Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Chairperson's Message
I am honored to have been elected Chair of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies. I look forward to building on the accomplishments of my predecessors who have built the CSNS into a vibrant, responsive organization that continues to strive to ensure that neurosurgeons practice in an environment that allows us to provide the best care possible for our patients.
The 2017 Spring CSNS meeting was a resounding success. There was vigorous debate on the 10 resolutions submitted. After much discussion, the Council passed resolutions to initiate a study of state prescription drug monitoring programs, investigate a "boot camp" course for advanced practice providers, help combat insurance denial of certain surveillance imaging studies, continue the CSNS studies of burnout among residents, and examine the designation "disruptive physician."
A high point of the meeting was the awarding of the Lyal Leibrock Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Mark Linskey. Dr. Linskey has devoted himself to the mission of the CSNS for many years and it was gratifying to see him receive this highest honor bestowed by the Council.
I would like to direct you towards the recent publication of a detailed review of the history of the CSNS (and its several transformations). "A History of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies" appears in the January 2017 issue of Neurosurgery. This paper was spearheaded by Dr. Clarence Watridge, our Historian, along with one of our resident socioeconomic fellows.
It is a continuing testament to the potential of the CSNS to foster neurosurgical leaders that the Past President of the AANS (Dr. Rick Boop), current President of the CNS (Dr. Alan Scarrow), as well as the President-Elect of the AANS (Dr. Shelly Timmons), Vice President of the AANS (Dr. Moustapha Abou-Samra), and Chair of the Washington Committee (Dr. Ann Stroink) are all past officers of the CSNS.
The fall CSNS meeting will occur on October 6-7, 2017 at the Westin Boston hotel immediately preceding the CNS Annual Meeting. The theme of the meeting is "Transformation Celebration." Please keep in mind that resolutions to be considered at this meeting will be due six weeks prior to the meeting.
The Council only succeeds through the efforts of its volunteers. It works best when neurosurgeons bring their energy, ideas and issues to the Council. We all have many obligations that pull us in different directions. However, the CSNS continues to be the most direct way to influence neurosurgical practice in myriad ways. I encourage you to be an active participant in the process. Bring an issue forward and you are likely going to find multiple other surgeons who experience similar situations and will collaborate to devise a solution with you.
The CSNS is the engine of neurosurgical progress, powered by all of us.
Joshua M. Rosenow, MD, FAANS, FACS