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President's Message

The American Association of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN), serves as an affiliate joint section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), and remains deeply involved in a variety of educational, organizational and advocacy activities on behalf of North American functional neurosurgeons and our patients. It gives me enormous pride and pleasure to be the current president of the ASSFN. Many members of the society attended the meeting of our sister society, the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN) in Berlin. This meeting was held on June 26-29, 2017. It was, by all accounts, a tremendous success, with a large and international group of participants and many exciting papers. We are actively planning for the ASSFN biennial meeting, which will be held June 2-5, 2018, in Denver. This meeting is being organized by past president Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD, FAANS, and will be fantastic. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.

Members of the ASSFN/Stereotactic & Functional Section continue to lead the way in promoting scientific and clinical research. Our field is uniquely poised for continued growth with the increased interest in neuromodulation.

This offers our members unique access to human brain physiology, the opportunity to explore new indications and the potential to design new devices. We should embrace the new possibilities and constantly strive to advance the field in a rational, ethical and thoughtful fashion. I look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming meetings.

Sincerely yours,
Emad N. Eskandar, MD, MBA, FAANS
President, ASSFN

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President's Address

The American Association of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN), serves as an affiliate joint section of the AANS and CNS and remains deeply involved in a variety of educational, organizational and advocacy activities, on behalf of North American functional neurosurgeons and our patients. It gives me enormous pride and pleasure to be the current president of the ASSFN.

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ASSFN Mission Statement

The mission of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery is to foster the use of image guided and physiologically guided surgeries that alter the function of the nervous system, for treatment of neurological disorders. The Society will improve patient care, educate neurosurgeons, other physicians, allied medical specialists, and the general public, support basic and clinical research, and provide a forum at national and international meetings to fulfill these goals. Through its meetings, the Society will also establish minimum standards for the performance of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. Read more

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