The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) is a professional, scientific, non-governmental organization comprising of 130 member societies, consisting of 5 Continental Associations, 119 National Neurosurgical Societies and 6 Affiliate Societies, representing over 30,000 neurosurgeons worldwide.
Founded in 1955.
The mission of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) is to work together with our member societies to improve worldwide neurosurgical care, training and research to benefit our patients.
Founded in 1955, the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) is a professional, scientific, non-governmental organization comprising 5 Continental Associations, 114 National Neurosurgical Societies and 5 Affiliate Societies, representing some 30,000 neurosurgeons worldwide.
The WFNS is governed by an Executive Committee (EC) consisting of two Delegates from each Member Society and an Administrative Council composed of the Officers of the Federation, who are elected every four years. The EC meets every two years and is guided by the Administrative Council which meets at least annually.
The goals of the WFNS are deliberated and pursued through scientific, standing and ad hoc committees and during the International Congress of Neurological Surgery which takes place every four years.
At present, the main priorities of the Federation concern:
The training of neurosurgeons from developing areas, both with the organization of Educational Courses in different countries and with the provision of grants to enable them to train at selected neurosurgical centers in different parts of the world.
The donation of instruments and equipment, together with the necessary technical advice to allow them to be implemented in the neurosurgical units in economically challenged regions.
Priority to public health issues, such as the prevention and treatment of head injuries and spinal trauma, vascular pathology with special attention to the elderly, treatment of degenerative diseases, prevention of developmental and neonatal malformations.
Research in neurosurgical subspecialties, such as brain tumours, vascular pathologies and degenerative diseases.
The assessment and introduction of new technologies.
A forum for young neurosurgeons.
Maintenance of a Website which addresses neurosurgical interests of physicians, corporations and the general public.
The WFNS Foundation, created in 2000 and incorporated in the U.S.A. (as the WFNS Foundation – USA) serves to promote education and training of neurosurgeons in the developing world.
The WFNS has official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and acts as a consulting body through the WHO Working Group on Neurosurgery and the WFNS-WHO Liaison Committee.
Chairman of the Executive Committee:
Peter BLACK, President of WFNS Harvard Medical School - USA
Tel: +1 617-259-6120 /Fax: +1 617-523-4008
Mobile: +1 617-966-4362
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Appointed by the President of the Federation and can only vote if already a member of the Executive Committee or an Honorary President of the Federation
David THOMAS, Honorary President of WFNS
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Box 32, Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG, England
Tel: +44 (-20) -78298750, Fax: +44 2072787894
WFNS Administrative Council: Peter M. Black (President), Yong-Kwang Tu (President-Elect), Takeshi Kawase (First Vice-President), Hildo Azevedo-Filho (Secretary), Basant K. Misra (Assistant-Secretary), Miguel A. Arraez (Treasurer), Christopher M. Loftus (Assistant-Treasurer), Hee-Won Jung (President of the XV Congress)
WFNS Second Vice-Presidents: Alexander Potapov (at large), Ibrahim Sbeih (at large), Johannes Schramm (EANS), Leonidas M. Quintana (FLANC), Yong-Kwang Tu (AASNS), Gail Rosseau (AANS), Kazadi K.N.Kalangu (PAANS),
Historian: Armando Basso
WFNS Honorary Presidents: Adelola Adeloye, Armando Basso, J. Brotchi, Maurice Choux, Noel G. Dan, Jacques C. de Villiers, Atos A. de Souza, Sayed El Gindi, Alan Hudson, Roberto Heros, Shozo Ishii, Tetsuo Kanno, A. El Khamlichi, Shigeaki Kobayashi, Edward R. Laws, Alexander Konovalov, Guy Lazorthes, Friedrich Loew, Mauro Loyo-Varela, José-Gérardo Martin-Rodriguez, Jorge Mendez, Sean Mullan, Russel Patterson, Fernando Rueda-Franco, Mahadeeva Sambivasan, Madjid Samii, Lindsay Symon, Kintomo Takakura, H.A.D. Walder.
