Steve Wozniak, Billy Beane, Daniel James Brown, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Akhil Amar, and VADM Mike Shoemaker Speaking at Neurosurgery Meeting


September 2016

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill, September 21, 2016 — An exciting line-up of guest speakers will address thousands of leading neurosurgeons from across the globe at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in San Diego, September 24-28, 2016.

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc., tech icon, and philanthropist, has been named this year’s Walter E. Dandy Orator. Wozniak will take the stage for an intimate panel conversation during the morning plenary session on Monday, September 26.

Oakland A’s Executive VP of Baseball Operations Billy Beane is the CNS Neurosurgery Lecturer. Beane is known for his revolutionary style of baseball management, captured in the bestselling book and Oscar-nominated film, Moneyball. He will be speaking at the morning session on Tuesday, September 27.

Author Daniel James Brown is the John L. Thompson History of Medicine Lecturer. His New York Times No. 1 bestselling book, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympic Games, tells the inspirational story of young men beating the odds and capturing the attention of millions of Americans. He will speak during the evening session on Sunday, September 25.

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, co-author of the bestselling book Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, will deliver a lecture on Big Data’s impact on medicine at Tuesday’s morning session.

Akhil Reed Amar, leading constitutional scholar and Yale University’s Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, will deliver the Michael L. J. Apuzzo Lecture on Innovation and Creativity during Sunday’s evening session. Amar will discuss contemporary challenges to the United States Constitution.

The Sunday evening session will also feature Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker, U.S. Naval Air Forces Commander and naval aviation’s seventh “Air Boss.” VADM Shoemaker will give a lecture on adapting to challenges in a dynamic environment to achieve mission success.

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About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is the largest neurosurgical society in the world and the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery through innovation and excellence in education. With approximately 9,000 members worldwide, the CNS provides global leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. The Congress of Neurological Surgeons maintains the vitality of the profession through volunteer efforts of its members and the development of leadership in service to the public, to colleagues in other disciplines, and to neurosurgeons in all stages of their professional lives. For more information, visit

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