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Honor Your Mentor – Purpose Statements

Honor Your Mentor (HYM) Funds through the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) recognize the incredible people who have advanced neurosurgery. Each mentor fund has a specific purpose. Donations fund a chosen research or educational endeavor in their name.

The NREF will use gifts to HYM funds for the stated purpose of The Fund as outlined by the Donor and/or Institution. In the event the fund cannot be used for the stated purpose, the NREF Board of Directors retains discretion in consultation with the Donor and/or Institution, to expend the fund for one which most nearly approximates the mission of the Fund.

A Leland Albright, MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To support neurosurgery resident and fellow education in Africa

Roy A. E. Bakay, MD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To fund research in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery

Ulrich Batzdorf, MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To fund basic science research in spinal cord injury

Ed Benzel, MD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To support clinical outcomes studies to analyze posture and deformity in cervical spondylotic myelopathy patients

Warren C. Boop Jr., MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To support resident education and research at the University of Arkansas

Charles L. Branch, Sr., MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To support clinical outcomes research for lumbar interbody fusion and cervical fusion using registry data 

Kim J. Burchiel, MD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To support clinical outcomes research for lumbar interbody fusion and cervical fusion using registry data 

Edward S. Connolly, MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To support education and research in the Neurosurgical treatment of pain

Ralph G. Dacey, Jr., MD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To fund the Ralph Dacey Cerebrovascular Research Lectureship at the CV section’s Annual Meeting

Charles G. Drake, MD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: In memory of the late Charles Drake, Professor and Chairman Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario

Stewart B. Dunsker, MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To support clinical or basic science research and fellowships in spine

Richard G. Fessler  - Purpose Statement: To support basic or clinical research directed toward developing or evaluating new spinal surgical techniques or the treatment of spinal cord injury.

Regis W. Haid Jr., MD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To be utilized for spinal clinical outcomes studies and fellowship research projects

Robert F. Heary, MD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To support mentorship of medical students and residents as well as facilitate involvement in organized neurosurgery

John A. Jane Sr., MD, PhD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To support resident education and research through the NREF at the University of Virginia

Peter J. Jannetta, MD, DSc, FAANS(L)  - Purpose Statement: To honor the memory of the late Dr. Peter J. Jannetta and support research, education and innovation within the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh

David L. Kelly, Jr., MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To support Resident Education and Research within Department of Neurosurgery at Wake Forest University

David Kline, MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To support education and clinical or basic science research in peripheral nerve

Charles Kuntz IV, MD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To fund awards for residents and fellows to present research at the Spine Section’s Annual Meeting

Sanford J. Larson, MD, PhD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To fund award for best spine research paper at the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting

Edward R. Laws, MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To support resident education and research within the Dept. of Neurosurgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Lyal G. Leibrock, MD - Purpose Statement: To contribute funds for medical students, residents and young neurosurgeons for socio-economic education.

Anthony Marmarou, PhD - Purpose Statement: To fund TBI registry research and/or young investigator research in ICP and brain edema, and to support the Marmarou Named Lectureship on ICP, cerebral edema, and/or TBI related topics at the Neurotrauma Section session of the annual AANS meeting

Karin M. Muraszko, MD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To help develop leaders in neurosurgery by providing mentoring and didactic education

Kent C. New, MD, PhD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To fund research and the clinical treatment of spinal cord injury

John C. Oakley, MD, PhD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To support education and research in the study of pain

Andrew T. Parsa, MD, PhD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To fund a fellowship or research grant for brain tumor research

Donald O. Quest, MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To fund the Quest Research Awards 

Albert L. Rhoton Jr., MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To support maintenance and development of The Rhoton Collection®; funding for micro neuroanatomical research fellowships

Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To support education and research within the University of Tennessee neurosurgery resident program

James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To support the Tumor Section in their area of greatest need

Henry G. Schwartz, MD - Purpose Statement: To support staff and resident education and research within the department of Neurosurgery training program at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

R. Michael Scott, MD - Purpose Statement: To support the R. Michael Scott Lectureship and related educational efforts at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS - Purpose Statement:  To support an International Scholar Surgeon to attend the DSPN Meeting to present a paper.

Volker K. H. Sonntag, MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To support clinical outcome studies, clinical or basic science research and fellowships in spine

Philip E. Stieg, MD, PhD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To fund a skull base research fellowship at the Weill Cornell Medical College Dept. of Neurological Surgery

Charles H. Tator, MD, PhD, MA, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To support basic science research in spinal cord injury

Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To support leadership development for all young neurosurgeons

Hoi-Sang U, MD, FAANS - Purpose Statement: To support research into the molecular mechanisms of neurosurgical diseases with a focus on neurotrauma, neuro-oncology or aging

Martin H. Weiss, MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To support research training in residents

Charles B. Wilson, MD, FAANS(L) - Purpose Statement: To fund brain tumor research

Military Heroes - Purpose Statement: To honor those that have served with funds utilized for military surgeons and surgeons-in-training

For information about NREF and/or the Honor Your Mentor program, please contact Joanne Bonaminio directly at 847.378.0541 or via email at jmb@nref.org.

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization created in 1980 by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) to support research and education efforts that enhance and confirm the critical role neurosurgeons play in improving lives.

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