• Dear Colleague,

    CNS Foundation’s mission is to create a strong, positive impact in the field of neurosurgery worldwide. Joint philanthropy from the neurosurgical community will propel the objective of the CNS Foundation, namely to reduce the barriers to exceptional education and care.

    The three pillars of the Foundation are:

    • The Clinical Scientist Career Development Initiative: Donations to this initiative help to fund neurosurgery’s most prestigious award, NINDS/CNSF Getch K12 Scholar Award. The award funded by CNSF, in collaboration with the NINDS and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), provides unparalleled support for a young neurosurgeon-scientist to conduct innovative clinical research for two years at their home institution.
    • The International Philanthropy Initiative: With fewer than 34,000 neurosurgeons to serve 103 countries, this translates to less than two neurosurgeons for every 100,000 people worldwide. The International Philanthropy Initiative commenced with the goal of information exchange in order to promote cross-pollination of education, information, and technology for neurosurgeons worldwide. Contributions will help provide neurosurgeons with deeply rewarding opportunities for observation and mentorship at American academic centers of excellence.
    • The CNS Guidelines Initiative: The CNS Foundation’s Guidelines Initiative continues to fund development of new recommendations as a critical resource in our rapidly evolving health care environment. We applaud the Spine Section’s funding of a three-year project to develop a comprehensive set of clinical practice guidelines on the topic of Perioperative Spine Surgery Guidelines. This visionary project will make possible groundbreaking preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative methodologies to support the work of all neurosurgeons.

    The outpouring of support for the CNS Foundation is sincerely appreciated. Since 2012, more than 650 FRIENDS OF THE CNS FOUNDATION have charitably given to the CNS Foundation. We extend deep gratitude to the individuals who have joined our LEADERSHIP CIRCLE, by contributing more than $500 in 2019. We could not achieve the vision to improve worldwide health without the dedication and hard work of our FOUNDERS CIRCLE, which celebrates the volunteers whose cultivation efforts have resulted in 2019 gifts to the CNS Foundation of $10,000 or more. Many of these significant gifts came from our extraordinary Philanthropy Partners, who continue to support our efforts to improve neurosurgical care across the globe. The CNS Executive Committee must be acknowledged for their tremendous support to galvanize a new stage in CNS community philanthropy with a $1 million gift to match all 2019 gifts from individual neurosurgeons and sections.

    Please help me thank our new board members for their volunteer service in leading the CNS Foundation into a new era of dynamic philanthropy to improve worldwide health.

    I deeply appreciate your past support to build the CNS Foundation’s current success. I ask you to continue supporting the CNS Foundation to elevate its future.

    With warm personal regards,

    Elad I. Levy, MD MBA FACS FAHA
    Chair, CNS Foundation
    CNS Secretary