EANS Office Holders 2011 - 2015
During the 14th European Congres of Neurosurgery in Rome a number of new officers - section and committee chairmen - were elected. We are delighted to introduce them on this page.
András Büki is associate professor and deputy chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pécs, Hungary. He is an individual member of the EANS since 2004 and has participated in the work of the EANS Training Committee between 2007 and 2011. He was trained in Pécs, Hungary, and also participated in neurotrauma research at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA between 1997 and 1999. These studies resulted in his winning of the 2000 Aesculap Prize of the EANS. His research activity focuses on the pathogenesis and experimental care of diffuse traumatic brain injury. He defended his Ph.D thesis in 1999 and published more than 50 peer reviewed manuscripts; his H-index is 12. Dr. Büki gained his national board exam from neurosurgery in 1996 and clinical oncology in 2011 and is primarily involved in neurooncology and neurotrauma care. Dr. Büki is the vice president of the International Neurotrauma Society and secretary of the Hungarian Neurosurgical Society as well as member of the Hungarian College of Neurosurgeons.
Dr. André Grotenhuis has been appointed full Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery in 2001 at the Department of Neurosurgery at the Radboud UMC (Radboud University Medical Centre) Nijmegen, the Netherlands and from 1999-2010 he has been the chairman of the department and the training program director.
Since 2010 his focus is now away from management and more to clinical work, teaching and research in neurosurgery. The Neurosurgical Centre Nijmegen (NCN) is a bilocation centre located at Radboudumc and the Canisius-Wilhelmina-Hospital (CWZ), a large general hospital in Nijmegen.
Initially studying medicine at the Catholic University of Nijmegen until 1979, Dr. Grotenhuis later completed neurosurgical residency training at the Academisches Lehrkrankenhaus Stadtische Kliniken in Duisburg, Germany. Board certified in both Germany and the Netherlands, he went on to complete multiple fellowships at the University Clinic in Vienna, Austria in 1985, Karolinska Sjukhuset in Stockhom, Sweden in 1986 and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He began his clinical work in 1987 as Assistant Professor at the University Hospital St. Radboud Nijmegen and Consultant neurosurgeon at the Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital Nijmegen.
Since 1995, he has been Senior Lecturer at the Medical School of the University of Nijmegen and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital St. Radoud. He defended a PhD thesis in December 2000 on “Endoscopic third Ventriculostomy in the treatment of hydrocephalus”Not only a lecturer at the University of Twente, Enschede for Technical Medicine since 2004, he currently sits as, Secretary and President-elect of EANS (European Association of Neurosurgical Societies), Chairman of the Committee of Medico-Legal Expertise, Chairman of the Consilium Neurochirugicum and member of the Accreditation Committee of the NVvN (Dutch Neurosurgical Society).
He holds multiple memberships including the AANS, CNS, EANS, European Skull Base Society, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Neurochirurgie (Dutch Neurosurgical Society), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Neurochirurgie (German Society for Neurosurgery), Nederlandse Vereniging voor Schedelbasischirugie (Dutch Society for Skull Base Surgery) and the Academia Eurasiana Neurochirurgica. Moreover, he is the Medical Advisor for Nederlandse Hypofyse Stichting (Dutch Foundation of Pituitary Diseases) and has been the delegate for the Netherlands in the EANS Training Committee for ten years and he is also the delegate for the Netherlands at the WFNS.While co-founder and member of the editorial board for the journal “Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery” for many years and now for “Innovative Neurosurgery”, he likewise is an active reviewer for several journals including Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, Central European Neurosurgery, “Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Review, Acta Neurochirurgica, to name a few. He has authored two books, 21 book chapters, more than ninety peer-reviewed scientific publications and given more than 400 (international) lectures and presentations.
