Board of Directors & Committees

NREF Chair

Regis W. Haid, Jr., MD, FAANS

NREF Vice Chair

Michael W. Groff, MD, FAANS

NREF Secretary

Robert F. Heary, MD, FAANS

NREF Treasurer

John A. Wilson, MD, FAANS, FACS

AANS Executive Director

Kathleen T. Craig

Legal Counsel

Michael A. Chabraja, Esq.

Board Member Emeritus

Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS, FACS

NREF Director

Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS, FACS

NREF Director

Charles L. Branch, Jr., MD, FAANS

NREF Director

Flagg Flanagan

NREF Director

Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS

NREF Director

Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, FAANS

NREF Board Member-Section Rep

Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD, FAANS

NREF Board Ex-Officio

Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS, FACS

NREF Board Ex-Officio

James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FAANS

NREF Board Ex-Officio

Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FAANS, FACS

YNC Liaison

Frank Joseph Attenello III, MD

AANS Associate Executive Director

Alice Kelsey

AANS Associate Executive Director

Beth Sartore, CAE

AANS Chief Financial Officer

Peter B. Kuhn

Director of Foundation Services

Joanne M. Bonaminio

Development Coordinator

Kathleen A. McMichael

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 University of Tennessee
Frank Attenello, MD University of Southern California
Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS Massachusetts General Hospital
Gary M. Bloomgarden, MD, FAANS Connecticut Neurosurgery PC
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 University of California-San Francisco
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 Medical College of Virginia
Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FAANS Global Neurosciences Institute
Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS University of Miami

NREF Fellowships, Grants & Awards

Education Advisory Committee

Name University
Chair: E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS Brigham & Women's Hospital
Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD, FAANS University of Colorado
Emad N. Eskandar, MD, FAANS Massachusetts General Hospital
Griffith R. Harsh IV, MD, FAANS Stanford University
Kendall H. Lee, MD, PhD, FAANS Mayo Clinic
Gordon Ho-Wan Li, MD Stanford University
Michael Lim, MD, FAANS Johns Hopkins Hospital
Daniel Yoshor, MD, FAANS Baylor College of Medicine
Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, FAANS Washington University

Grants Section Advisory Committee

AANS/CNS Section on Pain

Name University
Chair: Andre Guelman Machado, MD, PhD Cleveland Clinic
Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD, FAANS Albany Medical College
Parag G. Patil, MD, PhD, FAANS University of Michigan
Oren Sagher, MD, FAANS University of Michigan

AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care

Name University
Chair: Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD, FAANS North Shore University Hospital
Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD, FAANS Toronto Western Hospital
Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD, FAANS University of California-San Francisco
David O. Okonkwo, MD, PhD, FAANS University of Pittsburgh
Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS Geisinger Medical Center
Eve C. Tsai, MD, PhD, FAANS University of Ottawa
Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS Medical College of Virginia

AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section

Name University
Chair: Sean D. Lavine, MD, FAANS New York Neurological Institute
Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS University of Tennessee
Bob S. Carter, MD, PhD, FAANS University of California-San Diego
E. Sander Connolly, Jr., MD, FAANS Columbia University
Robert J. Dempsey, MD, FAANS University of Wisconsin-Madison
Robert M. Friedlander, MD, FAANS University of Pittsburgh
Robert H. Rosenwasser, MD, FAANS Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, FAANS Washington University

AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Name University
Chair: Sarah J. Gaskill, MD, FAANS University of South Florida
Peter B. Dirks, MD University of Toronto
Nalin Gupta, MD, PhD, FAANS University of California-San Francisco
Cormac O. Maher, MD, FAANS University of Michigan
Edward R. Smith, MD, FAANS Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School
Matthew D. Smyth, MD, FAANS Washington University

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

Name University
Chair: Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS University of California-San Francisco
Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD, FAANS Toronto Western Hospita
Zoher Ghogawala, MD, FAANS Lahey Clinic
Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD, FAANS University of California-Los Angeles
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS University of Virginia
Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS University of Miami

AANS/CNS Section on Stereotactic and Functional Surgery

Name University
Chair: Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD, FAANS University of Colorado
Robert E. Gross, MD, PhD, FAANS Emory Clinic
Andre Guelman Machado, MD, PhD Cleveland Clinic
Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD, FAANS Albany Medical College
Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD, FAANS University of California-Los Angeles
Konstantin V. Slavin, MD, FAANS University of Illinois-Chicago

AANS/CNS Section on Tumors

Name University
Chair: Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS Massachusetts General Hospital
Manish K. Aghi, MD, FAANS University of California-San Francisco
Daniel P. Cahill, MD, PhD, FAANS Massachusetts General Hospital
E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS Brigham & Women's Hospital
William T. Curry, Jr., MD, FAANS Massachusetts General Hospital
Isabelle M. Germano, MD, FAANS Mount Sinai School of Medicine-New York
Ricardo Jorge Komotar, MD, FAANS University of Miami Hospital
Linda M. Liau, MD, PhD, FAANS University of California-Los Angeles
Michael Lim, MD, FAANS Johns Hopkins Hospital
Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, FAANS Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital
Jeffrey S. Weinberg, MD, FAANS D Anderson Cancer Center
Gelareh Zadeh, MD, PhD University of Toronto

Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Review Committee

Name University
Chair: Robert J. Dempsey, MD, FAANS University of Wisconsin-Madison
Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD, FAANS University of Colorado/Neurosurgery
Mitchel S. Berger, MD, FAANS University of California-San Francisco
Matthew A. Howard III, MD, FAANS University of Iowa Hospital
Paul C. McCormick, MD, FAANS New York Neurological Institute
Michael W. McDermott, MD, FAANS University of California-San Francisco
Howard A. Riina, MD, FAANS NY Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS Jackson Memorial Medical Center

Post-residency Clinical Fellowship Review Committee

Name University
Chair: E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS Brigham & Women's Hospital

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

Tumor

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

Trauma

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

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