Annual Meeting 2019 Overview


In a time when medical expertise and evidence are being challenged by hearsay, and public safety and health are being undermined by poor science, The Age of Reason for Neurosurgery will renew an emphasis on rational thought and evidence-based reason as the cornerstones of neurosurgery.

With highlights including cutting-edge studies and special speakers who are experts at evaluating scientific content, it is our hope that this meeting will inspire and inform you. We look forward to welcoming you to San Francisco!

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Meeting Registration: Now Open!

Abstract Submission Deadline: May 1

Early Bird Exhibitor Application Deadline: March 30

Advance Registration Deadline: September 18

2019 CNS Annual Meeting: October 1923

Call for Abstracts

Authors, submit your original science for an oral presentation, interactive poster presentation, or digital poster by May 1, 2019.

During the submission process, we also invite you to review and apply for various awards, including the CNS Resident Award. View the list of abstract awards.  

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Partner Society

The Japanese Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Build relationships with leading neurosurgical experts as well as with the next generation of neurosurgical leaders.

Whether you are looking to exhibit or have an increased presence through Sponsorship and Advertising, learn more here.

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2019 Annual Meeting Speakers

Raymond Sawaya, MD
Honored Guest

Bret Stephens
U.S. Foreign Policy Expert and
Highly-awarded Columnist

Aaron E. Carroll, MD
Expert on Pediatrics and
Children’s Health

Shankar Vedantam
Science Desk Correspondent
for NPR, Author

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential Historian and
Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Carl Zimmer
Author, New York Times Writer


Rebecca Skloot
Bestselling Author of The Immortal
Life of Henrietta Lacks

Lucy Kalanithi, MD
Internal Medicine Physician and
Widow of the Late Dr. Paul Kalanithi,
Author of the Best-selling Memoir,
When Breath Becomes Air

2019 Annual Meeting Committee

Ganesh M. Rao, MD

CNS President

Alexander A. Khalessi, MD, MS
Annual Meeting Chair

Nader M. Pouratian, MD, PhD
Scientific Program Chair

Brian V. Nahed, MD, MSc
Vice-Scientific Program Chair

Visa Information

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