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August 2021 President’s Update: Exceptional Service, Academic Excellence and Leadership

By Currents Editor posted 08-03-2021 13:57

By Wade Smith, MD, PhD, FNCS

Exceptional Service, Academic Excellence and Leadership

Dear NCS Members,

I hope you are having a wonderful summer and that you’ve taken time to recharge and reconnect with family and friends. The NCS 19th Annual Meeting, taking place in Chicago and online, is just two months away, and I’m looking forward to seeing you and experiencing the in-depth education that’s in store for us together.

In this month’s issue of President’s Update, I’m pleased to share some extraordinary news that celebrates many members of our society. NCS has selected the 2021 class of Fellow of Neurocritical Care (FNCS) inductees, and we are proud to announce them in this message.

For those unfamiliar with the FNCS program, it is our society’s highest recognition of exceptional service, academic excellence and leadership in the field of neurocritical care. To be eligible for the FNCS designation, applicants must submit an application form, their CV and three letters of recommendation. A commitment to NCS is of utmost importance for this honor, as applicants must meet eligibility requirements related to membership, neurocritical care event attendance and NCS Annual Meeting attendance. A distinguished committee, comprised of past FNCS designees, evaluates each candidate based on four areas of professional achievement: Program Development, Scholarly Activities Related to Neurocritical Care, Leadership in the Field of Neurocritical Care and Professionalism and Collaboration.

Since its inception in 2013, 126 neurocritical care practitioners have been awarded the FNCS designation. In 2021 alone, we had 33 applicants. A record number for NCS!

I’m a proud member of FNCS’s inaugural class — it has been an honor to wear these letters after my title for eight years and counting. The FNCS designation is a constant reminder of my commitment to our multidisciplinary, multi-professional practice, and I’m thrilled to welcome 25 new inductees to this distinguished group.

The new designees will be inducted during the Awards Ceremony at the NCS 19th Annual Meeting this fall. I look forward to honoring these inductees as we gather together as a society. I’d like to offer a special thank you to this year’s FNCS Committee: Dr. Maxwell Damian (chair), Dr. John Lewin (chair-elect), Dr. Nerissa Ko, Ms. Dea Mahanes, Dr. Michael Rodricks, Dr. Masao Nagayama and Dr. Christa Swisher. Your commitment to upholding scholarship and leadership within our field and our society is much appreciated.

Please join me in celebrating and congratulating the 2021 class of FNCS inductees.


Wade Smith, MD, PhD, FNCS
President, NCS Board of Directors
Professor of Neurology, UCSF


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