President

Charles E. Nussbaum, M.D.
Charles E. Nussbaum, M.D.
Dr. Nussbaum was born and raised near Chicago, IL. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in 1980 and his MD in 1984 from the University of Rochester. After completing his general surgery internship at Case Western Reserve, he returned to Rochester to complete his neurosurgery residency, graduating in 1990. He married Debbie in 1987, whom he first met at a history meeting during medical school.

In 1994, he became section head of Neurosurgery at Virginia Mason. Since then he has also served on the Professional Liability and Quality Assurance committees, in addition to several other efforts. He is an active member in the Western Neurosurgical Society and has spent 10 years on the executive committee, completed a four year term as Secretary-Treasurer, has served as Chairman of the Membership and CME committees, and has been a member of the Program and Site Selection committees. During his career, Dr. Nussbaum has received multiple “top doctor” awards by Seattle and Seattle Met magazines. He has an active general neurosurgery practice, with patients frequently coming for evaluation from as far away as Fairbanks, Alaska.

Dr. Nussbaum enjoys spending time with his wife, Debbie, and his three children. The Nussbaum twin boys are currently juniors in college, and their daughter recently completed graduate studies at UC San Diego. Dr. Nussbaum is an avid mountain biker and typically commutes to work via bicycle. Both he and Debbie are also passionate downhill skiers.

While in residency, Charlie and Debbie met the Western Neurosurgical Society in 1987 as the newlyweds ended a week-long Canadian back packing trip in Banff.  The Western was meeting at the Banff Springs hotel and they duly noted its presence and because of some lack of interest and a definite lack of appropriate dress, decided not to join in.  Things will be a bit different 30 years later as they will preside at our 63rd annual meeting.

-Ciara Harraher; Randy Smith
WNS Communications Committee

Presidential Address 2014
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Presidential Address 2013
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Presidential Address 2012
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Presidential Address 2011
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Presidential Address 2010
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Presidential Address 2009
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Presidential Address 2006
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Presidential Address 2005
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