Committees

NCS COMMITTEES


NCS members have the opportunity to indicate their interest in a committee through the annual Get Involved! campaign each year. If you have questions regarding a committee, their roster, or how to contact them, please send a request to info@neurocriticalcare.org

Advocacy Committee

Charge: To plan and conduct advocacy endeavors to promote the work of neurocritical care professionals, and to improve the general public’s knowledge and recognition of neurocritical care in fulfillment of the Neurocritical Care Society’s mission and vision.

James Szalados, MD, JD, MBA, Chair

Annual Meeting Committee

Charge: To plan the annual NCS meeting by coordinating the scientific program, review course, and obtaining speakers for all programs. The committee will work with the Fundraising Committee in an effort to raise funds, which will support the Annual Meeting.

Wade Smith, MD, PhD, FNCS, Chair
Sarah Livesay, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, ACNS-BC, Co-Chair
John Lewin III, PharmD, MBA, FNCS, Co-Chair

Communications Committee

Charge: To disseminate news that is relevant to NCS members through the official NCS website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, email communications, and Currents – the quarterly news magazine of the NCS.

Abhay Kumar, MD, Chair

Development Committee

Charge: To explore financial support opportunities for the Annual Meeting and beyond.

Jennifer Frontera, MD, FNCS, Chair

Educational Products Committee

Charge: To supervise the development and disseminate of publications and educational products of various types which are produced the NCS

Sahar Zafar, MD, Co-Chair
Joshua Levine, MD, Co-Chair

ENLS Committee

Charge: To expand the usage of the ENLS program, update and set up ENLS protocols, ensure the ENLS Moodle course exam questions are updated, and certification eligibility and compliance of ENLS.

Chitra Venkatasubramanian, MD, FNCS, Co-Chair
George Lopez, MD, Co-Chair

Ethics Committee

Charge: To broadly engage the ethical needs of the Neurocritical Care Society and its membership, making recommendations regarding appropriate ethical behavior, identifying areas of ethical complexity which require additional research or debate to clarify the ethical implications, selecting appropriate ethics-related content for inclusion in the Annual Meeting, educating members about ethical principles and practices within Neurocritical care through the development of guidelines and position statements when necessary, and to address all other ethical issues referred by the President, Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors. In this role, The Ethics committee will serve as the conscience of the NCS and its membership.

Ariane Lewis, MD, Chair

Finance Committee

Charge: To undertake critical functions of business operations and in the development of key financial initiatives for the society.

Panos Varelas, MD, PhD, FNCS, Chair

FNCS Credentials Committee

Charge: To review all applications for Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society (FNCS) and deciding if applicants meet criteria for this designation.

Maxwell Damian, MD, PhD, FNCS, Chair

Guidelines Committee

Charge: To obtain diversity among the identified topic experts to facilitate a thorough review of the available evidence. Guidelines produced through the efforts of this committee will be based on the best current medical evidence and expert opinions.

Herbert Fried, MD, Co-Chair
Theresa Human, BCPS, FNCS, PharmD, Co-Chair
Lori Madden, RN, PhD, ACNP, Co-Chair

Membership Committee

Charge: Recruitment of society members and ensuring the retention of these members through the offering of services that meet their needs. The committee advises the President and the board on membership policies and oversees programs for the recruitment of new members and retention of existing members. The committee assists in interpreting, informing and implementing board policy as it relates to membership. The committee provides advice and recommendations relating to the development of each year’s operating plan and budget on matters related to the committee’s jurisdiction.

Sarah Livesay, RN, Chair

Nominating Committee

Charge: Responsible for ensuring the NCS Board of Directors has multidisciplinary representation

Jose I Suarez, MD, FNCS, Chair

Quality Committee

Navaz Karanjia, MD, Chair





Neurocritical Care Research Central (NCRC)

The mission of NCRC is to support and coordinate research initiatives within NCS, foster collaborative research among various facets of the society and represent NCS when interacting with outside research networks and professional societies.

NCRC Co-Directors

Paul Vespa, MD, PhD
Javier Provencio, MD, PhD

Research Operations Subcommittee

Sherry Chou, MD, MSc, FNCS, Co-Chair
Molly McNett, PhD, RN, Co-Chair

Grants Subcommittee

Wendy Ziai, MD, Chair

Neurocritical Care Research Network (NCRN) Subcommittee

Daiwai Olson, PhD, RN. Co-Chair 
Claude Hemphill, MD, PhD, Co-Chair

Annual Meeting Translational Science Session Subcommittee

Raj Dhar, MD, Chair