This year’s 2016 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Annual Meeting, Sept. 24-28, 2016, in San Diego, CA, has an exceptional ensemble of featured speakers which embody the meeting theme Neurosurgery: Advance, Adapt, Achieve. These speakers are innovators and leaders in technology, sports, literature, military and history.
CNS President, Russell R. Lonser, MD, FAANS, selected neurosurgical leader, Edward H. Oldfield, MD, FAANS, to serve as this year’s Honored Guest. Dr. Oldfield is the Crutchfield Professor of Neurosurgery and professor of internal medicine in the department of neurological surgery at the University of Virginia. Dr. Oldfield has made essential practice-altering insights into malignant tumor biology and treatment, nervous system drug delivery, pituitary disorders, spinal vascular malformations, neoplasia syndromes, and Chiari I malformation. Dr. Lonser describes him as “an outstanding mentor.” Dr. Oldfield will be presenting three lectures throughout the meeting at the General Scientific Sessions:
- Cushing’s Disease: Lessons Learned from 1400 Cases;
- Pathogenesis of Chiari I Pathophysiology of Syringomyelia: Implications; and
- Spinal Dural Arteriovenous Fistulas: 40 Years of Progress—Unanswered Issues.
The Walter E. Dandy Orator is the legendary co-founder of Apple Computer Inc., tech icon and philanthropist Steve Wozniak, who takes the stage for an intimate conversation during Monday’s General Scientific Session.
The Neurosurgery Lecturer, Oakland A’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Billy Beane, is best known for his revolutionary style of baseball management, which was the inspiration for the best-selling book and Oscar-nominated film, Moneyball. He will be speaking at Tuesday’s General Scientific Session.
New York Times bestselling author, Daniel James Brown, is this year’s John L. Thompson History of Medicine Lecturer. His New York Times No. 1 bestselling book, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympic Games, tells the inspirational story of young men beating the odds. He will be giving a lecture during Sunday’s general session, and will be signing copies of his book at the CNS Opening Reception Sunday evening.
The Michael L. J. Apuzzo Lecturer on Innovation and Creativity is the leading constitutional scholar, Akhil Reed Amar, an award-winning Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. He will discuss on contemporary challenges to the U.S. Constitution during the General Scientific Session on Sunday.
The Sunday General Scientific Session will also feature the U.S. Naval Air Forces Commander and naval aviation’s seventh “Air Boss,” Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker. VADM Shoemaker will give a lecture on adapting to challenges in a dynamic environment to achieve mission success.
The CNS has also invited international bestselling author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, co-author of the bestselling book, Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. He will deliver a lecture on Big Data’s impact on medicine at Tuesday’s General Scientific Session and will also sign copies of his book at the CNS membership booth in the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday following his lecture.
We look forward to seeing everyone in the beautiful city of San Diego for what promises to be a fantastic meeting!
Editor’s Note: For more information about some of the aforementioned speakers, please view the following introduction videos: