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

17th Annual Symposium: Saturday, October 30, 2021

After a turbulent 2020, this year’s 17th Annual Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders Symposium will once again be held in person on Saturday, October 30th, 2021 at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, CO. This live educational activity is jointly provided by the Colorado Medical Society (CMS), Justin Parker Neurological Institute (JPNI) and Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA). The symposium is a one-day extensive seminar that will bring together a diverse panel of experts to discuss the latest advancements and treatment considerations in cranial, neurosurgical, and orthopedic spine technology. We are currently finalizing this year’s agenda, and topics so far include Alzheimer’s advances, robots and technology in the spine, neurosurgical recreational injuries of Colorado, focused ultrasound for essential tremor, and more.

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ACCME Accreditation Statement 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 Colorado Medical Society and Justin Parker Neurological Institute. The Colorado Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement The Colorado Medical Society designates this live activity for a 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.

The Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado

Thank you to everyone that participated in our 16th Annual Symposium! The annual symposium is jointly provided by the Justin Parker Neurological Institute (JPNI) and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) 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 technologies to the medical community and into clinical practice. More than 200 participants attended the 16th Annual Symposium on Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders on November 3, 2019. Attendees heard presentations from ten speakers, discussing a wide variety of topics. Topics included new frontiers in deep brain stimulation, pitfalls and legalities in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring in spine surgery, leveraging physics to fight cancer, cannabinoids in neurological surgery, technology and robots in spine surgery, and much more. Unfortunately, our keynote speaker had an emergency and was unable to present. But the highlight of the day came from our very own David Shafer, MD who stepped in at the eleventh hour to deliver a presentation on spontaneous hemorrhages in the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Shafer received his medical degree with honors from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, where he was the recipient of multiple academic awards. He then proceeded to train in neurosurgery at the University of Colorado in Denver, where he completed his residency, including a year as chief resident. A big thank you to our more than 50 sponsors and exhibitors to visit throughout the day – your continued support makes this event possible each year. pdf_iconClick here for the 2019 symposium brochure.

Photos from 2019 Symposium

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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 the 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 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.