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Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders

14th Annual Symposium: Saturday, October 21, 2017
The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado

The 14th Annual Symposium is jointly provided by the Justin Parker Neurological Institute and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and facilitated by Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates. The Symposium targets health care providers involved in the care of cranial and spinal disorders. This live education activity offers a series of innovative presentations regarding the latest advancements and treatment considers in cranial, orthopedic and neurosurgical spine technology. Topics include alternative uses for deep brain stimulation, which is better for vestibular schwannoma: surgery or radiosurgery, opioid use as a predictor of outcome for spinal surgery patients, the argument for an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) or a total disc replacement. Dr. Huntington Potter will be presenting information on his latest Alzheimer’s study and the safety and efficacy of GM-CDF/ Leukine.

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Mail your confirmation email along with your check payable to JPNI to: JPNI, Attn: Symposium 2017, 4743 Arapahoe Ave., Ste. 202, Boulder, CO 80303

Print a registration form and snail mail, fax, or scan and email. Forms can be faxed to Sarah at 303.998.0007 and scanned forms can be emailed to Sarah at

The early registration deadline is Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12:00am. Registration will increase from $90 to $100 beginning Saturday, October 14, 2017. Online registration will end Wednesday, October 18th at 12:00 Noon. On-site registration is available, but not guaranteed. An email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of payment. Check-in at the registration table the day of the symposium to obtain an agenda and to receive a binder including all presentations, as well as doctor CV’s and AANS documentation. Registration will have a sign-in sheet the day of the event. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Sarah Heil at 303.938.5700.

Preliminary Agenda

Time Speaker Topic CME
7:30 – 8:00   Continental Breakfast & Registration  
8:00 – 8:10 Alan Villavicencio, MD Welcome  
  Morning Session I 2.0
8:10-8:50 Kara Beasley, DO Advances in Deep Brain Stimulation Technology and Exciting New Targets: The Future is Bright  
8:50-9:30 Andrew Bauer, MD Surgery is Better for Vestibular Schwannoma  
9:30-10:10 E. Lee Nelson, MD Radiosurgery is Better for Vestibular Schwannoma  
10:10-10:30   Break/Expo  
  Morning Session II 2.0
10:30-11:10 Alan Villavicencio, MD Preoperative Opioid use as a Predictor of Outcome in Spine Surgery Patients  
11:10-11:50 Huntington Potter, Ph.D. Safety & Efficacy of GM-CSF/Leukine in Mild to Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease  
11:50-12:30 Cliff Gronseth, MD Ultrasonic Applications to Diagnosing & Treating Spinal Disorders  
12:30-1:30   Lunch/Expo  
  Afternoon Session I 1.5
1:30-2:30 Keynote: Jared Knopman, MD Advanced Endovascular Techniques for the Treatment of Complex Brain Aneurysms  
2:30-3:10 Justin S. Moon, MD, MPH Emerging Science and therapeutic Options in Neurology  
3:10-3:30   Break/Expo  
  Afternoon Session II 1.5
3:30-4:10 Tripp Nanney, MD The Argument for Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)  
4:10-4:50 Sharad Rajpal, MD The Argument for Total Disc Replacement  
4:50-5:00 Alan Villavicencio, MD Adjournment, Raffle & Closing Remarks  
5:00-7:00   Reception & Dinner (Optional)  
TOTAL 7.0
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Keynote Speaker

Jared Knopman, M.D.

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Jared Knopman, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon and interventional neuroradiologist who received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Knopman did his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency, also serving as chief resident, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Hospital. He completed a specialized fellowship in endovascular neurosurgery/interventional neuroradiology at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Knopman has been named to the SuperDoctors Rising Stars list; a distinction afforded the top 2.5 percent of physicians in his field. In 2016, the American Heart Association’s Young Professionals of NYC presented Dr. Knopman with its Young Heart Award, honoring him for his work as an advocate for heart health and for his pioneering work in new approaches to treating stroke.

