Honor Your Mentor Funds Announce Awards

Honor Your Mentor (HYM) Funds recognize the incredible people who have advanced neurosurgery. Each mentor fund has a specific purpose, and donations fund a chosen research or educational endeavor in the mentor’s name across a variety of subspecialties.

The NREF congratulates the latest recipients of awards from HYM funds:

A. LELAND ALBRIGHT FUND

2022

Dr. Martin Muthinja Kariinya, Kijabe Hospital, Nairobi Kenya

ALBERT L. RHOTON, JR. FUND

2022

Christopher S. Graffeo, MD, University of Oklahoma

CHARLES L. BRANCH, SR. FUND

2022

James Phillip Caruso, MD, University of Texas Southwestern

“Lumbar lordosis restoration after low-grad spondylolisthesis correction: Is interbody fusion superior?”

CHRISTOPHER I. SHAFFREY FUND

2022

Yared Nigusie, Christopher I Shaffrey International Travelling Fellow Award

DAVID KLINE FUND

2021

Andrew Jack, MD, MSc, FRCSC, University of Alberta

“Increased postoperative foraminal C5 nerve root strain: A mechanistic animal model for C5 palsy”

EDWARD S. CONNOLLY FUND

2022

Nora C. Kim, MD, New York University

“Impact of sarcopenic obesity on perioperative morbidity and mechanical complications following lumbar fusion”

SANFORD J. LARSON FUND

2022

Christina Huang Wright, MD, Oregon Health and Sciences University

“What factors influence sub-specialization and when? Analysis of evolving priorities throughout residency with a focus on identifying factors that may improve diversity within the spine subspecialty.”

SHELLY D. TIMMONS FUND

2022

Dr. Martin Muthinja Kariinya, Kijabe Hospital, Nairobi Kenya

STEWART B. DUNSKER FUND

2021

James H. Mooney, MD, University of Alabama

“Multicenter prospective analysis of clinical and radiographic outcomes after lumbar disc arthroplasty”

VEENA D. MUMMANENI FUND

2022

Dr. Martin Muthinja Kariinya, Kijabe Hospital, Nairobi Kenya

WARREN C. BOOP FUND

2021

Matthew Helton, MD

2022

William Coggins, MD

Brooke Elberson, MD, PhD

Matthew Helton, MD

Zachary Porter, MD

Marcus Stephens, MD

On behalf of the NREF Board of Directors, we congratulate all Honor Your Mentor Fund award recipients and offer our best wishes for continued success.

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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