Historical Timeline

Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS) Task Force Founded

August 2015

Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS) Task Force Founded

International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN) Invited to become stakeholder and sponsor attendees.

May 2016

First GICS Meeting Royal College of Surgeons London

William Harkness, President elect of ISPN attends

International Symposium of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) in Los Angeles. Theme: Global Neurosurgery.

April 2017

International Symposium of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) in Los Angeles. Theme: Global Neurosurgery.

Jim Johnston presents Collaborative partnership between UAB and Vietnam and use of tablet-based merged reality technology for neurosurgical mentoring.

Discussions including Sanjiv Bhatia, Kee Park, Tony Figaji ,Walt Johnson, Matthew Davis and Michael Dewan propose creation of an interactive web platform to facilitate collaborative partnerships in global surgery.

Publication of State of global pediatric neurosurgery outreach: survey by the International Education Subcommittee

August 2017

Publication of State of global pediatric neurosurgery outreach: survey by the International Education Subcommittee

(J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2017 August ; 20(2): 204–210)

InterSurgeon founded. Funding from ISPN, University of Alabama in Birmingham and 5 private individuals

September 2017

InterSurgeon founded. Funding from ISPN, University of Alabama in Birmingham and 5 private individuals

Novagram commissioned to brand and develop website.

September 2017

Novagram commissioned to brand and develop website.

September 2018 InterSurgeon Trade Mark registered with UK Government Intellectual Property Office

September 2018

September 2018 InterSurgeon Trade Mark registered with UK Government Intellectual Property Office

December 2018

Joint Pediatric Section of AANS/CNS pledge support for InterSurgeon

January 2019

Adult Neurosurgery and Urology added as membership categories to website

March 2019

InterSurgeon achieved Charitable Status

(Charity Commission for England and Wales. Registered Charity number 1182677)

May 2019

Collaborative partnership created with the G4 Alliance and InterSurgeon commissioned to develop NGO platform

November 2019

NGO platform launched and other membership categories expanded to include all members of the surgical team

February 2020

World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies creates Global Neurosurgery Committee and plans to work with InterSurgeon

March 2020

Publication of The initial experience of InterSurgeon: an online platform to facilitate global neurosurgical partnerships (Neurosurg Focus 48 (3):E15, 2020 )

March 2020

InterSurgeon receives official endorsement and support from the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery (FIENS)

Formation of WFNS Global Neurosurgery Committee, Gail Rosseau and William Harkness invited members

May 2020

Formation of WFNS Global Neurosurgery Committee, Gail Rosseau and William Harkness invited members

William Harkness joins Board of Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery

June 2020

William Harkness joins Board of Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery