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Young Neurosurgeons

The Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving was established in 2016 to introduce neurosurgical residents into the culture of philanthropy with the goal of increasing donations over their lifetime and eventual membership in the NREF’s premier recognition society, the Cushing Circle of Giving.

Membership is open to residents who demonstrate a commitment to advancing neurosurgery with a cash contribution of $500 ($USD) or more. Young Neurosurgeons Circle members qualify for benefits as listed. Eligibility for inclusion in the Young Neurosurgeons Circle expires at the conclusion of your residency. All donors receive an acknowledgement letter, including tax receipt. Pledges may be paid over a maximum of five (5) years. For example, a $100 annual donation amounts to less than $10 per month!

Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving
The NREF is pleased to recognize the following Young Neurosurgeons Circle Donors:
GOLD: $2,500+
Nitin Agarwal, MD - Univ. of Pittsburgh Neurosurgical Residency
Nathaniel R. Ellens, MD - Univ. of Rochester Neurosurgical Residency
Redi Rahmani, MD - Univ. of Rochester Neurosurgical Residency
SILVER: $1,000-$2,499
Stephen T. Magill, MD, PhD - Univ. of California/San Francisco Neurosurgical Residency
BRONZE: $500-$999
Joel Beckett, MD - Univ. of California/Los Angeles Neurosurgical Residency
Allen H. Ho, MD - Stanford University Neurosurgical Residency
Ibrahim Hussain, MD - New York Presbyterian/Cornell Neurosurgical Residency
Jonathan Pace, MD - Case Western Reserve Neurosurgical Residency
Visish M Srinivasan, MD - Baylor College of Medicine Neurosurgical Residency
Steven Tenny, MD - Univ. of Nebraska Neurosurgical Residency

Members of the Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving represent residency programs from around the country.

Is your program on the list? Get into the game and make a gift today!

Donations to the NREF have a direct impact on patients, educators, researchers, clinicians and, in particular, young neurosurgeons. Your support makes it possible for us to continue funding cutting-edge courses and merit-based grants.

Giving Levels

  • Gold: $2,500+ ($USD)
  • Silver: $1,000 - $2,499 ($USD)
  • Bronze: $500 - $999 ($USD)
  • Pledge Fulfillment

    Payment plans are available. Gifts can be made as a one-time contribution, in regular monthly or annual installments, or as part of a tiered plan during the course of your residency. For example, a pledge of $500 can be fulfilled:

    Installment Plan

  • $10 per month for 50 months = $500
  • $100 per year for 5 years
  • Tiered Plan

  • Years 1-2 $25/year
  • Years 3-4 $50/year
  • Years 5-6 $100/year
  • Year 7 $150
  • Visit the Donate page today to join the Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving!


    All members receive the following benefits and recognition, except where noted:

  • NREF pin
  • NREF Donor window decal
  • Acknowledgement on
  • Acknowledgement in the AANS Annual Report
  • Invitation to NREF Donor Recognition Reception
  • Access to VIP Donor Lounge at AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
  • $100 gift voucher for use on AANS Marketplace (Gold level ONLY)
  • For more information about the Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving within the NREF, please contact Joanne Bonaminio, Director of Foundation Services, directly at 847.378.0541 or via email at

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