All AAN Sections have been asked to develop a Section Strategic Plan. This Strategic Plan is an opportunity for the Spine Section to outline the current status of the subspecialty and define short and long-term vision, goals, perceived opportunities and challenges. Key AAN committees—such as Education, Science, Practice, Medical Economics, and Legislative Affairs—will use this Strategic Plan in developing programs and activities and thus ensuring the Section's input into the Academy's functions. Several section volunteers worked in the summer and fall of 2008 to write the plan. The final version was submitted to the Committee on Sections in January 2009.