North American Neuromodulation Society
NANS Midterm Report: Activities and Accomplishments
David Kloth, MD
As I reach the midpoint of my term as NANS president, I am pleased to report on the continued growth and achievements of our society. The credit for this goes to the many physicians, volunteers, educational faculty, board members, and staff who support NANS with all of their hard work behind the scenes. NANS has made a strong commitment to advocacy, leadership development, and education to ensure the continued growth and acceptance of treatments within the space of neuromodulation.
I would like to introduce several new board members who began their terms during the NANS 2014 Annual Meeting. Our two newest directors at large are Jason Pope, MD, a pain physician at Summit Pain Alliance in Santa Rosa, CA, and Steven Falowski, MD, a neurosurgeon and director of functional neurosurgery at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA. Both have worked tirelessly during the past several annual meetings as program directors for the NANS resident and fellows’ courses. You can read more about Drs. Falowski and Pope on page 3.
Re-elected to the board as directors at large are pain physicians Richard Rauck, MD, from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, and Marc Huntoon, MD, from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Congratulations to all of the re-elected board members. Continuing in their roles on the board as ex-officio directors are Salim Hayek, MD PhD; Konstantin Slavin, MD; and Julie Pilitsis, MD PhD. Robert Foreman, PhD, will continue in his role as an ex-officio member of the board as a liaison between the NANS Board of Directors and the Foundation Board, and Joshua Prager, MD, will continue in his role as senior advisor to the board. The NANS Executive Committee remains unchanged from last year.
I am proud to report that the NANS 20th anniversary meeting exceeded all expectations and demonstrated NANS’s leadership and commitment to growth in the diverse field of neuromodulation. Thank you to all who attended and helped make this such a successful meeting. The Scientific Program and Annual Meeting Committees again did an outstanding job coordinating another fabulous event this past December. More than 1,900 individuals attended the 2014 Annual Meeting, breaking the record set in 2013. Nearly 1,600 were medical attendees, representing a wide variety of medical specialties, including neurosurgery, neurology, anesthesia/pain medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, cardiology, gastrointestinal, orthopedics, and urology. The number of medical attendees in 2014 reflects just under a 14% increase over attendance at the 2013 meeting.
Bringing all of these attendees and experts together was a special way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of NANS. Thank you to each of you who participated as faculty or a presenter. More details, including a summary of the meeting and all special sessions, are included later in this newsletter.