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bylaws to allow for non-U.S. based representation. As the Immediate Past-President, I have travelled to many countries recently to represent the NCS. I also chair the Global Partners Taskforce, which is leading the efforts to organize the partnerships with any national organization. Currently, we have 14 global partners composed of national organizations from Asia, Central America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. We are realizing that the practice of neurocritical care is worldwide and the experiences and practice vary across these countries. There is so much to learn from each other. Do you think there is a need to encourage diversity on the board in terms of experience, for example with more junior-level physicians and other health care professionals? Yes, a sizable portion of our membership is composed of those in training. As such, their needs and priorities are different. A formal representation of members in training on the board has been discussed in the past. But, we decided to take steps to develop this area of our membership first, so we organized the Residents and Fellows Taskforce. We have also instituted the Future Leaders Session during the Annual Meeting, which focuses on the junior members to help them understand the leadership opportunities and train them for these positions. Are you concerned that a process of selection of some Board finalists by the Nominating Committee may be viewed as somehow overriding the preferences of the NCS membership? Yes, to some extent, but we have taken extra effort to represent the NCS members and the board itself on the Nominating Committee. Of the five members of the Nominating Committee, two are elected from the general membership (Dr. Ines Koener and Dr. Marie Baldesseri), two are elected from the board (Dr. Susanne Muehlschlegel and Dr. Paul Nyquist), and the Immediate Past- President chairs the committee. Do you have any additional thoughts you would care to share on the makeup of the NCS Board of Directors and its selection process? The NCS has been the big tent that welcomes anyone and any group that wishes to improve the care and outcomes of patients with critical neurologic illnesses. As we continue to grow, we need to be mindful that the strength of the NCS comes from the diversified membership that shares a vision and a common goal. This is a very exciting time in the growth of the NCS. This is a very positive growing pain as we do our best to welcome everyone to the leadership of the NCS. 7


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