May 08, 2012

SLU Houses Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Society World Headquarters

Launch of the society connects the world’s leading neurosurgeons to develop best practices in operative neurosurgery

ST. LOUIS - Saleem Abdulrauf, M.D., chair of neurosurgery at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is the co-founder of a new professional society for neurosurgeons. The Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Society (WEDNS), which is headquartered at Saint Louis University, was founded to enhance the education of neurosurgical anatomy, to improve the skills of operative techniques, and to provide guidelines for clinical decision making based on the best available science.

Saleem Abdulrauf, M.D., is chair of neurosurgery at SLU.

"The Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Society, named in honor of one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery, seeks to be the premier global society for neurosurgeons," Abdulrauf said. "As a collective of some of the finest medical minds in the world, the WEDNS stands at the forefront medical breakthroughs and strives to transform the future of neurosurgery."

Technology is at the heart of the WEDNS as a way to connect its members from across the globe. Once a month, the WEDNS will live-stream a surgery online for its members to watch simultaneously. The surgery will then be added to an online catalog of videos organized by disease to aid doctors when planning their own surgeries.

WEDNS members will also have access to online forums where they will be able to upload relevant patient information and diagnostic imaging to receive advice from their neurosurgical colleagues practicing in different parts of the world.

In addition to offering technological resources, the WEDNS also issues professional certification in neurological surgery. Members who wish to receive this certification must be board certified in their country of residence and must pass a number of modules that encompass various subspecialties of neurosurgery. The modules will be offered at various international locations.

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