Mark Perlmutter, MD, FAANOS, FICS
Chair, Board of Directors
It is my pleasure to invite you to join the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons. Those who typically choose to apply for membership in our organization are seeking a forum to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and experience and wish to enhance them through association with like-minded peers. In many ways, there is a common denominator that ties us inextricably together. First and foremost, Academy members have a need that wasn’t being fulfilled by the mainstream medical and surgical establishment. It may be a need of recognition for what we have accomplished and a forum in which to share those accomplishments. Secondly in sharing your accomplishments in medicine and surgery, you are contributing to a higher level of excellence in your specialty for the good of the people who need the skills of your specialized service.
Academy members are among the “best and brightest,” regardless of what medical school you went to, who your program director was or what standing you were in your class. Nothing can negate the fact that you were accepted into a very difficult academic world and worked hard and long to achieve your goals, at a significant self-sacrifice, because you believed in helping mankind. This Academy awards those who have made that sacrifice as long as you meet our high standards, not necessarily the standards of an unaffiliated accrediting body. If you seek recognition in the form of certification, our policy of broad acceptance related to the location of your post graduate training is extremely inclusive. We do, however, have stringent vetting of the “quality” of your education and training to determine if you are qualified to take our examinations.
You are strongly encouraged to carefully review this website and then become an active and contributing member of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Planning has commenced for the 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons; being held at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA. We will again join the United States Section of the International College of Surgeons (ICS) for their annual meeting in order to provide an enhanced experience for members of both groups. The meeting will be held from May 2nd through May 4th.
Our Scientific Organizing Committee representatives to the ICS Planning Committee are actively assisting in the development of the overall scientific program and will continue to work with the other members of the Academy Scientific Organizing Committee to develop Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic sessions that will be presented on Friday and Saturday (May3-4) during the meeting. Joint sessions will be developed for sessions presented at other times and will include topics such as ethics, practice management, global surgery and trauma.
Those who wish to submit a presentation proposal must submit electronically through ICS (visit www.ficsonline.org for more information and to submit). Please note that the published deadline for submissions is October 1st. I encourage you to be vigilant as we approach this date and get your submissions in early.
I also encourage all interested parties to participate by informing your Academy colleagues about what you are experiencing in the OR. Short case reports and “how I do it” presentations have been identified as being of significant value and will be included in the final program if determined to be appropriate. We welcome presentations from members and non-members alike. Please tell your colleagues about the Academy as well as our conference and the gorgeous location where it will be held. Everyone is welcome to submit an abstract for consideration.
I expect every Academy member to make an effort to attend the 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting in Pennsylvania next year. I also hope that many of you will submit a presentation proposal. I look forward to seeing you at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort next May.
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.
Changes to this website are ongoing and I encourage all visitors to peruse the site on a regular basis. Committee appointments have been made and are available for review at this time. As noted throughout the website, the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting will be at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort just South of Pittsburgh. Having practiced in Pennsylvania for many years I am quite familiar with the resort and can confirm that it will provide an experience like no other. Plan now to join us May 2-4.
The official call for presentations from our colleagues at the International College of Surgeons is being printed as this message is being written and the online version is available now. If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration, I encourage you to do so immediately. Visit www.ficsonline.org/cfp to learn more.
I hope to communicate with you regularly so watch for emails from BOARD.CHAIR@AANOS.ORG and feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions or concerns. I plan to bring the Academy fully into the 21st century during my two-year term, but I can’t do it alone.
It is a distinct honor to to be your new Chairman of the Board. I have very big shoes to fill and hope to meet the expectations of the Nominating Committee as well as all the members of the Board of Directors during the course of the next two years.
Recently the Board of Directors amended the Bylaws of our Academy to create a defined leadership structure with a clearly identified mechanism for succession. This will allow for a more engaged Board of Directors that will have a hands-on role in the oversight of all Academy activities.
We are fortunate to have a wonderful Board of Directors and an ICS-US Section staff that will assist us as we strive to improve the Academy for our current members as well as our new members to come. I can’t do this alone and encourage every Academy member to do their part. In the coming weeks I will be making Committee appointments and if you are interested, please let Headquarters staff know.
I will be communicating with you again very soon with much more detail about my plans for the future, but for now I wanted to introduce myself and remind you that you have a vibrant organization that needs your participation and support.