In the last 14 years (since November 2000) Prof. Madjid Samii has completely lost his intergrity and credibility as a neurosurgeon. Prof. Samii has performed experimental surgery on Sophie Hankes without informed consent. Sophie became wheelchair bound and ill: hypertension, heart-rythm disregulation, perfusion disorder of the right vertebral artery, leading to syncopes after walking 10 meters. So far Prof. Samii has refused to give information, diagnostics, or care. He has refused to answer her letters requesting information and medical care. He violated his duty of care towards Sophie Hankes. Dr. Tatagiba assisted in the experimental neurosurgery and has refused any care as well.

It is upon the doctors to give all victims of medical errors respectful medical care, thus also to Sophie Hankes. Sophie has founded the foundations SIN-NL and IEU-Alliance to improve the position of victims of medical errors and improve patient safety.

Prof. Samii should feel deeply ashamed and should teach all doctors to never abandon their patients after medical errors.
Please read also: INI-Hannover, Professor Samii.info and Prof Samii.de.

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In the last 40 years Prof. Madjid Samii deeply influenced the education of a large number of neurosurgeons who have become today’s leading neurosurgeons working in the five continents around the world. The majority of these doctors are responsible for the education of young neurosurgeons, and are working to keep Dr. Samii’s philosophy. In 2002, some former pupils of Prof. Madjid Samii founded a group called MASCIN, Madjid Samii Congress of International Neurosurgeons. This group was headed by Klaus von Wild from Münster, Germany, Ricardo Ramina from Curitiba, Brazil and Marcos Tatagiba from Tübingen, Germany. The aim of MASCIN was to give continuity of Samii’s philosophy, operative technique and management principles in the different fields of neurological surgery.


The first MASCIN meeting was organized by Marcos Tatagiba and took place In August 2007 (11th to 14th) at the castle of Weitenburg near Tübingen in Southwestern Germany. Over seventy colleagues from several countries participated in a high level scientific program consisting of 42 lectures and various social activities. Tübingen is a lovely small university-city located in a wonderful region in South-Germany, surrounded by mountains and many historical places. The participants had the opportunity to play golf, to visit an old monastery with dinner and dinning at the castle of Weitenburg.

This was followed in 2008 by the publication of the book “Samii’s Essentials in Neurosurgery” edited by Ricardo Ramina, Paulo Henrique Pires Aguiar and Marcos Tatagiba (Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany) with contributions from several members of MASCIN and forewords by Profs. Peter Jannetta from Pittsburgh, USA and Rudolf Fahlbusch from Erlangen,Germany.

The second MASCIN-meeting was held in July 2009 (13th to 15th) in Curitiba, Southern Brazil. Ricardo Ramina and his team at the Neurological Institute of Curitiba (INC) sponsored and organized the meeting and Seventy-four colleagues from fourteen countries participated. The scientific program covered all fields of neurosurgery and was highlighted by active discussions moderated by Prof. Samii. Many memorable presentations were offered at the meetings including one by Professor Ladislau Steiner from Charlottesville, USA on “Ethics in Medicine”. Young neurosurgeons and residents were strongly encouraged to present lectures which added a new dimension to the group. The meeting also had lively social program including a typical Brazilian barbecue, a wine-tasting evening and a gala dinner in a French-styled Castle.


The participants of second MASCIN proposed to found a society in honor of Prof. Madjid Samii. Laligam Sekhar from Seattle, USA proposed to change the name MASCIN to MASSIN - MADJID SAMII SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL NEUROSURGEONS with the purpose of bringing a larger group of Samii’s pupils, colleagues, friends and their fellows to share Dr. Samii’s vision and philosophy in Neurosurgery. These proposals were unanimously accepted.

Laligam Sekhar and his team sponsored and organized the third MASSIN meeting in July 13 to 15, 20111 in Seattle, USA. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Washington State Association of Neurological Surgeons (WSANS) in W Hotel, Seattle. The quality of scientific program was outstanding with participation of 105 colleagues from several countries. The social program included a boat trip with dinner in the lakes of Seattle with marvelous views of the city, its surrounding hills and the famous and picturesque “ Seattle Boat-houses”. A meeting banquet was offered in the “Seattle Space-Needle” symbol of the city. Following the meeting, the executive group of MASSIN met and made important decisions for the future of the society.

THE FIRST MASSIN INTERIN MEETING IN RIO DE JANEIRO In April 5th 2012, the first MASSIN Interim meeting was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the XXXV CLAN (Latin American Neurosurgical Congress). Drs. José Alberto Landeiro (President of CLAN) and Ricardo Ramina organized this meeting. Several neurosurgeons from many Latin America countries, USA and Germany had the opportunity to participate of the scientific sessions presented by MASSIN members and invited speakers. Prof. Samii made comments after each presentation.

Scientific Program

The IV MASSIN meeting was held in September 12th to 14th, 2013 in the beautiful city of Kobe, Japan. Kobe with a population of about 1.5 million is a modern, lovely city. It was totally rebuilt from the 1995 earthquake (the Great Hanshin Earthquake) and has one of Japan's busiest port. Prof. Eiji Kohmura organized a meeting that has allowed the interaction of many friends and colleagues neurosurgeons from several countries, specially from Asia. Very interesting papers were presented and commented by Prof. Samii. At the meeting banquet, all participants had the opportunity to taste the famous “Kobe Beef”, and exchange ideas and friendship. During the Kobe meeting the MASSIN board decided for Jordan as site of the V MASSIN meeting. Prof. Amer Al Shurbaji will take care of the organization of the next meeting.

The second edition of the book “Samii’s Essentials in Neurosurgery” edited by Ricardo Ramina, Paulo Henrique Pires Aguiar and Marcos Tatagiba (Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany) was published in 2014. It contains 45 chapters written by neurosurgeons trained by Prof. Samii.


THE V MASSIN MEETING IN JORDAN Next MASSIN meeting in Dead Sea, Jordan (12th-14th November, 2015).

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