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Spring 2018


1st Call for Abstracts

Gordon Li, MD, Scientific Program chairman for the 2018 meeting, has issued the first call for abstracts.  He and his committee will welcome abstracts by members and guests, candidates for membership and residents.  Instructions for submitting abstracts are located on the WNS Website at:

In addition to the Cloward Medal talk and Ablin lecture (see below), Dr. Li plans mini-symposia on spine and tumors plus the usual resident award presentations in basic and clinical science (which include travel and accommodations for the resident and spouse/friend).


2018 Annual Meeting

2018 Western Neurosurgical Society Meeting
Kohala Cost, Hawaii, HI
Fairmont Orchid Resort
September 14-17, 2018
            For our 64th annual meeting, we return to the Kohala Coast on the big island of Hawaii, this time for our first visit to the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii resort.  The resort is adjacent to the Mauna Lani hotel where we have met 4 times in the past so many of our members will be familiar with the area. 
Fairmont Orchid Hawaii is a Four Diamond resort hotel featuring an award-winning Spa, a 10,000 square foot ocean side pool, six restaurants, beach club, year-round children's program, golf, fitness center and tennis pavilion.
We have negotiated room rates to include a Fairmont garden view room for $269/night, Partial Ocean View rooms for $279 and Ocean View rooms for $299.  Taxes will add 14.4% to each room’s daily cost.  All rooms the same size and same amenities of complimentary Wi-Fi access, 42” LCD HD television with built in media hub and iPod adapter, refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker, spacious marble bathroom with separate shower and bathtub, and a private furnished lanai.
The $30/night resort fee has been waived for our group but we still will enjoy the amenities of unlimited basic internet access in guest rooms and resort public areas, self-parking for one vehicle per room, any local, domestic long distance and 1-800 access calls from your guest room, nightly housekeeping turndown service with bottled water for each registered guest, 24 hour access to the fitness center, on-demand shuttle transportation within the Mauna Lani Resort area, one-hour snorkel equipment rental (based on two sets per room, per day) and various cultural hikes including one to the nearby petroglyph field, lei making ocean side on a grassy knoll, Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling in the open ocean, stand up paddle boarding in the bay and snorkeling adventures.
The resort is 22 miles from the Kona airport along highway 19.  A shared shuttle from the airport to the Orchid ( is about $125 plus tips for 2 persons round trip while a cab (—minivan or SUV) for up to 6 folks is $75 one-way plus tip.  Renting a full-size car at the airport will run you $270/week (Dollar).  Rental cars available at the Orchid.
The resort has a Keiki Aloha children's program designed to enhance your keiki's (child's) Hawaiian vacation experience.  Children between 5-12 can take part on a daily basis with a half day (9-12) costing $85 and a full day (9-4) going for $105.  There is also a Keiki kid friendly cuisine at Brown's Beach House, Hale Kai Restaurant, Norio's Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, and Luana Lounge.   Children five years of age and under eat for free when ordering from the Keiki Menu and dining with a registered adult guest. Children 6-12 years of age can order from the Keiki Menu or order a half portion from the regular dining menu with 50% off menu pricing.
Afternoon activities including golf and tennis are being arranged and details TBA.  A link to reserve a room is  You will be required to make a deposit consisting of the cost of two room nights plus taxes.

Medtronic, the sole Platinum Level exhibitor in Carlsbad, deserves the Western's thanks for making the meeting a success.

We hope our members will support the companies that support the Western.

Hawaii Venue Visit

(There is a signed contract with each annual meeting venue created years in advance outlining the anticipated events, their locations and the amenities therein (food & drink, AV, etc.) and many of the costs of same.  It is the policy of the Society to fund a visit to the forthcoming annual meeting venue by the President and Secretary/Treasurer in order for them to clarify and refine and flesh-out the issues related to the annual meeting.  President Marty Weinand filed the following report regarding such a recent visit.)

While at the Fairmont Orchid on the Island of Hawaii, President, Marty Weinand, and Secretary-Treasurer-Elect, Marco Lee, met with the resort Catering and Conference Services Manager and AudioVisual Director to finalize this year's annual meeting details. Marty and Marco visited the resort suites and guest rooms and toured the hotel meeting rooms, including the Plaza Ballroom for the scientific sessions, which is located adjacent to the area for vendors and member and guest breakfasts.  With Shauna Weinand, they visited the shaded courtyard venue, Nanea Lanai, for the spouses' breakfasts which was selected for its serene and private qualities and proximity to the scientific session meeting ballroom and vendor exhibit area.  

