Frederick A Boop has been named president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). His appointment was announced during the 84th AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, held in Chicago, April 30-May 4, 2016.
Named one of America’s top doctors by US News and World Report in 2012, Boop is currently the JT Robertson professor and chairman of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, USA. Additionally, he works as the co-director of the LeBonheur Neuroscience Institute (Memphis, USA). Aside from his leadership role within the AANS, Boop’s professional memberships include the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS), the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery (ABPNS), the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons (ISPN) and NeurosurgeryPAC, where he served as president. In 2010, he received the Endowed Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery at St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (Memphis, USA).
“The AANS has been fortunate to have a succession of vibrant, innovative leaders over the past years, and I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve served on the Executive Committee. I spent three years as secretary and this past year as president-elect learning the organisation and its major initiatives, which has helped prepare me for my new role. The AANS continues to do amazing things for its membership, and I will keep the momentum going during my tenure. From the NeurosurgeryPAC in Washington, DC (USA), working key legislation; to our own, neurosurgeon-designed-and-defined data collection group, NeuroPoint Alliance; to our efforts to provide and fund top-notch educational opportunities for the best medical candidates through the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation; the AANS is the voice of neurosurgery, and I’m proud to be part of its legacy,” states Boop.
Boop received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas in 1978 and his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1983 (both Fayetteville, USA). He completed his internship at The University of Texas Health Science Center (Austin, USA); his residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center; his neurology rotation at the Institute of Neurology, The National Hospital, Queen’s Square, in London, UK; his paediatric neurosurgery rotation at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada; his epilepsy and functional neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA); and his paediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He received his American Board of Neurological Surgery certification in 1993, his American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery certification in 1996 and his Gamma Knife certification in 2000.