Born in 1960, Jannick Brennum is currently Chairman of the Neurosurgical Unit at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen since 2008 and before that chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Glostrup Hospital in Copenhagen since 2002. From the 1th of October 2010 neurosurgery in Copenhagen was reorganized, such that the neurosurgical unit at Rigshospitalet is a brain surgical unit, whereas spine surgery is organized as a joint venture enterprise between neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons, at the Spine Unit at Rigshospitalet and at Glostrup Hospital. Jannick Brennum is currently the President of the Scandinavian Neurosurgical Society. He has previously served on the board of the Danish Neurosurgical Society for six years, before becoming its President in 2007, a post he held until last year. Earlier in his career, he spent several years training in the UK, before returning to his native Denmark in 1999. In 1996 he received his DMSC and in 2006 his Masters degree in Health Management. His areas of special neurosurgical interest include Neuro-oncology (special focus on LGGs and awake craniotomies with mapping), Epilepsy surgery and Microvascular Decompression.
Shlomi Constantini is the director of the department of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Dana Children's Hospital at the Tel-Aviv Medical Center, and holds a professor position at the Tel-Aviv University. He is also the director of the Gilbert international Neurofibromatosis Center. Shlomi Trained in Jerusalem, Israel, and sub-specialized in pediatric Neurosurgery in New York with Professor Fred Epstein. His main clinical interests are in the fields of childhood brain and spinal cord tumors, Neuro-endoscopy, and congenital CNS malformations. He is the author of over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, over 40 book chapters, and many other review papers.
Shlomi is a member in many professional societies, editorial boards, and holds several leadership positions in international neurosurgical associations such as the president-elect of the IFNE (International Federation of Neuro-endoscopy), and Executive board member in the ISPN (Internal Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery).
Shlomi is active in the EANS for over 10 years and has been a member of the research committee and the general secretary of the society.
Peter Hutchinson BSc (hons), MBBS, PhD, FRCS (Surg Neurol) holds a Readership and Academy of Medical Sciences / Health Foundation Senior Surgical Scientist Fellowship within the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon post at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He has a general neurosurgical practice with a sub-specialist interest in the management of neuro trauma. He has a research interest in traumatic brain injury (PI of the MRC / NIHR funded www.RESCUEicp decompressive study), multimodality monitoring in neuro-critical care and functional imaging. He was the previous chair of the EANS Research Committee, has co-authored over 150 publications and is joint editor of the book “Head Injury – A Multidisciplinary Approach”. He is currently chair of the Society of British Neurosurgeons Neurotrauma Group and a member of the SBNS council, Director of Clinical Studies and Fellow at Robinson College Cambridge, and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the British Grand Prix.
Chairman of the Section of Radiosurgery
Andras Kemeny FRCS MD graduated "summa cum laude" from Semmelweis University Medical School in Budapest, Hungary in 1977. As a postgraduate he worked in neuro-anatomy as a Research Fellow with Miklos Palkovits before joining the neurosurgical training programme at the National Institute of Neurosurgery (OITI), Budapest.
His training continued in England from 1982, at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield. During this time he received his training in Gamma Knife Surgery with David Forster. He became Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow in 1988. He received a postgraduate doctorate at Sheffield University in 1991.
In 1991 he was appointed in Sheffield as Consultant Neurosurgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer. His general interests in neurosurgery are microsurgery of the spine, trigeminal neuralgia and epilepsy surgery. He is the founder of the Sheffield Epilepsy Surgery Programme. He is one of the UK pioneers of Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Epilepsy and he is surgical advisor to FABLE, a UK charity helping families and patients living with intractable epilepsy.
His main special interest is Stereotactic Radiosurgery. He has 90 peer reviewed publications and book chapters, mainly on this subject. He has been the Director of the National Centre for Stereotactic Radiosurgery since 2000. He was elected as President of the European Gamma Knife Society in 2001. He is founder and first President of the British Radiosurgery Society. He represented the Society of British Neurological Surgeons at the EANS, WFNS and UEMS.