Dr. Knopman has extensive research experience in minimally invasive neurosurgery and has published articles and book chapters about the treatment of degenerative spinal disease, brain tumors, and aneurysms utilizing the most innovative, least invasive approaches. He was one of the original authors of a novel trial of super-selective treatment of malignant brain tumors using targeted chemotherapy, as featured in The New York Times, and he has subsequently expanded this technique to children. Dr. Knopman was awarded the prestigious CNS/Micrus Endovascular Neurosurgery grant as well as the Leonard and Fleur Harlan Clinical Scholarship for his research in vascular disease. Also, he is the Principal Investigator at Weill/Cornell of an NIH-funded study utilizing topical antibiotics to lower the risk of infection after brain surgery.

2016

Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders

13th Annual Symposium: Saturday, October 8, 2016
The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado

More than 180 attended the 13th Annual symposium on Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders on October 8, 2016. Symposium attendees heard from ten speakers and faculty discuss a wide variety of topics including treatment updates on brain tumors, spine surgery for the elderly, intervention for acute ischemic stroke and vascular lesions, benefits of acupuncture for lower back pain, craniotomy for neoplasm and venous thromboembolism and non-narcotic alternative for pain management. The afternoon featured an argument for and against surgical treatment for a herniated disc presented by Dr. Melody Denham and Dr. Alan Villavicencio.

The highlight of the day came from our keynote speaker, Amy Van-Dyken Rouen. Amy shared her story of having to overcome severe asthma to become an Olympic gold medalist and shared many behind-the-scenes stories of her Olympic competitions. She went on to then tell us about her ATV accident that left her spine severely damaged and left her paralyzed from the waist down. She gave our doctors, surgeons and health care professionals a unique perspective of a spinal cord injury patient. Throughout her talk, Amy’s interwoven them of “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something,” was illustrated by fueling her on to win her six gold medals and gave her the will to live after doctors told her she needs to say goodbye to her husband. Her story of grace, determination and honesty is what truly connected with the audience.

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors that made the event possible, with more than more than 37 exhibitors to visit throughout the day. The annual symposium is jointly provided by JPNI and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and facilitated by Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates. The symposium offers a one-day extensive seminar that brings together a diverse panel of experts to disseminate advancements, scientific discoveries and innovative medical technologies to the medical community and into clinical practice.

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Keynote Speaker

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is a 6-time Olympic champion. She won 4 medals in 1996 in Atlanta and two more in Sydney, Australia in 2000. Van Dyken-Rouen has the distinction of being one of the few Olympians whose medals are all gold. In 2007 she was the only American swimmer to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Class of 2007. She was also inducted to the Olympic Hall of Fame in July 2008.

After high school, Van Dyken-Rouen attended the University of Arizona for two years before transferring to Colorado State University, where she broke her first US record with a time of 21.77 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA championships in 1994. She also placed second in the 100-yard butterfly. In 1994 she was named the NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year. After college, she moved to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to train full-time for the 1996 Olympics.

Following her 4 gold medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, she won the ESPY for Female Athlete of the Year; Swimming World magazine’s female Swimmer of the Year award; induction into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame; induction into the US Olympic Hall of Fame; and Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, USOC Sports Woman of the Year, the Women’s Sports Foundation Sports Woman of the Year and USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year. She was also featured as one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 Women of the Year, named one of 25 most influential females in sport by Women’s Sports and Fitness magazine and received the ARETE Courage in Sports award.

She has graced the cover of several newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, Newsweek, Time, Swimming World magazine, and Sports Illustrated.

In June of 2014, she was injured in an ATV accident and severed her spinal cord leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.

2015

Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders

12th Annual Symposium: Saturday, October 10, 2015
The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado

More than 170 attended the 12th Annual Symposium on Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders. Symposium attendees heard from 11 speakers and faculty discuss a wide variety of topics including infections, headaches, management of cervical & lumbar radiculopathy and deep brain stimulation. The highlight of the afternoon session included a debate featuring Dr. Sharad Rajpal and Dr. Lee Nelson talking about the surgical and non-surgical management of C2 fractures in the elderly.

The most anticipated speaker was Howard Wasdin, a former Navy SEAL sniper on SEAL Team Six. Howard was shot multiple times while serving in Somalia. He spoke about the dedication and team work needed to carry out his mission. In addition, each of the attendees received an autographed copy of his book “SEAL Team 6: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL.”

