Message from the CEO

Regina Shupak

On behalf of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, it is my honor to present the 2016 CNS Annual Report. It has been an extraordinary year of progress and success. The achievements of this past year are in large part due to the commitment and countless hours of work by our 2016 CNS President Russell L. Lonser, a tireless 2016 Executive Committee, and the many volunteer committees who worked together to advance our agenda within neurosurgery. The CNS has benefited greatly from their outstanding stewardship and guidance.

Just as important as our continued accomplishments, I am grateful for our CNS members who continually inspire us to maintain a strong organization to support them. In 2016, we strengthened our ability to support our members on a number of fronts. In medical education, we worked to personalize and innovate across the board. We streamlined our curriculum in thoughtfully-prepared live courses, evolved SANS with a series of new modules that deliver targeted education, and continue to develop a deep, online catalog of on-demand education. I am exceedingly proud of our ability to keep pace with the rapidly changing medical landscape.

The team at NEUROSURGERY® Publications continues to push the envelope of progress, under the direction of Editor-in-Chief, Nelson M. Oyesiku, MD. Our flagship journal, Neurosurgery, received its highest Impact Factor to date in 2016, and Operative Neurosurgery expanded to a bimonthly publication with a fully independent editorial review board. In addition, this past year saw the development of The Surgeon’s Armamentarium, an exciting new digital search utility.

The CNS is fortunate to have one of the most effective teams in Washington, DC. We made significant progress on tough issues in 2016, such as helping to guide the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), abolishing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and advocating to provide additional funding for graduate medical education (GME).

Many CNS committee members, faculty, volunteers, and staff worked together to make the 66th Annual Meeting one of our highest-attended meetings, attracting new levels energy and excitement, and presenting timely and relevant scientific breakthroughs in groundbreaking new ways. We were thrilled to serve as a hub for courses and meetings such as the CNS Oral Board Exam Prep Course, the Tumor Section Satellite Symposium, the ANSPA Annual Fall Meeting, and the PGY4-5 Resident Boot Camp.

Most critically, our finances and investments are robust and our corporate partnerships continue to grow. We are especially grateful to our member companies of the CNS Industry Allies Council (IAC) for their ongoing support of the CNS and its educational initiatives. These partnerships helped the CNS launch two new education programs that deliver solutions to help our members provide better care.

The executive committee, our volunteers and I would also like to thank the dedicated and professional staff at the CNS who give so much of their time and energy to serve our members. By continuing to work “better together” we are able to meet the evolving needs of neurosurgery and advance the specialty. Thank you for your support and encouragement; it is an honor to serve you.