Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS, has been named president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). The association announced her appointment during the 86th AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, held in New Orleans, April 28-May 2, 2018.

Dr. Timmons is a professor of neurosurgery at Penn State University (PSU) Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where she actively practices neurosurgery and neurocritical care. She is vice chair for administration of the PSU Department of Neurosurgery, as well as the director of neurotrauma. She is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) and has additional certification in neurocritical care from the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST). Timmons has been a clinical researcher for a number of years in the field of neurotrauma, with emphasis on traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Dr. Timmons is from London Mills, IL; she attended Spoon River Valley High School, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this appointment,” stated Dr. Timmons, “and plan to work diligently to further the profession of neurosurgery through the activities of our association. I look forward to collaborating with the bright and talented individuals in our group on refining best neurosurgical practices, advancing neurosurgical research and outcomes science and providing education to neurosurgeons globally, in the interests of our current and future patients.”  

Dr. Timmons will be the association’s first female neurosurgeon to act as president, and the second woman. The first was neuropathologist Dr. Louise Eisenhardt, a charter member of the society founded as the Harvey Cushing Society in 1931. Eisenhardt served as president from 1938-1939 and was followed by another charter member, Dr. R. Eustace Semmes, who co-founded the Semmes-Murphey Clinic in Memphis, where Dr. Timmons practiced for several years. 

Media Representatives: The 2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting website’s press section will include releases on highlighted scientific research, AANS officers and award winners, Neurosurgery Awareness Month and other relevant information about the 2018 program. Releases will be posted on the 2018 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 2018 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 2018 event will represent cutting-edge examples of the incredible developments taking place within the field of neurosurgery. Find additional information about the 2018 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 11,000 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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