Chair of the Section of Trauma & Critical Care
Andrew I.R. Maas is professor and chairman of the department of Neurosurgery at the Antwerp University Hospital and University of Antwerp. He holds positions as the Past President of the International Neurotrauma Society, Co-Chairman of the European Brain Injury Consortium and member of the Neurotraumatology Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. He is a general neurosurgeon with specific interest in Traumatic Brain Injury and neuro-intensive care. Main research interests are: - Clinical trial design and analysis in Traumatic Brain Injury - Prognosis in Traumatic Brain Injury - Individualized Targeted Management in Neurocritical care - Quality of Life after brain injury - Standardization of data collection Dr Maas was the principal investigator of the IMPACT study group (International Mission on Prognosis and Clinical Trial design in TBI), that was awarded an NIH grant (2003-2011) on the research project: “Clinical Trial Design and Analysis in Traumatic Brain Injury”. The IMPACT project consisted of a collaborative venture between the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Antwerp University Hospital, the University of Edinburgh and the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond USA. The IMPACT studies have resulted in 50 publications and recommendations for improved trial design, have set the standard for prognostic analysis in TBI and proposed formats for standardization of data collection in TBI studies. Dr Maas has also received funding from the Flemish Institute for Science and Technology for a project concerning Individualized Targeted Management in Neurocritical care (2009-2011). Dr Maas is member of various editorial boards, review committees and is a reviewer for over 35 international journals. In total he has authored over 200 publications in peer reviewed international journals, most of these focussing on research in Traumatic Brain Injury.
Chairman of the Section of Spinal Neurosurgery
Bernhard Meyer was born in 1962 and trained in Italy and the US as well as his native Germany before starting his internship in Neurosurgery at the University of Tubingen. He completed his residency in 1995 within the Neurosurgical Department at the University of Bonn, where he stayed for over ten years, ending his time there as Associate Professor. In 2006, he was appointed Full Professor of Neurosurgery and Chairman of the Neurosurgical Department at the Technical University of Munich. In addition to his role as Chair of the EANS Spine Section, Bernhard holds a number of other positions with scientific societies. He is currently Secretary of the Germany Academy of Neurosurgery (DANC) and a board member of the International Group for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery (IGASS). He also sits on the editorial board or acts as reviewer for nearly 20 publications. In addition to Spinal Neurosurgery, his clinical/scientific interests include Neurooncology and the Neurovascular field.
Chairman of the Section of Functional Neurosurgery
Massimo SCERRATI, born January 4, 1948. Degree at Medical School of Catholic University in Rome (1972). Specialization in Neurosurgery (1976) and Radiology (1980). Neurosurgical training under the guide of Prof. Gian Franco Rossi at the Institute of Neurosurgery of the Catholic University of Rome, where has been active as Resident (1972-1976), Assistant Professor (until 1987), Associate Professor and Chairman of the Service and Section of Neurotraumatology (until 2002). Since 2002 Professor of Neurosurgery and Chairman of the Neurosurgical Department and School at the Polytechnic University of Marche in Ancona. Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Department of Stereotactic Surgery, Freiburg (Germany, Apr 1978-March 1979), under the guide of Prof. Fritz Mundinger. Main fields of interest and research: Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery (brain lesion biopsy, epilepsy, parkinson disease and movement disorders), Neuro-Oncology (brain surgery, loco-regional treatment), Neurotraumatology. Most relevant memberships and appointments: President of Italian Association of Neuro-Oncology, Member of the Executive Committee of the Italian Society of Neurosurgery, Founding member of European Society of Neuro-Oncology, Member of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Member of the Board of AO Spine and AO CMF/Neuro.
Chairman of the Section of Vascular Neurosurgery
Prof Vajkoczy is Full Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. His clinical special fields of interest are Neurovascular Surgery (Aneurysms, Bypass Surgery, AVMs), Skull Base Surgery (Pituitary Surgery, Posterior Fossa), Neurooncology (Complex Glioma Surgery) and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. His research fields are the pathogenesis and therapy of subarachnoid hemorrhage, the prevention and therapy of vasospasm, novel concepts of multimodality monitoring of neurocrtically ill patients, artrteriogenesis following vessel occlusion, cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain tumor angiogenesis, mechanisms of brain tumor cell migration and invasion, relevance of neuronal guidance molecules for brain tumor biology, as well as homing and recruitment of immune/hematopoietic cells to the nervous system.
