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Message from the President


As CNSS President 2016-2018, I’m delighted to welcome you to our newly updated CNSS web site. The Canadian Neurosurgical Society (CNSS) was founded in 1966, and focuses on continuing education for Canadian neurosurgeons. Current membership numbers for 2016-2017 totals 288 members, including 152 Full/Active, 12 Retired; 13 Senior; 4 Associate; 17 1st-years; and 90 junior members.

Your CNSS Executive consists of Vice-President Patrick McDonald; Secretary-Treasurer Dhany Charest; Past-President Ian Fleetwood, and me. Each of us serves in our respective roles for a two-year period before advancing to the next role. This year we are pleased to announce that our incoming Secretary-Treasurer beginning in July 2018 will be Dr. John Wong. In addition to the CNSS Executive, the CNSS Board of Directors includes representatives from each Canadian province. For 2017-2018 these include: Dr. Gary Goplen – Director and BC representative; Dr. John Wong – Director and AB representative; Dr. Lissa Peeling – Director and SK representative; Dr. Colin Kazina – Director and MB representative; Dr. Eric Massicotte – Director and ON representative; Dr. David Mathieu – Director and QC representative; Dr. Robert Adams – Director and NB representative; Dr. Sean Christie – Director and NS representative; and Dr. Roger Avery – Director and NL representative. The Board also includes the neurosurgery resident representatives Dr. Mark Bigder (senior) and Dr. Michael Taccone (junior), and the CEO of the CNSF, Mr. Dan Morin.

The major yearly event for the CNSS is the annual meeting, held in conjunction with the allied neuroscience societies of the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation (CNSF). The 2018 CNSF meeting will be its 53rd, and is being held from June 24-27, 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the new Convention Centre (http://congress.cnsfederation.org). The CNSS’ prestigious Penfield Lecturer will be Dr. Wouter Schievink. CNSS courses will comprise sessions on Hot Topics in Neurosurgery, including Dr. David Steven lecturing on Global Neurosurgery, Dr. Patrick McDonald on Ethics in the Era of Head Transplantation, and Dr. Raj Midha on Recent Advances in Nerve Repair; and full & half-day courses in Spine (jointly with the Canadian Spine Society), Cranial & Skull Base, and Vascular (jointly with the Canadian Society of Neuroradiology). Please take advantage of these excellent opportunities to enhance your knowledge. And please consider supporting the CNSS directly by attending the Annual Dinner, at which the reinvigorated CNSS Lifetime Achievement Award (Charles Drake Medal) will be awarded to Dr. Falah Maroun. The CNSS will also take the opportunity to honour our CANN neuro nursing colleagues at their concurrent annual meeting in Halifax.

It remains an honour and a privilege to train and work as a neurosurgeon in Canada. Our purpose, to borrow a phrase from Canada’s greatest physician, Sir William Osler, is “add what we can to, not get what we can from, Life.” All of our lives are intertwined with neurosurgery, whether it be the stresses of clinical care and surgery, the onerous but sometimes exciting aspects of on-call, the challenges of fostering and maintaining a personal life outside of neurosurgery, and for some, the privileges of teaching or conducting research in our field.

Stephen P. Lownie MD FRCSC FAANS
President, Canadian Neurosurgical Society
Professor, Departments of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Medical Imaging and Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
London Health Sciences Centre / Western University
London CANADA

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