Previous Symposiums

2018

Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders

15th Annual Symposium: Saturday, November 3, 2018
The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado

More than 200 attended the 14th Annual symposium on Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders on November 3, 2018. Symposium attendees heard from ten speakers and faculty discuss a wide variety of topics including surgical treatments for epilepsy, update on brain tumor markers and treatments, advances in degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis surgical treatments, and military applications to civilian trauma. The afternoon featured a pro-con argument on the use of medical marijuana.

The highlight of the day came from our keynote speaker, and visiting professor, Saulius Ročka, MD, Ph.D. Dr. Ročka specializes in neuro-oncology, traumatic brain injury, neurovascular, and epilepsy surgery. Dr. Ročka received his medical degree from Vilnius University in Lithuania and currently the chairman of the neurosurgery center and associate professor of the Neurology and Neurosurgery Department. Dr. Ročka was part of a team of Lithuanian researchers who received the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Paper of the Year award. The paper “Association of Severe TBI Patients’ Outcomes with Duration of Cerebrovascular Autoregulation Impairment Events,” is a paradigm shift in the clinical understanding of the functioning of an impaired human brain.

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors that made the event possible, with more than more than 32 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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Photos from 2018 Symposium

Thank You to Our Supporters

Educational Grants:

Avista Adventist Hospital
Boulder Community Health
Good Samaritan Medical Center
Longmont United Hospital

Exhibitors:

Other Exhibitors:

Abbott
Ability Physical Therapy
Acupuncture Clinic of Boulder
Altitude Medical Solutions
Camber Spine
Coal Creek PT
Empirical Spine, Inc
Holos Health
Medical Memory
Northern Colorado Rehab
Zimmer Biomet & LDR

 

Professor Saulius Ročka, MD, PhD

Professor Saulius Ročka, MD, PhD

Dr. Ročka is the Chairman of the Neurosurgery Center and Associate Professor of the Neurology and Neurosurgery Department at Vilnius University in Vilnius, Lithuania

Dr.Ročka received his medical degree from Vilnius University in 1998, where he also completed his residency training in 2005. In 2003, Dr.Ročka defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled Hydrodynamic Peculiarities of the Non-Invasively Acquired Ultrasonic Intracranial Pulse Waves. He completed clinical fellowships with the Georgia Neurosurgical Institute (Macon, GA, USA), the Southern General Hospital Institute of Neurological Sciences (Glasgow, Scotland), and Sahlgrens University Hospital (Gothenburg, Sweden). Dr. Ročka currently serves as President of the Lithuanian Neurosurgical Society. He is also a member of the Training Committee for European Association of Neurosurgical Societies, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, Lithuanian Neuroscience Society, and Lithuanian Society of Epileptology. Dr. Ročka specializes in neuro-oncology, traumatic brain injury, neurovascular, and epilepsy surgery.

Dr. Ročka was part of a team of Lithuanian researchers who received the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Paper of the Year award. The paper Association of Severe TBI Patients’ Outcomes with Duration of Cerebrovascular Autoregulation Impairment Events is a paradigm shift in the clinical understanding of the functioning of an impaired human brain.

2017

Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders

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

More than 200 attended the 14th Annual symposium on Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders on October 21, 2017. Symposium attendees heard from ten speakers and faculty discuss a wide variety of topics including surgery techniques for vestibular schwannoma, opioid use as a predictor for spine surgery, the latest research in finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and the latest treatment of headaches. The afternoon featured an argument for cervical discectomy and fusion or total disc replacement.

The highlight of the day came from our keynote speaker, Jared Knopman, MD a board-certified neurosurgeon and assistant professor at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. He talked about the innovations in cerebrovascular and endovascular surgery and shared findings from clinical trials that have helped advance the field of endovascular neurosurgery.

