Recent Articles

Website Committee

We are in the process of considering how best to revamp the website to remain current and valuable to the membership as well as to provide a public resource for those interested in functional neurosurgery. In addition, resident members have been recruited...

Washington Committee

A summary of key initiatives from the Washington Committee include: The significant burden of preapproval and desire for reform Surprise billing and the risk to neurosurgery Voiced opposition to E&M code reduction Review of key insurance...

Research, Education and Fellowship Committee Mentorship Program

The first annual ASSFN mentorship program was a success with seven graduates. We obtained feedback surveys with glowing praise of everyone's contribution to the webinars, which we have recorded and put behind the firewall as a member benefit. We have...

ASSFN Membership Report

ASSFN Membership Statistics 10/4/2019 Subclass Code Class Code 2018 Dues 2019 Members 2018 Members 2017 Members 2016 Members 01S Active $285.00 276 290 265 280 15D Associate $160.00...

Guidelines Committee

Dr. Gonzalez-Martinez presented the five questions that the committee is currently considering for the epilepsy guidelines. There was discussion concerning the risks of a guideline influencing the ability to obtain precertification from payors. At...

Annual Meeting Planning Committee

AANS 2020 (Boston): ASSFN members Drs. Air, Sweet, McKhann and Abosch are on the Scientific Planning Subcommittee. AANS 2020 (Boston) Monday 4/27/19 Scientific Session: Face-off: Targeted neuromodulation has a role in primary generalized...

CAST Fellowship Review Committee

There are currently 26 CAST-accredited functional fellowships, while 16 advertised functional fellowships are not yet accredited. Case minimums have been established for two fellowship tracks (DBS and Epilepsy). Per CAST policy, enfolded fellowships are...

Bioethics Committee

There has been some activity on the ethics front. The Pain Section had already started gathering a group to look at the many ethical issues involved with various devices, including ones that most of us use. Many of the members of this group are also members...

ASSFN Biennial Meeting Committee

The ASSFN Biennial Meeting will be held June 20-23, 2020, in Boston. This meeting promises to continue the tradition of featuring the best clinical and basic research efforts of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. For the first time, ASSFN is partnering...

CNS 2019 Highlights

Saturday, October 19 Functional Neurosurgery Update: Emerging Concepts Ellen Air, Casey Halpern and John Rolston moderated the functional neurosurgery update. Faculty included Aviva Abosch, Raag Airan, Nicholas M. Barbaro, Stephan Chabardes,...

Editor's Report

Welcome to the Fall 2019 edition of the ASSFN newsletter. With the assistance of Stephanie Cowart, communications specialist for the AANS, the ASSFN is transitioning to an online, interactive format. The new format will make articles easier to navigate...

Chair's Message

Greetings to all ASSFN members. It is my privilege to provide an update on the state and on goings of our vibrant society. The executive council (myself, Joe Neimat (VP) and Andre Machado (Sec-Treasurer) along with entire Board of Directors, met during...