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Summer 2015


Meeting registration and Room reservations for the 2015 Annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt in Kaua'i available online

The 2015 meeting registration form is located on the WNS Web site ( in the 2015 Hawaii Meeting menu item.  The form can be filled out electronically but needs to be printed and then mailed or faxed.

The simplest way to reserve your room at the Grand Hyatt for our 2015 meeting September 10-13 is to follow this link or copy and paste it in the address line of your browser:

A direct functional link is on our Web site at, click on 2015 meeting menu item. Should you wish to speak to the hotel, their phone number is 800-916-4339.

The normal rack rate is $200+ a night more than our negotiated rate so don't find yourself trying to get a room at the last minute when our quota has been filled and the only rooms available are at the $459 rack rate.

As of mid-June, the only rooms left in our reduced price room block are ocean view rooms at $285/night and there were only 30 of these left.

12:00PM - 4:00PM         Executive Board Meeting                 Grand Boardroom
12:30PM – 5:00PM        Registration                                   Grand Promenade 2
 6:00PM – 9:00PM         Opening Reception                                Ilima Garden  

6:30AM – 12:00PM        Registration                                   Grand Promenade 2
6:00AM -  12:30PM        Exhibitors                                                          Grand 2
6:00AM -  7:30AM          Members/Prof. Guests Breakfast                     Grand 2
7:30AM -  12:00PM        Scientific Session                                      Grand 1/6/7
8:00AM -  10:00AM       Guest/Spouse Breakfast             Dondero’s Restaurant
1:00PM -  6:00PM         Golf                                            Poipu Bay Golf Course
2:00PM -  5:00PM         Tennis                                  Grand Hyatt Tennis Center
1:30PM -  5:15 PM        Botanical Gardens           Meet in Lobby Porte Cochere
6:30PM -  9:30PM         Western Night                                   Shipwreck Lagoon
6:30AM – 12:00PM        Registration                                   Grand Promenade 2
6:30AM -  8:00AM          Members Business Breakfast     Dondero’s Restaurant
6:30AM -  12:30PM        Exhibitors                                                         Grand 2
6:30AM -  8:00AM          Professional Guests Breakfast                         Grand 2
8:00AM -10AM               Guest/Spouse Breakfast             Tidepools Restaurant
8:00AM -12:30PM          Scientific Session                                       Grand 1/6/7
1:00PM – 6:00PM          Golf                                           Poipu Bay Golf Course
2:00PM -  5:00PM          Tennis                                 Grand Hyatt Tennis Center
1:30PM -  5:30PM          Ocean Snorkeling           Meet in Lobby Porte Cochere
2:00PM -  5:30PM          Kauai Helicopter Tour     Meet in Lobby Porte Cochere
6:00PM -  10:00PM        Children's Dinner Party (ages 3-12)           Camp Hyatt
6:00PM -  7:00PM          Reception                            Grand Garden/Promenade
7:00PM – 10:00PM        Banquet                                       Grand Ballroom 3/4/5
6:30AM – 12:00PM        Registration                                   Grand Promenade 2
6:00AM -  7:30AM          Members/Prof. Guests Breakfast                     Grand 2
6:00AM - 12:00PM         Exhibitors                                                         Grand 2
7:30AM – 12:00PM        Scientific Session                                       Grand 1/6/7
8:00am – 10:00AM        Guest/Spouse Breakfast            Dondero’s Restaurant

Executive Committee Interim Meeting 4/25/2015

The following actions were taken at the WNS EC meeting:

1.  WNS President Steinberg requested that the Membership Committee ask Dr. Ciara Harraher to propose some actions to address the lack of diversity in WNS membership.
2.  Dr. Steinberg also appointed an ad hoc committee on Long Range Planning composed of Drs.
Deborah Henry, Marco Lee, Marvin Bersneider, Jeff Chen, and Greg Gerras with Dr. Linda Liau as chairperson. 
3.  Voted to fund the newly independent Neurosurgical Research and Education Foundation with $25,000.
4.  Approved the Fairmont Orchid Resort on the big island of Hawaii as the site of the 2018 annual meeting.  The Fairmont is quite near the Mauna Lani Resort on the Kona Coast region where the WNS has met on a number of occasions.
5.  Requested that membership categories and Policies and Procedures be posted on the Web site.
6.  Approved the Awards Committee's choice of Dr. Edward Oldfield as the 2015 recipient of the Cloward Award.
7.  Dr. Steinberg announced his choice of David Piepgras to deliver the Ablin lecture in Kauai.
8.  Noted the Nominating Committee's choices of Dr. Charlie Nussbaum for President-Elect, Dr. David Pitkethly for Vice-President and Dr. Marc Vanefsky for Secretary/Treasurer.  The slate will be voted on at the annual meeting in September.
9.  Approved the tentative scientific program for the annual meeting presented by Dr. Martin Weinand.  Dr. Weinand noted there have already been abstracts submitted by 20 residents vying for the two resident awards. 


