President’s Message

Autumn 2018

Dear members,

It is my humble privilege to serve as the President of the American Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons (AASAN). I am fortunate to be sharing this responsibility with the distinguished AASAN Executive Board, all of whom are dear colleagues and friends.

Secretary: Vikram Prabhu
Treasurer: Beejal Amin
Members-at-large: Anand Veeravagu, Sameer Sheth, Cheerag Upadhyaya, Faiz Ahmad, Aditya Pandey, Nitin Tandon

For most of us, this is a labor of love, of wanting to give back to our specialty and to our communities, in North America and in South-East Asia.

To that end, I would like to emphasize 3 main initiatives for AASAN over the next 2 years:

1. Increasing the number of education awards given out by AASAN to 5 every year over the next 2 years (2 Ambassadorships and 3 Scholarships per year)
2. Outreach to South-Asian neurosurgery residents and young attendings in training programs in North America and South Asia, to bolster our membership numbers
3. Increase and diversify our fundraising initiatives to raise capital for our various projects – Education, Head Injury, Disaster Relief etc.

I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from 5 AASAN Presidents (Jogi Pattisapu, Ashwini Sharan, Sekhar Kurpad, Ketan Bulsara and Praveen Mummaneni) over the last 10 years. I would like to thank them for their mentor-ship and friendship, and leadership to the organization.

I am excited to see the enthusiasm of our member neurosurgeons for advocacy, and their spirit of volunteerism. Together, we will carry forward AASAN’s mission of empowering generations of South Asian neurosurgeons with education and resources.


Harminder Singh, MD, FACS, FAANS.


Autumn 2016

It is an honor to step into the role of President for the Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons (AASAN).   Our recent presidents, (Drs. Jogi Pattisapu, Ashwini Sharan, Sekhar Kurpad, and Ketan Bulsara) have set us on a wonderful path to achieve our mission.

The core purpose of our organization is to serve as a vehicle for collaboration between neurosurgeons based in South Asia with those based in the United States. To this end, AASAN has organized collaborations between the AANS, CNS, and AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves to hold joint meetings with the NSI. Mark your calendars for the upcoming NSI meeting in Chennai on Dec 15-18, 2016.  We have awarded travelling fellowships to residents and junior surgeons from the US to visit India and from Nepal and India to visit the USA to attend the joint meetings and to observe and learn at leading centers.

Our membership is robust and growing and the volunteerism of our members is wonderful to behold. I look forward to serving with fellow officers as we approach the new adventures and challenges of 2017.


Praveen Mummaneni, MD


Nov 24, 2014

I am privileged to serve as the President for the Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons (AASAN).   Our organization was begun over 20 years ago by such luminaries as Drs. Raj Narayan, Laligam Sekhar, Arnold Menezes, Chander Kholi, and Shripathi Holla.  The vision of these leaders was to grow this organization to represent the interests of neurosurgeons of South Asian origin in the United States, and to build future bridges with the neurosurgical community in the Indian subcontinent.  Under the continued leadership of Drs. Jogi Pattisapu, Ashwini Sharan, and Sekhar Kurpad in the forthcoming years since the organization’s founding, these objectives have indeed been met with great success.

Currently AASAN is a central organization that directly facilitates interaction between neurosurgeons in the Indian subcontinent and those of South Asian origin in the North American continent.   Towards this end, we have a healthy membership comprised of the highest caliber of neurosurgical professionals in North America who are driven by the spirit of volunteerism and continued focus towards the mission of AASAN.   We are proud to have established a system to sponsor further professional growth of young Indian academic neurosurgeons by organized corporate sponsored fellowships in the North American continent, in addition to several other interpersonal and mutually enhancing professional relationships.

I believe that our charge at this time is to continue to motivate younger neurosurgeons of South Asian origin in North America to carry forward the central mission of AASAN for the benefit of future generations of all South Asian neurosurgeons as we celebrate and realize our continued goal of global excellence in neurosurgery.


Ketan R. Bulsara MD