The opening reception, on Friday, September 14, 2018 will be located on the resort Croquet Lawn and will include vendors. Cuisine will include traditional Hawaiian seafood with Asian influences.  Because this venue is outdoors on grass, Shauna recommends that members pack the appropriate footwear.  

Similar to the prior Kauai Local Night's, the Hawaiian Island Local Night will be held at the Fairmont Orchid Coconut Grove. The entire event is located on a sandy beach overlooking the ocean.  Shauna recommends that attendees should be aware of the beach location when packing the appropriate footwear for the evening.  Local Night will have a Luau theme but rather than a traditional luau the cuisine will be "Taste of the Pacific" with luau-inspired entertainment.  

The banquet reception will be located at an open plaza with a beautiful fountain followed by the dinner and dance in the resort Ballroom.  During the banquet, there will be a child's Keiki (Hawaiian for child or "little one") Aloha Adventure Program party including dinner and activities for ages 5 to 12 years.

With the assistance of Jay Morgan as Local Arrangements Chair and his wife Sherry, the Fairmont Orchid resort tennis and the award winning Mauna Lani golf venues were selected.  In addition, afternoon activities will include a Saturday ocean boat ride with available snorkeling for up to 49 people and Sunday helicopter rides and a guided historical hike from the resort and along the ocean to the King's ponds.  Shauna encourages members and guests to pack a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a water bottle.

The Fairmont Orchid has a man-made swimming lagoon that empties into the ocean, safe for swimmers of all ages.  Marco Lee and his wife, Vanessa, spent time in the lagoon and recommend submersible swim shoes as the bottom of the lagoon is rocky.  Adjacent to the lagoon is a volcanic beach where the Hawaiian green sea turtles often sun themselves. 

The Fairmont Orchid resort is a 30 minute drive from Kona International Airport.  For those who choose not to rent a car, a resort shuttle is available to local shops and the nearby Mauna Lani resort.  An advantage of renting a car includes access to many additional area activities including visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Volcano), the Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, a local Vanillary, many excellent local cuisine restaurants and multiple wonderful additional attractions in 11 of the world's 13 climate zones on the island.

The Conference Manager recommends that all members join the Fairmont President’s Club ( to receive discounts on many benefits including the spa, tennis, bike rentals and shop purchases.

