The 2016 aans presidential address: Leading the way

H. Hunt Batjer, Vin Shen Ban

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Abstract

This AANS presidential address focuses on enduring values of the neurosurgical profession that transcend the current political climate. The address was delivered by Dr. Batjer during a US presidential election year, but the authors have intentionally avoided discussing the current chaos of the American health care system in the knowledge that many pressing issues will change depending on the outcome of the 2016 elections. Instead, they have chosen to focus on clarifying what neurosurgeons, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, in particular, stand for; identifying important challenges to these fundamental principles and values; and proposing specific actions to address these challenges. The authors cite "de-professionalism" and commoditization of medicine as foremost among the threats that confront medicine and surgery today and suggest concrete action that can be taken to reverse these trends as well as steps that can be taken to address other significant challenges. They emphasize the importance of embracing exceptionalism and never compromising the standards that have characterized the profession of neurosurgery since its inception.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1325-1336
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery
Volume125
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • AANS
  • Leadership
  • Neurosurgery
  • Presidential address

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)
  • Clinical Neurology

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