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

Daniel B. Ahlberg, MD, FAANS(L)


Arvind Ahuja, MD, FAANS


Merwyn and Carol Bagan


Mrs. E. Laurie Bittner 


Dr. and Mrs. John Guarnaschelli


Dr. and Mrs. Regis W. Haid, Jr.


Griffith R Harsh IV & Margaret C Whitman Foundation


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


Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS, FACS


Charles L. Branch, Jr., MD, FAANS


Hans C. Coester, MD, FAANS, FACS


Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol, MD, FAANS


Stewart B. Dunsker, MD, FAANS(L)


J. Flagg Flanagan


Catherine Anne Mazzola, MD, FAANS


Seth M. Weingarten, MD, FAANS(L)


SILVER: $50,000-$74,999

Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas M. Barbaro


Kai-Ming Fu, MD, PhD, FAANS


Drs. Chirag and Gita Gandhi


Michael W. Groff, MD, FAANS


Ricardo Alexandre Hanel, MD, PhD, IFAANS


Drs. Robert E. and Kimberly S. Harbaugh


Jason H. Huang, MD, FAANS, FACS


Theodore R. Jacobs, MD, FAANS


N. Ross Jenkins, MD, FAANS


Benjamin B. LeCompte III, MD, FAANS(L)


Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS


Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS, FACS


Walavan Sivakumar, MD, FAANS


Ann R. Stroink, MD, CPE, FAANS


Drs. Shelly D. Timmons and Russell A. Carter


Ms. Virginia Van Sant Reeves*


Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS



BRONZE: $25,000-$49,999

Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD, FAANS


P. David Adelson, MD, FAANS, FACS


Owoicho Adogwa, MD, MPH


Nitin Agarwal, MD


Manish K. Aghi, MD, PhD, FAANS


Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, MD, FAANS


Ronald I. Apfelbaum, MD, FAANS(L)


Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS, FACS


Anthony Asher, MD., FAANS, FACS


Julian E. Bailes, Jr., MD, FAANS


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


Dr. and Mrs. P. Charles Garell


Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD, FAANS


John G. Golfinos, MD, FAANS


M. Sean Grady, MD, FAANS


Andrew W. Grande, 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


Roberto C. Heros, MD, FAANS(L)


Matthew A. Howard III, MD, FAANS


Michael Edward Ivan, MD, FAANS


Michael G. Kaiser, MD, FAANS, FACS


Adam S. Kanter, MD, FAANS


Louis & Aylin Kim


A. Bernhard Kliefoth III, MD, FAANS(L)


John Joseph Knightly, MD, FAANS


Myron B. Kratzer*


Mark J. Krinock, MD, FAANS


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


James M. Markert, Jr., MD, FAANS


Joseph Charles Maroon, MD, FAANS(L)


Robert L. Martuza, MD, FAANS(L)


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


Karin Muraszko and Scott Van Sweringen


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


Drs. Shaun & Patricia O'Leary


D. Ryan Ormond, MD


Mr. Joseph and Dr. Susan Pannullo


Michael C. Park, MD, PhD, FAANS


Ann M. Parr, MD, PhD, FAANS


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


Eric A. Potts, MD, FAANS


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


Angela Richardson, MD, PhD


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


Jason M. Schwalb, 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


Brown Neurosurgery


California Association of Neurological Surgeons


Cleveland Clinic


Congress of Neurological Surgeons


Henry Ford Hospital


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


Section of Neurosurgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock


Tennessee Neurosurgical Society


The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center - Dept of Neurological Surgery


Toronto Western Hospital


UCLA Department of Neurosurgery


University of Alabama Neurosurgical Residency


University of California-San Francisco Neurosurgical Residency


University of North Carolina Department of Neurosurgery


University of Pennsylvania Department of Neurosurgery


University of Utah Department of Neurosurgery


Weill Cornell Neurological Surgery Department, Dr. Philip Stieg, Chairman


Western Neurosurgical Society



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