World Academy of Neurological Surgery
Constitution and Bylaws
Name of the Organization
The name of this organization, a non-profit unincorporated
association, shall be the World Academy of Neurological Surgery (WANS).
Mission of the WANS
Section 1 - The WANS is established as an honor society to
promote cooperation and camaraderie amongst world leaders of neurosurgery,
exchange of scientific knowledge and recognition of major contributors to the
specialty. Each member of the World Academy is elected on merit of their
scientific contributions, innovations, educational effort and their role in
advancing neurosurgery in their country and around the world.
Section 2 - This WANS is a non-profit public benefit
association and .is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized as an unincorporated association for public educational and
Membership in the WANS
Section 1 - The members of the WANS shall be neurosurgeons
dedicated to advancing the mission and purpose of the organization.
Section 2 - Candidates for active membership will be
nominated by five members, each from a different country and separate from the
country of the candidate. Nominations will be referred to the Membership
Committee for review of the credentials and contributions of the candidate. Membership in the WANS is determined by an affirmative vote of 80 percent of
the members. A candidate must make a scientific presentation at one of
the WANS meetings as a prerequisite for eventual membership.
Section 3 - Each country will be entitled to one member with
an additional membership for every 1000 neurosurgeons in that country. The
total Active Membership will be limited to 100. Members will move from Active to
Senior status after seven years, thus vacating their seat for newly elected
Section 4 - An Active member will move to Senior status after
seven years of Active
Membership or at the age of 65, whichever comes first.
Section 5 - The WANS may choose world renowned leaders in the
field of the neurosciences for Honorary Membership in the World Academy.
Section 6 - Active Members shall pay annual dues. The dues
shall be set by members of the Executive Committee. Senior Members shall pay
dues at a rate of 50% that of Active Members.
Officers of the WANS
Section 1 - The Officers of the WANS shall consist of a
President, President-Elect, Past President and Secretary-Treasurer. No more than two of the three officers may be Senior Members while holding
office. New officers are elected at each biennial meeting and take office at
the close of that meeting. The term of office for the positions of President,
President-Elect, and Past-President, is two years. The term of office for the
positions of Secretary-Treasurer is 4 years.
Section 2 - In case of vacancy of any elected office during
the year, the position shall be filled by appointment of the Executive
Committee, the officer to serve until the next biennial meeting.
Section 3 - The President shall preside at all meetings and
decide all questions of order; he shall appoint all committees; he shall cast
the deciding vote in all tie votes. The President is Chairman of the Executive
Section 4 - The President-Elect shall assume the office of
President at the close of the next biennial meeting.
Section 5 - The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep a record of
attendance, keep the minutes of each meeting, read all correspondence to the
WANS, keep a record of all transactions and correspondence, send notices to the
membership of all regular and special meetings, and perform other duties as
prescribed in this Constitution & Bylaws. In addition, the Secretary-Treasurer
shall act as custodian of the funds and assets of the WANS, shall deposit all
monies received by him to the account of the WANS, shall make all payments in
the name of the WANS, shall record all receipts, deposits and disbursements,
shall collect all dues and assessments and notify each member of any unpaid dues
or assessments in a timely fashion. The Secretary-Treasurer will solicit
nominations for active membership from the membership annually and present these
nominations to the Nominating Committee.
Committees of the WANS
Section 1 - The Executive Committee shall be composed of the
President, President-Elect, Past-President and Secretary-Treasurer. It shall be
the duty of the Executive Committee to conduct the affairs of the WANS as
provided for in this Constitution & Bylaws and to have charge of the policies
and activities of the WANS between annual meetings of the membership.
Section 2 - Each year the President shall appoint a
Membership Committee, composed of three members. It shall be the responsibility
of the Membership Committee to review the credentials of nominees to ensure that
all criteria for membership are met. The Membership Committee shall make
a report to the Executive Committee on each candidate with recommendations and
explanations for their approval or disapproval. All nominees shall be
presented to the membership at large for voting at the biennial meeting
following the disclosure of the Membership Committee's recommendation for each
Section 3 - There shall be a WANS Awards Committee composed
of three members and appointed by the President. The Awards Committee will
propose candidates who will be voted upon by the membership. The candidate who
receives the most number of votes will become the Academy Awardee.
Meetings of the WANS
Section 1 - The WANS shall hold at least one meeting
every two years at a place determined by the President-Elect of a previous
meeting. A portion of this meeting shall be devoted to scientific medical
discussion. The scientific portion of the meeting shall be arranged by the
Program Committee. The Program Committee will be appointed by
Section 2 - A biennial award shall be given, known as the
"WANS Academy Award" or presentation at the biennial meeting (see Article
V, Section 3). Expenses of the WANS Academy Awardee at the biennial meeting will
be paid by the WANS. In addition, the winner shall receive an engraved gift and
an honorarium. The Awards Committee is not obligated to select a
recipient if none is suitable for that year.
Section 3 - Interim meetings of the WANS may be called by the
Executive Committee. Every member shall be notified of the time and place of the
interim meeting in advance of the date of the meeting.
