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  • CNS Foundation Announces Open Applications for Three International Observerships: January 18-March 10, 2023

    • Jan 18, 2023

    Schaumburg, Ill., January 18, 2023—The CNS Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of three International Observerships. The awardee(s) will each receive $20,000 to be used for educational, travel, and living purposes throughout the three-to-six-month onsite experiences in 2023. Each recipient will also attend the 2023 CNS Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., September 9-13, 2023.

    “These awards are cornerstones of the CNS Foundation’s work to create strong international medical collaborations to lead improvements in patient care worldwide,” said CNS Foundation Chair, Martina Stippler, MD. “On behalf of the CNS Foundation Board, thank you Medtronic, Stryker, and the generous individual donors who make these extraordinary learning opportunities possible.”

    The three observership opportunities are:

    • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, mentored by Isabelle Germano. This observership will have a tumor subspecialty focus.
    • Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Global Medical Institute, mentored by Brian Nahed. This observership will have a focus on global neurosurgery and tumor subspecialty.
    • Stanford University, mentored by Juan Carlos Fernandez-Miranda. This observership will have a focus on skull base surgery.

    In 2022, the CNS Foundation hosted two international observerships. Dr. Martin Merenzon observed for three months with Ricardo Komotar, MD, and team, at the University of Miami. Crystal Calderon, MD, of Trinidad Tobago, observed for six months at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Global Studies, with Brian Nahed, MD, MSc, and team.

    To learn more about the award and to apply, please visit The application will remain open January 18 through 11:59 pm CST, on March 1, 2023.

    The CNS Foundation offers a portfolio of award programs to facilitate section and medical societies to advance neurosurgery around the world. To learn more please visit




    About the CNS Foundation

    The CNS Foundation’s philanthropic mission is to improve worldwide patient health by supporting innovative programs that allow neurosurgeons to collaborate globally as researchers, learners, educators, and caregivers. As a 501(c)(3) based in Schaumburg, Illinois, the four mission pillars are Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; International Philanthropy; Clinical Scientist Development, and CNS Guidelines Development. For more information, please visit, or contact Courtney Johnson, Director of Foundation and Giving at 

    About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery through innovation and excellence in education. The CNS provides leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. The CNS maintains the vitality of the profession through volunteer efforts of its members and the development of leadership in service to the public, to colleagues in other disciplines, and to neurosurgeons throughout the world in all stages of their professional lives. For more information, visit


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    Congress of Neurological Surgeons Foundation  

    10 N. Martingale Road, Suite 190

    Schaumburg, IL 60173

    (847) 240-2500


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