--Marty Weinand


Edward R. Laws, MD, FACS, FAANS 
It is with great pleasure that the Society announces that the recipient of the 2018 Cloward Award will be Edward R. Laws, MD, FACS, FAANS  
Edward Raymond Laws, Jr. was born in New York City on April 29, 1938.   Growing up during World War II, he became interested in many things, but in particular aviation.   In addition to excelling in school he began flying lessons in a Piper Cub on floats at age 14.  He has remained an aviation buff since then. He stated that he probably has more books on the subject of aviation than he does on neurosurgery!   He applied for admission to the inaugural class at the Air Force Academy in 1955, was accepted academically, but failed his eye test. The Academy’s loss—Neurosurgery’s gain.
Instead, he enrolled in Princeton University, graduating with honors in both economics and sociology in the Special Program in American Civilization.   He then attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, receiving his MD at that institution in 1963.  He matriculated into his surgical internship also at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He then fulfilled his two year commitment in the US Public Health Service at the CDC.  He then started his neurosurgery residency under Dr. A. Earl Walker, graduating in  1971.  After completing his residency he joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Medical School with primary appointment in Pediatric Neurosurgery.  In 1972 he moved to Rochester, Minnesota to join the staff at the Mayo Clinic where he ultimately became a professor in surgery and developed their programs in pituitary surgery and epilepsy surgery along with continuing his research in the metabolism and pathophysiology of primary brain tumors.   
In 1987 he became Professor and Chairman at the Department of Neurosurgery at the George Washington University in Washington, DC where his work culminated in the development of the George Washington Neurological Institute.  In 1992 he joined the neurosurgery staff at the University of Virginia, establishing the Neuroendocrinology Center there and held an Endowed Professorship of Neurosurgery where he also served as Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics.  In 2007 he joined the faculty at Stanford University where he was Director of the Stanford Pituitary Neuroendocrine Center.   In 2008 he joined the faculty at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he remains active in pituitary and brain tumor surgery and research.   Currently, he is the Surgical Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Center and member of the Neuroendocrinology Group at the Brigham and Dana Farber Cancer Center.  
During his surgical career he has operated on more than 7,500 brain tumors, of which 5,900 have been pituitary lesions and he has maintained active research interest in brain tumors:  pituitary tumors, in particular.   
He has been involved conspicuously in leadership in neurosurgery, having served as the President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and involved in a number of educational initiatives for organized neurosurgery.   He has served as Editor of one of our two major journals, Neurosurgery.  In addition to neurosurgery, he has been a leader in other surgical societies including President of the American College of Surgeons from 2004 to 2005; the fifth neurosurgeon to serve in that position.    He has been an honored guest at neurosurgery societies throughout the world including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and has received the Cushing Medal of the AANS.  He served as President of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.  He has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation of International Education in Neurosurgery.   He is recognized for his sustained work with pituitary tumors; in particular, and has been President of the Pituitary Society.  Dr. Laws has authored over 800 scientific papers, book chapters, and was co-editor with Andrew Kay of the encyclopedic volume:  Brain Tumors.   In 2005 he was elected to membership of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, now known as the National Academy of Medicine. 
Dr. Laws met his wife Peggy while a senior medical student at the Johns Hopkins Medical School after she came to Johns Hopkins from the University of Pennsylvania and the National Institute of Health to be the nursing instructor for the recovery room. He has four daughters and six grandchildren.  His eldest daughter is an equine surgeon trained at the University of Pennsylvania.  His second daughter is the CEO of HOPE Lab, a company that improves health for the underserved, studies and intervenes in teen suicide, etc.  His third daughter is a former ballerina and fashion model who now has rental properties in Costa Rica.  His fourth is a federal judge for the National Labor Relations Board.  He has grandchildren ranging from 12 to 23 whom he tries to visit as often as possible.  
Dr. Laws has significantly contributed to neurosurgery educationally, in research and most conspicuously in his leadership.   He has been an outstanding ambassador of US neurosurgery to the international neurosurgical community as well as to organized medicine both here in the United States and worldwide.  
Dr. Laws’ topic, to be addressed at our meeting in September of 2018 at the Fairmont Orchid Resort in Hawaii, will be “Virtuosity in Surgery and Neurosurgery”.

--W. Ganz
WNS Communications Committee
Michael S. B. Edwards, MD

George Ablin Memorial Lecturer 2018

The Ablin Lecture at each annual meeting affords the President the opportunity to present speakers on topics that he feels would interest meeting attendees.  The lecture honors the memory of George Ablin and his contributions to neurosurgery in general and the Western in particular.  This year’s lecturer is Mike Edwards whose long career as a practitioner and teacher of pediatric neurosurgery in northern California affords  him a unique view of a subspecialty over time.

Dr. Edwards completed his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville and his Medical Degree from Tulane University. He continued at Tulane for his internship and neurosurgical residency. He then moved west to San Francisco to complete a neuro-oncology fellowship under Charles B. Wilson in 1977.  He remained at UCSF as faculty and was appointed the director of the pediatric division in 1987. From 1992-1995, Dr. Edwards served as the Vice-Chair of the department and he remained a Clinical Professor until 1999. He then practiced in Sacramento at Sutter Medical Center  but returned to the Bay Area in 2004 as an Endowed Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery at Stanford University Medical Center. In 2007, he became the Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and served in this role until his recent retirement.

Michael has been very active in organized neurosurgery throughout his career, serving on many committees in the AANS and CNS and as the President of the California Association of Neurosurgeons in 2005. He has been a visiting professor across the United States and has given invited lectures across the globe. As an international leader in pediatric neurosurgery, he has served on multiple medical advisory boards relating to pediatric neurosurgical diseases and on editorial boards of many peer-reviewed journals.

His research has mainly focused on brain tumor biology and therapy with a special interest in childhood medulloblastoma. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and edited several neurosurgical books. Dr. Edwards is by all accounts, a master surgeon but by far one of his greatest gifts, is training future neurosurgeons and inspiring the next generation of pediatric neurosurgeons. The many pediatric fellows he trained during his career have gone on to flourish in practice all over the world.
Michael and his wife, Linda, have a son and daughter who they enjoy bicycling and skiing with at their home on Lake Tahoe. You may also find him driving his Ford Raptor or spending time with his grandchildren.  We look forward to welcoming him to the Western Neurosurgical Society annual meeting  as our Ablin Lecturer.

