The AANS Mission Statement

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) promotes the highest quality of patient care and advances the specialty of neurological surgery.

AANS Values

Integrity – Leadership – Excellence – Professionalism

AANS Officers

Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FAANS, FACS
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS
President Elect
Regis W. Haid Jr., MD, FAANS
Vice President
Anil Nanda, MD, MPH, FAANS
John A. Wilson, MD, FAANS
Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS
Past President


Nicholas Barbaro, MD, FAANS
E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS
Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol, MD, MSc, MBA, FAANS
Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD, FAANS
Jacques J. Morcos, MD, FAANS
Ann R. Stroink, MD, FAANS

Regional Directors

Curtis J. Rozzelle, MD
Regional Director SE
Gregory R. Trost, MD, FAANS – NW
Regional Director NW
Mark A. Vanefsky, MD, FAANS – SW
Regional Director SW
Andrew E. Wakefield, MD, FAANS – NE
Regional Director NE 2018 – 2021


Michael Schulder, MD, FAANS


Manish K. Aghi, MD, PhD, FAANS
Section on Tumors
Julian E. Bailes Jr., MD, FAANS
Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care
Zoher Ghogawala, MD, FAANS
Section of Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
Robert E. Gross, MDMD, PhD, FAANS
Section on Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Regis W. Haid Jr., MD, FAANS
Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS
Edjah Kweku
Ebura Nduom, MD, FAANS
Christopher J. Neal, MD, FAANS
Joint Military Committee
Charles J. Prestigiacomo, MD, FAANS
Section on History of Neurological Surgery
Mark R. Proctor, MD, FAANS
Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Joshua M. Rosenow, MD, FAANS
Council of State Neurosurgical Societies
James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FAANS
Jason M. Schwalb, MD, FAANS
Section on Pain
Jennifer A. Sweet, MD, FAANS
Section on Women in Neurosurgery
Babu G. Welch, MD, FAANS
Cerebrovascular Section


E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS
American Academy of Neurological Surgery
Nasser M. F. El Ghandour, MD, IFAANS
Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD, FAANS
Walter D. Johnson, MD, FAANS(L)
Jesus Lafuente, MD
Blas E. Lopez Felix, MD, FAANS
Mexican Society of Neurological Surgeons
Stephen P. Lownie, MD, FRCSC, FAANS
Canadian Congress of Neurological Sciences
Basant Kumar Misra, MD
Ganesh Rao, MD, FAANS
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Franco Servadei, MD
Claudio G. Yampolsky, MD, IFAANS

AANS Executive Office

Kathleen T. Craig
Executive Director
Alice I. Kelsey
Associate Executive Director
Beth A. Sartore, CAE
Associate Executive Director
Dennis J. Rizzo, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Michael A. Chabraja, Esq.
Parliamentarian/Legal Counsel

AANS/NREF/NPA Executive Office

5550 Meadowbrook Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-3852
Phone: 847.378.0500
Toll-free: 888.566.AANS (2267)
Fax: 847.378.0600