Previous Symposiums

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 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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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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Previous Practitioners Meetings

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 heling 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

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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

Speaker Profiles

E. Lee Nelson, M.D.

E. Lee Nelson, M.D. Dr. Nelson received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Medical Center in Houston. He has extensive training in the treatment of spinal trauma from the Ben Taub General Hospital. Dr. Nelson also underwent training in the renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in surgical and non-surgical management of spinal oncology.

pdf_iconClick here for Lee Nelson’s curriculum vitae.

Michael Langona, M.Sc.

Michael Langona, M.Sc. Michael grew up on Long Island, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, his Masters degree and Doctoral work at Ball State University, in Indiana. Additional training in hospital epidemiology was obtained at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and has worked as a hospital epidemiologist for 35 years. Michael and his wife, an Oncology Nurse, are the proud parents of three children. Since moving to Colorado he has taken up fly fishing although his has hooked more trees than fish.

pdf_iconClick here for Michael Langona’s curriculum vitae.

Luke S. Perry M.D.

Luke S. Perry M.D. Luke S. Perry M.D. received his Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, followed by his medical degree from the University of Colorado. He completed a residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin, and is a certified diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology. As a member of Longmont Anesthesia Associates, he performs a broad range of anesthetics, from pediatrics to vascular surgery, with a focus on regional nerve blocks with ultrasound guidance.

pdf_iconClick here for Luke S. Perry’s curriculum vitae.

Susan Biffl, M.D.

Susan Biffl, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Education: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
Residency: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
Fellowship: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
Background: Dr. Biffl is Board-Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She belongs to American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics. She also works at Denver Health in Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation part time.
Clinical specialties: Amputee clinic, EMG/NCS, cerebral palsy, and brain injury

pdf_iconClick here for Susan Biffl’s curriculum vitae.

Ingrid Johnson RN, BSN, MPP

Ingrid Johnson RN, BSN, MPP Ingrid Johnson RN, BSN, MPP, works for the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, managing the Center’s Advanced Practice Nursing initiative and long-term care nurse leadership projects . She is a past director of content management at AANAC and has been published numerous times in national periodicals on such subjects as culture change, pressure ulcer management, MDS 3.0 and health information technology in long-term care. Ingrid is a past member of the AHIMA sponsored LTPAC collaborative. She began her career as a rehabilitation nurse and spent many years in managed care, including providing expert testimony to a Congressional House subcommittee on head injury rehabilitation. Ingrid is a past president of the Illinois chapter of the Case Management Society of America. More recently, she worked as a consultant for the Concord Coalition with the presidentially appointed Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, more often referred to as the “Simpson/Bowles Commission”. Ingrid is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Degree and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from The University of Denver.

She is currently attending Arizona State University where she is enrolled as a doctoral student in the DNP Innovation and Leadership program with a focus on healthcare policy.

pdf_iconClick here for Ingrid Johnson’s curriculum vitae.

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

Speaker Profiles

Pamela Howes, NR-EMTP, RN, BSN, CEN, CCRN

Pamela Howes, NR-EMTP, RN, BSN, CEN, CCRN Pam Howes started in 1995 as an EMT Basic, obtained her Paramedic Certification in 1997. She worked as a Paramedic in Denver/Boulder until 2006 when she received her RN license. She worked in the ICU and ED at Lutheran Medical Center. In 2007 she moved to Longmont United Hospital. Pam works in both the ICU and Emergency Departments. Currently Pam is the Chief Flight Nurse with North Colorado MedEvac in Greeley CO, and works at Longmont United Hospital in the ED/ICU on a part time basis.

Pam is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Education at University of Northern Colorado. Her teaching allows her to keep her Paramedic and Advanced nursing certifications current.

pdf_iconClick here for Pamela Howes’s curriculum vitae.

Sharad Rajpal, MD

Sharad Rajpal, MD Dr. Rajpal received his Medical Degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI, where he continued his training and residency in neurological surgery. He completed a combined orthopedic and neurological surgery spine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, where he gained experience in the latest techniques in spinal oncology, minimal access surgery and complex spinal deformity. Dr. Rajpal’s clinical interests include both spine and general neurosurgical conditions.

pdf_iconClick here for Dr. Rajpal’s curriculum vitae.

