Establishing the ABNS
The American Board of Neurological Surgery was approved as a new examining Board in medical specialties in 1940 by action of the Advisory Board for Medical Specialties [reorganized in 1970 as the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)] in collaboration with the AMA Council on Medical Education. On August 15, 1940 the ABNS was incorporated. N. B. Burdete, N. C. Evans, and W. W. Downing served as signatories.
The first official meeting of the ABNS was held in Chicago on October 17, 1940. Twenty-four candidates for certification were examined. The 100th official meeting was held September 23 to 26, 1986, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 50th anniversary meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts, May 15 -18, 1990, at which time the 3672 diplomate was certified.
The 75th anniversary meeting was hosted in Chicago, Illinois on June 26th-27th, 2015, where longtime Executive Director, Mary Louise Spencer, was honored for her years of service to the board.
Recognizing the importance of physician leadership, in late 2015, the ABNS announced the appointment of Dr. Fredric Meyer as the next executive director. By appointing a highly accomplished, practicing neurological surgeon as the executive director demonstrates the commitment ABNS has to the patient and the public.