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Highlights of the 2011-2012 AANS Year Under President Dr. Paul McCormick

Dr. McCormick giving the Presidential Message at the 80th Annual AANS Meeting
Dr. McCormick giving the Presidential Message at the 80th Annual AANS Meeting

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) has released their 2012 Annual Report and it provides a terrific overview of their work accomplished under the leadership of Dr. Paul McCormick, Director of our Spine Center and Herbert & Linda Gallen Professor of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University.

“It has been my greatest professional honor to have presided over the American Association of Neurological Surgeons as its 79th President. I am profoundly grateful for the support and trust of the members of this great organization during this past year. Together, We Are Neurosurgery.” —Paul C. McCormick, MD, MPH, FAANS, 2011-2012 AANS President

Dr. McCormick was named president of the AANS at the Annual Scientific Meeting in April last year and he handed over the reins of the organization at the 80th Annual meeting in Miami last April.

Under his watch, the AANS has made some innovative strides in their support of neurosurgeons at all levels of training and practice. Here are the highlights:

–The AANS initiated a collaborative partnership with the Society of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons to create a Web-based learning portal for residency training and continued learning.

The Journal of Neurosurgery (JNS), AANS’ self published journal of record, launched a completely new and redesigned website. “This site has new and markedly enhanced features and functionality that advance the reach and visibility of our most precious possession—our peer-reviewed science,” says Dr. McCormick.

Dr. McCormick speaking with his colleague Dr. Michael Sisti (R) at the 80th Annual AANS Meeting

–The very first patient was entered into AANS’ largest and most ambitious internet data-base on patient outcomes, The National Neurosurgery Quality Outcomes Database (N2QOD), in February, 2012. By June, data on more than 1,000 patients had been entered by 24 contracted sites throughout North America.

–The Collaborative Spine Research Foundation was formed in November 2011.This foundation represents a unique interdisciplinary effort by two major research groups, AANS’s Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) and The Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation.

-This collaboration is part of an overall expansion of NREF’s mission. “NREF will be better positioned to optimally advance the science and practice of neurosurgery through research and education,” says Dr. McCormick. “As part of this plan, a new NREF fundraiser was held in Miami during AANS’s 80th Annual Scientific Meeting. More than 250 neurosurgeons attended and more than $767,000 was raised to support neurosurgical research.”

–During the 80th Annual Meeting and for the first time ever, plenary sessions were streamed live over the Internet, allowing neurosurgeons from around the world to view and participate in the discussions.

–A social networking site, AANSconnect was also introduced at the meeting. Presentations and scientific posters were posted Online, allowing further interaction and discussion among members.

Dr. Paul McCormick on stage at AANS 2012 with his wife Doris and their three children: Paul Jr., Kyle, and Kaleigh Quinn.
Dr. Paul McCormick on stage at AANS 2012 with his wife Doris and their three children: Paul Jr., Kyle, and Kaleigh Quinn.

–“The near-record attendance in Miami Beach is a clear reflection on the vitality, innovation, and importance of AANS efforts on behalf of its members and the neurosurgical specialty,” says Dr. McCormick.

To learn more, you can read the 2012 AANS Annual Report Online here.  Dr. McCormick’s Presidential Message is on the first page.

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