Newswise — Schaumburg, Ill., September 4, 2019 — The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) proudly announces the winners of the 2019 abstract awards. Each year, merit-based abstract awards are granted to acknowledge the achievements of residents, fellows, and attending neurosurgeons in various categories. This year’s awardees will be honored at the 2019 CNS Annual Meeting, to be held in San Francisco, California, October 19–23.

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons congratulates the recipients of this year’s awards: 

Hesham M. Zakaria, CNS Resident Award

Conor Grady, CNS Big Data Award 

Daniel A. Orringer, Rosenblum-Mahaley Clinical Research Award

Tej D. Azad, Julius Goodman Resident Award

Bryan D. Choi, American Brain Tumor Association Young Investigator Award

Jignesh Tailor, Columbia Softball Pediatric Brain Tumor Award

Clark C. Chen, Preuss Research Award

Karam P. Asmaro, Integra Foundation Award

Matthew Shepard, Leksell Radiosurgery Award

Connor Liu, AANS/CNS Joint Section Tumor Neuro-Oncology Trainee Award

Courtney Pendleton, Sherry Apple Resident Travel Scholarship

Michael Honey, Ronald R. Tasker Young Investigator Award

Ching-Jen Chen, Galbraith Award

Hao Chen, BrainLab Neurosurgery Award

Zachary A. Medress, Samuel Hassenbusch Young Neurosurgeon Award

Iahn Cajigas, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Resident Award

Bledi C. Brahimaj. AANS/CNS Joint Section Skull Base Surgery Award

Matthew M. Grabowksi, Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award

Jack P. Rock, ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Research Award

For more information about awards to be given at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2019 Annual Meeting, visit


About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery through innovation and excellence in education. The CNS provides leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. The CNS maintains the vitality of the profession through volunteer efforts of its members and the development of leadership in service to the public, to colleagues in other disciplines, and to neurosurgeons throughout the world in all stages of their professional lives. For more information, visit