--C. Harraher
WNS Communications Committee

Ablin Lecturer moves on

Dr. Lucy Kalanithi--the WNS Ablin lecturer for 2017 and the widow of Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgical resident at Stanford whose battle with cancer is poignantly covered in his book When Breath Becomes Air published after his death in 2015 and in which Lucy wrote the epilogue--keeps making nice news.

Her presentation and Q&A with the audience at our 2017 meeting was riveting and frank and was a match for the Cloward address by Volker Sonntag.  I don't think I was alone in wondering if she had hopes for a new relationship and I certainly didn't have the temerity to ask her about that.

Well, Time magazine reports that she had written a blub for, and become good friends with, Nina Riggs, who wrote The Bright Hour about Riggs battle with breast cancer.  The book was published last June after Riggs death but before her passing, she encouraged her husband John Duberstein to contact Lucy for support after she was gone.  This he did and an email correspondence developed culminating in their planning on a future together.

It is nice that nice things also happen to nice people.

--R. Smith; Communications Committee
Charles B. Wilson, MD   1929-2018
Charles Byron Wilson, whose name was recognized by every neurosurgeon worldwide, died February 24, 2018 in Greenbrae, California after a long battle with heart disease.
Charlie (as he was known to close friends and associates, “Dr. Wilson” to the rest of us) was born in Neosho, Missouri, a farming community in the Ozark mountain range with a population of 5000.   His father, Byron, was a pharmacist who owned a local drugstore; his mother, the former Margaret Polson, also worked there.  Although slight of build (a physique he would maintain for the rest of his life), he received academic and football scholarships to Tulane University.  He played only one year but turned his efforts to running marathons.  He also was a skilled pianist and played Dixieland jazz in the French Quarter during his years at Tulane.

Dr. Wilson subsequently attended and graduated from the Tulane Medical School in 1954.  Although he started his medical career as a pathology resident, he learned quickly that he wanted to help people and that neurosurgery brought all his interests of neuropathology and the exact nature of surgery together.  Following his neurosurgery residency at Tulane, he remained at Tulane until 1961 when he accepted an appointment at Louisiana State University where he won “Best Teacher Award” in 1963.  He was then tapped by the University of Kentucky School of Medicine to establish their division of neurosurgery.

In 1968 Dr. Wilson joined UCSF as Professor and Chair of the division of neurosurgery where he practiced for more than 30 years, 28 as chair.  He continued the work he started in Kentucky with brain and pituitary tumors, adding an interest in vascular surgery, studying and writing about intracranial aneurysms, avm’s and av-fistulas.  He also was involved with encouraging women and underrepresented minorities to enter neurosurgery training. He joined the Western Neurosurgical Society in 1969.

Charlie believed one should not stop learning and in 1996 he earned a master’s degree in Health Administration.  Dr. Wilson went on to become the Director of Health Care Group at the Institute for the Future. He made a significant contribution to the publication "The Future of Health and Health Care." Dr. Wilson was also a senior advisor with the Health Technology Center.  He served as Consultant to the President of the University of California on health services.
He has received numerous awards and honors and has been the Wilder Penfield Lecturer, the Herbert Olivecrona Lecturer, and the R. Eustace Semmes Lecturer among others. Dr. Wilson also was a CANS Pevehouse Award winner in 1998 and in 2007 received the Cloward Award from the Western.  He has published more than 500 articles and chapters and has served on numerous editorial boards, including that of the Journal of Neurosurgery which he chaired from 1981 to 1983.

In 2000 Dr. Wilson cofounded, with the Reverend William Rankin, the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, an innovative healthcare program in resource short Africa.  He also helped set policy and raise money for the Clinic by the Bay organization whose mission is to provide medical services to the uninsured working people in the Bay area.

Dr. Wilson was an accomplished jazz pianist and loved music.  He frequently attended the opera and symphony.  He was passionate about fitness and was an avid runner, competing in many marathons. 

Preceded in death by his son, Craig Wilson, he is survived by his wife of 24 years, Francie Petrocelli; his daughter Rebecca Cohn (Steve); his son Byron Wilson (Suzette); his stepdaughter, Kathryn Petrocelli; his grandchildren Ben, Josh, Brittany, Adam, Ian and Dylan; and a multitude of loving friends and colleagues.

--G. Gerras
Communications Committee 
(I had hoped that our previous newsletter article on WNS member Jay Levy's losing his home in the 2017 Napa wildfire would be the first and last such notation of such a tragedy befalling one of our own.  Alas, not to be. --Ed.)

