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President-Elect (you will vote for one)
Robert Spinner

President-Elect (you will vote for one)

Robert J. Spinner, MD, FAANS, FACS (Mayo Clinic)

Biography: Robert J. Spinner, MD, is chair of the Department of Neurologic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  He is the Burton M. Onofrio, MD Professor of Neurologic Surgery and a Professor of Orthopedics and Anatomy.  He is chair of the Academic Appointments and Promotions Committee at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.  He is board certified in both orthopedics and neurosurgery.  His clinical practice is limited to peripheral nerve surgery. He completed full residency programs in orthopedics (Duke University) and neurosurgery (Mayo Graduate School of Medicine); a 1 year peripheral nerve fellowship with Dr. David Kline at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans; and a 6 month traveling fellowship to several international centers as a CNS (Congress of Neurological Surgeons) Cushing Fellow. He has served as President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, the Sunderland Society (an international peripheral nerve study group), and the Peripheral Nerve Section of the CNS Joint Sections of Spine/Peripheral Nerve.  He has published more than 500 peer reviewed papers and 90 chapters and has given >1000 presentations

Statement: I am a loyal, dedicated, and hardworking clinical anatomist who has demonstrated these qualities consistently during my career to AACA and Mayo Clinic.  Over the years and through varied experiences, I have gained some insights into leadership: formulating a vision and enacting a strategy to tackle it.  With enthusiasm and commitment, I offer my name as a candidate for President-elect of the AACA.

Ever since my first AACA meeting in Nashville in June, 1989, I have attended, presented or mentored students at nearly all subsequent meetings.  I have served on Council from since 2013 -2019 and 2002-2004.  I have been on the editorial board for 18 years, serving as associate editor (2001); co-editor (2002-2011) and senior editor since 2012.  I have published more than 80 papers in this journal.

Since 2001, I have been on staff as a peripheral nerve surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, the same institution where I went to medical school (learned anatomy from Stephen Carmichael) and trained in neurosurgery.  I am particularly proud to be serving as chairman since 2015 as chairman of the #1 ranked neurosurgery department at the #1 ranked hospital in the United States. 

My passion in my work, research and life revolve around advancing, promoting and teaching clinical anatomy.  I became a member of the AACA initially because I wanted to have the opportunity to interact with people who could help me answer clinical questions with anatomic explanations.  Over 3 decades, I have benefited from and enjoyed the unique relationships.  Having a full-time clinician and surgeon as President-elect would be symbolic of the importance this society places on the clinical aspects of anatomy.  My energies would be devoted to transforming clinical anatomy through research, education, practice and membership.

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