• Association of Residency Administrators in Neurological Surgery

    The Association of Resident Administrators in Neurological Surgery (ARANS) is the national professional organization of administrators involved in graduate medical education in neurosurgical programs. Sponsored by the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS), ARANS was established as an organization to provide support, mentorship, and guidance to residency training administrators at all career levels. The organization is committed to advancing the education, knowledge and professional development of administrators in the management of neurosurgery residency and fellowship programs through annual meetings, networking and online communication, by providing a platform to exchange, develop and implement ideas and best practices.

    To join our organization, please complete the online membership application.


    We know that many travel restrictions/bans are in place by universities, hospitals and others, and many events are getting canceled.  The situation remains very fluid.  A final decisions about the ARANS Meeting at the end of May has not yet been made.  We will follow the lead of the SNS, since our meeting is tied closely with theirs.  PLEASE WAIT TO CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION.  If the meeting is cancelled all registrations will be automatically refunded in full.  Registrations canceled now will still withhold the administrative fee. We will keep everyone informed and we appreciate your patience!

    Thank you,

    ARANS Executive Committee


    2020 Annual Meeting
    May 28-30, 2020
    Philadelphia, PA

    Registration is open


    In 2008 at an ACGME Educational Conference a small group of neurosurgery coordinators, led by Kathy Guzman (University of Southern California) and Lois Hengenius (University Hospitals, Cleveland) met and discussed the desire to have a dedicated neurosurgery coordinators meeting.  A proposal was generated and sent to all the neurosurgery residency programs in the country to gauge the level of interest and support for such a meeting. An overwhelmingly positive response from program coordinators, program directors and department chairs resulted in this proposal being submitted to the SNS Council. The SNS Council approved the establishment of a coordinator meeting held just prior to the SNS Meeting.    The first meeting was held in Salt Lake City in May 2009 with 65 coordinators in attendance.

    The Annual Meeting has continued successfully each year.  At the 10th anniversary meeting in 2018 discussions were held about the need to formalize the group to ensure continued success.   A series of discussions, votes and collaboration resulted in the election of officers and the establishment of the Association of Residency Administrators in Neurological Surgery (ARANS) in May 2019.


    ARANS Executive Council 2019-2020

    Kathy Guzman
    Education Program Manager
    USC Neurosurgery
    Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
    Office: 323-409-7422

    President - Elect
    Pam Lane, C-TAGME
    Neurosurgery Residency Program Manager
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Rita A. Raio, C-TAGME
    Training Program Administrator
    Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
    Neurosurgery Training Program
    North Shore University Hospital
    Office: 516-562-4221

    Lois Hengenius
    Resident Program Administrator
    Department of Neurological Surgery
    Neurological Institute
    University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
    Office: 216- 844-3472

    Meeting Chair
    Cindy Wang, C-TAGME
    Residency Program Coordinator
    Department of Neurological Surgery
    University of California, Irvine
    Office: 714-456-3402

    Member at Large
    Colleen Bruton, C-TAGME
    Resident Program Administrator
    Department of Neurosurgery
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    465 Wasserman, 300 Stein Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-6901
    Office: 310-794-7362

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