After a worldwide search with many exceptional candidates, Dr. Anil Nanda has been confirmed as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the new WFNS Journal, the official journal of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. Dr. Nanda has agreed to serve in this position with enthusiasm, observing, “I am looking forward to empowering neurosurgeons worldwide. This journal will be a true global vehicle for publishing high impact articles of interest to all neurosurgeons.”
The journal will be published by Thieme and will begin soliciting articles in 2024. Dr. Nelson Oyesiku, President of the WFNS, says, “We are delighted that Dr. Nanda has accepted this position. Having its own journal is important for the WFNS. Under Dr. Nanda’s leadership as Editor-in-Chief, we expect to see great vision and growth, and we look to the members to contribute actively to its success.”
Dr. Anil Nanda currently serves as the Peter W. Carmel, MD, Endowed Chair of Neurological Surgery and as Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He earned his medical degree from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Madras University in India. He completed his residency in Neurosurgery at Hahnemann University School of Medicine, and then a fellowship in Microneurosurgery and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was mentored by Peter J. Jannetta, MD. In 2012, Dr. Nanda earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. As part of his curriculum, he contributed to passing the Louisiana Youth Concussion Law, which requires all schools, clubs and any organization sponsoring youth athletics, to provide athletes and their parents with information about concussions and the potential long-term effects of playing after a head injury. Dr. Nanda served for 27 years as Professor and Chair at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. In 2000, he established a residency training program, currently the largest in the state, and helped facilitate Gamma Knife Radiosurgery and Neuroendovascular programs in the Department of Neurosurgery.
From July 2018 through April 2022, Dr. Nanda assumed the positions of Chair in the Department of Neurosurgery at Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, as well as Senior Vice President of Neurosurgical Services at RWJBarnabas Health. Dr. Nanda has held significant leadership roles including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (past secretary); North American Skull Base Society (past president); Southern Neurosurgical Society (past president); World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (past second vice-president); Society of University Neurosurgeons (past president); Louisiana State Neurosurgical Society (past president). He has also served as Director and Vice Chair of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS). In 2023, Dr. Nanda assumed the role of Vice President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and was also named Editor-in-Chief of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) journal. Dr. Nanda has performed nearly 18,000 surgeries, 2,000 of which were performed for skull base tumors and aneurysms. Throughout his career, Dr. Nanda has published 565 articles (current h-index 64) in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to authoring over 80 book chapters. He has published five books including “Complications in Neurosurgery" (translated into Spanish and Chinese) and “Principles of Posterior Fossa Surgery." He has been married to his wife Laura, a practicing attorney, for 33 years and together they have three children and reside in Westfield, New Jersey, USA.
The WFNS Journal, under Dr. Nanda’s guidance, will release instructions for article submissions soon.
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