Saleem Abdulrauf, M.D., professor of neurosurgery at SLU and director of Saint Louis University's Center for Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery, was elected vice president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons at the organization’s 60th annual meeting held this week in San Francisco.
|Saleem Abdulrauf, M.D.|
Abdulrauf leads SLU's Center for Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery, a team of experts from otolaryngology, neurology, radiology, and SLU's Cancer Center that consult on treating complex cases including stroke, brain tumors and aneurysms.
The Congress of Neurological Surgeons, an international organization of more than 7,000 neurosurgeons dedicated to neurosurgical education, provides members with the educational and career development opportunities they need to become leaders and innovators in the field. The organization provides global leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice.
At the event, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke about the importance of encouraging innovation.
"Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice emphasized the education of our new generation of doctors as the key to our success in the future,” said Abdulrauf. “I echo her sentiment when it comes to education in medicine in general, and in particular, education in neurosurgery.
“We need to come up with innovative educational tools so that we do not erode the intellectual and technical armamentariums of our future physicians."
Recently recognized as a Health Care Hero in innovation by the St. Louis Business Journal, Abdulrauf has refined leading-edge techniques allowing surgery that otherwise would be impossible.
A leader in the field of neurosurgery, Abdulrauf also is currently secretary of the North American Skull Base Society and secretary general of the World Federation of Skull Base Societies.
Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, liver disease, heart/lung disease, aging and brain disease, and infectious disease.