They couldn’t save our home, but they saved our … Flag!
December 5, 2017, our lives suddenly changed.
In a matter of minutes, the Thomas Fire, the largest and most vicious in the history of the State of California burned our home to the ground. We were not alone to suffer this tragedy: many of our neighbors had the same fate. More than 550 homes were destroyed in our beautiful city, a real devastation of the beautiful little city we call home.
Our family lived at 557 Via Cielito, Ventura CA 93003. We referred to our home as “557”. We still do, even though it no longer exists as a physical structure. We all feel like a part of us died. It was devastating to see the remains.
While waiting to be allowed back to our neighborhood, we kept hearing about the extent of destruction and we saw some images on various media outlets, as well as photos taken by neighbors who refused to leave their homes. We even saw images of our own destroyed home: these images were hard to absorb and comprehend. But, when we were finally allowed to go back, twelve days later, we were shocked to see what used to be homes and cars and beautiful green yards. What used to be our neighborhood. It was surreal. Adding to the surrealism, was a green material that was sprayed by Cal Fire on the destroyed properties; I gather this was to contain hazardous material. I kept thinking that this was a scene from a movie, a horror movie.
The flagpole at 557 is still standing. I knew that our neighbors were keeping our flag for us …
Nothing remained of our home, otherwise. Even our yard was burned. It was a beautiful oasis, where I took photos of roses almost every morning and shared them with my family on an instant message stream that keeps us connected even though we live in different spaces.
How is this possible? We have so many beautiful memories associated with this special place. Two of our daughters were married at 557; I remember every detail. The third got ready for her wedding there. I waited for her in our living room that commanded a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. I remember driving her to her wedding site, on top of a hill overlooking Ventura and the world. That site also burned.
The memories of happy events keep competing in my head. So many. Preparing meals together as a family for family and friends in our kitchen, a kitchen that was the center of our home and one that allowed us to enjoy views of spectacular sunsets, while our grandchildren were running around exploring this corner or that …  thinking of this makes my heart smile.
Our artwork, so lovingly collected over the years … is gone. You remember this? You remember that? I find myself asking my wife and individual adult children, or just asking myself. Of course, I do, and I remember the stories that went with each, with a mixture of relish and melancholy.
My books? They are gone. I inherited my passion for collecting books from my father and I am proud to have passed it on to my kids. I had a beautiful collection of leather bound, gold inscribed books of all neurology and neuroscience related topics including the classics. I also lost several first edition, signed manuscripts, including my daughter’s collection of essays and poems that she wrote as a college thesis.  Even my trivial collection of logo T-shirts is gone. I used to enjoy buying them to remember an event or a place. At some point this habit got out of hand, and I had a lot of them, so my family put me on a T-shirt buying restriction. Here is a silver lining: the restriction is now lifted.
Everything is gone … but our flag was saved!
In August of 2002, to celebrate being in this amazing country for thirty years, my wife and I decided to build a platform for a flagpole and a flagpole to hold a large American flag that can be seen from far, in front of our home. We wanted it to be very personal, as the flag is very personal to us. On top of the pole stands a star representing the Lone Star of Texas, also a place we call home. The base has five sides, one representing each of our children. We selected a collection of sayings meaningful to us, for each of the sides. We had them inscribed on bronze plaques. The Pledge of Allegiance and Emma Lazarus’ quote about immigrants on one plaque; Why me Lord on another; Amazing Grace on the third; America the Beautiful on the fourth; and a saying by Master Jedi Yoda and one attributed to a slave complete the collection.
We were so proud of this flag … 
Almost two years ago, Bill Bays, the secretary of the George S. Patton chapter, the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, noticed our flag and after discussion with his members, we were awarded a certificate in recognition of an exemplary display of the American Flag. I was deeply honored, particularly since I am an immigrant and a proud American of Syrian birth.
Another group of men noticed our flag on December 5, 2017. A team of fire fighters from the United States Forest Service led by David Lossi were patrolling our street. But I am told they could not do much since they ran out of water. They noticed that our flag was about to burn, and decided to save it.  While taking the flag down, a corner actually burned. The Santa Ana winds were very strong and the firefighters put their lives in danger in order to save our beloved flag.
The photo attached was taken by photographer Rob Varela, and was posted on his Instagram account. I saw this for the first time three days before Christmas.  At once jarring and beautiful, the image reflects the heroism of our fire fighters.
We plan to raise a new large flag again at 557, hopefully soon; we must wait until power is restored so that the flag can be lit at night. As for what’s next, it is too soon to decide how to rebuild our lives. But we will take it one step at a time, and all the while 557 will remain in our hearts.

