Message from the Chair

As I complete the end of my second month as your Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons, I have come to appreciate all the hard work my predecessors have undertaken in this most important and demanding role. My admiration and respect for Craig Clark (2015-2018), Bill Mathews (2013-2015, may he rest in peace) and of course Kazem Fathie (1994 to 2013), has increased exponentially in just a short period of time.



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Certification is offered through the Academy under the authority of the American Federation of Medical Accreditation, in the following specialties;

  • Clinical Neurological Surgery
  • Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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Who We Are

The American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons (AANOS) is a scientific and educational association of orthopedists and neurosurgeons that was founded in 1976 in order to improve the quality of care provided to patients in these two major sub-specialty fields. This has been accomplished through setting high standards for training, credentialing and continuous surgical education...


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Academy membership provides prestige, certification, accredited education and more.

Physicians who practice neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery or neurology are invited to join the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons. In addition, physicians and allied health professionals who have an interest in these areas of medicine or are involved in related fields may also join the Academy in an appropriate member category.


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