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    Who We Are?

    Founded in 1955, The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) is a professional, scientific, non-governmental organization comprising of 130 member societies, consisting of 5 Continental Associations, 119 National Neurosurgical Societies and 6 Affiliate Societies, representing over 30,000 neurosurgeons worldwide.

    The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) aspires to promote global improvement in neurosurgical care. The mission of the WFNS is to work together with our member societies to improve worldwide neurosurgical care, training and research to benefit our patients.

    History of WFNS (1955-2005)

    Story Behind Our Logo

    The WFNS logo was selected as the winning entry in a contest to create a logo for the organization in the late 1980's. It was the cumulative effort of Steve Harrison, Mark Schornak and Justin Detwiler. The design was presented by Robert Spetzler, MD to the WFNS Executive Committee and received the most votes from among several entries. A cash prize of $1000 was awarded for the winning design, which was shared with the design team of Mario Brock, MD in Berlin, by previous agreement.

    Learn more about WFNS by reading a review on the history of WFNS by the late and former WFNS Historian, Dr. H. Alphons D. Walder.

    History of WFNS (2006-2016)

    Learn more about WFNS by reading the history of WFNS by the WFNS Historian (2013-2017), Professor Dr Edward R. Law.

    June 2024