Cushing Circle of Giving

The NREF Cushing Circle of Giving was established in 2008 to provide a cumulative, lifetime and planned giving society for individuals. The goal is to increase donations and create a premier recognition society. The Cushing Circle honors Dr. Harvey William Cushing, a pioneer in brain surgery, and provides camaraderie among philanthropists who have made a significant financial commitment to the NREF.

Membership is open to all donors who demonstrate a long-term commitment to advancing neurosurgery with a cash contribution of $25,000 or more, or a deferred gift of $50,000 or more. Cushing Circle members qualify for special recognition and other benefits linked to their giving level.

Visit the donate page to become a member of the Cushing Circle of Giving.

For more information about becoming part of the Cushing Circle of Giving, call 847.378.0500 and ask for NREF or email


Sir William Osler said, ‘The practice of medicine is an art based on science.’ To further the art of neurosurgery, it is necessary to support its foundation of science. For this reason, we, as a family, have supported the NREF and established an endowed family fellowship.

Merwyn Bagan, MD, MPH, FAANS(L), AANS Past President and NREF Cushing Circle of Giving Platinum Member

The NREF is Pleased to Recognize the Following Cushing Circle of Giving Donors

* Denotes deceased donor.

PLATINUM: $100,000 and above

Arvind Ahuja, MD, FAANS
Merwyn and Carol Bagan
Mrs. E. Laurie Bittner 
Dr. and Mrs. John Guarnaschelli
Dr. and Mrs. Regis W. Haid, Jr.
Robert F. Heary, MD, FAANS
Lester A. Mount, MD*
Dr. and Mrs. Russel H. Patterson Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. Albert L.* Rhoton Jr.

GOLD: $75,000-$99,999

John L. D. Atkinson, MD, FAANS
Timir Banerjee, MD, FAANS, FACS
Hans C. Coester, MD, FAANS, FACS
Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol, MD, FAANS
Griffith R. Harsh IV, MD, FAANS and Ms. Margaret C. Whitman

SILVER: $50,000-$74,999

Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS, FACS
Charles L. Branch, Jr., MD, FAANS
Stewart B. Dunsker, MD, FAANS(L)
J. Flagg Flanagan
Kai-Ming Fu, MD, PhD, FAANS
Drs. Chirag and Gita Gandhi
Ricardo Alexandre Hanel, MD, PhD, IFAANS
Drs. Robert E. and Kimberly S. Harbaugh
Jason H. Huang, MD, FAANS, FACS
Theodore R. Jacobs, MD, FAANS
Benjamin B. LeCompte III, MD, FAANS(L)
Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS
Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS, FACS
Walavan Sivakumar, MD
Ann R. Stroink, MD, CPE, FAANS
Drs. Shelly D. Timmons and Russell A. Carter
Ms. Virginia Van Sant Reeves*
Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS
Seth M. Weingarten, MD, FAANS(L)

