The American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons strives to support the development of the next generation of Neurosurgeons, Orthopedists and Neurologists. As such, a Scholarship Fund has been established.

The AANOS has a Scholarship Fund that will be used to provide awards to deserving Medical Students, Residents, Fellows and other trainees in the medical field that have made a contribution to the Neurologic and Orthopaedic medical specialties. Award recipients are required to participate in the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons and make a scientific research presentation.

The Academy accepts abstract submissions for presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting through the International College of Surgeons-US Section website. Scholarship candidates must make their submission(s) through FICS Online once the Call for Presentations has been announced for the upcoming year.  Consideration by the Scholarship Committee for cash award(s) and /or other recognition during the annual meeting will be conducted approximately 60 days prior to the meeting. Winner(s) must present during the meeting in order to receive an award. Submissions should be made by no later than 90 days before the annual meeting (if the general submission deadline has passed, please contact Mr. Nick Rebel to obtain a link to the submission page). For 2025 the annual scientific meeting will be held at the North Charleston Marriott in South Carolina on April  11 and 12.

Contact the AANOS office via email at to confirm your eligibility. You may also call the Chicago office at 312-787-6274.

2024 Award Recipients





John Arena, MD
Navigated Atlas Osteosynthesis for Unstable Jefferson Fractures
Neurosurgery Resident, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA







Paolo Alimonti, MD
Clinical and Surgical Management of Cavernous Sinus Meningiomas:
Guidelines and Surgical Perspectives
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA





Mert Marcel Dagli, MD
An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Clinical Prediction Models in Surgery
Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA







Jaskeerat Gujral
Staged versus Same-Day Circumferential Fusion in Treating Adult Spinal Deformity:
A Comparative Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Research Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA




Past Recipients







Andres Alvarez Pinzon, MD, PhD, MHA
Sr. Research Program Manager, University California, San Francisco Fellow, Vascular Neurosurgery and Skull Base Lan, UCSF Consultant Director, Health Sciences Research, Miami Neurosciences Center at Larkin
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery and Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy for the Treatment of AIDS-Related Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma


Ahmed J. Awad, MD | Scholarship

Ahmed J. Awad, MD  (Grand Prize Winner)
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY

Morbidity and Mortality in Adults Undergoing Resection of Supratentorial Meningioma


Andres M. Alvarez-Pinzon, MD, MSc (Honorable Mention)
Clinical Research Fellow, Neurological Surgery Department, Miami Neuroscience Center, Larkin Community Hospital, Plantation, FL

Primary CNS Lymphoma: Analysis of Treatment by Gamma- Knife Radiosurgery and Chemotherapy in a Prospective, Observational Study 



Debraj Mukherjee, MD
Neurosurgery Resident, Los Angeles, CA

Submission Title: Dynamic Cervicomedullary Cord Compression and Alterations in Cerebrospinal Fluid Dynamics in Children with Achondroplasia


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Daniel S.Z.M. Boctor, MA, MBBChir, MRCS, MRCP

Orthopedic Resident
Lister Hospital, Ilford, Essex, UK

Submission Title: The First Reported Case of Spontaneous Upper Arm Compartment Syndrome in a Patient on Clopidogrel

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Caitlin Clark
Third Year Medical Student
University of Texas – Houston

Submission Title: Spinal Epidural Arteriovenous Malformations: Report of a Case with discussion of Classification and Treatment



Doniel Drazin, MD, MA
Senior Neurosurgery Resident
Department of Neurosurgery, The Spine Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Submission Title: Safe and Effective Atlanto-axial Stabilization with Long Term Intra-Articular Arthrodesis



Amr Morsi, MD
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Interdisciplinary Melanoma Program, New York University Langone Medical Center, Departments of Neurosurgery and Radiology

Submission Title: Three Dimensional Volumetric MRI Studies in the Preclinical Mouse Model of Melanoma Brain Metastases



Isaac Yang, MD
Senior Neurosurgical Resident
University of California, Department of Neurosurgery, San Francisco, CA

Submission Title: Prolific CD8+ T Cell Infiltrate in Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma Patients Correlates with Long Term Survival



Alexandra Beier, DO
Osteopathic Neurosurgical Resident
St. John Health System, Detroit, MI

Submission Title: Subdural Hematoma after Microdiscectomy
A Case Report and Review of the Literature