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors that made the event possible, with more than 32 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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Photos from the 2017 Symposium

Thank You to Our Supporters

Educational Grants

Alpine Dentistry
Avista Adventist Hospital
Boulder Community Health
Good Samaritan Medical Center
Longmont United Hospital
Platte Valley Medical Center

Exhibitors

Diamond Level
Medtronic

Platinum Level
Denver Neurodiagnostics
Nerve Watch
Nerve-Us
Orthofix
Stryker

Gold Level
Altitude Physical Therapy
DePuy Synthes
K2M
Zimmer Biomet

Silver Level
Aspen Medical Products
Boston Scientific
Colorado Cyberknife
Globus Medical
Hanger Clinic
Spinal Elements
Spineology/Burst Biologics/Providence Medical Technologies
Surgery Partners
Synaptive

Bronze Level
Abbott
Health Images
Physical Therapy of Boulder
Southwest Surgical

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 health care professionals attended the 13th Annual Symposium on Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders on October 8, 2016. Symposium attendees heard the 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 story of grace, determination, and perseverance came from the keynote speaker, Amy Van-Dyken Rouen. Amy shared how her life’s motto “don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something” helped her to overcome severe asthma, fueled her to win six Olympic gold medals and gave her the will to live. She shared details about her ATV accident that left her spine severely damaged and paralyzed. which gave all health care provider a unique perspective of a spinal cord injury patient.

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors that made the event possible, with 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 and promotes evidence-based medicine to the medical community helping to improve the quality of patient care.

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Symposium Brochure

2015

Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders

12th Annual Symposium: Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado

Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders

The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado, October 10, 2015

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 teamwork 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 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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Photos from the 2015 Symposium

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

The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado, Saturday, October 18, 2014

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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Photos from the 2014 Symposium

 

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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2012

The 9th Annual Symposium

The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado, October 20, 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, Ph.D. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Davies initiated a series of an 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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2011

The 8th Annual Symposium

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 the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, WI. His research interests include spinal biomechanics, development of spinal implants, the 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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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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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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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 a 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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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

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 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 electrodiagnostic, intraoperative neuromonitoring, transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary lesions, and strategies for patient selection to improve surgical outcomes.

The distinguished faculty present at the 2005 symposium was: 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 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 feedback 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 electrodiagnostic, 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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Previous Practitioners Meetings

2019

7th Annual Accredited Nursing Educational Meeting: Hot Topics in 2019, on Saturday, February 2, 2019

On Saturday, February 2nd, the Justin Parker Neurological Institute and Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates, hosted the 7th Biennial Advanced Practitioner & Nursing Education Meeting: Hot Topics 2019. Practitioners from throughout the front range gathered to hear from a panel of speakers on a variety of topics which included: Back pain basics and treatment options, an update on traumatic brain injury treatments along with rehabilitation options for patients with traumatic brain injuries. Our keynote speakers, Michelle Swift, BSN, JD, RN, and Kate Bailey, JD talked about how to cover yourself with non-compliant patients.

2017

6th Annual Accredited Nursing Educational Meeting: Hot Topics in 2017, on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

On Saturday, January 21, the Justin Parker Neurological Institute and Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates, hosted the 6th Annual Nurse Meeting: Hot Topics 2017. Nurses from throughout the front range gathered to hear from a panel of speakers on a variety of topics which included: Determination of Death by Neurological Criteria, Neurosurgical Emergencies, Clinical Challenges in Opioid Management, Neurotoxins and their role in health and helping and our keynote address from Deb Center on Advocating for Civility in the Workplace.

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors that made the event possible. The annual Nurse Meeting 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 nursing community.

Gold

Boulder Community Health
Good Samaritan Medical Center

Titanium

Altitude Physical Therapy
Avista Adventist Hospital
DePuy Synthes
Elite Neuromonitoring
Longmont United Hospital
Medtronic
Nerve-Watch

Silver

Colorado Cyberknife
Hanger Clinic
Health Images
Southwest surgical
Stryker

Bronze

White Mountain Surgical
Mallinckrodt
Hill Rom
Pacira
WelchAllyn

Friends

Acupuncture Clinic of Boulder
Zimmer Biomet

Photos from the 2017 Nursing Education Meeting

2016

5th Annual Accredited Nursing Educational Meeting: Hot Topics in 2016, on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

On Saturday, January 23, the Justin Parker Neurological Institute and Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates, hosted the 5th Annual Nurse Meeting: Hot Topics 2016. Nurses from throughout the front range gathered to hear from a panel of speakers on a variety of topics which included: critical care management of c-spine injuries, community involvement in reducing re-admissions, compassionate care programs and substance abuse and acute care settings. The highlight of day was hearing from our Keynote speaker Dr. Karren Kowalski, president and CEO of the Center For Nursing Excellence. She captivated the room with her knowledge and expertise of the nursing profession and took us from laughter to tears sharing stories about serving in a surgical unit during the Vietnam war … Can DO!

