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W. Craig Clark, MD, PhD, FICS, FACS
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Chair, Board of Directors

 

 

It is my pleasure to invite you to join me for the 41st Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons. We will gather in June for this yearly event in Seattle, Washington at the Airport Marriott Hotel where a highly informative educational program has been developed.

We have secured a number of highly regarded speakers from the Seattle area and I anticipate an excellent turnout. All members of the Academy are encouraged to make plans now to attend.

Information about the scheduled scientific program including invited speakers and their presentation titles can be seen by clicking here. The entire program, including sessions of the ICS US Section, can be seen by visiting www.ficsonline.org/asu17 .

A PDF version of the registration brochure can also be downloaded by clicking HERE . I encourage everyone to register today and make your hotel reservations at the Marriott as soon as possible.

See you in Seattle this June!

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I am pleased to say that plans for the Academy’s 41st Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle are coming along nicely. Our organizers are working closely with faculty from the University of Washington and several highly regarded surgeons from the Seattle area have agreed to participate in our program and present cutting edge information on topics related to Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgery.

In addition to our invited faculty from UW and other parts of the country we have received a number of interesting presentation proposals from members and non-members alike. The sessions will be finalized in the coming weeks and a registration brochure will be available shortly thereafter. Watch your mail for the First Announcement coming very soon.

The Seattle / Tacoma area will provide an abundance of activities to keep you occupied during your non-CME hours. Click the following link to learn more about things to do in SEATAC!

Following the conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a post-conference cruise to Alaska. Through our partners at University at Sea you can visit one of the most unique parts of the US all while cruising on a luxurious vessel that will depart from and return to Seattle. As a bonus, there will be an optional CME program offered on the ship. Click here for more details.  Cruise reservations must be made by March 1, 2017 to ensure rates and availability.

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Planning has commenced for the 41st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Academy; being held in Seattle, Washington, June 16-17, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel. We will again join the United States Section of the International College of Surgeons (ICS) for their annual meeting to provide an enhanced experience for members of both groups.

Our Scientific Organizing Committee Chair will once again be Dr. Lucia Zamorano who did a fabulous job for the recent meeting in Troy. She will be the Academy’s primary representative to the ICS Planning Committee as it develops the overall scientific program and will work with the other members of the Academy Organizing Committee to develop Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic sessions that will be presented on Friday and Saturday morning. Joint sessions will be developed for the afternoon and will include topics such as practice management, ethics and trauma. Due to ACCME requirements the sessions will technically be considered part of the ICS meeting and CME will be issued directly by ICS, but the Academy and its members, whether ICS or not, will enjoy the same collegiality as we have in years past.

To comply with ACCME requirements all presentation proposals must be submitted electronically through ICS (visit the link below for more information and to submit).

I encourage all members to participate enthusiastically in “your” Academy by letting your colleagues know what you are experiencing in the OR. Short case reports and “how I do it” presentations have been identified as being of significant interest and will be included in the final program if determined to be appropriate. We will be working with the University of Washington and other Seattle hospitals to include scientific presentations from local faculty, but abstract presentations by members of the Academy is vital to the overall success of the meeting.

I hope every member of the Academy makes an effort to attend the meeting in Seattle and many of you submit an original presentation proposal on a topic that has not previously been included in an Academy meeting.

Plan to join us!

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I am delighted to report that the Academy’s 40th Annual Scientific Meeting held in Troy, Michigan June 16-18 2016 was a remarkable success. We gathered for two days at the Somerset Inn where a top quality educational program was presented.

Dr. Lucia Zamorano, our Scientific Organizing Committee Chair, secured a number of renowned speakers from the Troy area who brought information on a variety of topics to our conference. Included in the roster of distinguished guest speakers as our Keynote speaker was Dr. Muwaffak Abdulhak, Co-Director at the Henry Ford Health System Department of Neurosurgery, who presented information about The Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative. My gratitude, as well as congratulations from the entire Board of Directors, is extended to Dr. Zamorano for her invaluable assistance in the development of this sensational scientific program.

Our ongoing collaboration with the ICS provided several sessions that allowed us to once again join our colleagues from the other surgical specialties in joint programming on such topics as Trauma, Ethics, Practice Management and Global Surgery. In today’s environment of ever shrinking reimbursement we must always strive to conduct our business as economically as possible. Our relationship with ICS allows many of our members to participate in the meetings of two groups with which they are affiliated, but only requires one trip to do so. I am appreciative of everything that the ICS-US Section President, Dr. Mike Jacobs has done to continue our fruitful affiliation.

In addition to the science, the Board of Directors held their annual live meeting. As you may have noticed the “Interim” part of my title has been removed and I was officially appointed the Chair of the Board. I am excited to take on the important responsibilities of this position on a permanent basis and pledge to do my very best to ensure the survival and growth of our Academy. More details about what happened in Troy from a business perspective will be posted throughout the website in the coming weeks. My goal is to continue the positive growth initiated by my predecessor Dr. Bill Mathews to whom our prayers are extended. Both Dr. Mathews as well as our long-time Chair, Dr. Kazem Fathie were missed in Troy and best wishes are extended to both of these remarkable individuals and founding members of our Academy. This is likely the first meeting in more than 20 years that they have not attended. I hope to see you both, next year in Seattle.

The Academy’s 41st Annual Scientific Meeting will be in Seattle next June, so watch your inbox and your mailbox for more information in the coming months. This will be our first meeting on the west coast since 2011 and I hope that all our colleagues from California will make a special effort to join us and submit an abstract.