Membership Categories on Web
The Executive Committee has decided that there should be a section in the Members menu item on our Website ( that briefly outlines the various categories of WNS members.  Although the formal membership categories information is addressed in the By-laws menu item on the Web site, the more brief information is addressed in the posted category information in the Members section.

From Debbie's Desk

WNS Members, Applicants, and Guests:

WNS President Gary Steinberg and I extend a most cordial invitation to attend our Annual Meeting this September 10-13 in Kauai.  We anticipate great weather, great fellowship, an excellent program and our usual 11+/- hours of Category I CME credit provided by the AANS.
The Meeting Registration Form is posted on our Web site in the 2015 Hawaii Meeting menu item as well as in the Forms and Document section.  Please complete the registration form and snail mail it with your check or fax it with credit card information.  We encourage you to register by July 31, 2015 so we can make appropriate plans for your attendance.  As usual, your universal registration fee includes breakfast and dinner for three days for you and your spouse/guest as well as access to an outstanding meeting.
As you will note, the Meeting Registration Form includes options for afternoon activities (detailed below) which should be an interesting counterpoint to the scientific program.
The meeting will include 3 mornings of scientific paper presentations (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), the Cloward Award and George Ablin Memorial lectures, and two separate mini-symposia on Advances in the Neurosurgical Treatment of Spinal Disorders and Ethical Considerations in Neurosurgery. We are encouraging expanded participation by neurosurgical residents.  Resident awards for best basic and clinical neuroscience papers will be presented.  Resident registration expenses for any resident paper selected for presentation will be covered by the Society.  The recipients and spouses of the Resident Awards will also have their transportation and hotel registration covered.
The opening reception on Thursday, September 10 will be at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai with lighting of the torches and a Hawaiian blessing as well as cocktails and food stations.  The local’s night on Friday, September 11, also at the Grand Hyatt, will feature a buffet dinner and local artisans.  Our formal dinner and dance is on Saturday night.  The meeting concludes at noon on Sunday after the two mini-symposia.  Information on the hotel registration and shuttles can be found on our website under the 2015 Hawaii meeting menu item.
Group Activity selections include the usual golf ($150) and tennis (free) as well as touring the National Botanical Gardens, flying over Kauai in a helicopter, snorkeling in the ocean (minimal age 5), and hiking the local trails.
Friday, September 11, 2015,       1:30-5:15       Cost: $60 per person
National Tropical Botanical Garden - Allerton Garden Tour
Start at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and board a van to the Allerton Garden.  Wear long pants and comfortable walking shoes for a leisurely one mile stroll through the garden paradise, transformed through time by the hands of a Hawaiian Queen, by a sugar plantation magnate, and most significantly by an artist and an architect.  The garden is a masterpiece of landscape design showcasing a series of garden rooms containing pools, statues, tropical fruit trees, vibrant flowers and palms.  Your tour includes mosquito repellent and chilled bottle water.  Visit to preview the plants seen on the tram and walking tour.

Saturday, September 12, 2015,       2:00-5:30       Cost: $240 per person
Kauai Helicopter Tour

Start at the Grand Hyatt Hotel wearing dark clothing to minimize any window reflections and board a van for the airport.  Check in, weigh in and sign paperwork before boarding the Eco-Star helicopter.  Each flight is captured on high quality DVD starting with lift off and continues until landing; the DVD is available for purchase after the flight ends.  The flight includes Bose aviation-grade noise canceling headsets and two-way communication between you and the pilot, a State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guide.  The smooth 55 minute flight allows you to see Kauai's awe-inspiring sights and panoramic views. Please include your height and weight on the registration form.