BRONZE: $25,000-$49,999

P. David Adelson, MD, FAANS, FACS
Owoicho Adogwa, MD, MPH
Nitin Agarwal, MD
Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, MD, FAANS
Ronald I. Apfelbaum, MD, FAANS(L)
Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS, FACS
Anthony Asher, MD., FAANS, FACS
Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas M. Barbaro
H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FAANS(L), FACS
James R. Bean, MD, FAANS(L)
Mitchel S. Berger, MD, FAANS, FACS
Dr. and Mrs. Gary Bloomgarden
Jeffrey P. Blount, MD, FAAP, FAANS
Dr. and Mrs. Frederick A. Boop
Dr. and Mrs. Warren C.* Boop Jr.
Jeffrey N. Bruce, MD, FAANS, FACS
Richard W. Byrne, MD, FAANS
Peter W. Carmel, MD
Larry Van Carson, MD, MBA, FACS, FAANS
John R. Caruso, MD, FAANS, FACS
William L. Caton III, MD, FAANS*
Michael A. Chabraja, Esq.
Ali Chahlavi, MD, FAANS
Jefferson W. Chen, MD, PhD, FAANS
Joseph C. T. Chen, MD, PhD, FAANS
Joseph S. Cheng, MD, MS, FAANS
Lawrence S. Chin, MD, FAANS
Ennio Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS
Kevin M. Cockroft, MD, FAANS, FACS
E. Sander Connolly, Jr., MD, FAANS
Mrs. Elise Lapeyre Connolly
Dr. and Mrs. William T. Couldwell
Ralph G. Dacey, Jr., MD, FAANS
John D. Davis, MD, FAANS
H. Gordon Deen, Jr., MD, FAANS
Jeremy L. Fogelson, MD, FAANS
Drs. Kevin T. and Lynn M. Foley
Allan H. Friedman, MD, FAANS
Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD, FAANS
John G. Golfinos, MD, FAANS
M. Sean Grady, MD, FAANS
Andrew W. Grande, MD, FAANS
Michael W. Groff, MD, FAANS
Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Grossman
Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Grubb Jr.
Mary K. Gumerlock, MD, FAANS
Stephen J. Haines, MD, FAANS(L)
Carl B. Heilman, MD, FAANS
Martin M. Henegar, MD, FAANS
Matthew A. Howard III, MD, FAANS
Michael Edward Ivan, MD, FAANS
N. Ross Jenkins, MD, FAANS
Michael G. Kaiser, MD, FAANS, FACS
Adam S. Kanter, MD, FAANS
A. Bernhard Kliefoth III, MD, FAANS(L)
John Joseph Knightly, MD, FAANS
Myron B. Kratzer*
Mark J. Kubala, MD, FAANS(L)
Charles Kuntz, MD, FAANS*
Shekar N. Kurpad, MD, PhD, FAANS
Michael H. Lavyne, MD, FAANS(L)
Adrian W. Laxton, MD, FAANS
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Levinthal
Michael J. Link, MD, FAANS
Mark E. Linskey, MD, FAANS
James J. Lynch, MD, FAANS
Robert L. Martuza, MD, FAANS(L)
Catherine Anne Mazzola, MD, FAANS
Paul C. McCormick, MD, FAANS
Mark R. McLaughlin, MD, FACS, FAANS
Fredric B. Meyer, MD, FAANS
L. Madison Michael II, MD, FAANS
Jacques J. Morcos, MD, FAANS
Hiroshi Nakagawa, MD, IFAANS
Anil Nanda, MD, MPH, FAANS, FACS
Edjah Kweku-Ebura Nduom, MD, FAANS
Chris J. Neal, MD, FAANS
Eric W. Nottmeier, MD, FAANS
Dr. and Mrs. Herbert* Oestreich
D. Ryan Ormond, MD
Mr. Joseph and Dr. Susan Pannullo
Rob G. Parrish, MD, PhD, FAANS
Nettleton S. Payne II, MD, FAANS(L)
David Peterson
Jeremy Todd Phelps, MD, MBA, FAANS
Joseph M. Piepmeier, MD, FAANS(L)
Stephen M. Pirris, MD, FAANS
Bruce E. Pollock, MD, FAANS
A. John Popp and Margaret M. Vosburgh
Ashutosh Ashok Pradhan, MD, FAANS
Donald O. Quest, MD, FAANS(L)
Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Ratcheson
John Kevin Ratliff, MD, FAANS
Eric Loren Rhoton, MD, FAANS
James Thomas Robertson, MD, FAANS(L)*
Kaplan Rosenow Family Foundation/Joshua M. Rosenow, MD, FAANS
Gail L. Rosseau, MD, FAANS, FACS
Dr. and Mrs. Richard L.* Rovit
James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FAANS
Timothy and Shonda Ryken
Raymond Sawaya, MD, FAANS
Dr. and Mrs. John F.* Schuhmacher
Michael Schulder, MD, FAANS
Edward L. Seljeskog, MD, PhD, FAANS(L)
Dr. and Mrs. Warren R. Selman
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS
Mark Edwin Shaffrey, MD, FAANS
Michael B. Shannon, MD, FAANS
J. Marc Simard, MD, PhD, FAANS
Konstantin V. Slavin, MD, FAANS
Justin S. Smith, MD, PhD, FAANS
Robert A. Solomon, MD, FAANS
Volker K. H. Sonntag, MD, FAANS(L)
Jeffrey M. Sorenson, MD, FAANS
Drs. Mark A. Spatola and Mihaela Ionescu
Robert F. Spetzler, MD, FAANS(L)
Gary K. Steinberg, MD, PhD, FAANS
Troy M. Tippett, MD, FAANS(L), FACS
Roland A. Torres, MD, FAANS
Luis Manuel Tumialan, MD, FAANS
Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS, FACS
Craig Andrew Van Der Veer, MD, FAANS(L)
G. Edward Vates, MD, PhD, FAANS, FACS
Marjorie C. Wang, MD, MPH, FAANS
Clarence B. Watridge, MD, FAANS(L), FACS
Martin H. Weiss, MD, FAANS(L), FACS
Robert E. Wharen, Jr., MD, FAANS(L)
David Whelan
John A. Wilson, MD, FAANS, FACS
Stacey C. Wolfe, MD, FAANS
Ahmet Yildizhan, MD, IFAANS
Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, FAANS
Mario Zuccarello, MD

The following institutions have committed to supporting the Cushing Circle of Giving: PLATINUM: $100,000 and above

American Academy of Neurological Surgery
American Brain Tumor Association
Columbia University Medical Center
Haas Trust
Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurosurgery
Mayfield Clinic
Semmes-Murphey Clinic/University of Tennessee

GOLD: $75,000-$99,999

American College of Surgeons
University of Virginia Department of Neurosurgery
UPMC-Department of Neurological Surgery

SILVER: $50,000-$74,999

American Society for Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery
Barrow Neurological Institute and Barrow Brain and Spine
Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Neurosurgery
CNSA Partners
Southern Neurosurgical Society
SUNY Syracuse Neurosurgical Residency
University of Maryland Neurosurgery

BRONZE: $25,000-$49,999

Boston Children's Hospital / Boston Pediatric Neurosurgical Foundation
California Association of Neurological Surgeons
Cleveland Clinic
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Section of Neurosurgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Henry Ford Hospital
University of Pennsylvania Department of Neurosurgery
Keller Foundation / Mrs. Ruby C. Keller
Louisiana Neurosurgical Society
Mayo Clinic-Department of Neurologic Surgery
Mayo Clinic-Florida Department of Neurosurgery
Neurosurgical Society of America
New England Neurosurgical Society
Pennsylvania State University Department of Neurosurgery
Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society
Robert Watson Society
Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society
Rush University Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery
Tennessee Neurosurgical Society
Toronto Western Hospital
University of Alabama Neurosurgical Residency
University of California-San Francisco Neurosurgical Residency
University of Utah Department of Neurosurgery
University of North Carolina Department of Neurosurgery
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center - Dept of Neurological Surgery
Weill Cornell Neurological Surgery Department, Dr. Philip Stieg, Chairman
Western Neurosurgical Society

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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