Editor's Note

Gerald A. Grant, MD

Imagine how your practice will evolve over the next 50 years…
Nanobots repair damaged axons after a traumatic brain injury in this hypothetical future. You are able to diagnose a brain tumor prior to recurrence using a peripheral blood draw, and all tumor surgery is done with a laser guided by tumor paint. Home robots diagnose stroke remotely, and vascular nanorobots are injected intra-arterially to break up a thrombus. A medical cure for hydrocephalus makes the days of the “smart shunt” obsolete. Most neurosurgery is done robotically in the MRI suite and controlled from your office. Restorative neurosurgery is also possible with the use of stem cells for  neurodegenerative diseases and stroke. Neurosurgery residents—half of whom are female—work a 40-hour week.

Welcome to year 2065!
Based on the incredible progress over the last 50 years, it is surely difficult to predict the next half century. Before we jump ahead to 2065, Dr. Issam Awad, our CNS historian and past CNS President, takes us back to 1969, the year of the 19th Annual CNS Meeting in Boston. We also hear from CNS President Nate Selden, CNS Secretary Alan Scarrow,  and our new CEO, Regina Shupak.

Jump on the time machine, and let’s catch a glimpse of the future in this issue of Congress Quarterly (cnsq).

“Any useful statement about the future should at first seem ridiculous.” - Jim Dator

cnsq

Spring 2015
Volume 16, Number 2

EDITOR:
Gerald A. Grant, MD, FACS

CO-EDITOR
Michael Y. Wang, MD, FACS

EDITORIAL BOARD:
Aviva Abosch, MD
Edward C. Benzel, MD
Nicholas M. Boulis, MD
L. Fernando Gonzalez, MD
Catherine A. Mazzola, MD
Todd C. Hankinson, MD, MBA
Charles J. Prestigiacomo, MD
Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MD
Brian T. Ragel, MD
Jason M. Schwalb, MD
Ashwini Dayal Sharan, MD
Jamie S. Ullman, MD, FACS

MANAGING EDITOR
Christina V. Orda Tagle

STAFF EDITORS:
Antonia D. Callas
Michele L. Lengerman
Ruby M. Thomas

DESIGNER:
CameronRush, Inc.

PUBLISHER:
Jason Pointe

SENIOR PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE:
Lisa Bowling

 

CONGRESS OF NEUROLOGICAL SURGEONS

2014-2015 OFFICERS
PRESIDENT:
Nathan R. Selden, MD, PhD

PRESIDENT ELECT:
Russell R. Lonser, MD

VICE-PRESIDENT:
Zoher Ghogawala, MD, FACS

SECRETARY:
Alan M. Scarrow, MD, JD

TREASURER:
Ganesh Rao, MD

PAST-PRESIDENT:
Daniel K. Resnick, MD

CONGRESS OF NEUROLOGICAL SURGEONS MISSION STATEMENT:

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lives worldwide through the advancement of neurosurgical education and
scientific exchange.

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