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors that made the event possible, with more than more than 28 exhibitors to visit throughout the day. The annual symposium is jointly provided by JPNI and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and facilitated by Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates. The symposium offers a one-day extensive seminar that brings together a diverse panel of experts to disseminate advancements, scientific discoveries and innovative medical technologies to the medical community and into clinical practice.

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Keynote Speaker

Howard Wasdin, DC

Dr. Wasdin

Dr. Howard Wasdin graduated with BUD/S Class 143, later becoming a top sniper with SEAL Team VI. He served in the US Navy for twelve years, nine of which were as part of the SEAL Teams. Dr. Wasdin was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States, and the Purple Heart, for injuries sustained in Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu, Somalia. Dr. Wasdin now lives in Georgia where he is a practicing Chiropractor. In 2012, he was inducted into the Jeremiah Milbanks Society of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Dr. Wasdin is the author of “SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper”, a New York Times bestseller for 22 weeks. In addition he has co-authored a fictional series, “SEAL Team Six Outcasts”. The newest title in that series “Easy Day for the Dead”, was released on Dec. 31st 2013. He also co-authored the sequel to “Seal Team Six” which is titled, “The Last Rescue: How Faith and Love Saved a Navy Seal Sniper.” In addition to his chiropractic practice and writing, Dr. Wasdin is also an “Angel Flight” volunteer pilot and motivational speaker.

2014

Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders

11th Annual Symposium: Saturday, October 18, 2014
The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado

Our 11th Annual Symposium on Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders offered a series of innovative presentations regarding the latest advancements and treatment considerations in cranial, orthopedic and neurosurgical spine technology. Topics include neurosurgical trauma from a trauma surgeon’s perspective, concussions, SI-Joint fusions, chronic pain management, rhBMP-2 and the detrimental effect of marijuana use on traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. We had close to 250 attendees and it was the biggest event to date.

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Keynote Speaker

Allan H. Friedman, MD

Dr. Friedman

Allan H. Friedman, M.D. is an internationally recognized tumor neurosurgeon. Dr. Friedman operates on hundreds of malignant intrinsic brain tumors each year. Working with the pathologists, he is responsible for banking several thousand specimens which are available for research purposes. Dr. Friedman is Deputy Director of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center and co-director of the Clinical Oncology Program at Duke University. Dr. Friedman is associate director of the Preuss Laboratory for Brain Tumor Research. Dr. Friedman has also been appointed Vice Chair of Administration, Department of Surgery. Dr. Friedman has a special interest in treating patients harboring malignant brain tumors. He has a long history of collaborating with basic scientists at Duke in probing the underlying biology of brain tumors and developing new therapy for brain tumors.

2013

Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders

10th Annual Symposium: Saturday, October 26, 2013
The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado

Our 10th Annual Symposium on Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders offered a series of innovative presentations regarding the latest advancements and treatment considerations in cranial, orthopedic and neurosurgical spine technology. Topics included acute stroke management, case studies in neuroethics, stem cells in neurosurgery, management of sports concussions, spinal injection complications, intracerebral and spinal hematomas, and coil versus clip in brain aneurysms.

Our panel of speakers included distinguished visiting professor Nicholas Boulis, MD. Dr. Boulis is a physician scientist whose research interests include biological neurorestoration and neuromodulation through the use of cell, protein and gene delivery to the nervous system. As an Associate Professor at the Emory School of Medicine and a practicing neurosurgical doctor at Emory Healthcare, Dr. Boulis leads a Gene and Cell Therapy Translational Laboratory which pursues advanced biological treatments for neurological disorders, including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

The 2013 event had more than 230 attendees representing hospitals and medical practices spanning from Fort Collins to Pueblo.

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Keynote Speaker

Nicholas Boulis, MD

Dr. Boulis

Dr. Nicholas Boulis is a physician scientist whose research interests include biological neurorestoration and neuromodulation through the use of cell, protein and gene delivery to the nervous system. As an Associate Professor at the Emory School of Medicine and a practicing neurosurgical doctor at Emory Healthcare, Dr. Boulis leads a Gene and Cell Therapy Translational Laboratory which pursues advanced biological treatments for neurological disorders, including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). With proof-of-principle in the laboratory and Dr. Boulis’ expertise in neurosurgery, the laboratory creates a unique resource for the development and clinical translation of these concepts.

