President's Message: November 2020

ASNM November Update 

Dear Members, 

We are at the end of the year and looking forward to embracing the coming year 2021. If you are a current or past ASNM member, I would like to ask you to take a few minutes and renew your membership today. You should reach out to all of your friends and colleague to join ASNM to support the IONM profession. The COVID-19 has prevented us from having any in-person meetings, but ASNM is staying stronger and working very hard to provide the best educational programs to its members and others.
I want to thank all the excellent and dedicated candidates who ran for the ASNM office in the 2020 elections. The polls were closed in October, and the winners announced are below. Our heartiest congratulations to board members Rebecca Clark-Bash, Melisa Kirkup, Michael Riley, Dr. Lawrence Wierzbowski, and also Dr. W. Bryan Wilent, who will join the board as a new President-Elect in May 2021.

Over the next year, ASNM will continue to work with you and other related societies to strengthen our professionalism through education, training, and research. We are dedicated to working hard as a team to make ASNM stronger and better and leading society in the field of IONM. We are proud of our past and excited about the ASNM future.

Best Regards, 

Faisal Jahangiri, MD, CNIM, DABNM, FASNM, FASET 
ASNM President 



ASNM Social Media Ad-Hoc Sub-Committee 

After discussions with many ASNM members, I have created ASNM Social Media Ad-Hoc Sub-committee. This subcommittee will focus on education and awareness about IONM on the ASNM website and various social media platforms. I want to thank all the subcommittee members and advisors for their time, efforts, and dedication to the ASNM and IONM.



Diversity Task Force Volunteers Wanted 

Want to make a difference in the future of IONM? Please help us identify the barriers for women, racial minorities, and LGBTQ members to participate within ASNM and the broader IONM community.  Join ASNM's Diversity Taskforce and share your ideas on how to improve diversity within our community. To join the task force please reach out to [email protected]



Tribute to Dr. Kothbauer 

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Dr. Karl Kothbauer. Dr. Kothbauer was one of the few individuals who could bridge the surgeon/neurophysiologist gap as an expert practitioner of both. Dr. Kothbauer wrote one of the first articles demonstrating D-waves' utility in predicting the outcome after spinal cord tumor surgery and, more importantly, coming up with specific criteria that allowed the surgeon to maximize resection while knowing the patient's function was still intact. I first met Karl at the 1998 ASNM meeting in Philadelphia. He was presenting on D-waves and SCT. Since then, his insight and knowledge have helped many young and new people in IONM and seasoned neurophysiologists and technologists. I have known Karl over the years to be a good friend and educator, always willing to share his knowledge without any pretense. He will be greatly missed on a personal level as well as a professional one. I recommend everyone go to to read the memorial to Karl from Drs. Deletis and Sala.



Call for Speakers 

If you or someone you know of would like to speak at ASNM'S 2021 Winter Virtual Meeting or our Annual Meeting in Dallas, please reach out to [email protected]. If interested, please include the presenter's name, credentials, the name of the event they would like to speak at, and the topic they would like to present.



CNIM Concepts Mini-Course 

We will be hosting another CNIM Concepts course in the Spring of 2021, hosted by James Watt! This mini-course will be held on April 3, April 10, and April 17. Registration will be on the website in the next few weeks. 



Webinars: All webinars are at 7 pm EST 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 webinar presented by Cheryl Wiggins, "Out on a limb: Key IONM Concepts for Peripheral Orthopedic Surgery". Registration will be on the website in the next few weeks. 



Meeting & Webinar Schedule 

Meeting Schedule 

  • Winter 2021 Virtual Symposium: The ASNM Board of Directors has decided to begin 2021 with another Virtual Symposium. COVID-19 has changed the way meetings will take place, and, in the event COVID-19 impacts 2021, we would like to provide our members with educational content and the opportunity to receive CME and CEU's for the content. This meeting's date has not yet been decided, but we hope to have more information within the next few weeks.
  • 2021 Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas, will potentially be moved to 2022 given the current state of COVID-19. More information to follow. 
  • 2021 Fall Virtual Symposium: The ASNM Board of Directors has officially voted on the ASNM continuing to have our Fall meeting be virtual as well. 



2021 Election Results 

The ASNM 2021 Board of Directors Election closed on 10/30/20. The results of the election are as follows. 
*The term for all the below winners will begin after the May 2021 Annual Meeting*
W. Bryan Wilent 
Board of Directors: 
Rebecca Clark-Bash 
Melisa Kirkup 
Michael Riley 
Lawrence Wierzbowski 
Please join me one more time in congratulating our new President-Elect and Board of Directors! All the candidates we had were terrific, and we hope that if you are interested in running for a board position or know of someone who would be a great addition to the board, you nominate or apply for the 2022 ballot! 



ASNM Salary Survey 

Please participate in the Salary Survey for the ASNM membership. We will give our members until December 31, 2020 to fill out this survey. Once we have the results in we will be sending the results out to all of our members. 

Click Here to Take the Survey



Are you looking for CME's before the end of the year? Look no further — ASNM has the below CME and CEU opportunities: 


  • ASNM 2020 Winter Virtual Symposium 9 CME/CEU's available until February 2021
  • ASNM/CANM 2020 Fall Virtual Symposium 11.25 CME/CEU's available until September 2021
    (You can purchase by clicking the link button)
  • ASNM Webinars 9 CME's available until December 5 
  • 41 CEU's for all of our webinars plus an additional 20.25 if you watch the 2020 Winter Virtual Symposium & 2020 ASNM/CANM Fall Virtual Symposium. 


Purchase the ASNM/CANM Fall Symposium Recording

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