Board of Directors & Committees

NREF Chair

Regis W. Haid, Jr., MD, FAANS
AANS Appointee

NREF Vice Chair

Michael W. Groff, MD, FAANS
Chair, Development Committee
AANS Appointee

NREF Secretary

Robert F. Heary, MD, FAANS
SNS Appointee

NREF Treasurer

Anthony L. Asher, MD, FAANS, FACS
AANS Appointee

AANS Executive Director

Kathleen T. Craig
AANS Executive Director

Legal Counsel

Michael A. Chabraja, Esq.
Legal Counsel

Board Member Emeritus

Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS, FACS

NREF Director

Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS, FACS
Chair, Education Committee
AANS Appointee

NREF Director

Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS, FACS
SNS Appointee

NREF Director

Charles L. Branch, Jr., MD, FAANS
AANS Appointee

NREF Director

E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS
Chair, Research Committee
AANS Appointee

NREF Director

J. Flagg Flanagan
Public Member

NREF Director

John Joseph Knightly, MD, FAANS
NPA Chair

NREF Director

John A. Wilson, MD, FAANS, FACS
AANS President-Elect

NREF Director

Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, FAANS
Academy Appointee

NREF Board Member-Section Rep

Ann M. Parr, MD, PhD, FAANS, FRCSC
WINS Section

NREF Board Ex-Officio

James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FAANS
JNS Editor in Chief

NREF Board Ex-Officio

Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS
AANS President

YNC Liaison

Frank Joseph Attenello III, MD

AANS Associate Executive Director

Alice Kelsey

AANS Associate Executive Director

Beth Sartore, CAE

AANS Chief Financial Officer

Dennis Rizzo

Director of Foundation Services

Joanne M. Bonaminio
NREF Director of Foundation Services

NREF Committees

NREF Development Committee

Name University
Co-Chair: Michael W. Groff, MD, FAANS Brigham & Women's Hospital
Co-Chair: Charles L. Branch, Jr., MD, FAANS Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD, FAANS University of Colorado
Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS Semmes-Murphey Clinic
Frank Attenello, MD University of Southern California
Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS Massachusetts General Hospital
Gary M. Bloomgarden, MD, FAANS Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
Frederick A. Boop, MD, FAANS Semmes-Murphey Clinic
Richard W. Byrne, MD, FAANS Rush University Medical Center
Aruna Ganju, MD, FAANS Northwestern University
David P. Gruber, MD, FAANS Providence Health and Services
Regis W. Haid, Jr., MD, FAANS Atlanta Brain and Spine Care
Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS Penn State University
Robert F. Heary, MD, FAANS Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School
John Joseph Knightly, MD, FAANS Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists
Frederick F. Lang, Jr., MD, FAANS MD Anderson Cancer Center
Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD, FAANS San Francisco General Hospital
Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS University of California-San Francisco
Susan C. Pannullo, MD, FAANS New York Presbyterian Hospital
Julie G. Pilitsis, MD, PhD, FAANS Albany Medical College
Mark C. Preul, MD Barrow Neurological Institute
Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS Semmes-Murphey Clinic
Jason P. Sheehan, MD, PhD, FAANS Health Science Center
Konstantin V. Slavin, MD, FAANS University of Illinois-Chicago
Edward R. Smith, MD, FAANS Boston Children's Hospital
Michael Patrick Steinmetz, MD, FAANS Cleveland Clinic
Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FAANS Penn State University
Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS Virginia Commonwealth University
Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FAANS Drexel University
Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS University of Miami

NREF Fellowships, Grants & Awards

NREF Research Committee

Name University
Chair: E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS Brigham & Women's Hospital
Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD, FAANS University of Colorado
Robert J. Dempsey, MD, FAANS University of Wisconsin-Madison
Zoher Ghogawala, MD, FAANS Lahey Hospital
Griffith R. Harsh IV, MD, FAANS University of California-Davis
Michael Lim, MD, FAANS Johns Hopkins Hospital
Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, FAANS Washington University

AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care

Name University
Dr. Tanvir Choudhri Mt. Sinai
Dr. Michael Fehlings University of Toronto
Dr. Eve Tsai University of Ottawa
Dr. Odette Harris Stanford University Medical Center
Dr. Brian Sindelar University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Alan Hoffer University Hospital of Cleveland
Dr. Paul Arnold Carle Foundation Hospital

AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section

Name University
Billy Mack University of Southern California
Dr. Louis Kim University of Washington, Seattle
Dr. Adam Arthur Semmes-Murphey Clinic
Dr. Judy Huang Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Stacey Wolfe Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Dr. Babu Welch University of Texas Southwestern
Dr. Clemens Schirmer Geisinger Health System
Dr. Christopher Kellner Mount Sinai Medical Center

AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Name University
Dr. Cormac O. Maher University of Michigan
Dr. Edward R. Smith Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Eric M. Thompson Duke University
Dr. David Daniels Mayo Clinic - Rochester

AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

Name University
Dr. Brad Jacobs (W. Bradley Jacobs) University of Calgary
Dr. Daniel C. Lu University of California Los Angeles
Dr. Beejal Amin St. Joseph Medical Center
Dr. Sanjay Dhall University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Zach Ray Washington University, St. Louis
Dr. Kai-Ming Fu Weill Cornell Medical Center
Dr. Holly Gilmer Michigan Head & Spine Institute

AANS/CNS Section on Stereotactic and Functional Surgery

Name University
Dr. Jorge Gonzalez Martinez Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Julie Pilitsis Albany Medical College
Dr. Jennifer Sweet Case Western Reserve
Dr. Ellen Air Henry Ford Hospital
Vibhor Krishna Ohio State University Medical Center
Dario Englot Vanderbilt University
Suneil Kalia Toronto Western Hospitals
John Rolston University of Utah Hospitals

AANS/CNS Section on Tumors

Name University
Dr. James Brad Elder Ohio State University
Dr. Isabelle Germano Mount Sinai School of Medicine New York
Dr. Rick Komotar University of Miami
Dr. Gordon Li Stanford University Medical Center
Dr. Rohan Ramakrishna Weill Cornell
Dr. Gavin Dunn Washington University, St. Louis
Dr. Peter Fecci Duke University
Dr. Dan Orringer University of Michigan Hospitals
Dr. Randy Jensen University of Utah
Dr. Michael Lim Johns Hopkins Hospital
Dr. Orin Bloch University of California, Davis
Dr. Nader Sanai Barrow Neurological Institute
Dr. Clark Chen University of Minnesota

Cerebrovascular

Name University
Chair: Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS Semmes-Murphey Clinic
E. Sander Connolly, Jr., MD, FAANS New York Neurological Institute
Gregory Zipfel, MD, FAANS Washington University

Pain

Name University
Chair: Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD, FAANS Albany Medical College
Andre Guelman Machado, MD, PhD Cleveland Clinic
Jennifer Sweet, MD, FAANS University Hospitals of Cleveland

Pediatrics

Name University
Chair: Mark Proctor, MD, FAANS Boston Children’s Hospital
Bermans J. Iskandar, MD, FAANS University of Wisconsin-Madison

Spine

Name University
Chair: John Joseph Knightly, MD, FAANS Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists
Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS University of California-San Francisco
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS University of Virginia
Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS University of Miami

Stereotactic and Functional

Name University
Chair: Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD, FAANS University of Colorado
Robert E. Gross, MD, FAANS Emory Clinic
Phil Starr, MD, FAANS University of California-San Francisco

Trauma

Name University
Chair: Shelly Timmons, MD, PhD, FAANS Penn State University
Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD, FAANS University of California-San Francisco
Richard Rodgers, MD, FAANS Indiana University

Tumor

Name University
Chair: Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS Massachusetts General Hospital
E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS Brigham & Women's Hospital
Steve Kalkanis, MD, FAANS Henry Ford Hospital

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

Contact Us

5550 Meadowbrook Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-3852
847.378.0500
info@nref.org