Chair’s Message

It is hard to believe, but my days as a “young” neurosurgeon are numbered. By the time the next newsletter is published, I will have moved on to the position of immediate past chair, and I will have left the committee in the capable hands of Jeremiah Johnson, MD. I am proud of where we have gone with the committee over the past several years that I have been involved, and I am excited to see where the new leadership takes the committee in the future!

In the same vein, I would like to congratulate Walavan “Wally” Sivakumar, MD, for his election as the next YNC Secretary. He will take over stewardship of the YNC Newsletter this coming summer, and I cannot wait to see where he takes the newsletter next. Jeremiah has done an outstanding job leading the newsletter over the last two years and I know that Wally will uphold that high standard. I would also like to congratulate all of the newly elected YNC members. Competition was fierce, as always, and we are glad to have you aboard.

In the coming months, please keep an eye out for the YNC offerings at the 2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego. We will be holding our second How to Get into Residency seminar for medical students. Our Neurosurgical Top Gun program is back and looks to be better than ever thanks to some tweaks to help streamline the process and increase the competition amongst residents. AANS President Shelly Timmons, MD, PhD, FAANS, is also working on a special social event targeted to young neurosurgeons, so stay tuned for more information! As always, the best way to get real time updates on everything new in the YNC world is to follow our Twitter profile, @youngneuros.

Outside of the meeting, medical students, keep your eyes out for advertisements for the regional 2019 Medical Student Bootcamp offerings. This year, a collaborative effort will hold sessions in Hershey, Penn.; Los Angeles; and New York. Hopefully, this will help even more of our trainees attend. I am also proud to announce that one of our AANS YNC Medical Student Members, Joseph Linzey, has had a first-authored manuscript on the YNC as a training ground for organized neurosurgery in the U.S accepted in World Neurosurgery.

There is a lot more that I would like to say about coming opportunities, but they will roll out over the coming months. One of my major initiatives over the last several years has been to find more ways for Young Neurosurgeons to be involved in the AANS, even if not elected to the YNC, and those opportunities will come by the AANS meeting.

Finally, I would like to thank you all for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. It has been an honor to follow in the accomplished footsteps of such leaders as Karin Murazsko, MD, FAANS, and Stacey Wolfe, MD, FAANS. I look forward to continuing to follow the YNC as I continue to age.


Edjah Nduom, MD
Staff Clinician
Surgical Neurology Branch
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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