--Moustapha Abou-Samra
WNS Members In Print

 (Journals followed: AANS journals, CNS journals, Spine, SNI)

AANS Neurosurgeon Winter 2017
Nathan R. Selden, MD, PhD Experience the Joy of Grateful Patients: Social Media Connections
Isaac Yang, MD Amplifying the Neurosurgeon’s Message: The Power of Social Media
JNS-Peds December 2017
Anthony M. Avellino, MD, MBA Neurosurgical management of a rare congenital supratentorial neurenteric cyst with associated nasal dermal sinus: case report
JNS-Peds January 2018
Nathan R. Selden, MD, PhD Editorial. Prone to error, or enlightenment?
Michael Edwards, MD, and Gerald Grant, MD Long-term outcomes of primarily metastatic juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma in children
Jeffrey G. Ojemann, MD Corticospinal tract atrophy and motor fMRI predict motor preservation after functional cerebral hemispherectomy
JNS-Peds February 2018
Madjid Samii, MD, PhD Surgical management of cerebellopontine angle arachnoid cysts associated with hearing deficit in pediatric patients
Jeffrey G. Ojemann, MD Electrocorticography and the early maturation of high-frequency suppression within the default mode network
Andrew T. Dailey, MD Chiari-related scoliosis: a single-center experience with long-term radiographic follow-up and relationship to deformity correction
JNS-November 2017
William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD Dramatic radiographic response resulting in cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea associated with sunitinib therapy in recurrent atypical meningioma: case report
Michael T. Lawton, MD Performing concurrent operations in academic vascular neurosurgery does not affect patient outcomes
William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD and Andrew T. Dailey, MD Managing overlapping surgery: an analysis of 1018 neurosurgical and spine cases
William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD Letter to the Editor. Infraorbital nerve as a surgical landmark
JNS-December 2017
Bob S. Carter, MD Editorial. Nimodipine treatment
Laligam N. Sekhar, MD Letter to the Editor. Microsurgery for basilar apex aneurysms in the modern era
JNS-January 2018
Gary K. Steinberg, MD, PhD Brainstem arteriovenous malformations: lesion characteristics and treatment outcomes VIDEO
JNS-February 2018
Andrew S. Little, MD Randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial comparing two multimodal opioid-minimizing pain management regimens following transsphenoidal surgery
Christopher R. Honey, MD, DPhil, FRCSC The effect of unilateral thalamic deep brain stimulation on the vocal dysfunction in a patient with spasmodic dysphonia: interrogating cerebellar and pallidal neural circuits
JNS-March 2018
Thomas C. Chen, MD, PhD Intratumoral delivery of bortezomib: impact on survival in an intracranial glioma tumor model
JNS-Spine November 2017
Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD Laminoplasty versus laminectomy with posterior spinal fusion for multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy: influence of cervical alignment on outcomes
Andrew T. Dailey, MD Utility of intraoperative rotational thromboelastometry in thoracolumbar deformity surgery
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD Incidence of perioperative medical complications and mortality among elderly patients undergoing surgery for spinal deformity: analysis of 3519 patients
JNS-Spine December 2017
Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD Patient characteristics of smokers undergoing lumbar spine surgery: an analysis from the Quality Outcomes Database
JNS-Spine January 2018
Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD Comparative analysis of 3 surgical strategies for adult spinal deformity with mild to moderate sagittal imbalance
Neurosurgical Focus November 2017
Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD Safety and effectiveness of early chemical deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis after spinal cord injury: pilot prospective data
Neurosurgical Focus December 2017
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD Introduction. Adult spinal deformity
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD Potential of predictive computer models for preoperative patient selection to enhance overall quality-adjusted life years gained at 2-year follow-up: a simulation in 234 patients with adult spinal deformity
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD An assessment of frailty as a tool for risk stratification in adult spinal deformity surgery
Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD Complication rates associated with open versus percutaneous pedicle screw instrumentation among patients undergoing minimally invasive interbody fusion for adult spinal deformity
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD Male sex may not be associated with worse outcomes in primary all-posterior adult spinal deformity surgery: a multicenter analysis