Dr. Boulis’s Bio

BOULIS, Dr. Nicholas

Dr. Boulis graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale University with distinction in intensive Biology and Philosophy majors and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Medical School, winning the Harold Lamport Biomedical Research Award. Dr. Boulis completed his residency in neurological surgery followed by a fellowship in neurology/virology at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

2012

The 9th Annual Symposium

The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado, October 20, 2012

Our 9th Annual Symposium on Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders offered a series of innovative presentations regarding the latest advancements and treatment considerations in cranial, orthopedic and neurosurgical spine technology. Topics included stem cell research for brain and spinal cord injuries, advances in rehabilitation and exercise-based therapies, surgical options for epilepsy, stereotactic radiosurgery and cold radiofrequency for joint lumbar and thoracic pain.

Our panel of speakers included distinguished visiting professor Stephen Davies, PhD. As a postdoctoral fellow Dr. Davies initiated a series of adult neuron to adult central nervous system (CNS) transplantation experiments that fundamentally changed the scientific community’s understanding of the role of scar tissue in preventing axon regeneration in the traumatically injured adult brain and spinal cord.

More than 200 medical practitioners attend this educational activity, representing hospitals and medical practices spanning the Front Range. This live activity is planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the AANS and JPNI.

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Keynote Speaker

Stephen Davies, PhD

Dr. Davies

Dr. Stephen Davies is an internationally recognized research scientist who has devoted his scientific career to gaining a better understanding of why axon regeneration fails in the mammalian central nervous system (CNS) and the development of new technologies for repairing the injured or diseased brain and spinal cord. His research has been featured by many international news agencies and magazines over the past few years, most recently by the noted futurist Michio Kaku in his latest book “Physics of the Future”.

Dr. Davies’s Bio

DAVIES, Dr. Stephen Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery,
Center for Neuroscience, Anschutz Medical Campus,
University of Colorado, Denver SOM

Dr. Davies studied for his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at the University of Sussex, UK, and went on to study for his PhD in nervous system regeneration at the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London, which was awarded by University College London in 1996. It was upon moving from London to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, as a postdoctoral fellow that he initiated a series of adult neuron to adult CNS transplantation experiments that fundamentally changed the scientific community’s understanding of the role of scar tissue in preventing axon regeneration in the traumatically injured adult brain and spinal cord. Dr. Davies started his own research program as an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, in 2000, and initiated the development of two complementary approaches to repairing the injured adult CNS. The first was to develop new means for suppressing or overcoming the effects of axon growth inhibitory molecules found in scar tissue and throughout the injured brain and spinal cord by using a naturally occurring molecule called Decorin. He was awarded the 2006 American Spinal Injury Association prize for breakthrough in spinal cord injury for his pre-clinical research with Decorin. The second was to pioneer the development of a new stem cell based technology for making specific subtypes of beneficial astrocytes suitable for repairing the injured adult central nervous system. In 2007 Dr. Davies and his research colleague and spouse Dr. Jeannette Davies were recruited to the new Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado where they are currently working on translating the Decorin and stem cell-derived human astrocyte technologies to use in treating a variety of neurological disorders.

2011

The 8th Annual Symposium

The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado, October 29, 2011

The 8th annual symposium presented a concise review of the latest advancements and treatment considerations in cranial, orthopedic and neurosurgical spine technology. The live series of innovative presentations included discussion on the latest advancements and treatment options in minimally invasive spine surgery, cranial base surgery and deep brain stimulation (DBS).

Our diverse panel of experts included distinguished visiting professor, Clifford B. Tribus, MD. Dr. Tribus discussed Isthmic Spondylolisthesis: Treatment Considerations, Tips and Pearls. He is an Associate Professor of orthopedic surgery at University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, WI. His research interests include spinal biomechanics, development of spinal implants, anatomy of the spine and clinical outcomes. Dr. Tribus specializes in disorders of the spine, including scoliosis and spinal deformity, cervical and lumbar disc degenerative disease, spinal trauma and spinal tumors.

