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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Late-breaking Abstract Center Closes: July 24

Case-based Session Submission Deadline: July 31

Innovator of the Year Award Submission Deadline: July 31

Resident Housing Application Deadline: August 9

Advance Registration Deadline: September 18

2019 CNS Annual Meeting: October 1923

Case-based Sessions

Submit your challenging case by July 31 for the opportunity to be featured at one of the Case-based Discussion Sessions on October 21 and October 22.

There are 15 submission categories from which to choose. Each category is specific and targeted to a subspecialty topic. Check out the topics today and submit your most thought-provoking case.

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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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Late-breaking Science

Do you have an abstract that wasn't ready in time for the 2019 CNS Annual Meeting abstract submission deadline? Now is your chance to submit late-breaking science!

All accepted abstracts will be displayed as digital posters in the CNS Xperience Lounge during open exhibit hall hours. Select abstract authors will also give an oral presentation during one of eight Annual Meeting sessions highlighting late-breaking science.

Submission deadline: July 24


Innovator of the Year Award

Have an innovation that will benefit the field of neurosurgery? Submit it for the CNS' third annual competition, the 2019 Innovator of the Year Award! This award is open to individuals, companies, and programs. 

The top three finalists will present their innovation at the 2019 CNS Annual Meeting and meeting attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the winner onsite. The winner will be announced during Wednesday’s General Scientific Session.

Submission deadline: July 31


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 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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