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD Despite worse baseline status depressed patients achieved outcomes similar to those in nondepressed patients after surgery for cervical deformity
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD Impact of case type, length of stay, institution type, and comorbidities on Medicare diagnosis-related group reimbursement for adult spinal deformity surgery
Neurosurgical Focus January 2018
Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD Defining the minimum clinically important difference for grade I degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis: insights from the Quality Outcomes Database 
Christopher I. Shaffrey, Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD Women fare best following surgery for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis: a comparison of the most and least satisfied patients utilizing data from the Quality Outcomes Database 
Neurosurgical Focus February 2018
Melanie Hayden Gephart, MD, MAS A review of potential applications of MR-guided focused ultrasound for targeting brain tumor therapy
Neurosurgical Focus March 2018
Madjid Samii, MD, PhD Introduction. Update on the treatment of acoustic tumors
Marc S. Schwartz, MD Use of a flexible hollow-core carbon dioxide laser for microsurgical resection of vestibular schwannomas VIDEO
Neurosurgery October 2017
Antonio A.F. De Salles, MD, PhD  Book Review: Intracranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery, 2nd Edition 
Mitchel S. Berger, MD and Michael McDermott, MD  In Reply: Neurosurgical Education in a Changing Healthcare and Regulatory Environment: A Consensus Statement From 6 Programs
Neurosurgery November 2017
Michael W McDermott, MD and Mitchel S Berger, MD  Improved Survival with Decreased Wait Time to Surgery in Glioblastoma Patients Presenting with Seizure
Gary K Steinberg, MD, PhD  Strategies for and Outcome of Repeat Revascularization Surgery for Moyamoya Disease: An American Institutional Series
Marvin Bergsneider, MD  BOOK REVIEWS Atlas of Sellar and Parasellar Lesions: Clinical, Radiologic, and Pathologic Correlations
Neurosurgery December 2017
J Paul Muizelaar, MD, PhD Proposal for the Rapid Reversal of Coagulopathy in Patients with Nonoperative Head Injuries on Anticoagulants and/or Antiplatelet Agents: A Case Study and Literature Review  
Michael T Lawton, MD Protective Effect of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Against the Development of Intracranial Aneurysm Rupture in Mice  
Neurosurgery January 2018
Michael T Lawton, MD Surgical Treatment vs Nonsurgical Treatment for Brain Arteriovenous Malformations in Patients with Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia: A Retrospective Multicenter Consortium Study
Michael W McDermott, MD, Mitchel S Berger, MD Developing an Algorithm for Optimizing Care of Elderly Patients with Glioblastoma
Andrew S Little, MD Implementation of a Postoperative Outpatient Care Pathway for Delayed Hyponatremia Following Transsphenoidal Surgery
Melanie Hayden Gephart, MD, MAS Commentary: Treatment Considerations for Patients with Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor-Mutated Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Brain Metastases in the Era of Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors
Neurosurgery February 2018
Christopher I Shaffrey, MD Characterizing Adult Cervical Deformity and Disability Based on Existing Cervical and Adult Deformity Classification Schemes at Presentation and Following Correction
Praveen Mummaneni, MD, Christopher Shaffrey, MD Re-operation After Long-Segment Fusions for Adult Spinal Deformity: The Impact of Extending the Construct Below the Lumbar Spine
Richard G Ellenbogen, MDChristopher D Witiw, MD
 The Berlin International Consensus Meeting on Concussion in Sport
Gordon H Li, MD In Reply: The Use of Vancomycin Powder for Surgical Prophylaxis Following Craniotomy
Nate Selden, MD, PhD; Kim Burchiel, MD In Memoriam: Mary Ellen Dandy Marmaduke, 1927 to 2017
Neurosurgery March 2018
Michael T Lawton, MD & Laligam N Sekhar, MD Search for other works by this author on: Targeted Embolization of Aneurysms Associated With Brain Arteriovenous Malformations at High Risk for Surgical Resection: A Case-Control Study
Praveen V Mummaneni, MD Analysis of National Rates, Cost, and Sources of Cost Variation in Adult Spinal Deformity
Anthony Avellino, MD, MBA Commentary: The Dilemma of Papilledema in Chiari I Malformation
Operative Neurosurgery October 2017
Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD A Single-Institution Experience with Pineal Region Tumors: 50 Tumors Over 1 Decade
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD Proximal Junctional Kyphosis Prevention Strategies: A Video Technique Guide
