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John A. Iwanski
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American Association of Neurological Surgeons Names Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS,
President for 2014-2015
Pennsylvania-based neurosurgeon to lead the spokesorganization of organized neurosurgery.
SAN FRANCISCO (April 7, 2014) — The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) has
named Pennsylvania-based neurosurgeon Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS, as its 2014-2015 president.
His appointment was announced during the AANS 82nd Annual Scientific Meeting, held in San Francisco
April 5-9, 2014.
Dr. Harbaugh, Chairman and Distinguished Professor at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s
Department of Neurosurgery and the Penn State College of Medicine, most recently served as the 20132014 AANS President-Elect. A member of the AANS since 1986, he has presided as AANS Treasurer, as
well as chaired, respectively, the Finance Committee, the AANS/Congress of Neurological Surgeons
(CNS) Washington Committee and the AANS Resident Mentoring Program.
“My goal for the AANS is to make it an indispensable organization for our clients. Who are our clients?
First and foremost, our members. I want the AANS to increase its advocacy for neurosurgeons and the
specialty of neurosurgery through our ongoing support of the Washington Committee and through AANS
public relations efforts directed at demonstrating the value of neurosurgical specialists” Dr. Harbaugh
says. “As the spokes-organization for neurosurgery it is the responsibility of the AANS to lead a
campaign demonstrating the value of neurosurgical specialists in today’s health-care reform
environment.” Dr. Harbaugh continues by noting that through the efforts of the Neurosurgery Research
and Education Foundation (NREF) and NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA), he hopes the AANS will
“…continue to foster valuable partnerships with the industry. Such partnerships are essential to address
the needs of neurosurgeons and neurosurgical patients in the 21st century. There is great value in
neurosurgeons’ collaboration with the industry when it is done responsibly. The AANS will lead the way
in demonstrating the value of such collaboration.”
In addition to his leadership in the AANS, Dr. Harbaugh also is the President of the NPA and has held
numerous leadership positions in other organizations — including the American Board of Neurological
Surgery, where he is presently a director. Dr. Harbaugh also is a member on the National Football
League’s Injury Surveillance and Head, Neck, and Spine Committees.
Media Representatives: The 2014 AANS Annual Meeting Press Kit includes releases on highlighted
scientific research, AANS officer and award winners, National Neurosurgery Awareness Week, and other
relevant information about this year’s program. Those releases also will be posted under the Media area
on the 2014 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting website (http://www.aans.org/Annual
Meeting/2014/Main/Media.aspx). If you would have interest in a topic related to neurosurgery or would
like to interview a neurosurgeon — either onsite or via telephone — during this year’s event, please
contact John Iwanski, AANS Director of Integrated Marketing and Website Communications, via the
onsite press room at 415.978.3603 or email him at [email protected]
About the 2014 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting: Attended by neurosurgeons, neurosurgical residents,
medical students, neuroscience nurses, clinical specialists, physician assistants, allied health professionals
and other medical professionals, the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting is the largest gathering of
neurosurgeons in the nation, with an emphasis on the field’s latest research and technological advances. A
record-breaking 1,321 scientific abstracts were presented for review at the 2014 AANS Annual Scientific
Meeting, and the scientific presentations given at this year’s event represent cutting-edge examples of the
incredible developments taking place within the field of neurosurgery. Additional information about the
AANS Annual Scientific Meeting and the Meeting Program can be found at http://www.aans.org/Annual
Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
(AANS) is a scientific and educational association with nearly 8,600 members worldwide. The AANS is
dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of
neurosurgical care to the public. All active members of the AANS are certified by the American Board of
Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Neurosurgery) of Canada or the
Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, AC. Neurological surgery is the medical specialty concerned
with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the entire nervous
system including the spinal column, spinal cord, brain and peripheral nerves. For more information, visit