The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies celebrates many member honors and accomplishments.

Professor Jizong Zhao received the Dandy 2012 Medal
in Hangzhou, China on October 12, 2012

The nominees for The Annual Dandy Medal are considered to be “Masters” in our field.  Their contributions have elevated the proficiency of neurosurgical techniques.  They have been educational leaders in their own country, continent, as well as globally.  Through their innovations and mentorship, they have influenced a whole generation of neurosurgeons, inspiring them to also aim for excellence in operative neurosurgery.

The medal was given during the joint meeting of the Chinese Neurosurgical Society and the First Annual Meeting of WEDNS held in Hangzhou, China.  The joint meeting was a tremendous success and was attended by over 2500 neurosurgeons.

Peter M. Black receives Vilhelm Magnus medal and diploma

Oslo, Norway, is not only the site of the Nobel Peace Prize, but also the Vilhelm Magnus medal which on the last Thursday of October is offered to a neurosurgeon of the highest international standing. Three weeks after the announcement of the Nobel Peace prize, Oslo presented the Vilhelm Magnus medal to Peter M. Black, professor of neurosurgery at Harvard University and president of the World Federation of Neurological Surgeries.

Merwyn Bagan receives honors from Nepalese King

Merwyn Bagan was awarded Suprabal Gorkha Dakshina Bahu from His Majesty King of Nepal.  The award is given to a Nepalese Citizen, or occasionally a foreigner, who is judged to have made significant contributions to the welfare of Nepal.

Jacques Brotchi receives honors, elected to Senate

WFNS Jacques Brotchi was knighted in 1988 by King Baudoin. He was elected to the Belgian Senate in 2004. He has also received the following awards:  Commandeur de l’Ordre de Léopold (Belgique), Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (France), Chevalier de l’Ordre de Danneborg (Danemark), Grand Commandeur de l’Ordre Civil du Mérite (Espagne).

On May 9th, 2007 King Albert II promoted Professor Brotchi to “Baron”!


Yoko Kato promoted to Professor at Fujita Health University

Yoko Kato, MD was promoted to Professor at Fujita Health University in Aichi, Japan. Prof. Kato is the first woman in that country to become a full professor of neurological surgery. She is on the editorial boards of multiple neurosurgical publications, with research interests that include cerebral aneurysms and new vascular imaging. She was the founder of the Women's Neurosurgical Association (WNA) of Japan in 1990 and of the Asian Women's Neurosurgical Association in 1996.
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Edward Laws to perform 5000th surgery

WFNS Past President Edward R. Laws, Jr. prepares to celebrate his 5000th transsphenoidal operation in the coming year. Doctor Laws is the author of hundreds of peer-reviewed journal articles and mutliple textbooks, and is considered a world authority on disorders of the pituitary gland.

Francois-Xavier Roux announces construction of pediatric neurosurgery department in Cambodia

Prof. Francois-Xavier Roux has announced that a pediatric neurosurgery service is being constructed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia by the non-profit group, ''LA CHAINE DE L'ESPOIR''. The cornerstone was laid recently, in the presence of the King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihamoni. Founded in 1988, the organization's mission is to aid children in indigent countries. Dr.Roux is Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Hôpital Ste. Anne, Paris and is actively involved in this and other neurosurgical philanthropic projects in Asia.


Graham Teasdale knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

In 2006, Professor Graham Teasdale, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Glasgow University, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his service to neurosurgery and to Britain. Sir Graham has authored hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and is best known for his ground-breaking development of the Glasgow Coma Scale, used throughout the world to efficiently and accurately describe the condition of patients with head injuries.


Dr José Humberto Mateos Gomez receives the AANS International Lifetime Recognition Award

During the International Reception at the 2008 AANS Annual Meeting, AANS President Dr. Jon H. Robertson presented José Humberto Mateos Gomez, MD with the first AANS International Lifetime Recognition Award. Dr. Mateos has dedicated his life to teaching, and has been a principle force in elevating the quality of neurosurgical training in Mexico. Dr. Mateos founded the Neurosurgery Service of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) in 1963 and was also a founding member and president of the Mexican Board of Neurosurgery. Through academics posts and positions in neurosurgical organizations in Mexico, Dr. Mateos has been one of the most influential figures in Mexican neurosurgery.

AANS International Lifetime Recogmition Award