Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

This letter is an invitation welcoming you to the biennial meeting of the WSSFN, to be held in New York City from June 24-27, 2019 – not very far off. We have secured excellent space at the Hilton Midtown, ideally located in Manhattan on Sixth Avenue and 54th Street, with guest rooms at rates lower than at many of our conferences. New York is an uncommon venue for a neurosurgical meeting, so we hope you will take this opportunity to enjoy the city in late June, when the weather is at its best, and whether this is a return visit or perhaps your first time in Manhattan.

Of course, there is no end to the cultural, architectural, historical, and just plain fun things to do just a short distance from our meeting headquarters. Although we do want you to make the best of your time in NYC, you may want to stay in the meeting the whole time!  Our Scientific Program Committee is preparing a dynamic and exciting event that will surprise you in many ways, with new content and speakers. The theme of the meeting is "Opportunities and Controversies," so we intend to focus on new concepts and applications, even those that may not be ready for full clinical application. The program is still in formation so if you have an idea, even one that seems "way out there," please contact Joseph Neimat, our Scientific Program Committee Chair, or myself.

Kenes International, our partners with whom we are working to plan the meeting, are ensuring a smooth process straight through, from abstract submission to registration and hotel reservation. They will make sure that everyone has access to the hotel of their choice, and to assist those who wish to spend extra time in New York before and/or after the meeting.

Joseph and I hope you will bring your best game to WSSFN 2019. On behalf of the WSSFN planning committee and leadership, we look forward to seeing you here in New York!

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Michael Schulder, MD
President, WSSFN
Department of Neurosurgery
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Joseph Neimat, MD, MS
Chair, Scientific Program Committee
Dept. of Neurological Surgery
Restorative Neurosciences
University of Louisville

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