman of the CNS Simulation Committee. Jim is actively involved in research and resident education. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications. He is excited about the CNS international growth in education particularly through the use of surgical simulation.