To Congress of Neurological Surgeons Officers and Executive Committee: What’s the Deal With Your Standing Ovation for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

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Christopher C. Getch (President 2010-2011)
Christopher E. Wolfla (President-Elect 2010-2011)
Saleem I. Abdulrauf (Vice-President 2010-2011)
Nathan R. Selden (Secretary 2009-2012)
Daniel K. Resnick (Treasurer 2008-2011)
Gerald E. Rodts (Past President 2010-2011)
Ashok Rajappa Asthagiri (Member-at-Large 2010-2012

Zoher Ghogawala (Member-at-Large 2009-2011)
James S. Harrop (Member-at-Large 2008-2011)
Steven N. Kalkanis (Member-at-Large  2010-2012)
Catherine A. Mazzola (Member-at-Large 2008-2011)
Brian T. Ragel (Member-at-Large 2009-2011)
Ricardo Jorge Komotar (Ex-Officio 2010-2011)
Elad I. Levy (Ex-Officio 2010-2011)
Mark E. Linskey (Ex-Officio 2010-2011)
Russell R. Lonser (Ex-Officio 2010-2011)
Ganesh Rao (Ex-Officio 2010-2011)
Ali R. Rezai     (Ex-Officio 2010-2011)
Alan M. Scarrow (Ex-Officio 2010-2011)
Ashwini Dayal Sharan (Ex-Officio 2010-2011)
Jason P. Sheehan (Ex-Officio 2010-2011)
Michael P. Steinmetz (Ex-Officio 2010-2011)
Jamie Sue Ullman (Ex-Officio 2010-2011)
Anil Nanda (Ex-Officio 2010-2011)

The National Football League says that commissioner Roger Goodell received a standing ovation at Monday’s session of the annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in Washington. I am covering this development at

The CNS staff and your outgoing president, Dr. Christopher C. Getch, have not responded to the following inquiry. I therefore am directing it to you.

* Do you have video of the Goodell speech and will you release it?

* Can you tell me of other examples of standing ovations for speakers at your conference — either this one or conferences past?

* Please provide a statement responding to my criticism that this display compromises the ability of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons to provide independent and maximally beneficial public health information on traumatic brain injuries in football.

Irvin Muchnick

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