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  • The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Announces NEUROSURGERY® Publications 2021 Paper of the Year Winners

    • Sep 08, 2021

    The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Announces NEUROSURGERY® Publications 2021 Paper of the Year Winners

    September 8, 2021, Schaumburg, Illinois – The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) proudly announces the winners of the fifth annual Paper of the Year awards, honoring the most-impactful papers published in Neurosurgery from June 2020 to May 2021. The Paper of the Year awards highlight the collaboration between the CNS and Neurosurgery by calling special attention to papers that challenged dogma, created a paradigm shift, and/or encouraged surgeons to rethink approaches to patient care, big data, and trial results.

    The Top Paper of the Year was awarded to “Validation and Optimization of Barrow Neurological Institute Score in Prediction of Adverse Events and Functional Outcome After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage—Creation of the HATCH (Hemorrhage, Age, Treatment, Clinical State, Hydrocephalus) Score” by Isabel Charlotte Hostettler, Martina Sebök, Gareth Ambler, Carl Muroi, Peter Prömmel, Marian Christoph Neidert, Johannes Konstantin Richter, Athina Pangalu, Luca Regli, and Menno Robbert Germans.

    “NEUROSURGERY® Publications is delighted to continue the Neurosurgery Paper of the Year awards for 2021,” said Dr. Nelson M. Oyesiku, Editor-in-Chief of NEUROSURGERY® Publications. “We are fortunate to have the brightest minds in neurosurgery submit their original papers to Neurosurgery. It was an extremely competitive selection however we are confident the awardees constituted a significant contribution to our field.”

    Paper of the Year Section Level recipients are:

    • Paper of the Year: Cerebrovascular“Spetzler-Martin Grade III Arteriovenous Malformations: A Multicenter Propensity-Adjusted Analysis of the Effects of Preoperative Embolization” by Joshua S. Catapano, Fabio A. Frisoli, Candice L Nguyen, D. Andrew Wilkinson, Neil Majmundar, Tyler S. Cole, Jacob F. Baranoski, Alexander C. Whiting, Helen Kim, Andrew F. Ducruet, Felipe C. Albuquerque, Daniel L. Cooke, Robert F. Spetzler, and Michael T. Lawton.
    • Paper of the Year: Neurotrauma and Critical Care “Predictive and Discriminative Power of Pressure Reactivity Indices in Traumatic Brain Injury” by Lennart Riemann, Erta Beqiri, Alexander Younsi, Marek Czosnyka, and Peter Smielewski.
    • Paper of the Year: Pain “Neuromodulation for Chronic Pelvic Pain: A Single-Institution Experience With a Collaborative Team” by Cheyanne Bridger, Tarun Prabhala, Rachael Dawson, Olga Khazen, Jacquelyn MacDonell, Marisa DiMarzio, Michael D. Staudt, Elise J. B. De, Charles Argoff, and Julie G. Pilitsis.
    • Paper of the Year: Pediatrics “Selective Dorsal Root Rhizotomy for Spastic Cerebral Palsy: A Longitudinal Case-Control Analysis of Functional Outcome” by Christian Iorio-Morin, Rita Yap, Roy W.R. Dudley, Chantal Poulin, Marie-Andrée Cantin, Thierry E. Benaroch, and Jean-Pierre Farmer.
    • Paper of the Year: Peripheral Nerve “Genetic Events and Signaling Mechanisms Underlying Schwann Cell Fate in Development and Cancer” by Harish N. Vasudevan, Calixto-Hope G Lucas, Javier E. Villanueva-Meyer, Philip V. Theodosopoulos, and David R. Raleigh
    • Paper of the Year: Socioeconomics, Health Policy, and Law “The Enforceability of Noncompete Clauses in the Medical Profession: A Review by the Workforce Committee and the Medicolegal Committee of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies” by Kristin Huntoon, Jason Stacy, Susie Cioffi, Karin Swartz, Catherine Mazzola, Caleb Profitt, and Owoicho Adogwa.
    • Paper of the Year: Spine “Sexual Dysfunction: Prevalence and Prognosis in Patients Operated for Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis” by Andrew K. Chan, Erica F. Bisson, Kai-Ming Fu, Paul Park, Leslie C. Robinson, Mohamad Bydon, Steven D. Glassman, Kevin T. Foley, Christopher I. Shaffrey, Eric A. Potts, Mark E. Shaffrey, Domagoj Coric, John J. Knightly, Michael Y. Wang, Jonathan R. Slotkin, Anthony L. Asher, Michael S. Virk, Panagiotis Kerezoudis, Mohammed A. Alvi, Jian Guan, Regis W. Haid, and Praveen V. Mummaneni.
    • Paper of the Year: Stereotactic and Functional “Brain-Responsive Neurostimulation for Loss of Control Eating: Early Feasibility Study” by Hemmings Wu, Sarah Adler, Dan E. Azagury, Cara Bohon, Debra L. Safer, Daniel A. N. Barbosa, Mahendra T. Bhati, Nolan R. Williams, Laura B. Dunn, Peter A. Tass, Brian D. Knutson, Maya Yutsis, Ayesha Fraser, Tricia Cunningham, Kara Richardson, Tara L. Skarpaas, Thomas K. Tcheng, Martha J. Morrell, Laura Weiss Roberts, Robert C. Malenka, James D. Lock, and Casey H. Halpern.
    • Paper of the Year: Tumor “Sarcopenia as a Prognostic Factor for 90-Day and Overall Mortality in Patients Undergoing Spine Surgery for Metastatic Tumors: A Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study” by Hesham Mostafa Zakaria, Brandon Michael Wilkinson, Zach Pennington, Yamaan S. Saadeh, Darryl Lau, Ankush Chandra, A. Karim Ahmed, Mohamed Macki, Sharath Kumar Anand, Mohamed A. Abouelleil, Jibran A. Fateh, Jonathan W. Rick, Ramin A. Morshed, Hansen Deng, Kai-Yuan Chen, Adam Robin, Ian Y. Lee, Steven Kalkanis, Dean Chou, Paul Park, Daniel M. Sciubba, and Victor Chang.

    The CNS congratulates all Paper of the Year winners.


    About NEUROSURGERY® Publications
    Neurosurgery, the official journal of the CNS, publishes top research on clinical and experimental neurosurgery covering the latest developments in science, technology, and medicine. The journal attracts contributions from the most respected authorities in the field. It includes a wealth of information applicable to researchers and practicing neurosurgeons. This journal is indispensable as the most comprehensive source in neurosurgery. Operative Neurosurgery  features operative procedures, anatomy, instrumentation, devices, and technology providing practical guidance to its readers. Operative Neurosurgery is the resource for cutting-edge material on operative practice. Clinical Neurosurgery is the official register of the CNS Annual Meeting. It stands as a record of the previous year’s honored guest lectures and presidential address alongside a preview of the coming year’s abstracts. Neurosurgery Open is an online-only, fully Open Access publication providing an outlet for the publication of scientific papers dealing with clinical neurosurgery and experimental neurosurgery, such as case series, case reports, and other information of interest to neurosurgeons.

    About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery through innovation and excellence in education. The CNS provides leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. The CNS maintains the vitality of the profession through volunteer efforts of its members and the development of leadership in service to the public, to colleagues in other disciplines, and to neurosurgeons throughout the world in all stages of their professional lives. For more information, visit

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