Newswise — WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2015) — Frederick A. Boop, MD, FAANS, has been named President-Elect of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). His appointment was announced during the 83rd AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, held in Washington, D.C. May 2-6, 2015. He will join President H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FAANS; Vice President Deborah L. Benzil, MD, FAANS; Secretary Christopher I. Shaffrey, 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.

Named one of America’s top doctors by the US News and World Report in 2012, Boop is currently the professor and chairman of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn. Additionally, he works as the chief of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital division of pediatric neurosurgery. Aside from his leadership role within the AANS, Boop’s professional memberships include the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons and NeurosurgeryPAC, for which he is a past-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. I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve served on the AANS Executive Committee. Spending three years as the secretary and learning the organization and its major initiatives has helped prepare me for my new role this year and for the position of president next year. I think the AANS continues to do amazing things for its membership, and I intend to keep the momentum going during my tenure. From the NeurosurgeryPAC in D.C. working key legislation; to our own, neurosurgeon-designed-and-defined data collection group, NeuroPoint Alliance; to our efforts to provide and fund top-notch educational opportunities through the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation for the best medical candidates, the AANS is an extremely effective voice of neurosurgery, and I’m proud to be part of its legacy,” stated Boop.

Boop received a Bachelor of Arts 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 American Board of Neurological Surgery certification in 1993, his American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery certification in 1996 and his Gamma Knife certification in 2000.

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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