Newswise — WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2015) — Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS, will serve as the 2015-2016 Secretary of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the organization announced during the 83rd AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2-6, 2015, in Washington, D.C. He will join President H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FAANS; President-Elect Frederick A. Boop, MD, FAANS; Vice President Deborah L. Benzil, MD, FAANS; Treasurer Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS; and Immediate Past President Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS, to complete the 2015-2016 AANS Executive Committee.

Shaffrey graduated magna cum laude from The Citadel in 1982 with B.S. degree in biology. He played varsity basketball and was the co-captain his senior year. In 1986, Shaffrey received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his general surgical internship at Naval Hospital San Diego in 1987 where he was named the surgical intern of the year. He then completed both neurosurgical and orthopaedics residencies at the University of Virginia, followed by a spine fellowship in pediatric and adult reconstructive spine surgery in 1995.

Following completion of his surgical training, he was appointed to the senior staff in the departments of neurological surgery and orthopaedic surgery at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital where he was actively involved in treating members of Detroit’s college and professional athletic teams. In 1999, Shaffrey was appointed associate professor of neurological surgery and adjunct associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2003, he returned to the University of Virginia as professor of neurological surgery and director of the neurosurgery spine division. In 2008, he was named Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgery. Board-certified in the fields of neurological surgery and orthopaedic surgery, Shaffrey has more than 100 publications and more than 500 national and international presentations, and he has served as editor for several textbooks on spinal surgery.

“I am honored to be working with my esteemed colleagues on the AANS Executive Committee. This is a both a challenging and an exciting time for neurosurgery; I look forward to lending my talents and supporting the efforts of my peers to ensure that the voice of neurosurgery continues to speak loudly about the issues that impact our practices and our patients,” commented Shaffrey.

Media Representatives: The 2015 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting press kit includes releases on highlighted scientific research, AANS officers and award winners, Neurosurgery Awareness Week and other relevant information about this year’s program. Those releases will also be posted under the “Media” area on the 2015 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting website. If you have interest in a topic related to neurosurgery or would like to interview a neurosurgeon — either onsite or via telephone — during this year’s event, please contact Alice Kelsey, AANS director of marketing and communications, via email at aik@aans.org.

About the 2015 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting: Attended by neurosurgeons, neurosurgical residents, medical students, neuroscience nurses, clinical specialists, physician assistants, allied health professionals and other medical professionals, the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting is the largest gathering of neurosurgeons in the nation, with an emphasis on the field’s latest research and technological advances. More than 1,200 scientific abstracts were presented for review at the 2015 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, and the scientific presentations given at this year’s event represent cutting-edge examples of the incredible developments taking place within the field of neurosurgery. Additional information about the 2015 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting and the meeting program can be found here.

Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with more than 9,000 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. Fellows of the AANS are board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, A.C. Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the spinal column, spinal cord, brain, nervous system and peripheral nerves.

For more information, visit www.AANS.org.

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