More than 200 physicians, surgeons and other allied health care providers took part in this live educational activity which was jointly sponsored by Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA), The Justin Parker Neurological Institute (JPNI) and The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

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Keynote Speaker

Clifford B. Tribus, MD

Dr. Tribus

Dr. Tribus is an Associate Professor of orthopedic surgery at University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, WI. His research interests include spinal biomechanics, development of spinal implants, anatomy of the spine, and clinical outcomes. Dr. Tribus specializes in disorders of the spine, including scoliosis and spinal deformity, cervical and lumbar disc degenerative disease, spinal trauma, and spinal tumors.

 

 

Dr. Tribus’s Bio

TRIBUS, Dr Clifford Dr. Tribus received his Medical Degree at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD and completed his residency training at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY. He completed spine surgery fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, CA. Dr. Tribus is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.

2010

The 7th Annual Symposium

The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado, September 11, 2010

The symposium reviewed the rapid innovations in neurosurgical and orthopedic spine technology, advancements in minimally invasive spine surgery, skull base tumors and cerebrovascular surgery. Drs. Kevin O. Lillehei, MD (University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado) and Daniel Sciubba, MD (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland) were our visiting speakers.

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Keynote Speaker

Kevin O. Lillehei, MD

Dr. Lillehei

Dr. Lillehei’s clinical interests center around the treatment of central nervous system tumors; including pituitary tumors, benign and malignant gliomas, spinal cord tumors, acoustic neuromas and complex skull base lesions. He is also interested in the treatment of peripheral nerve lesions and runs a multi-disciplinary peripheral nerve injury clinic. Dr. Lillehei is Director of the Neurosurgery-Neuro-Oncology laboratory with his research interests revolving around the treatment of malignant gliomas. In particular, he is interested in studying the role of the immune system in intracranial tumor recognition and irradication and is exploring the use of various tumor vaccines as adjuvant therapy for the treatment of malignant gliomas.

 

 

Dr. Lillehei’s Bio

LILLEHEI, Dr. Kevin O. Dr. Lillehei completed his undergraduate training at Cornell University and went on to Medical School at the University of Minnesota. His Neurosurgery residency training was completed at the University of Michigan. Currently Dr. Lillehei is the Chair of the Neurosurgery Department, Professor and Director of the Neuro-Oncology Program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Daniel Sciubba, MD

Dr. Sciubba

Dr. Daniel Sciubba is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. His current research interests focus on developing new treatment options for the management of spine tumors, creating and refining new animal models of spine tumors, biomechanically evaluating current and novel spine instrumentation constructs, and assessing the efficacy of surgical and medical therapeutics for spinal pathology through prospective and retrospective outcomes studies. He has received multiple grants from national sponsors and foundations to conduct such work.

 

Dr. Sciubba’s Bio

SCIUBBA, Dr. Daniel Dr. Sciubba received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in neurological surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his residency training, Dr. Sciubba completed an infolded complex spine fellowship under Dr. Ziya Gokaslan. He also conducted a traveling orthopaedic spine fellowship in pediatric spine deformity under Drs. Randall Betz and Amer Samdani.

2009

The 6th Annual Symposium

The Renaissance Boulder Suites Hotel at Flatiron, Broomfield, Colorado, October 17, 2009

The symposium reviewed the most innovative technologies and treatment methods including stem cell, laser and nanotechnology applications in the brain and spine. In addition, the latest evidence-based clinical practice guidelines were presented for the treatment of the brain and spine disorders.

Dr. Robert G. Grossman was our invited speaker. He discussed clinical therapies for spinal cord injury that are being tested in clinical trials. In the past decade, Dr. Grossman has organized a network of hospitals in North America to test new therapies for spinal cord injury, funded by the Christopher Reeve Foundation and the Department of Defense. Dr. Grossman also shared his recollections and account about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Dr. Grossman was one of the surgeons who examined President Kennedy in Trauma Room #1 at the Parkland Hospital in Texas.

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Keynote Speaker

Robert G. Grossman, MD

Dr. Grossman

Robert G. Grossman, MD is the founder and director of the Methodist Neurological Institute and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at The Methodist Hospital, Houston.

Dr. Grossman will present Clinical Trials of New Therapies for Spinal Cord Injury. His presentation will discuss therapies being tested in clinical trials and approaches being taken to insure the validity of the trials. In the past decade, Dr. Grossman has organized a network of hospitals in North America to test new therapies for spinal cord injury, funded by the Christopher Reeve Foundation and the Department of Defense.

