Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Profile: Maryam Rahman, MD Headshot of Dr. Maryam Rahman

CNS Volunteer since 2014
Dr. Rahman started her service as a committee member on the CNS Case of the Month. She has also served as a junior faculty member for the CNS Leadership in Healthcare Course for the past two years. Today Dr. Rahman is the chair of the Case of the Month Committee and the Managing Editor for NEXUS and is especially excited about seeing NEXUS develop into a rich resource of operative cases for neurosurgeons to use for free from any online platform.

Being involved in the CNS has been extremely rewarding. The work is different than what we usually do seeing patients and being in the OR and most of what I do in the CNS has been new to me. The work has inspired me to learn more about leadership and management and taking part in the CNS Leadership in Healthcare course was a big part of this. I would encourage young neurosurgeons to volunteer for the CNS as it will help develop a different skill set and most importantly, connects you with other motivated neurosurgeons who will likely be your friends for life.

Volunteer Profile: Kristin Huntoon, MD Headshot of Dr. Kristin Huntoon

CNS Volunteer since 2014
Dr. Huntoon actually started her service with CNS while in medical school, serving as a Sergeant at Arms at the Annual Meeting, and then became a CNS Resident Fellow in
2014. Today she is a valued member of the SANS committee, helping to edit educational material and format boards-style Q-bank questions. The SANS Committee meets a few times a year to review the questions and Dr. Huntoon helps critique questions written by other members of the committee. She looks forward to reconnecting with the members of the committee this year, as well as welcoming and working with the new members.

"Volunteering with CNS has been a really rewarding experience - the other members of the committee treat me as a peer, despite me still being a resident, and I get a great response to my ideas, questions, and suggestions. Editing the materials and formatting board-style questions has been a powerful adjunct to my own learning as I move into my final years of training. It’s also been great to witness firsthand the role of the committee in CNS and the goals that the organization has for assisting its members and promoting leadership. Connecting with senior members of the committee has been invaluable for me in helping to plan my own career and next steps in neurosurgery and in CNS.

Volunteer Profile: Daniel Hoh, MD​Headshot of Dr. Daniel Hoh

CNS Volunteer since 2010
Dr. Hoh began his CNS volunteer service as a resident nearly 10 years ago, writing questions for SANS. Over the course of his tenure, he has served as a junior faculty member for the CNS Resident Simulation Course, a member of the CNS Education Division Online Editorial Review Board and more recently on the NEXUS Editorial Board and the 2018 Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee. 

Today, Dr. Hoh is a Member at Large on the CNS Executive Committee and recently became the SANS Chief Editor, taking over for Dr. Garni Barkhoudarian. In this role, he hopes to continue to expand the scope of SANS as a lifelong learning tool for neurosurgeons and promises that CNS members will soon see SANS modules on additional relevant topics for both residents and practicing neurosurgeons.

"Volunteering on a CNS committee is an excellent way to meet new mentors, develop team skills, and make lasting relationships with colleagues around the country. In particular, the staff at CNS headquarters is a wonderful, tireless group who are always eager to work with enthusiastic volunteers. In the end, it is also a lot of fun to be part of a dedicated team that shares the same goal of neurosurgery education.