Mark Perlmutter, MD, FICS
Chair, Board of Directors
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.