Dr. Grossman’s second talk will be The Assassination of John F. Kennedy – an Eyewitness Account – an account of the events in Trauma Room 1 at Parkland Hospital, a virtual tour of Dealey Plaza, and the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository. Dr. Grossman and Dr. Kemp Clark were the two neurosurgeons at Parkland Hospital who examined President Kennedy in Trauma Room #1 at Parkland Hospital.

 

 

 

Dr. Grossman’s Bio

GROSSMAN, Dr. Robert G. Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery Director, The Neurological Institute The Methodist Hospital Houston, Texas 77030

Robert G. Grossman, MD is the Founder and Director of the Methodist Neurological Institute and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at The Methodist Hospital, Houston.

Dr. Grossman received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was awarded the Borden Undergraduate Research Award in Medicine. He took his surgical internship at Strong Memorial Hospital University of Rochester. He served in the United States Army at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C. His postgraduate training in neurosurgery was at the Neurological Institute of New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University.

Dr. Grossman has held academic appointments at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he was Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery, and at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, where he was Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery.

He has served on numerous public advisory boards for the United States Public Health Service. He was Chairman of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) from 1991-1993, and a member of the National Advisory Council (NINDS) from 1993-1996.

Dr. Grossman was a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery from 1984 to 1990, and was Chairman of the Board from 1989 to 1990. He currently is a member of the Advisory Council of the Board.

He was the President of the American Epilepsy Society, Society of University Neurosurgeons, and Society of Neurological Surgeons from 1994-1995. He served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery from 1979-1989, and was Chairman of the Board from 1987-1989.

Dr. Grossman is the co-author of Neurobehavioral Consequences of Head Injury (1982), co-author of Medical Neurobiology, Mosby, St. Louis, in its third edition, co-editor with Christopher Loftus of Principles of Neurosurgery, in its second edition (1999), and co-editor of Pallidal Surgery for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (1998).

His clinical research has focused understanding on the pathophysiology of common neurological disorders; brain and spinal cord injury, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and in developing new therapies. These studies have identified the hyperdynamic response of the body to traumatic brain injury and have developed therapy that has reduced TBI mortality; described the neurobehavioral consequences of TBI; defined the clinical symptomatology of complex partial seizures (CPS) due to medial temporal sclerosis; described the surgical anatomy of the temporal lobe and the technique for anterior temporal lobectomy for treatment of CPS; and demonstrated the efficacy of stereotactive pallidotomy in children with mutation of the DYT – 1 gene and generalized dystonia.

In the past decade, he has organized a network of hospitals in North America to test new therapies for spinal cord injury, funded by the Christopher Reeve Foundation and the Department of Defense.

His research has received recognition by the National Head Injury Foundation, which awarded him the Caveness Award in 1992; Society of Neurological Surgeons, which, in 1988, awarded him the Albert and Ellen Grass Foundation prize and medal for continuous commitment to research in the neurosciences by a neurological surgeon. In 2002, he received the Distinguished Service Award of the Society of Neurological Surgeons. In April 2007, he received the Cushing Medal from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons for outstanding leadership, dedication, and contributions to the field of neurosurgery.

He has trained more than 90 neurosurgical residents, representing nearly three-percent of the neurosurgeons in active practice in the USA.

2008

The 5th Annual Symposium

The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado, November 15, 2008

The main objectives of the 5th annual symposium:

  • To describe a number of new treatments and innovative technologies that are available for management of spinal and cranial disorders
  • To discuss the progress that has been made in neurological surgery and its current role in the treatment of spine and cranial disorders
  • To identify the importance of a comprehensive approach to the management of spine and cranial disorders
  • To create a forum for discussion of the issues specific to everyday practice

One of the most memorable presentations was given by the 2008 distinguished visiting professor John Sampson, MD from Duke University. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of neurosurgery, especially in the area of immunotherapy for brain tumors. His recent research involves attempts to stimulate an immune system assault on tumor cell with injections of a variant of epidermal growth factor receptor protein. Attendants of the symposium were able to hear first hand about Dr. Sampson’s work on tumor-specific vaccine for malignant gliomas.

