Editor's Note

Elad I. Levy

As we enjoy our summer activities, I want you to start thinking about the exciting events the CNS has planned for the fall. In this issue of the Congress Quarterly (cnsq), we highlight the exceptional content offered at our 67th Annual Meeting held in Boston, October 7-11. Dr. Alan Scarrow, president of the CNS, charged the Annual Meeting Committee to develop a novel curriculum around the relevant theme Transformation and Celebration. Our field has undergone tremendous transformation with respect to our members’ demand for scientific rigor and paradigm-changing technologies, and while we must acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous advances made in the field of neurosurgery, as said by one of Boston’s favorite sons Tom Brady, “I didn’t come this far to only come this far, so we still have further to go.”

Drs. James Harrop, Brian Hoh, and Alexander Khalessi are leading a planning team whose purpose is to create an innovative and unique educational experience for you to enjoy in Boston. In these pages, you’ll see how the planning team, cognizant of our members’ need for fresh and relevant information, delivers content in more interactive formats, such as the new case-based collaborative sessions that offer differing viewpoints for treatment of patients. The CNS also remains the only neurosurgical meeting that presents live surgical theater performed by your colleagues featuring novel technologies in the varying subspecialties. The real-time interaction between the operating team and the audience creates a learning environment unlike any other. You’ll also read how transformative technologies influence patient care during three full-day, hands-on symposia that deliver the most up-to-date developments in functional, vascular, and critical care for neurosurgeons.

This year, nine featured special speakers have been carefully selected in accordance with the theme Transformation and Celebration. In this issue, you’ll hear how these speakers will help us understand how the seeds of transformation lie within our approach to any situation. They provide varied perspectives on the changing landscapes of healthcare, economics, technology, and business, while offering insight into creating and maintaining the plasticity required for development of expertise and new skill-sets.

Though we focus on the transformative forces shaping contemporary and future delivery of neurosurgical care, we must remember the other half of the meeting’s theme, Celebration. Perhaps one of the most innovative educational initiatives delivered for 2017 is the celebration of the Paper of the Year. Teams of section editors painstakingly reviewed articles from each of the specialties published in Neurosurgery this past year, and through pre-defined metrics and consensus, chose the best papers to be showcased during the General Scientific Sessions. We are proud to celebrate the top overall paper (and runner-up), as well as top papers in each of the subspecialties written by our membership.

We believe our meeting committee has created the most unique five-day neurosurgical meeting to date. Enjoy your summer, and we look forward to spending quality time with you this fall in scenic Boston.

cnsq Summer 2017 Volume 18, Number 3

Elad I. Levy, MD
Frederick G. Barker II, MD
Nicholas M. Boulis, MD
Emad Eskandar, MD
Gerald A. Grant, MD
Kunal Gupta, MD
James S. Harrop, MD
Todd C. Hollon, MD
Michael Lawton, MD
Arjun V. Pendharkar, MD
John Pollina, MD
Edward Ringer, MD
Edward Smith, MD
Martina Stippler, MD
Rafael Vega, MD
Antonia D. Callas
Nicky Copland
Michele L. Hilgart
Danielle Slowey
CameronRush, Inc.

PRESIDENT: Alan M. Scarrow, MD, JD
PRESIDENT ELECT: Ashwini D. Sharan, MD
SECRETARY: Steven N. Kalkanis, MD
PAST-PRESIDENT: Russell R. Lonser, MD

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons exists to enhance health and improve lives through the advancement of neurosurgical education and scientific exchange.

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