Newswise — Rolling Meadows, Ill. (May 7, 2019) – The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is pleased to announce the 2019-20 NREF Board of Directors.

“Over the years, the NREF has grown to become the premier funder of groundbreaking neurosurgical research and provider of extraordinary educational opportunities for neurosurgeons. As we approach the Foundation’s 40th anniversary in 2020, NREF Vice Chair Michael W. Groff, MD, FAANS, and I look forward to collaborating with our new and returning board members,” stated NREF Chair Regis W. Haid, MD, FAANS.

The 2019-20 NREF Board of Directors includes:

NREF Chair
Regis W. Haid Jr., MD, FAANS

NREF Vice Chair
Michael W. Groff, MD, FAANS

NREF Treasurer
Anthony L. Asher, MD, FAANS

NREF Secretary
Robert F. Heary, MD, FAANS

NREF Board Member Emeritus
Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS

Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS
Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS
Charles L. Branch, Jr., MD, FAANS
Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS
Flagg Flanagan
John Joseph Knightly, MD, FAANS
Ann M. Parr, MD, PhD, FAANS
James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FAANS
John A. Wilson, MD, FAANS
Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, FAANS

Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS

Young Neurosurgeons Committee Liaison
Frank Attenello, MD

Former NREF Chair Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS, will remain on the board as NREF Board Member Emeritus. According to Dr. Haid, “Jon’s wisdom and expertise serve as an inspiration to every NREF board member and it is our distinct privilege that he will continue to share his insights with us.”

NREF Vice Chair Michael W. Groff, MD, FAANS, will also serve as chair of the NREF Development Committee Chair. There are two newly-created standing committees: Education and Research. Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS will serve as chair of the Education Committee and E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS, will serve as chair of the Research Committee.

“On behalf of the NREF Board, I would also like to thank our outgoing board members – Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD, FAANS, and Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FAANS – for their contributions to the Foundation’s success,” said Dr. Haid.

For more information about the NREF, contact Director of Foundation Services Joanne Bonaminio at 847.378.0541 or [email protected].


About the NREF

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization created in 1980 by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) to support research and education efforts that enhance and confirm the critical role neurosurgeons play in improving lives. The NREF is dedicated to providing education to neurosurgeons at all stages of their careers, as well as funding research into new and existing neurosurgical treatments, in order to identify links between best practices and improved outcomes in patient care. Through voluntary public donations, corporate support, and donations from allied groups, the NREF supports endeavors that impact the lives of those suffering from epilepsy, stroke, brain tumors, spinal disorders, sports-related head injuries, lower back pain and Parkinson’s disease. For more information about NREF, please visit

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