Mentorship: Service, Education, Progress. The 65th Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Ruby Thomas
Elad I. Levy
Steven N. Kalkanis

Approximately 4,750 neurosurgeons, medical professionals, industry representatives, and guests gathered in New Orleans, September 26-30, for the 2015 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting. The meeting highlighted mentorship's role in advancing our profession from one generation to the next.

Campagna Chair of Neurological Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University Dr. Nathan Selden delivered the 2015 Presidential Address on the meeting theme, “Mentorship: Service, Education, Progress.” Reflecting on how mentoring is essential to the field of neurosurgery, Dr. Selden reminded us that the rewards of mentorship come from helping our students and those who come after to succeed and build upon what they have learned from us. He described the influence in his life of one of his own mentors, Dr. Karin Muraszko, Julian T. Hoff Professor and chair of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Muraszko was later presented with the CNS Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Karin Muraszko, the first woman to chair a U.S. neurosurgery department, received the CNS Distinguished Service Award. CNN filmed the award presentation and her interview with former pupil Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the exhibit hall.

Another of Dr. Selden’s mentors, Dr. Kim Burchiel, served as the Honored Guest. A pioneer in functional and stereotactic neurosurgery, pain surgery, and epilepsy neurosurgery, Dr. Burchiel gave talks on the progress over the last two decades in deep brain stimulation, on the latest indications and surgical treatment options for trigeminal neuralgia, and on new paradigms for neurosurgical education.

Thought-provoking Guest Speakers

Capping our plenary session in the birthplace of jazz was Grammyand Oscar-winning jazz musician, band leader, and composer Herbie Hancock, who delivered the CNS Michael L. J. Apuzzo Lecture on Creativity and Innovation.

Rudy Giuliani, 107th mayor of New York City, gave the Walter E. Dandy Oration, expounding on six principles of leadership: strong beliefs, optimism, courage, teamwork, preparation, and communication.

Dr. Nelson M. Oyesiku with attendees at the Young Neurosurgeon’s Luncheon.

FOX News political analyst Juan Williams was the John Thompson History of Medicine Lecturer. Williams shared his Washington-insider perspective on potential outcomes of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Other notable guest speakers included Atul Grover, chief public policy officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges; Trevor Robbins, professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Cambridge; Don Walsh, the explorer and oceanographer who co-piloted the Bathyscaphe Trieste to the deepest part of the ocean; and Nobuhiro Mikuni, president of the Japanese Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Turkish Neurosurgical Society

Our 2015 International Partner, the Turkish Neurosurgical Society, contributed many outstanding faculty to this year’s program. We heard from TNS President Dr. Zeki Sekerci and TNS Vice President Dr. Talat Kiris during the plenary sessions, and enjoyed an enriching historical talk on “Troy, the Cradle of Western Civilization” from Dr. Yücel Yilmaz, president emeritus of Kadir Has University in Istanbul.

Robust Original Science Program
We received more than 1,600 abstract submissions this year, a five-year record. The late-breaking category received another 118 submissions. As a result, we were able to select a very strong Original Science Program, which included 105 oral presentations, 480 poster presentations, and 12 late-breaking oral presentations. Eighteen awards were presented for abstracts of outstanding merit.

News from the Exhibit Hall
The CNS exhibit hall has become more interactive than ever. The SCANvenger hunt, a QR-code-based activity, attracted participation from hundreds of attendees and generated new avenues of engagement with our 158 exhibitors, who showcased some truly exciting new technology.

The CNS Member Services booth also welcomed special guests. This year’s meeting theme prominently featured neurosurgical founding father Walter E. Dandy, and many members of the Dandy family were on hand for the rerelease of Walter E. Dandy: The Personal Side of a Premier Neurosurgeon, a biography by Dr. Dandy’s daughter Mary Ellen Marmaduke.

Mary Ellen Marmaduke signs books for Walter Dandy fans.

Member Participation Matters

Hundreds of talented individuals and corporate sponsors contributed their resources, time, and ideas to make the 2015 CNS Annual Meeting an inspiring five days of learning and fellowship. Thank you to all CNS members who participated in small ways and large—a meeting like this only comes together because of you. We hope to see even more CNS members get involved in the 2016 Annual Meeting, September 24-28, 2016, in gorgeous San Diego, California.

Dr. Nathan Selden reminded us that the rewards of mentorship come from helping our students and those who come after to succeed and build upon what they have learned from us.

Abstract Award Recipients

Achal Singh Achrol, MD
National Brain Tumor Society Mahaley Clinical Research Award

Michael Bohl, MD
Julius Goodman Resident Award

Prashant Chittiboina, MD, MPH
American Brain Tumor Association Young Investigator Award

Christopher Salvatore Graffeo, MD, FACS
Depuy Synthes Award for Resident Research on Spinal Cord and Spinal Column Injury

Kyle Gregory Halvorson, MD
Columbia Softball Charity Award

John S. Kuo, MD, PhD, FACS
Preuss Award

Jared M. Pisapia, MD, MTR
Integra Foundation Award Isaac

Jonathan Pomeraniec, BSc
Stryker Neuro-Oncology Award

Sophia Shakur, MD
Sherry Apple Resident Travel Scholarship

Mohammed F. Shamji, MD, PhD
Ronald R. Tasker Award

Ashish Sonig, MD, MS, MCh
Galbraith Award

Robert Starke, MD, MSc
CNS Resident Award

Joerg-Christian Tonn, MD
BrainLab Community Neurosurgery Award

Raul A. Vasquez-Castellanos, MD
Sam Hassenbusch Young Neurosurgeon Award

Doris D. Wang, MD, PhD
Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Resident Award

Helen S. Wei, MD
Synthes Cerebrovascular Award

Hasan Zaidi, BS, MD
Synthes Skull Base Surgery Award

Pascal O. Zinn, MD
Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award

Scott L. Zuckerman, MD, FACS
Depuy Synthes Award for Resident Research on Brain and Craniofacial Injury




65th CNS Annual Meeting Distinguished Honorees

CNS Honored Guest
Kim J. Burchiel, MD, FACS

CNS Distinguished Service Award Winner
Karin M. Muraszko, MD, FACCS

CNS Founder's Laurel Award Winner
Edward R. Laws, MD, FACS

Christopher C. Getch Fellowship
Brian Patrick Walcott, MD