At the 2022 AANS meeting in Philadelphia, Dr. Roger Härtl was named Humanitarian of the Year for his work on global neurosurgery.
In awarding Dr. Härtl this honor, the AANS said:
“In addition to his great work in Tanzania, Dr. Härtl has led for the past 20 years an annual neurosurgery and spine training program for Eastern European surgeons in Salzburg, Austria, in conjunction with Cornell University and the American Austrian Foundation. Furthermore, through AO Spine and other organizations, Roger has taught spine surgery techniques to surgeons in numerous other locations, including Pakistan and Iraq. Consistent with other great teachers and humble, servant leaders, Dr. Härtl has often expressed of his global experiences that he learns as much from those who he teaches and heals, as they from him.”