It’s that time of year again: Thousands of neurosurgeons from around the world will convene for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting. This year, the meeting will be held in New Orleans, April 28–May 2.
In the heart of a vibrant city known for its soulful jazz and delectable cuisine, attendees will gather for five days of learning from and collaborating with colleagues.
The meeting will kick off with opening ceremonies from influential local figures, like the Honorable Bill Cassidy. Bill Cassidy was a doctor in the community for nearly 30 years before becoming a U.S. Senator for Louisiana. Attendees will also hear lectures from accomplished professionals outside the neurosurgery community, including Daniel Pink, best-selling author of books about work, business and behavior.
Attendees will spend much of their time in educational sessions—listening to speakers, gaining hands-on experience during practical clinics and participating in lively discussions at breakfast roundtables.
Attendees will learn the very latest innovations and technologies in the field of neurosurgery. They will learn the best techniques for managing brain and spine conditions and how to handle more complex situations, as well.
The meeting will also have opportunities for resident neurosurgeons and medical students. One in particular is the Young Neurosurgeons Research Forum. During the research forum, medical students, residents and fellows will present their research studies to peers and judges. The attendees who earn the best score in select categories will receive the Donald O. Quest Award, named after Columbia neurosurgeon Dr. Donald O. Quest.
As in previous years, several of our neurosurgeons from Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital will be attending and sharing their expertise. They will be leading roundtables, instructing workshops and moderating seminars. And, as he is famous for in the AANS community, Dr. Quest will play a few tunes on his trombone for the annual welcoming event.
Here’s a preview of our neurosurgeons’ conference activities:
Our neurosurgeons will also reunite with former colleagues at the annual Columbia Alumni gathering. The reunion is full of camaraderie and swapping of old stories.
This year’s meeting theme, “Neurosurgery: The Privilege of Service,” reminds attendees that being a neurosurgeon is more than training, skill and dedication. Being a neurosurgeon means improving the lives of patients.
And we couldn’t agree more. At Columbia, our neurosurgeons strive to improve the lives of patients not only one on one, but also by doing research, improving treatments and pioneering new techniques.
By teaching other neurosurgeons, they are improving the lives of even more patients. Attending the meeting also gives our neurosurgeons the opportunity to strengthen relationships and develop new ones, allowing them to collaborate on research with others from around the world.
Stay tuned for more posts about our neurosurgeons’ conference activities.
Learn more about the neurosurgeons who will present at the AANS meeting on their bio pages listed below:
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