JPNI Annual Symposium: Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders

16th Annual Symposium: Saturday, November 2, 2019

The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado

The 16th Annual Symposium is jointly provided by the Justin Parker Neurological Institute and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and facilitated by Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates. The Symposium is open to health care providers interested in cranial and spinal disorders. This live education activity offers a series of innovative presentations regarding the latest advancements and treatment considers in cranial, orthopedic and neurosurgical spine technology.
Registration Now Open!

Mail your confirmation email along with your check payable to JPNI to: JPNI, Attn: Symposium 2019, 4743 Arapahoe Ave., Ste. 202, Boulder, CO 80303


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

The registration fee for this live event is $90 and includes tuition, continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and beverages, as well as educational materials including presentations and CVs for all speakers. The early registration deadline is Friday, October 25, 2019, at midnight. Registration will increase from $90 to $110 beginning Saturday, October 26, 2019. The reception and dinner are an additional $35. On-site registration is available, but not guaranteed. An email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of payment. Check-in at the registration table the day of the symposium to obtain an agenda and to receive a binder including all presentations, as well as doctor CV’s and AANS documentation. Registration will have a sign-in sheet the day of the event. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact 303.938.5700.

Preliminary Agenda

Time Speaker Topic CME
7:15 – 7:50am   Continental Breakfast & Registration  
7:50 – 8:00am Alan Villavicencio, MD Welcome  
  Morning Session I 2.0
8:00-8:40am Kara Beasley, DO New Frontiers in Deep Brain Stimulation: From Directionality, To Multiple Independent Current Control, to Epilepsy  
8:40-9:20am Tripp Nanney, MD The Importance of Lumbar Lordosis and Sagittal Alignment  
9:20-10:00am Alan Villavicencio, MD Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring in Spine Surgery: Techniques, Pitfalls and Legalities  
10:00-10:20am   Break/Expo  
  Morning Session II 2.0
10:20-11:00am Michelle Swift, RN, JD Focus on Improving Patient Care: Review of Cases and Lessons Learned  
11:00-11:40am E. Lee Nelson, MD Cannabinoids in Neurological Surgery: An Evidence Based Guide  
11:40am-12:20pm Alan Zacharias, MD Non-Surgical Neurologic Mimics: What You Don’t Want to Miss  
12:20-1:20   Lunch/Expo  
  Afternoon Session I 1.75
1:20-2:20pm Keynote: Zarina S. Ali, MD, MS Fast Tracking Patients in Neurosurgery: Protocols and Pathways for Enhanced Recovery  
2:20-3:00pm Sharad Rajpal, MD Technology and Robots in Spine Surgery: Hype or Reality?  
3:00-3:20pm   Break/Expo  
  Afternoon Session II 1.25
3:20-4:00pm John Hughes, DO A Multimodal Approach for the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury  
4:00-4:40pm Denise Damek, MD Leveraging Physics to Fight Cancer: The Role of Optune in Brain Tumor Treatment  
4:40-5:00pm Alan Villavicencio, MD Adjournment, Raffle & Closing Remarks  
5:00pm   Reception & Dinner (Optional)  
  TOTAL 7.0

Last updated: Tue, September 17th 08:00 AM MST

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the AANS and the Justin Parker Neurological Institute. The AANS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AANS designates this live activity for the maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credits ™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Visiting Professor & Keynote Speaker

Zarina S. Ali, MD, MS

Zarina S. Ali, MD, MS
Zarina S. Ali, MD, MS, is the assistant professor of neurosurgery at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Ali leads the Neurosurgery Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program, which aims to reduce surgical stress patients experience before, during, and after spinal and peripheral nerve surgery in order to expedite recovery. This program is one of the first of its kind in neurosurgery and serves as a national model to deliver value-based care. Dr. Ali received a Master of Science degree in neurobiology and anatomy and completed a combined BS-MD degree from the University of Rochester Early Medical Scholars Program. In 2016, Dr. Ali completed a neurological surgery residency and a fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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