Communication & Education

Develop and coordinate CSNS program presentations and publications of socioeconomic material and information through annual or special meeting programs (Practical Courses, Section meetings, featured speakers, special presentations, etc.), professional publications (Bulletin, Neurosurgery News, Neurosurgery Focus), award programs (resident, young neurosurgeons oral presentations), and public media.

Medical Practices

Research, report, and recommend action, policy, or information dissemination on socioeconomic issues and professional or political factors affecting neurosurgical practice, including practice management, clinical privileges, technological issues, medical information, ethical controversies, professional practice oversight.


Research, report, and educate CSNS and AANS/CNS members on medico-legal issues affecting neurosurgical practice, including professional liability, informed consent, Medicare fraud and abuse regulation and enforcement, CPT coding/E&M documentation rules, antitrust laws, and other pertinent law or regulation.

Neurotrauma and Emergency Neurosurgery

Research and present reports, surveys and white papers as assigned by the CSNS Executive Committee, including issues related to regional trauma care coverage, reimbursement issues, trauma workforce issues, dissemination and utilization of advances in treatment, and training program competencies in emergency neurosurgery.

Patient Safety

The purpose of the Patient Safety Committee is to educate the CSNS membership and organized neurosurgery on topics related to patient safety science and research, and explore applications for the practice of neurological surgery. The committee also aims to engage with other patient safety organizations and stakeholders to advance the cause of safety for the neurosurgical patient. The committee works in coordination with the Neurosurgery Quality Council.


Coordinate CSNS participation with the AANS/CNS Coding and Reimbursement Committee in CPT coding and reimbursement activities of the AANS and CNS, including CPT Editorial Board and Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) issues and actions. Disseminate current information to CSNS members on coding and reimbursement topics, controversies, and proposals. Develop a knowledgeable workgroup of CSNS committee members available to contribute time and expertise to CPT and RUC-related work projects.


Research, analyze, report, and recommend action or policy on neurosurgery workforce needs and supply, including relevant factors such as training programs, technological changes, market supply and demand indicators, payment policies, population demographics, physician extenders, and competitive factors.

Young Neurosurgeons Section

Educate, interest, and involve young and resident neurosurgeons in current CSNS and AANS/CNS organizational activities related to socioeconomic issues of neurosurgery practice. Undertake research and report or educational projects on issues of particular interest to young neurosurgeons, including job search, practice initiation, Board certification and recertification, training conditions, practice economics, and other related topics.