WALN was first conceived in 1971, by Dr. Fuad Haddad. It was during the meeting of the World Lebanese Union Congress held in Beirut in August 1971, that the idea to gather all neurosurgeons of Lebanese origin and to hold a meeting in Beirut. The meeting was supposed to be held in Beirut, in July 1973, immediately before the International Congress in Japan. The attendees were supposed to fly en group to Japan after the meeting. Needless to say that it took 24 years to realize that dream: 1997 and the WALN homecoming congress… This period witnessed the birth of WALN.
In 1990, Dr. Awad received a letter from Dr. Haddad with 35 names and the idea of WALN. In 1991, Dr. Mohasseb, who was visiting the Cleveland Clinic, revisited the subject with Dr. Awad and added new names. In 1991, Dr. Awad mailed a survey to all potential members (neurosurgeons whose names in the world directory had a possible Lebanese consonance): the result of that mailing was the original database of WALN. But it was during the meeting of the Middle East Neurosurgical Society in Beirut in May of 1992 that both men entrusted Dr. Issam Awad to start the WALN: it is then that Dr. Awad was introduced as President of WALN. The founding meeting was held in Acapulco in October 1993. A small preparatory meeting was previously held in Vancouver during the same month along with the CNS meeting. But it was in Acapulco (in conjunction with the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies meeting) that the first elections were held and the officers were empowered to write the Bylaws. In February of 1994, a draft of the Bylaws was circulated for suggestions and recommendations. Dr. Kamel Muakkassa designed the logo, and, before the San Diego meeting, he discussed with Dr. Awad the name of the new organization. World Association of Lebanese Neurosurgeons (WALN) was the final result. During the AANS meeting in San Diego in 1994, the logo, the name and Bylaws were approved. The bylaws were then published in the second issue of the WALN Newsletter.
In 1997, a landmark event occurred in the history of WALN and Lebanese neurosurgery: the WALN homecoming congress. During that meeting, new elections were held and a new president was elected, Dr. Mokbel Chedid. The first period of WALN was a period of consolidation culminating with the success achieved during the WALN homecoming meeting.