American Association of Neurological Surgeons Names California Neurosurgeon as President

Article ID: 587925

Released: 10-Apr-2012 9:00 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

  • Mitchel S. Berger, MD, FAANS, FACS, 2012-2013 AANS president

Newswise — MIAMI (April 16, 2012) — The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) has named California-based neurosurgeon Mitchel S. Berger, MD, FAANS, FACS, as its 2012-2013 president during the AANS 80th Annual Scientific Meeting, held in Miami April 14-18, 2012.

Dr. Berger, an AANS member since 1992, recently completed a one-year term as the association’s president-elect. His term as AANS president comes on the heels of years of service to the organization, including a three-year appointment to the AANS Board of Directors from 2007 to 2010. In addition to presiding as chair of the AANS Annual Meeting in 2007 and the Scientific Program Committee in 2006, Dr. Berger has been active on the following AANS committees: Executive; Finance; Neurosurgery PAC Board of Directors; and Nominating and Strategic Planning, where he also served as chair.

“We have a number of significant agendas in the coming year. I want to see the [Neurosurgical Research and Education Foundation (NREF)] grow to be a substantial presence in funding neurosurgical research and education throughout neurosurgery,” Dr. Berger says of the philanthropic and research arm of the AANS.

A prolific author and sought-after speaker, Dr. Berger has published more than 350 scientific articles, hundreds of abstracts and more than 80 book chapters; has edited or co-edited seven textbooks; and has been a presenter at hundreds of symposiums and conferences worldwide. He serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals, including The Journal of Neuro-Oncology and Techniques in Neurosurgery, among others.

Dr. Berger is a member of nearly 30 professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Neurological Surgery, where he is a director. His past officer positions include roles as president of the Society for Neuro-Oncology and the North Pacific Society of Neurology as well as service as vice president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

A graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Berger completed his internship and residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he currently serves as the chairman of its Department of Neurological Surgery and as the Kathleen M. Plant Distinguished Professor. Dr. Berger also is the director of the Brain Tumor Research Center at UCSF. His primary clinical interests include epilepsy related to brain tumors, as well as the treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors in adults and children.

Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with more than 8,100 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. All active members of the AANS are certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Neurosurgery) of Canada or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, AC. Neurological surgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the entire nervous system including the spinal column, spinal cord, brain and peripheral nerves. For more information, visit


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