Erin Watson, MS CCC-SLP

Erin Watson, MS CCC-SLP Erin Watson is a certified speech and language pathologist who specializes in treating patients with brain injury and stroke. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, acute rehabilitation facilities, long term acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long term care centers, outpatient clinics and home health therapy. Erin especially enjoys helping individuals with cognitive-linguistic deficits and aphasia. She has developed numerous programs related to treatment and rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injury and currently facilitates a community stroke support group.

Erin earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire in communication disorders and psychology and her Masters of Science from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She is a member of the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA).

pdf_iconClick here for Erin Watson’s curriculum vitae.

Carolyn Buppert, NP, JD

Carolyn Buppert, NP, JD Carolyn Buppert, NP, JD, is a nurse practitioner and attorney who focuses on the legal issues affecting medical practices, nurses and nurse practitioners. She is the author of 8 books and 3 instructional CDs. The titles are:

  • The Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide (2011)
  • The Primary Care Provider’s Guide to Compensation and Quality (2005)
  • Avoiding Malpractice (2010)
  • Billing Nurse Practitioners’ Services in Specialty Offices, Hospitals, Nursing Facilities, Homes and Hospice (2013) Negotiating Terms of Employment (2008)
  • Prescribing: Preventing Legal Pitfalls (2010)
  • Productivity Incentive Plans for Nurse Practitioners (2006)
  • How to Start a Health Care Practice (2008) and Safe, Smart Billing and Coding for Evaluation and Management (2011)
  • Billing and Coding Nurse Practitioner Services in the Acute Care Setting (2012)
  • Billing and Coding Critical Care (2012).

Her clients include hospitals, health systems, physician and nurse practitioner practices, visiting nurse agencies, nursing homes, hospices, schools of nursing and a certification organization. She is a frequent contributor to The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Her articles appear on Medscape.com, and she is on Medscape’s nursing editorial board. She lectures extensively on avoiding malpractice, legal issues regarding prescribing, reimbursement, and negotiating contracts.

She is writing a book which answers frequently asked questions from nurses. It will be published by the American Bar Association.

pdf_iconClick here for Carolyn Buppert’s curriculum vitae.

Hollie Caldwell, PhD, RN

Hollie Caldwell, PhD, RN Hollie Caldwell serves as the Associate Dean for the School of Nursing. Before coming to Platt College, she served as a faculty member for OHSU. She was Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) for eleven years and has taught adult medical-surgical nursing, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology as well as nursing ethics and law in a variety of nursing programs for the last thirteen years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loma Linda University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and a PhD in Nursing Research from the Medical University of South Carolina with a dissertation focus in elder abuse. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served as a member of the trauma team for the United Nations Operation Provide Promise during the conflict in the Balkans.

Ms. Caldwell has found her former experience as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), Trauma Coordinator, Emergency Department Staff Educator critical for conducting research related to elder abuse. Currently, Ms. Caldwell serves as faculty for the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence Long-Term Care Leadership Workshop providing instruction on elder abuse prevention and is a featured speaker for the Colorado Health Care Association. Her publications include her research on patient satisfaction, the use of student’s in research, integrative reviews on elder abuse screening instruments and non-fictional observations on death. Ms. Caldwell also acts as a legal nurse consultant for medical-surgical and emergency nursing cases. She has served as a reviewer for Ebersole and Hess’ Gerontological Nursing & Healthy Aging, (4th ed.) as well as the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the Colorado Nurses Association (CNA) and the National Council for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA).

pdf_iconClick here for Dr. Caldwell’s curriculum vitae.

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.

pdf_iconClick here for the 2013 flyer.

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Photos from the 2013 Nursing Education Meeting

Speaker Profiles

Alexander Mason, MD

Alexander Mason, MD Dr. Mason received his Medical Degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. He went on to complete his neurosurgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH with interests in complex and minimally invasive spine, vascular surgery and cerebrovascular disease including aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations, neuro-oncology, and surgical epilepsy. During his residency, Dr. Mason was awarded the Charles Plante Public Policy Fellowship and spent a year on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. working on neurosurgical and medical public policy for the Senate Majority Leader as a Health Care Advisor.