Juan Antonio Barcia
Chairman of the Research Committee
Prof. Juan A. Barcia (Valencia, Spain, 1962) is currently Head of the Department of Neurosurgery and Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital "Hospital Clínico San Carlos" in Madrid, Spain, and at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Board certified in Neurosurgery since 1992, he received his MD in 1987 and PhD in 1997. He has been Associate professor of Neurosurgery, at the University of Valencia, Head of Clinical Division, Service of Neurosurgery, Hospital General Universitario de Valencia, Head of the laboratory of Neural regeneration and Neural repair. Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe. Valencia and Scientific Director of the Research Foundation at the Hospital General Univeristario de Valencia. He received his doctorate from the University of Valencia and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the Hospital Clinico Universitario de Valencia, extending studies of functional neurosurgery at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, and of epilepsy surgery at the Montreal Neurological Institute in Canada. From the clinical point of view, has developed programs in surgery in Parkinson's disease, epilepsy surgery, pain surgery, psychosurgery, radiosurgery, neuro-oncology, surgery of the skull base, neuronavigation and neuroendoscopy and bioethics and quality of life in neurosurgical patients. His research is now focused on modulation of brain plasticity, new targets for brain stimulation and brain repair with biomaterials and stem cells. He has been project leader of several national and international competitive research projects. He has supervised 7 doctoral theses and has published more than 70 research papers in clinical and applied neurosciences.
Chairman of the International Relations Committee
Henry Marsh originally studied Politics, Economics and Philosophy at Oxford University graduating with First Class Honours in 1973. He then studied Medicine in London graduating with Honours in 1979. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Surgeons in 1984 and has been a consultant neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St.George's in London and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Royal Marsden Hospital since 1987. His principal work is in neuro-oncology and he was the first neurosurgeon in the UK to start using awake craniotomy techniques on a routine basis for glioma surgery in 1989. He continues to run a major neuro-oncological practice. He is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Washington, Seattle, which he visits regularly and he has been involved in the training of many UW residents in London over the last 25 years. He spends most of his free time working pro bono in overseas countries, and has been responsible for bringing many neurosurgical trainees to study in the UK. He has had visiting fellows from Russia, Ukraine,Azerbaijan,Poland,Sudan and Albania, all of which countries he has visited, and in several of which he continues to work on a regular basis. He comes from Anglo-German parentage and considers himself to be ( for an Englishman) a deeply committed European. He has recently been responsible for introducing visiting fellowships funded by the Society of British Neurological Surgeons for non-EU neurosurgical trainees. The International Relations Committee , of which he is the new Chairman, is a new organization for the EANS. He hopes the committee will be able to establish and publicize how much voluntary international work EANS members are carrying out, to help other EANS members to do the same and explore with the other European Neurosurgical societies whether they could provide funding for visiting fellowships for trainees from outside the EANS countries.
Chairman of the Individual Membership Committee
Karl Schaller is Professor and chairman of the department of neurosurgery at the Geneva University Medical Center and Faculty of Medicine since 2007. He received his pregraduate training at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and pursued his post-graduate career in academic neurosurgery in Duisburg and in Bonn, Germany. His main surgical and research interests concern neurovascular surgery, the treatment of epilepsy, and surgery of brain tumors. He receives funding for the development of intra-operative imaging technology, for the co-registration of complementary imaging modalities, and for clincal neurovascular research. He serves on the editorial or advisory board of several neurosurgical and neurological journals, i.e. Acta Neurochirurgica, Neurosurgical Focus, Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, and others. Currently he chairs the membership committee of the European Association of Neurosurgical Associations (EANS).
Chairman of the Post Graduated Education Committee
Panagiotis Selviaridis was born in 1952 in North Greece. He has been graduated in 1977 from the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with distinction. After finishing his residency programme in the AHEPA University Hospital he presented his PhD thesis on Hydrocephalus in 1989 in the same University. He is currently appointed full Professor of Neurosurgery and as program director in 2007 he received the JRAAC Accreditation for the residency training programme. Main fields of interest and research include neuro-oncology, skull base surgery, minimally invasive techniques, spine surgery and neuroendoscopy. Offices, and Committee Assignments in Professional Societies: past president – member of executive and scientific committees of the Hellenic Neurosurgical Society, National delegate in the UEMS, National Delegate and member of the liaison committee/training committee/research committee of the EANS, member of the Spine Committee WFNS. He has organized 14 international workshops and seminars, and was the local organizer of the EANS Research course in 2005 and EANS Training course in 2010.