The symposium also touched on current concepts in cerebrovascular surgery, new surgical solutions for aging spine, modern treatment of meningioma, and psychosurgery for anxiety and depression.

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Keynote Speaker

John H. Sampson, MD, PhD

Dr. Sampson

Dr. Sampson has received special training in the surgical resection of very complex brain tumors. In addition, he has special training in the design and conduct of clinical trials. He did his research training under the internationally renowned scientist, Darell D. Bigner, and Nobel Laureate, Gertrude Elion. He currently focuses his clinical practice on treating patients with both benign and malignant brain tumors and divides his time between his clinical practice and an active research laboratory investigating new modalities of direct brain tumor infusion and immunotherapy.

Dr. Sampson is internationally recognized in the field of neurosurgery and has received a number of national and international awards and grants in recognition of his expertise in neuro-oncology and especially in the area of immunotherapy for brain tumors.

Dr. Sampson’s Bio

SAMPSON, Dr John H.

Dr. Sampson completed his medical school education in Canada and was then recruited to the Duke University Neurosurgery Residency Program. After completing the residency program, he was asked to stay on as a senior staff member in the Division of Neurosurgery. He also works in the neurosurgical portion of the Neuro-Oncology Program at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center.

2007

The 4th Annual Symposium

The Westin, Lakeview Pavilion, Westminster, Colorado, November 10, 2007

The topics of the 4th annual symposium included cerebrovascular and skull base surgery, head injury, dynamic motion stabilization and adjacent level degeneration treatment, spine tumors and their surgical and radiosurgical management, and spinal applications of regenerative medicine.

The 2007 distinguished visiting professor was Dr. Ketan R. Bulsara, the Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine. He is a board-certified neurosurgeon with dual fellowship training in endovascular neurosurgery and skull base/ cerebrovascular microsurgery. Dr. Bulsara has won numerous awards from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Bulsara has consistently been listed as one of the top physicians and surgeons in the United States by the Consumer Research Group of America. Dr. Bulsara’s talk covered novel technologies and challenging clinical problems in the rapidly developing field of cerebrovascular surgery.

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2006

The 3rd Annual Symposium

The Westin, Lakeview Pavilion, Colorado, November 11, 2006

The 3rd annual symposium provided critical merits of different treatment modalities including percutaneous discectomy and fusion, endovascular neurosurgery, new advances in Chiari malformation management, CyberKnife radiosurgery for tumors and vascular malformations, neuromodulation for pain disorders, intraoperative image guidance, and treatment of spinal deformity. The presentations and interactions with the audience were of tremendous value for both sides.

The 2006 distinguished visiting professor was Dr. Jeffery Henn, who has a successful neurosurgical practice in Fort Myers, Florida. His interest peaks in cutting-edge spinal techniques, including minimally invasive and complex spine surgery.

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2005

The 2nd Annual Symposium

The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado, October 8, 2005

The symposium discussed advances in surgical and non-surgical therapies, including techniques and indications for total disc arthroplasty, spinal electrodiagnostics, intraoperative neuromonitoring, transphenoidal surgery for pituitary lesions, and strategies for patient selection to improve surgical outcomes.

The distinguished faculty present at the 2005 symposium were: Alan Villavicencio, MD; Jeffrey Thramann, MD; Gregory Arends, MD; Lee Nelson, MD; Lee McNeely, MD; Alan Zacharias, MD; Samuel E. Smith, MD; Steven M. Zak, MD; Daniel S. Bennett, MD and John A. Odom, MD.

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2004

The 1st Annual Symposium

The Bolderado Hotel, Boulder, Colorado, May 22, 2004

The first meeting was a spectacular success! The presentations and clinical topics were of true interest to the audience as reflected by the feedbacks we have received. This was the main reason why we decided to make this an annual event.

The program began with presentations on fundamental techniques for evaluating spine patients, including spinal electrodiagnostics, followed by a discussion on spinal interventions and injection techniques, intraoperative surgical techniques involving endoscopic transthoracic discectomy and sympathectomy, discussion on operative and non-operative management of patients with spinal trauma, and treatment of patients with spinal deformity.

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