Newswise — John A. Wilson, MD, FAANS, will serve as the 2019-2020 president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the organization announced during its 2020 AANS Annual Business Meeting, which was held via webinar.

Both the annual business meeting and a board of directors meeting were held virtually. The 2020 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, which normally provides the venue for these meetings, was cancelled in compliance with the shelter-in-place orders that accompanied the pandemic declaration.

Joining Dr. Wilson on the AANS’ Executive Committee are Nicholas M. Barbaro, MD, FAANS, as vice president; Regis W. Haid, Jr., MD, FAANS, as president-elect; and Christopher I Shaffrey, MD, FAANS, as past president. Continuing in their current positions are Anil Nanda, MD, MPH, FAANS, as secretary and, in the role of treasurer, Anthony L. Asher, MD, FAANS.

“It is an honor to have been elected by my peers to serve the AANS membership as its president. During my term, I look forward to working with the dedicated and hard-working volunteer physician leadership of the AANS as well as the terrific staff and executive leadership. Representing the more than 13,000 members of the association is a tremendous honor and responsibility. I will strive to further the AANS mission, which is to promote the highest quality of patient care, to advance the specialty of neurological surgery and to exemplify our values of integrity, leadership, excellence and professionalism,” commented Wilson.

Dr. Wilson began neurosurgical practice in Pittsburgh at Allegheny General Hospital. In 1993, he was recruited to the neurosurgical faculty at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, N.C. Since then, he has practiced neurosurgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, where he is the David L. and Sally Kelly Professor and vice chair in the department of neurological surgery as well as the co-director of the Neuroscience Service Line. His practice focuses primarily on cerebrovascular and skull base disorders.

Dr. Wilson has served as an advisor to the North Carolina state Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee and the National Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee. He has served as an officer in numerous national and regional societies, including president of the North Carolina Neurosurgical Society, president of the Southern Neurosurgical Society, president of the Society of University Neurosurgeons (SUN), chair of the AANS and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Cerebrovascular Section and chair of the AANS/CNS Washington Committee.

Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with more than 12,000 members worldwide. The AANS promotes the highest quality of patient care and advances the specialty of neurological surgery. 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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