After completing his residency, including a year as Chief Resident at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Mason completed a formal fellowship in Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Neuro-oncologic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta where, among other clinical accomplishments, he performed more than 200 aneurysm surgeries in a single year.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Mason has written and presented numerous abstracts at national neurosurgical meetings. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed articles, he has also written chapters discussing the latest and most advanced brain tumor research, treatment of brain aneurysms, and spinal surgery techniques for the major neurosurgical textbooks. He is one of the few neurosurgeons in the region who trains other surgeons using the advanced stereotactic navigation systems. He is currently participating as an investigator in several ongoing clinical studies involving spine, tumor and vascular research.

pdf_iconClick here for Dr. Mason’s curriculum vitae.

Melody Denham, MD

Melody Denham, MD Dr. Melody F. Denham has been helping people whose lives are afflicted by chronic pain since 1996. She has developed a devoted following of patients who have found relief through the depth and breadth of her medical expertise, compassionate manner and adherence to the highest standards in healthcare ethics.

Dr. Denham believes that every patient is a unique individual deserving of a personalized course of treatment. Her ultimate goal is to enable each person to become as functional as possible, to restore hope and to return the patient to the best possible quality of life.

Dr. Denham’s specialized areas of expertise include diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for managing injuries and diseases of the spine, and chronic pain management. Dr. Denham is board certified in both pain management and anesthesiology. She completed her fellowship in pain management at the Mayo Clinic in 1996, and received her medical degree with special honors from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also completed a residency in anesthesiology.

Irving G. Johnson, BA, JD

Irving G. Johnson, BA, JD For nearly 38 years Irnie almost exclusively defended health care litigation in Colorado, including more than 100 injury trials, numerous arbitrations and many contested hearings before the Board of Medical Examiners. His trial experience has spanned virtually every medical specialty including physicians, nurses, therapists and other health care personnel. Irnie was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is included in the Best Lawyers in America publication. He has sat on committees for attorney regulation and discipline, spent 10 years on the Judicial Performance Commission for the 18th Judicial District and was a member of and chaired the Colorado Bar Association’s Committee responsible for reviewing both new Rules of Professional Conduct and Rules of Civil Procedure.

pdf_iconClick here for Dr. Johnson’s curriculum vitae.

Mary Beth Flynn Makic, PhD, RN, CNS, CCNS, CCRN

Mary Beth Flynn Makic, PhD, RN, CNS, CCNS, CCRN Dr. Makic is focused on nursing driven interventions that optimize outcomes of critical ill and acutely ill patients. She has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in critical care for more than 18 years and is recognized as a leader in evidence-based practice, co-chairing the first evidence-based practice champion group initiated at the University of Colorado Hospital in 1999. Dr. Makic has been successful in supporting bedside nurses as they implement evidence-based practice. Her passion and commitment focus on ensuring that nursing assessment and interventions are optimized based on current evidence and research to maximize patient comfort and outcomes.

Dr. Makic’s areas of research interest and practice improvement have focused on a diverse array of nursing specific interventions with a vast amount of work in the field of pressure ulcer and skin prevention interventions. Her current clinical position as Research Nurse Scientist in Critical Care builds on this experience and expertise. She has several active studies and quality projects in the acute care nursing practice environment (e.g., ventilator sedation protocol, delirium assessment and intervention, prevention of pressure ulcers, effective management of fecal incontinence, and nursing management of hypothermic patients).

pdf_iconClick here for Dr. Makic’s curriculum vitae.

2012

Our 1st Annual Nursing Education Meeting provided timely, relevant, educational information to nurses. Lecture topics were identified via an anonymous online survey and included: What Nurses Should Know about Aging and the Brain, Legal Issues in Nursing, Nursing Care of the Anticoagulated Patient and a motivational lecture, Nurse Power. Our guest speakers included Dr. Kara Beasley with Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates; Irnie Johnson, medical specialty trial attorney; Dr. Toby Trujillo, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado; and Donna Cardillo, RN, keynote speaker, columnist and author.

