Member Philanthropists Join NREF Giving Societies

The Cushing Circle of Giving was established as a lifetime giving society to recognize donors who support research and education efforts that enhance and confirm the critical role neurosurgeons play in improving lives. These individuals and institutions have made a substantial commitment to the future of neurosurgery.

We extend our sincere thanks to the newest philanthropists and organizations joining the Cushing Circle:

  • William L. Caton, III, MD, FAANS
  • Kevin M. Cockroft, MD, FAANS
  • Christopher J. Neal, MD, FAANS
  • Walavan Sivakumar, MD
  • Gary K. Steinberg, MD, PhD, FAANS
  • Marjorie C. Wang, MD, MPH, FAANS
  • Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Robert Watson Society
  • University of North Carolina Department of Neurosurgery

The NREF also extends its sincere gratitude to the following members that have reached the next level:

  • Kai-Ming Fu, MD, PhD, FAANS (Silver)
  • Drs. Shelly D. Timmons and Russell A. Carter (Silver)
  • Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS (Silver)

The Cushing Circle of Giving recognizes members and organizations with pledges or cumulative donations of $25,000 or more. All NREF donations made during a lifetime apply toward membership in the Cushing Circle. Pledges may be paid as a one-time contribution or over a period of years.

The Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving recognizes residents who have made a commitment — early in their careers — to advance the specialty through support of neurosurgical research and education.

Membership is open to residents who commit to advancing neurosurgery by making a total contribution of $500 ($USD) during residency. All lifetime donations apply toward membership in the Cushing Circle.

The Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving welcomes its newest member:

  • Ezequiel D. Goldschmidt, MD, PhD, Univ. of Pittsburgh Neurosurgical Residency

Help light the path for the next generation of neurosurgeons.

Visit the NREF’s secure Donate page to become a member of an NREF giving society. For more information, call 847.378.0500 and ask for the NREF or email

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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