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Chicago Neurosurgeon is First Woman Elected to American Association of Neurological Surgeons Board


Chicago Neurosurgeon is First Woman Elected to American Association of Neurological Surgeons Board 

Gail Rosseau, M.D., F.A.C.S., internationally renowned for innovative cranial base surgical techniques, makes history 

    Evanston, IL – May 5, 2010 – Acclaimed NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) neurosurgeon Gail Rosseau, M.D., became the first woman elected to the board of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) in the organization’s nearly 80-year history. Election results were announced at the AANS annual meeting held in Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 5.    

    "Dr. Rosseau is well known for her unwavering commitment to neurosurgery and her patients. On the organized neurosurgery front, she has advocated for women in neurosurgery, furthered neurosurgery in underdeveloped countries, and been an influential spokesperson promoting the message of head and spine injury prevention. I look forward to the many contributions she will make as a member of the AANS Board of Directors," said AANS President James T. Rutka, M.D., Ph.D., FRCSC.

    Dr. Rosseau, internationally recognized as an expert in cranial base surgeries, said she would make research related to the neurologic needs of an aging population, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease a priority.  She has long advocated for increased awareness of head and spine injury prevention through her work with the national “ThinkFirst” organization. 

    “It is a tremendous honor to be the first woman elected to the AANS board, and I am grateful for the opportunity to support research that advances the field of neurosurgery,” Dr. Rosseau said.

    An attending physician at NorthShore Neurologic Institute (NNI), Rosseau’s election was praised by Demetrius Maraganore, M.D., NNI chief of staff.

    “This is the latest entry on a long list of spectacular accomplishments Dr. Rosseau has made in her career.  This election validates what we firmly believe – that NorthShore has assembled the nation’s best neurosurgeons,” Dr. Maraganore said.

    NNI is a pre-eminent provider of neurological and neurosurgical care in the Chicagoland area. The NNI provides superior access and service to patients and is strongly committed to medical education and clinical research.

    Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with over 7,600 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public.   All active members of the AANS are certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Neurosurgery) of Canada or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, AC.

    Headquartered in Evanston, NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is a comprehensive, fully integrated, healthcare delivery system that serves the Chicago region. The system includes four hospitals in Evanston, Glenview (Glenbrook Hospital), Highland Park and Skokie. For more information visit