Editor of Federation and Congress Publications: Yücel Kanpolat (no vote)
*Officers of the WFNS Congress: Hee Won Jung, (President), Dae Hee Han (Honorary Vice-President), Suck Jun Oh (Vice-President), Man Bin Yim (2nd Vice-President), Kyu Sung Lee (Secretary), Jung Yul Park (Assistant-Secretary), In Suk Hamm (Treasurer), Yong Gu Chung (Assistant-Treasurer), Chun-Kun Park (Scientific Programme Director, i.e. Chairman of the Programme Committee), plus Honorary Vice-Presidents of the Congress Two delegates from each Constituent Society and each Continental Organization: (Paying Continental Organizations have the right to 4 delegates/4 votes) Observers from each affiliate society: (no vote) *N.B. they are ex-officio unless a nominated delegate. An amendment of the Bylaws passed in Marrakech states that only the President and Treasurer of the Congress can vote but not the Officers of the Congress. One from each member society of WFNS who is usually the delegate with the longest term of service on the Executive Committee, the name of whom should be declared in writing to the Secretary of the Federation by each Society. An Honorary Vice-President can only vote if he is also a Senior or Second Delegate of a member society.
I 1957 Brussels, Belgium P. Van Gehuchten
II 1961 Washington DC, United States P. C. Bucy
III 1965 Copenhagen, Denmark E. Busch
IV 1969 New York, United States H. H. Merritt & A. E. Walker
V 1973 Tokyo, Japan Keiji Sano
VI 1977 Sao Paulo, Brazil Aloysio De Mattos Pimenta
VII 1981 Munich, Germany Karl-August Bushe
VIII 1985 Toronto, Canada Alan R. Hudson
IX 1989 New Delhi, India Brigadier Ramamurthi
X 1993 Acapulco, Mexico Mauro Loyo-Varela
XI 1997 Amsterdam, Netherlands H. August Van Alphen
XII 2001 Sydney, Australia Noel Dan
XIII 2005 Marrakech, Morocco Abdeslam El Khamlichi
XIV 2009 Boston, United States Roberto Heros
XV 2013 Seoul, South Korea Hee Won Jung.
Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital
Beijing Post-Graduate Training Center
Carlos Haya University Hospital Post-GraduateTraining Center
Center for Neuroscience Services and Research, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Chiba Tokushukai Hospital, Post-Graduate training Center
Fujita Health University, Post-Graduate Training Center
Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Post-Graduate Training Center
Hyogo College of Medicine, Post-Graduate Training Center
Ibn AI Haytham Hospital Post Graduate Training Center
Instituto Estadual do Cérebro Paulo Niemeyer (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) WFNS Foundation Post Graduate Training Center
Keio University offers International Fellowship in Neurosurgery
Liaquat National Hospital & Medical College
Miami Post Graduate Training Center
National Neuroscience Institute, Post Graduate Training Center
Neurological Institute of Curitiba (INC)
New York University Post-Graduate Training Program
P.D. Hinduja National Hospital & MRC
Rabat Reference Center for Training Young African Neurosurgeons
Recife Reference Center for Training Young African Neurosurgeons (Portuguese speaking)
Riyadh Military Hospital’s Post-Graduate Training Center
Short Training Period Center - Humanitas University and Research Hospital in Neurosurgery
Siloam Hospital/Medical Faculty of Pelita Harapan University
Southern Tohoku General Hospital Fellowship for Young Neurosurgeons
The C-CNS-ECSAR WFNS Reference Center
Tokyo Women's Medical University Medical Center East
University of Thessaly, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine
West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Post-Graduate training center (China)
WFNS-Aesculap Adult Neurosurgery Fellowship in Tübingen
WFNS-Aesculap Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship in Tübingen