Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Chairperson's Message

The 2017 Spring CSNS meeting will be held at the JW Marriott LA LIVE in Los Angeles on April 21-22. Ten Resolutions were submitted and reviewed by the Executive Committee and assigned to the appropriate committees and representational sections. We expect to see thought provoking testimony, debate and presentations on hot socioeconomic issues currently facing neurosurgeons and our patients. As the healthcare debate has escalated, we must remain nimble and innovative in crafting the grassroots response. Thus, the theme for the Spring meeting is "Innovation Through Grassroots Representation."

If you have not registered for the meeting, please do so now. Note that our sub-committees, special and ad hoc committee meetings will occur on Friday from 11:15AM to 12:00PM. The Friday afternoon plenary session begins promptly at 12:30PM. In addition to the reference committee hearings, we will hear several presentations on narrow networks, socioeconomic implications of traumatic brain injury, NERVES report, among other topics. The newly formed AMA/WC Fellowship will be formally announced as an exceptional opportunity for our CSNS fellows who are considering a deeper immersion in health care policy.

Bear in mind that the CEC (Communication and Education Committee) meets immediately after general plenary session and will remain in the same room. This committee remains vital to our organization and we invite and encourage all of our CSNS members to attend.

The standing committees will meet for dinner and discussion from 6 to 8 PM on Friday. This ends our evening earlier than the last two years to allow for more casual post meeting collaborations.

Besides debate on the reference committee’s report and finalizing our resolutions at the Saturday plenary, we will hear from Neurosurgery Leadership on upcoming meetings, educational offerings and activities of the Washington Committee.

Our luncheon speaker this year is neurosurgeon Mark Lester MD, MBA, CPE, who serves as a medical director at Texas Health Resources and will highlight our newly formed representational group: Neurosurgeons as Medical Directors. His talk, "The Road Less Traveled: Lessons from the Trail" is intended to inspire and encourage CSNS current and future leaders.

Saturday night, the CSNS Young Neurosurgeons Representational Section will hold a cocktail reception from 5 -7 pm in Atrium 3. All young neurosurgeons are encouraged to attend and enjoy the event with invited and renowned guest speaker, Bob S. Carter M.D., Ph.D., from the Department of Neurosurgery at University of California San Diego.

I look forward to seeing all of you soon in the exciting city of Los Angeles and assure you that I have enjoyed serving as your CSNS Chair these past two years. We have a prodigious organization that provides needed and vital grassroots input to organized neurosurgery that shapes our effective and influential voice.

Ann R. Stroink, MD, CPE, FAANS
Chair, CSNS
March 2017

Ann R. Stroink, MD
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