The Academy accepts abstract submissions from Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Residents and Fellows for presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting. The submission(s) from those that specifically request consideration by the Scholarship Committee will be considered for cash award(s) and /or other recognition presented during the meeting. The 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. For 2024 the program will be held at the Wyndham Historic District Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 26 and 27.

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

2021 Recipient

 Grand Prize Winner
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

Past Recipients

2016 Recipients

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 

2015 Scholarship Recipient


Debraj Mukherjee, MD
Neurosurgery Resident, Los Angeles, CA

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

2014 Scholarship Recipients

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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

2013 Scholarship Recipient


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

2011 Scholarship Recipient


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

2009 Scholarship Recipient


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

2008 Scholarship Recipient


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