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World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies

5 Rue du Marché 1260 Nyon, Vaud Switzerland

see World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies grading.

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.



Mission Statement

The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies aspires to promote global improvement in neurosurgical care.

The mission of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) is to work together with the member societies to improve worldwide neurosurgical care, training and research to benefit our patients.

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.

WFNS Executive 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

Email: cc to


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.


Training centers

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

WFNS Committees

» Audit Committee

» Constitution & Bylaws Committee

» Publication and Web Committee

» Finance Committee

» Local Arrangements Committee for the WFNS World Congress 2021

» Membership Committee for the Federation and the Congress

» Nominating Committee

» Scientific Programme Committee

Ad Hoc Committees The President of the Federation is empowered to appoint Ad Hoc committees and their chairpersons as the President deems warranted. The term of such committees shall be coincident with the term of the President or shorter; a succeeding President may choose to re-appoint them. The ad hoc Committees shall not have ex-officio members. Members of Special (Ad Hoc) Committees shall be appointed for a period of time at the pleasure of the President.

» Cerebrovascular Diseases & Therapy Committee

» Complications in Neurosurgery

» Coordinating Committee for International Initiatives

» Education & Training Committee

» Ethics & Medico-Legal Affairs Committee

» Fund-Raising Committee

» Honorary Presidents Committee

» Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Committee

» Liaison Committee WFNS/WHO

» Mass Casualties in Neurosurgery

» Medal of Honour Committee

» Military Neurosurgeons Committee

» Neuroendoscopy Committee

» Neuro-Oncology Committee

» Neurorehabilitation & Reconstructive Neurosurgery Committee

» Neurosurgical Anatomy Committee

» Neurosurgical Technology Committee

» Neurotraumatology Committee

» Pediatric Neurosurgery Committee

» Peripheral Nerve Surgery Committee

» Radiosurgery Committee

» Skull-Base Surgery Committee

» Spine Committee

» Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Committee

» The William Scoville Award Committee

» Women in Neurosurgery Committee

» Young Neurosurgeons Award Committee

» Young Neurosurgeons Forum

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