Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving

The Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving recognizes residents who have made a commitment — early in their careers — to advance the specialty through support of neurosurgical research and education.

Membership is open to residents who commit to advancing neurosurgery by making a total contribution of $500 ($USD) during residency. All lifetime donations apply toward membership in the Cushing Circle of Giving.

Joining the Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving

Members of the Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving represent residency programs from around the country. 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 in several ways:

  • $10 per month for 50 months
  • $100 per year for 5 years

Tiered Plan

Donations can also be made commensurate with your advancement in your neurosurgical residency program.

  • Years 1-2 $25/year
  • Years 3-4 $50/year
  • Years 5-6 $100/year
  • Year 7 $150


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

  • NREF pin
  • Acknowledgement at
  • Acknowledgement in the NREF Annual Report
  • Invitation to the NREF Donor Recognition Reception
  • Access to VIP Donor Lounge at AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
  • $100 gift voucher for use in the AANS Bookstore (Gold level ONLY)

For more information about the Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving, contact Director of Foundation Services Joanne Bonaminio at 847.378.0541 or


The NREF’s commitment to fund neurosurgical research and provide educational opportunities for residents is unmatched. Giving back to the NREF provides young neurosurgeons with research & educational opportunities, and engaging with the wider neurosurgical community provides a pathway to future leadership opportunities in organized neurosurgery.

Nitin Agarwal, MD

Thank You to Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving Donors


Nitin Agarwal, MD - Univ. of Pittsburgh Neurosurgical Residency

Redi Rahmani, MD - Univ. of Rochester Neurosurgical Residency

Nathaniel R. Ellens, MD - Univ. of Rochester Neurosurgical Residency


Ezequiel D. Goldschmidt, MD, PhD - Univ. of Pittsburgh Neurosurgical Residency

Michael M. McDowell, MD - Univ. of Pittsburgh Neurosurgical Residency

Stephen T. Magill, MD, PhD - Univ. of California/San Francisco Neurosurgical Residency


Visish M Srinivasan, MD - Baylor College of Medicine Neurosurgical Residency

Joel Beckett, MD - Univ. of California/Los Angeles Neurosurgical Residency

Allen L. Ho, MD - Stanford University Neurosurgical Residency

Neil Majmundar, MD - Rutgers New Jersey Neurosurgical Residency

Steven Tenny, MD, MPH, MBA - Univ. of Nebraska Neurosurgical Residency

Ibrahim Hussain, MD - New York Presbyterian/Cornell Neurosurgical Residency

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