Newswise — WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2015) — Deborah L. Benzil, MD, FAANS, will serve as the 2015-2016 Vice President 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. She will join President H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FAANS; President-Elect Frederick A. Boop, MD, FAANS; Treasurer Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS; Secretary Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS; and Immediate Past President Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS, to complete the 2015-2016 AANS Executive Committee.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Brown University, Benzil received her medical degree from the University of Maryland and completed her surgical internship at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, R.I. Benzil served her neurosurgical residency at Rhode Island and then served as its chief resident, department of neurosurgery, in 1994. Based in Mount Kisco, N.Y., Benzil is part of the Mount Kisco Medical Group PC.

One of the 300 female neurosurgeons in the U.S., Benzil is the immediate past chair of the Council of State Neurosurgical Surgeons (CSNS), where she was the first woman to hold this position, and is currently faculty at the department of neurosurgery at Columbia University School of Medicine. Benzil is the recipient of Top Doctors Award: Westchester Magazine in both 2013 and 2014 and also made New York Magazine’s Best Doctors list in 2014.

"I am honored to be elected to this position of responsibility and leadership for the AANS. I am proud that the AANS represents all neurosurgeons through education, advocacy, research, technology and philanthropy and thus help serve the many patients who suffer with neurosurgical disorders," commented Benzil.

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 [email protected]

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.

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