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

Roberto C. Heros, MD, FAANS(L)

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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