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NCS Currents Sept 2016

Quarterly News Magazine of the Neurocritical Care Society September, 2016 Volume 11 - Number 3 Editor-in-Chief Matthew Koenig, MD Honolulu, HI Editorial Board Romergryko Geocadin, MD Baltimore, MD Robert Kowalski, MD Denver, CO Fawaz Al-Mufti, MD New York, NY Aimee Aysenne, MD New Orleans, LA Chitra Venkatasubramanian, MD Stanford, CA JoAnn Taie Minneapolis, MN Audrey Paulson, DNP San Jose, CA Kimberly Levasseur-Franklin, PharmD New Haven, CT Jose Suarez, MD Houston, TX Michael Rubin, MD Dallas, TX Tamer Abdelhak, MD Springfield, IL Sarah Livesay, DNP, RN Chicago, IL Saef Izzy, MD Boston, MA Note From the Editor Colleagues: I want to welcome you to the 2016 Annual Meeting issue of Currents, the official quarterly news magazine of the NCS. It’s hard to believe how quickly time has flown by but the Fourteenth Annual Meeting is upon us. As usual, for those members attending the meeting in Washington, DC, this issue of Currents has been printed in the souvenir edition full color glossy. With somewhat mixed emotions, I also want to announce that this will be my last issue of Currents as Editor-In-Chief. Although, I will remain on the Editorial Board to help with the transition, Saef Izzy, MD will be taking over as Editor-in-Chief for the December issue. Saef has been editor of the Fellow’s Corner column of Currents for the last two years and I am certain he will be instrumental in the continued growth of the news magazine moving forward. I started out as a member of the Currents Editorial Board for the very first issue way back in 2005 while I was still a neurocritical care fellow at Johns Hopkins. I have very clear memory of planning the first issue with the original Editorial Board of Romer Geocadin, Stephan Mayer, and Bob Kowalski. This will also be Bob’s last issue as an editor of Currents which will only leave Romer as the last man standing. I want to say a big thank you to Bob Kowalski who – with a background in journalism and neurocritical care – was a huge factor in shaping the news magazine from the beginning. In addition to writing articles, he used to manually lay out each issue for the first five years until we realized this was crazy. I have also been chair of the NCS Communications Committee for the last two years. At the Annual Meeting, Huy Tran, MD will be taking over as the committee chair. Huy has been a great co-pilot as the vice chair of the committee with me over the last two years and he brings a wealth of experience with web design to the role. As chair of the Communications Committee, I hope by now that every member has had the chance to log on to the new NCS website. The first time you log on, you will be prompted to update your membership information and make some choices about how you engage with the society. We are still working out a few little kinks here and there but the new website and membership directory is a tremendous upgrade from our previous iterations. One of the main advantages of the new website is that it allows the Executive Office to track member activity through robust links to the membership directory. This allows members to keep track of their interactions with the society – when dues were paid, which meetings you attended, whether you are up to date on ENLS, which courses and podcasts you completed, which committees you belong to, etc. In order for these functions to work, though, members have to keep their profiles up to date and log in every time you visit the website. Logging in also gives the NCS analytics data on which parts of the website get the most traffic and interest. All of this helps us keep the website fresh and useful for the membership. I hope you enjoy this issue of Currents. It has been a great pleasure serving as the Editor-in-Chief for the last five years and watching the news magazine develop over the last 11 years. On the cover: The cover art for this issue was submitted by Saef Izzy, MD a neurointensivist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Saef is the editor of the Currents Fellow’s Corner and a member of the NCS Communication Committee. This picture was snapped before a sailing training session at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sailing Pavilion – one of the oldest university sailing pavilions in the world – along the charming Cambridge side of the Charles River in Boston. Cheers, Matthew Koenig, MD, FNCS Editor-in-Chief 2


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