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Message from the President

Dear Canadian Neurosurgical Society (CNSS) member:

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 308 members, including 160 Full/Active, 11 Retired; 14 Senior; 6 Associate; 17 1st-years; and 100 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. In addition to the CNSS Executive, the CNSS Board of Directors includes representatives from each Canadian province. For 2016-2017 these include: Dr. Ramesh Sahjpaul – 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. Bill Wang (Western) and Dr. Mark Bigder (Manitoba), 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 2017 CNSF meeting will be its 52nd, and is being held from June 20-23, 2017 in Victoria, British Columbia at the Fairmont Empress Hotel and nearby Victoria Conference Centre (http://congress.cnsfederation.org/).  For CNSS members, please note that the Penfield Lecturer is Dr. John Kestle. CNSS courses will comprise sessions on: Hot Topics in Neurosurgery, including Dr. Peter Hutchinson lecturing on the recently NEJM-published Decompressive Craniectomy for Traumatic Intracranial Hypertension; a course on Study Design in Neurosurgery (chaired by Dr. Kestle); and half-day courses in neuroradiology for neurosurgeons and current topics in spinal neurosurgery. 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. M. Christopher Wallace.

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 our field.

Please help us to continue to foster good relations within our Society, by providing feedback and any ideas to one or more of the individuals listed above. We look forward to seeing you at the CNSF in Victoria, and to continue advancing the national interests of Canadian Neurosurgery on your behalf.

Regards

Steve Lownie MD FRCSC FAANS

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