Michael T. Lawton, MD Occipital Artery to Anterior Inferior Cerebellar Artery Bypass with Radial Artery Interposition Graft for Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD Successful Microsurgical Management of High-Risk Foramen Magnum Dural Arteriovenous Fistula With Cortical Venous Reflex Using Far-Lateral Approach: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD Midline Telovelar and Retrosigmoid Suboccipital Approaches For Fenestration of Multiple Dilated Virchow-Robin Spaces in the Brainstem
Michael T. Lawton, MD Clip Reconstruction of a Recurrent Anterior Communicating Artery Aneurysm After Previous Clipping: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
Operative Neurosurgery December 2017
Michael T Lawton, MD A3–A3 In Situ Bypass and Distal Clip Occlusion of Giant Serpentine Anterior Communicating Artery Aneurysm: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
Michael T Lawton, MD Contralateral Transfalcine Resection of Splenial Arteriovenous Malformation: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
Laligam N Sekhar, MD Microscopic Resection of Recurrent Giant Adenoma and Clip Ligation of Contralateral Internal Carotid Artery Terminus Aneurysm: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
Michael T Lawton, MD Supratonsillar Approach to Deep Cerebellar Cavernous Malformations Near the Dentate Nucleus: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
Michael T Lawton, MD Suboccipital Craniotomy and Clip Occlusion of a Precoiled Recurrent Distal Posterior Inferior Cerebellar Artery Aneurysm: Operative Video
Operative Neurosurgery January 2018
Johnny B Delashaw, Jr, MD Microsurgical Clipping of an Anterior Communicating Artery Aneurysm Using a Novel Robotic Visualization Tool in Lieu of the Binocular Operating Microscope: Operative Video
Steven Giannotta, MD Development of a Perfusion-Based Cadaveric Simulation Model Integrated into Neurosurgical Training: Feasibility Based on Reconstitution of Vascular and Cerebrospinal Fluid Systems
Michael T Lawton, MD Macrovascular Decompression of Brainstem and Lower Cranial Nerves: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
Michael T Lawton, MD Intracranial–Intracranial A1 ACA-SVG-M2 MCA+M2 MCA Double Reimplantation Bypass for a Giant Middle Cerebral Artery Aneurysm: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
Michael T Lawton, MD Contralateral Anterior Interhemispheric Approach to Medial Frontal Arteriovenous Malformation: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
Laligam N Sekhar, MD Side-to-Side A3-A4 Bypass after Clip Ligation of Recurrent Coiled Anterior Communicating Artery Aneurysm: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
Joel D MacDonald, MD The Use of Semitranslucent Rubber Pledgets During Microsurgical Dissection of Cerebellopontine Angle Tumors: Technical Note
Operative Neurosurgery February 2018
Laligam N Sekhar, MD Basilar Artery Ectasia Causing Trigeminal Neuralgia: An Evolved Technique of Transpositional Suture-Pexy
Michael T Lawton, MD Extended Retrosigmoid Craniotomy and Clip Occlusion of a Petrosal Tentorial Dural Arteriovenous Fistula (Type 5): Operative Video
Michael T Lawton, MD Tentative Stacking Technique with Tandem Clipping and Bypass for an MCA Aneurysm: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
Michael T Lawton, MD Cross-Wise Counter Clipping of a Dolichoectatic Left Vertebral Artery Aneurysm: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
Spine Journal November 2017
Christopher I. Shaffrey Comparative analysis of perioperative complications between a multicenter prospective cervical deformity database and the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database
Spine Journal February 2018
Christopher I. Shaffrey Patient profiling can identify patients with adult spinal deformity (ASD) at risk for conversion from nonoperative to surgical treatment: initial steps to reduce ineffective ASD management
Surgical Neurology International November 2017
Harsimran Brara Surgical nuances of partial sacrectomy for chordoma
Iman Feiz-Erfan Closed therapy of thoracic and lumbar vertebral body fractures in trauma patients
Surgical Neurology International December 2017
Madjid Samii A technique for sequential, progressive clipping for a giant thrombosed distal anterior cerebral artery aneurysm: Technical Note
Michael T. Lawton Simple training tricks for mastering and taming bypass procedures in neurosurgery
Surgical Neurology International February 2018
J. Patrick Johnson Treatment of cervical radiculopathy: A review of the evolution and economics
H. Brara Neurenteric cyst of the conus medullaris
James I. Ausman Is it time to perform the first human head transplant? Comment on the CSA (cephalosomatic anastomosis) paper by Ren, Canavero, and colleagues
Principles of Neurological Surgery, 4th Edition
Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD; Laligam N. Sekhar, MD
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