Cushing Circle of Giving

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 with the goal of increasing donations and creating a premier recognition society. The Cushing Circle honors Dr. Harvey Cushing and provides camaraderie among philanthropists who have made a financial commitment to the NREF with a cash contribution of $25,000 or more, or a deferred gift of $50,000 or more.

Cushing Circle members represent over $6 million in cumulative donations.

July 2013: 35 Individual Members and no Academic Programs & Institutions

June 2019: 153 Individual Members and 43 Organizations

The NREF is grateful for the generosity of the following philanthropic individuals, institutions and affiliated organizations who comprise the Cushing Circle of Giving as of June 30, 2019.


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.

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

Hans C. Coester, MD, FAANS

Griffith R. Harsh IV, MD, FAANS and Ms. Margaret C. Whitman

Robert F. Heary, MD, FAANS

Silver ($50,000-$74,999)

Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS

Charles L. Branch, Jr., MD, FAANS

Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol, MD, FAANS

Kai-Ming Fu, MD, PhD, FAANS

Ricardo Alexandre Hanel, MD, PhD

Drs. Robert E. and Kimberly S. Harbaugh

Theodore R. Jacobs, MD, FAANS

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

Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS

Jon H. Robertson, 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

Seth M. Weingarten, MD, FAANS(L)

Bronze ($25,000-$49,999)

P. David Adelson, MD, FAANS

Owoicho Adogwa, MD, MPH

Nitin Agarwal, MD

Ronald I. Apfelbaum, MD, FAANS(L)

Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS

Anthony Asher, MD., FAANS

Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas M. Barbaro

H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FAANS

James R. Bean, MD, FAANS

Mitchel S. Berger, MD, FAANS

Dr. and Mrs. Gary Bloomgarden

Jeffrey P. Blount, MD, FAAP, FAANS

Angel Nickolov Boev, MD, FAANS

Dr. and Mrs. Frederick A. Boop

Dr. and Mrs. Warren C. Boop Jr.

Jeffrey N. Bruce, MD, FAANS

Peter W. Carmel, MD, FAANS

John R. Caruso, MD, FAANS

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

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

Stewart B. Dunsker, MD, FAANS(L)

J. Flagg Flanagan

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

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

Carl B. Heilman, MD, FAANS

Martin M. Henegar, MD, FAANS

Matthew A. Howard III, MD, FAANS

Jason H. Huang, MD, FAANS

N. Ross Jenkins, MD, FAANS

Michael G. Kaiser, MD, FAANS

Adam S. Kanter, MD, FAANS

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

John Joseph Knightly, MD, FAANS

Mark J. Kubala, MD, FAANS(L)

Charles Kuntz, MD, FAANS*

Shekar N. Kurpad, MD, PhD, FAANS

Adrian W. Laxton, MD, FAANS

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Levinthal

Michael J. Link, MD, FAANS

Mark E. Linskey, MD, FAANS

Robert L. Martuza, MD, FAANS(L)

Catherine Anne Mazzola, MD, FAANS

Paul C. McCormick, MD, FAANS

Mark R. McLaughlin, MD, 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

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

David Peterson

Joseph M. Piepmeier, MD, FAANS

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)*

Gail L. Rosseau, MD, FAANS

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

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

Walavan Sivakumar, MD

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

Gary K. Steinberg, MD, PhD, FAANS

Troy M. Tippett, MD, FAANS(L)

Roland A. Torres, MD, FAANS

Luis Manuel Tumialan, MD, FAANS

Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS

Craig Andrew Van Der Veer, MD, FAANS

G. Edward Vates, MD, PhD, FAANS

Marjorie C. Wang, MD, MPH, FAANS

Clarence B. Watridge, MD, FAANS(L)

Martin H. Weiss, MD, FAANS(L)

Robert E. Wharen, Jr., MD, FAANS

David Whelan

John A. Wilson, MD, FAANS

Stacey C. Wolfe, MD, FAANS

Ahmet Yildizhan, MD, IFAANS

Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, FAANS

Mario Zuccarello, MD

*Denotes deceased donor

Institutions & Affiliated Organizations

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

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 and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN)

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

Bronze ($25,000-$49,999)

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

Semmes-Murphey Clinic/University of Tennessee

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

UT Southwestern Department of Neurological Surgery Faculty

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

Western Neurosurgical Society

Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving

The Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving was established in 2016 to introduce neurosurgical residents into the culture of philanthropy with the goal of increasing donations over their lifetime and eventual membership in the NREF’s premier recognition society, the Cushing Circle of Giving.

Membership is open to residents who demonstrate a commitment to advancing neurosurgery with a cash contribution of $500 (USD) or more. Eligibility for inclusion in the Young Neurosurgeons Circle expires at the conclusion of the residency period. Payment plans are available. Gifts can be made as a one-time contribution, in regular monthly or annual installments, or as part of a tiered plan during the course of residency.

The NREF is pleased to recognize the members of the Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving as of June 30, 2019.

Gold ($2,500 and above)

Nitin Agarwal, MD – Univ. of Pittsburgh Neurosurgical Residency

Redi Rahmani, MD – Univ. of Rochester Neurosurgical Residency

Nathaniel R. Ellens, MD – Univ. of Rochester Neurosurgical Residency

Silver ($1,000 – $2,499)

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

Michael M. McDowell, MD – Univ. of Pittsburgh Neurosurgical Residency

Stephen T. Magill, MD, PhD – Univ. of California/San Francisco Neurosurgical Residency

Bronze ($500 – $999)

Visish M Srinivasan, MD – Baylor College of Medicine Neurosurgical Residency

Joel Beckett, MD – Univ. of California/Los Angeles Neurosurgical Residency

Allen L. Ho, MD – Stanford University Neurosurgical Residency

Neil Majmundar, MD – Rutgers New Jersey Neurosurgical Residency

Steven Tenny, MD, MPH, MBA – Univ. of Nebraska Neurosurgical Residency

Ibrahim Hussain, MD – New York Presbyterian/Cornell Neurosurgical Residency