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AANS Spotlight – AANS Neurosurgeon Highlights Personal Stories of Humanitarian Neurosurgery

The AANS Neurosurgeon is official socioeconomic publication of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) which features information and analysis for contemporary neurosurgical practice. It focuses on issues related to legislation, workforce and practice management as they affect the specialty of neurosurgery. For today’s post we wanted to bring your attention to the newly released issue.

Humanitarian neurosurgery is the theme of the . In this special edition, neurosurgeons share personal experiences from their travels to Kenya, Bolivia, Guatemala, Uganda and Haiti, as well as inner-city New York and war-torn Iraq, where they are making a difference with patients who otherwise may not have access to proper medical care. Neurosurgeons also explain how they are training local neurosurgical teams to take over in their absence, providing for long-term assistance and follow-up in these diverse locales. Meanwhile, authors review the history of humanitarian neurosurgery in the U.S., discuss the financial implications of personal humanitarian service and debate the ethical considerations of going on Third-World medical missions. In addition, AANS Neurosurgeon interviews Nicholas M. Boulis, MD, FAANS; Benjamin C. Warf, MD, FAANS; and Sarah I. Woodrow, MD, FAANS, FRCSC, Med — physicians whose humanitarian efforts have not gone unnoticed and are detailed within.

Elsewhere in the issue, readers can check out new peer-reviewed research, book reviews, and updates from the DC office via its  column. And as always, the Neuros in the News section features neurosurgeons and institutions on the move, from recent appointments to expanding departments and new neurosurgical centers.

Additionally, on a daily basis, AANS Neurosurgeon continues to post the latest neurosurgical headlines — including newly released research on noteworthy advancements in the field of neurosurgery, concussion news and related human interest stories — to its Newsline feed on the homepage. For more news you can use, follow AANS Neurosurgeon on  and feel free to submit your own news to

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