In closing I wish to thank everyone who helped me these past few months as I prepared to take over as your Chair. I expect that every member of the Academy will join me and be as involved as I am in our organization and work diligently to ensure its success. I hope you have a wonderful Summer!

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It is my pleasure to invite you to join me for the Academy’s 40th Annual Scientific Meeting. We will gather for this yearly event in Troy, Michigan at the Somerset Inn where a highly informative educational program has been developed.

Our Scientific Organizing Committee Chair, Dr. Lucia Zamorano, has secured a number of highly regarded speakers from the Troy area and I anticipate an excellent turnout. All members of the Academy are encouraged to make plans now to attend. Many thanks are extended to Dr. Zamorano for her invaluable assistance in the development of the scientific program.

Information about the invited speakers and their presentations can be seen by clicking here. The Academy’s entire program, as it currently stands, can be seen on the 40th Annual Scientific Meeting page located under the Meeting tab. To review the entire program, including ICS sessions that are available to Academy members at no extra charge please visit www.ficsonline.org/troy.

I encourage everyone to register today and make your hotel reservations at the Somerset Inn as soon as possible. As our educational partner ICS will once again handle all registration details so click on the link above to reserve your spot.

See you in Troy this June.

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The 40th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons will be held June 17-18, 2016 in Troy, Michigan at the Somerset Inn. The scientific program is currently being finalized and a registration brochure will be available soon.

The Academy will once again join the International College of Surgeons (ICS) for their US Section Annual Surgical Update. The ICS First Announcement is available for review by clicking here. Please make sure that you mark your calendars now for what promises to be an enjoyable meeting that will provide ample CME to keep you abreast of new developments in our important surgical specialties.

The Troy area has abundant opportunities for dining, entertainment and site-seeing. Whether you wish to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Motown Museum or any number of attractions related to the automobile industry, like the Henry Ford Museum – there is something to do for everyone.

A very favorable rate of $129 has been secured for meeting participants at the Somerset Inn. You can make your reservations now by calling 800-228-8679 or 248-643-7800 or by visiting the Somerset website. Remember to mention ICS when booking your room by phone or using group code 3415 if booking through the Somerset website. The room block cutoff date is May 15th so don’t wait – reserve your room today.

Check back here at AANOS.org often for updates and more information as it becomes available. I look forward to seeing you next year in beautiful Troy, Michigan. Plan to join us!

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Planning for the 40th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Academy is well underway. The meeting will be held in Troy, Michigan, June 17-18, 2016 at the Somerset Inn. We will again join the United States Section of the International College of Surgeons for their annual meeting to provide an enhanced experience for members of both groups. I know that the Academy and its members, whether ICS or not, will enjoy the same collegiality as we have in years past.

Our Scientific Organizing Committee Chair, Dr. Lucia Zamorano is also an ICS member. As such, she will work with not only the other members of the Academy’s Organizing Committee, but also the ICS Planning Committee to develop Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic sessions on Friday and Saturday. Being from the Troy area Dr. Zamorano will provide invaluable assistance to secure top notch local faculty.

To comply with ACCME requirements all abstracts must be submitted electronically through ICS (visit the ICS website using the link below my signature for more information and to submit). There are significant Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic topics of interest listed that you should use when developing your presentation proposal. Please note that the deadline for submissions is December 1st. Everyone, including leaders, should submit their abstracts on a timely basis so that the program can be finalized as soon as possible.

I hope every member of the Academy makes an effort to attend the meeting in Troy and many of you submit an original abstract that has not previously been considered. There is still time to send in your presentation proposal or make suggestions regarding topics of interest. I also wish to invite Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons who are not members of the Academy to participate and submit an abstract. Residents who submit may be considered for a special scholarship prize.

Check back here at AANOS.org often for updates and more information as it becomes available. I look forward to seeing you next year in beautiful Troy, Michigan. Plan to join us!

Craig Clark, MD, PhD, FICS, FACS
Interim Chairman of the Board

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September is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an important public health problem in the United States and worldwide. It occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain either by the force of impact or by piercing the skull and entering brain tissue. An estimated 5.3 million Americans are living with a disability caused by a TBI, and face numerous challenges in their efforts to live full and productive lives. It is the leading cause of death and disability in people between the ages of 1 to 44 years.

Brain injuries are most often caused by motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, assaults or simple falls. They cause approximately 52,000 deaths each year.

TBI is classified as either mild or severe. If loss of consciousness and/or confusion and disorientation last less than 30 minutes, the brain injury is classified as mild.

Even when the MRI or CT are normal, individuals with TBI may have cognitive problems such as headache, difficulty thinking, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings and frustration. These injuries are commonly overlooked. Although these TBIs are called “mild”, the effect on the individual and the family can be devastating.

Severe TBIs occur with a loss of consciousness longer than 30 minutes and memory loss greater than 24 hours. Individuals may be left with varying degrees of permanent disability including limited use of the arms or legs, abnormal speech or language, loss of thinking ability or emotional problems.

Prevention efforts focus mainly on wearing seat belts, using appropriate child safety seats, emphasizing the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and the benefits of wearing a helmet for such activities as bike riding, skating or playing contact sports.

Neurological surgeons, of course, see a lot of these injuries, and are usually acutely aware of the consequences. Our Orthopedic surgery colleagues are also on the forefront as sports medicine and team physicians, making it critical that even very mild TBIs are recognized and properly treated in an effort to prevent secondary injury and minimize any permanent sequelae.

We should all take advantage of this month being designated as TBI Awareness month to spread the word in our respective communities in an effort to increase awareness and general public knowledge geared toward improved safety and prevention.