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Photos from the 2016 Nursing Education Meeting

2015

4th Annual Accredited Nursing Educational Meeting: Hot Topics in 2015, on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

More than 125 health care professionals attended the 4th Annual Nurse Education Meeting: Hot Topics sponsored by the Justin Parker Neurological Institute. Participants heard presentations on Neurosurgical Endocrinology, Immunizations, Multi-modal pain Management, Marijuana and brain Injury Rehabilitation and Recovery. The event was made possible by the numerous sponsors including; Boulder Community Health, Hanger Clinic, Health Images, Longmont United Hospital, Stryker, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Orthofix, Si-Bone, Twin Peaks Medical Imaging, Avista Adventist Hospital, Acupuncture Clinic of Boulder, Colorado Christian University, Hill-Rom, The Medicines Company, Medtronic, Mountain West Medical, Zmed and Pacira.

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Photos from the 2015 Nursing Education Meeting

2014

3rd Annual Accredited Nursing Educational Meeting: Hot Topics in 2014, on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

This live educational activity is sponsored by the Justin Parker Neurological Institute (JPNI) and Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA), and is accredited through the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

Our guest speakers included Pamela Howes, registered nurse and clinical staff developer at Longmont United Hospital; Dr. Sharad Rajpal of Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates; Erin Watson, certified speech and language pathologist at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center; Carolyn Buppert, nurse practitioner and attorney; and Dr. Hollie Caldwell, keynote speaker and Associate Dean for the School of Nursing at Platt College.

The purpose of this educational event is to provide timely, relevant, educational information to nurses. Lecture topics were identified through previous years’ evaluations and our planning committee: nursing assessment of the acute abdomen, traumatic brain injury assessment and long term effects, legal issues keeping nurses awake at night and elder abuse. Completion of this event offered up to 3.2 contact hours.

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Photos from the 2014 Nursing Education Meeting

2013

Our 2nd Annual Nursing Education Meeting offered a series of presentations to enhance the quality of nursing education by providing up-to-date practitioner knowledge for improved patient outcomes. Topics included: Neuro 101 for Nurses: Assessment, Red Flags, and Patient Care Management of Patients with Chronic Pain, Legal Update: The Electronic Health Record and Evidence-Based Practice Implementation for the Bedside Nurse. Our guest speakers included: Dr. Alexander Mason with Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates; Dr. Melody Denham with Boulder Pain Institute; Irnie Johnson, medical specialty trial attorney; and Dr. Mary Beth Flynn Makic, Assistant Professor, Adjoint, University of Colorado, College of Nursing, and Research Nurse Scientist, Critical Care, University of Colorado Hospital.

More than 100 nurses and staff attended this educational activity, representing hospitals and medical practices spanning the Front Range. This live educational activity is sponsored by the Justin Parker Neurological Institute (JPNI) and Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA), and is accredited through the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and offered up to 3 contact hours.

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Photos from the 2013 Nursing Education Meeting

2012

Photos from the 2012 Nursing Education Meeting

Previous Charitable Auctions

2014

JPNI held a Charitable Auction: Bid for Healthy Brains on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 from 6:00pm-10:30pm at the Chautauqua Dining Hall Gala Tent in Boulder, Colorado. Proceeds from the auction went directly to JPNI with the goal of directing the funds towards supporting concussion research and education, as well as a bike helmet program, for our local youth.

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Thank you to the following companies and individuals for their help and donations towards this event:

  • More than $5,000
    • Jeff Thramann, MD
  • Up to $5,000
    • Venetian Macao
    • Health Images
    • Blue Sky Medical
    • Penni Pearson
    • Alan Villavicencio, MD
    • E. Lee Nelson, MD
    • Alexander Mason, MD
    • Sharad Rajpal, MD
    • Kara Beasley, DO
  • Up to $1,000
    • The unDESK
    • Sports Authority
    • Suzi Finkelstein
    • Colorado Business Bank
    • The Omni Interlocken Resort
    • Bonnie Rodgers
    • Alpine Dentistry
    • Acupuncture Clinic of Boulder
    • Art Source International
    • CU Boulder Department of
    • Intercollegiate Athletics
    • The Russum Family
    • Bolder Boulder
    • Boulder Travel Agency
    • Elitch Gardens
    • Boulder Cycle Sport
    • Boulder Running Company
    • Hazel’s Beverage World
    • The Med
    • Superior Liquor
    • Wheat Ridge Cyclery
    • Upslope Brewing
    • Brasserie Ten Ten

Photos from the 2014 Auction