Newswise — Frederick A. Boop, MD, FAANS, has been named past-president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). The association announced his appointment during the 85th AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, held in Los Angeles, April 22-26, 2017.


Named one of America’s top doctors by US News and World Report in 2012, Boop is currently the JT Robertson professor and chair of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Additionally, he works as the co-director of the LeBonheur Neuroscience Institute. Aside from his leadership role within the AANS, Boop’s professional memberships include the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS), the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery (ABPNS), the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons (ISPN) and NeurosurgeryPAC, where he served as president. In 2010, he received the Endowed Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


“The AANS has been fortunate to have a succession of vibrant, innovative leaders over the past years, and I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve served on the Executive Committee. I spent three years as secretary and a year as president elect learning the organization and its major initiatives, which helped prepare me for the role this past year as president. The AANS continues to do amazing things for its membership. From the NeurosurgeryPAC in Washington,D.C., working key legislation; to our own, neurosurgeon-designed-and-defined data collection group, NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA); to our efforts to provide and fund top-notch educational opportunities for the best medical candidates through the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF); the AANS is the voice of neurosurgery: I’m proud to be part of its legacy,” stated Boop.


Boop received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas in 1978 and his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1983. He completed his internship at The University of Texas Health Science Center; his residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center; his neurology rotation at the Institute of Neurology, The National Hospital, Queen’s Square, in London; his pediatric neurosurgery rotation at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto; his epilepsy and functional neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota; and his pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He received his ABNS certification in 1993, his ABPNS certification in 1996 and his Gamma Knife certification in 2000.


Media Representatives: The 2017 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting press section will include releases on highlighted scientific research, AANS officers and award winners, Neurosurgery Awareness Month and other relevant information about the 2017 program. Releases will be posted under the “Media” area on the 2017 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 the event, please contact Alice Kelsey, AANS associate executive director, via email at [email protected].


About the 2017 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. The scientific presentations accepted for the 2017 event will represent cutting-edge examples of the incredible developments taking place within the field of neurosurgery. Find additional information about the 2017 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting and the meeting program 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 10,000 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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