The New York Society of Neurosurgery started in 1940 as an informal group discussing neurosurgical topics over beer and pretzels. Meetings were sporadic during the years of the Second World War, and the society was officially incorporated on July 8, 1949. Those listed on the incorporation included J. Lawrence Pool, Sidney Gross, Fran Eichlin, and Thomas Garvey. The concept of an annual lecture was introduced in 1950 and named in honor of Dr. Charles A. Elsberg.
The New York Society of Neurosurgery is dedicated to supporting and developing the field of neurosurgery in New York City and the metro area. The society seeks to cultivate life-long learning for clinicians and to support research and teaching and to advance knowledge of the field.