Section 4 - Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern
the conduct of the business meetings of the WANS and the duties of its officers.
The order of business shall be as follows: roll call, acceptance of the
previous minutes, reading of correspondence, reports of officers
including the Secretary's report and the Treasurer's report, reports of
committees, election of new members, election of Officers, announcement of
appointments, new business, and adjournment.
Candidates for Membership in the WANS
Section 1 - Candidates of membership in the WANS must be
medical school graduates and have adequate post-graduate training in
neurological surgery acceptable to the membership.
Section 2 - Each candidate for Active Membership in the WANS
must be nominated by an Active or Senior Member, in writing, to the Secretary.
The nomination must include a current curriculum vitae that provides complete
information on education, post-graduate training, bibliography, personality,
ethics and character of the candidate, status as a neurosurgeon.
Section 3 - The Secretary shall forward the nominations to
the Membership Committee for consideration. The Membership Committee shall
select the candidate(s) for the ballot, subject to review by the Executive
Committee, for election by the voting membership at the biennial
Section 4 - Honorary members shall be selected from
outstanding and recognized leaders in neurological surgery or neurological
sciences. Proposal for Honorary Membership may be submitted
by any WANS Member in writing to the Secretary. Such proposals shall be
considered by the Membership Committee and the Executive Committee and at
discretion of the Executive Committee placed on the ballot for election during a
Dues and Assessments
Section 1 - All Active Members of the WANS shall pay
annual dues, the amount to be determined by the Executive Committee and approved
by the voting membership each year. Members on Inactive status shall not pay
dues or be required to attend meetings. Retired Senior or Honorary Members shall
not be required to pay dues, although an assessment may be ordered with proper
notice by the Executive Committee for such classes of
membership.Senior Members shall pay dues at 50% of the regular Active Member
rate until such time as they retire from the active practice of neurological
Section 2 - All dues and assessments are payable on billing
by the Secretary-Treasurer.
Section 3 - The estimated expenses of the meetings of
the WANS not covered by the annual dues shall be prorated among the
attending Members and guests, regardless of whether the spouse was in
attendance, by a registration fee determined by the Executive Committee at its
interim meeting prior to the annual meeting. Certain expenses of the
non-official and social activities during each annual meeting may be charged to
each member and guest attending the meeting, including the spouse when
Status of Members
Section 1 - All members shall be considered in good
standing when abiding by this Constitution & Bylaws and the Rules &
Regulations of the WANS.
Section 2 - A member delinquent in dues or assessments for
two consecutive years is automatically suspended from membership, regardless of
Section 3 - Any member may be suspended by the President for
cause. Further action shall be considered by the membership at the next annual
Guests to Annual Meeting
Section 1 - Each member is permitted to invite one guest not
in residency training to the annual meeting and is responsible for the
registration fee and non-official or social expenses of that guest. Such guest
may also be invited to participate in the scientific program.
Section 2 - It shall be customary for the Program Committee
to invite guests to participate in the scientific section of the program.
Allocation and payment of expenses for such guests may vary according to the
Section 3 - The President shall have the prerogative of
inviting special guests in addition to those invited by the Program Committee,
Membership Committee or by Members.
Section 4 - Special guests may be invited by the Membership
Committee with approval of the Executive Committee for consideration as
prospective members of the WANS. The registration fee and non-official and
social expenses of these special guests shall be paid for by the guest or by the
Section 5 - Distinguished local individuals may be invited by
the local host to attend the scientific and/or social functions of the annual
meetings, and such expenses (not including transportation, lodging or
meals) shall be included in the official expenses of the meeting. The
invitation of such local guests must be approved by the Executive Committee.
Section 1 - The Articles of this Constitution & Bylaws may be
amended by a three-fourth's affirmative vote of the Active and Senior Members
present and voting at any stated meeting, provided due notice of all proposed
changes have been sent to all Members at least two months before said meeting.
World Academy of Neurological Surgery
Rules & Regulations
Section l - An abstract of all papers submitted for
presentation at the annual meeting shall be received by the President and
Chairman of the Program Committee at least two months before the meeting. The
President and Program Committee shall have full jurisdiction to select the
papers to be presented at the biennial meeting.
Section 2 - The time allocated for presentation of a paper
shall be determined by the Program Committee. A tentative program shall be sent
to each member by the Secretary at least two weeks prior to the biennial
Section 3 - The number of Active Members in the WANS shall be
limited to one hundred (100).
Section 4 - The annual dues for Active Members shall be
determined each year by the Executive Committee, subject to approval of the
voting members at the annual meeting.
Section 5 - The honorarium for the WANS Academy Award winner
shall be $1000.00, effective in 2007.
Section 6 - Late registration within 14 days of beginning day
of the annual meeting will require a 20% surcharge on the regular registration
fee. No refund will be permitted for cancellation of registration
within 14 days before the beginning day of the biennial meeting.
Section 11 - These Rules & Regulations may be amended by
recommendation of the Executive Committee and approval by majority affırmative
vote of the voting Members at a biennial meeting of the WANS.