Close to 80 nurses and staff attended our first Nursing Education Meeting, 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.

Click here for the 2012 flyer.

Photos from the 2012 Nursing Education Meeting

Speaker Profiles

Kara D. Beasley, DO, MBe

Kara D. Beasley, DO, MBe Dr. Beasley received her Medical Degree from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Masters in Biomedical Ethics from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. She completed her residency in neurological Surgery at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Beasley completed fellowships in stereotactic Radiosurgery at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ, and functional and restorative neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Beasley is one of the only dually credentialed neurosurgeon bioethicists in the world. She is fully trained as a general neurosurgeon in cranial and spinal trauma, endoscopic and open tumor surgery, radiosurgery, complex disorders of the spine including tumor and degenerative spinal disease, epilepsy surgery and neuromodulation. Her areas of interest include tumor, deep brain stimulation for movement disorders, neuromodulation for refractory chronic pain, and the surgical treatment of epilepsy.

pdf_iconClick here for Dr. Beasley’s curriculum vitae.

Irving G. Johnson, BA, JD

Irving G. Johnson, BA, JD

For nearly 38 years Irving almost exclusively defended health care litigation in Colorado, including more than 100 injury trials, numerous arbitrations and many contested hearings before the Board of Medical Examiners. His trial experience has spanned virtually every medical specialty including physicians, nurses, therapists and other health care personnel. Irving was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is included in the Best Lawyers in America publication. He has sat on committees for attorney regulation and discipline, spent 10 years on the Judicial Performance Commission for the 18th Judicial District and was a member of and chaired the Colorado Bar Association’s Committee responsible for reviewing both new Rules of Professional Conduct and Rules of Civil Procedure.

pdf_iconClick here for Irving Johnson’s curriculum vitae.

Toby Trujillo, PharmD, BCPS

Toby Trujillo, PharmD, BCPS Dr. Trujillo is Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado – Denver, School of Pharmacy in Aurora, Colorado. He also serves as a Clinical Specialist in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and anticoagulation at the University of Colorado Hospital. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a residency in pharmacy practice.

Dr. Trujillo completed a fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy at The University of Arizona, and he is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist with added qualifications in cardiology. His current responsibilities at the University of Colorado Hospital include providing clinical pharmacy services to cardiology, as well as directing the inpatient anticoagulation program. He currently serves as a preceptor to both pharmacy students and residents. Lectures topics at the School of Pharmacy include ischemic heart disease, antithrombotic therapy, and other cardiology and critical care topics.

Dr. Trujillo was recently appointed to the Clinical Pharmacology Committee, which resides under the Council on Clinical Cardiology within the American Heart Association. Dr. Trujillo has also served a number of committees within the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, served as a speaker on numerous occasions on a national level, and authored several papers/book chapters in the area of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. In addition to being a member of ASHP, Dr. Trujillo helped develop current standards for PGY2 cardiology residency training programs.

pdf_iconClick here for Dr. Trujillo’s curriculum vitae.

Donna W. Cardillo, RN, MA

Donna W. Cardillo, RN, MA Donna travels the world helping nurses to be happy in their careers and to reach their full potential. She does that as a keynote speaker, columnist and author. Her accomplished career combines more than 20 years of clinical, managerial and business experience, not to mention her stint as a professional singer. Donna’s clinical experience includes emergency and psychiatric nursing. She holds a diploma in nursing, a BS in Health Care Management and an MA in Corporate and Public Communication.

As a clinical RN, Donna worked in emergency and psychiatric nursing. She writes regularly as a columnist for Nursing Spectrum and NurseWeek magazines. She has been named Business Woman of the Year in New Jersey on two occasions. Donna has also appeared on radio and television multiple times, including the Today Show on NBC. Further, Donna has authored multiple books, including Your First Year as a Nurse – Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional, The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses – Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career, and A Day Book for Beginning Nurses.

pdf_iconClick here for Donna Cardillo’s curriculum vitae.

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.

pdf_iconClick here for the flyer

pdf_iconClick here for the program

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