Saturday, September 12, 2015,       1:30-5:30       Cost: $115 per person
Open Ocean Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

Start at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and board a van to the Zodiac launch site.  A sack lunch is provided while traveling by boat to the snorkeling site.  Fins, mask and snorkel are included in the trip.  Bring a towel, water bottle, sunscreen and hat for sun protection.  Minimal age is 5 and swimming skills are highly recommended.

Friday, September 11, 2015        9:30-11:30        Free
Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail

Spouses and family members, meet at the resort’s Dondero's restaurant with a hat, sun block, sunglasses, athletic shoes and water bottle for a round trip hike along the ocean cliff for spectacular views.  The trail is four miles round trip but the pace and length is individualized.
On behalf of Dr. Gary Steinberg and Sandy Garritano, Dr. Martin and Shauna Weinand, and myself, we look forward to seeing you in Kauai in September.
Deborah C. Henry, M.D.
WNS Secretary/Treasurer

The financial books of the Western Neurosurgical Society are moving into the 21st Century.  I am working with an accountant who specializes in managing non-profit organizations and together we are developing an online Quickbooks accounts.  This will allow the secretary-treasurer to send out the dues statements electronically, generate reminder letters, and allow members to pay online. Your paid invoice will be readily available.  We are looking into the possibility of doing this with future registrations for meetings as well.  Also, we are creating new ways to categorize our expenses so that tracking is easier.  Hopefully this will ease some of the duties of future secretary-treasurers.  Additionally, last year Michi Carlson did a wonderful job working with the exhibitors and thus the WNS hired her this year to manage and welcome the exhibitors of our meetings.  The sponsorship from our exhibitors allows our meeting registration fees to stay low. I thank you all for your patience as these updates are occurring.
Hope to see you in Kauai!

                             WNS 2015 SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM
                        Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii, September 11-13, 2015
 (WNS By-laws require circulating the program to members before the meeting; including the program in this newsletter satisfies that requirement--Ed.)
Friday, September 11, 2015
Day I, Session I
Moderators:               Debbie Henry, Marco Lee
7:30-7:35                   Welcome, Gary Steinberg, WNS President 2015
7-35-7:50       1          “Monitoring leptomeningeal metastasis treatment 
                                    response using tumor cell free DNA from cerebral spinal

                                    Melanie Hayden Gephart, Stanford, CA
                                    (Member Candidate)
7:50-7:55                   Discussion
7:55-8:10       2          “Matching neurosurgical care to the needs of patients in
                                    British Columbia: A unique challenge”

                                    Gary B. Goplen, Kelowna, BC
                                    (Member Candidate)
8:10-8:15                   Discussion
8:15-8:30       3          “Endoscopic endonasal transphenoidal surgery for
                                    recurrent pituitary adenomas with cavernous sinus
                                    invasion after microscopic resection”

                                    Lewis Z. Leng, San Francisco, CA
                                    (Member Candidate)
8:30-8:35                   Discussion
8:35-8:50       4          “Digital subtraction myelography for the identification of                                     spontaneous CSF-venous fistulas”
                                    Wouter I. Schievink, Los Angeles, CA
                                    (Member Candidate)
8:50-8:55                   Discussion
8:55-9:10       5          “Recognition memory signals in the human hippocampus
                                    as revealed by single-unit recordings from depth
                                    electrodes in epilepsy patients”

                                    Christine N. Smith, San Diego, CA
                                    (Member Candidate)
9:10-9:15                   Discussion
9:15-9:30       6          “Cochlear radiation dose is associated with decreased
                                    hearing preservation for vestibular schwannoma patients
                                    treated with radiosurgery”

                                    Isaac Yang, Los Angeles, CA
                                    (Member Candidate)
9:30-9:35                   Discussion
9:35-9:50       7          “An intracortical brain-computer interface for the
                                    restoration of motor function and communication”

                                    Jaimie M. Henderson, Stanford, CA
9:50-9:55                   Discussion
9:55-10:30     Break - Visit Exhibits
Friday, September 11, 2015
Day I, Session II
Moderators:               Joel MacDonald, Andrew Little
10:30-10:45   8          “Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery is Not Less
                                    Invasive than Direct Endonasal Microscopic
                                    Transsphenoidal Surgery for Pituitary Adenomas: Results
                                    of a Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study”

                                    Andrew S. Little, Phoenix, AZ
10:45-10:50               Discussion
10:50-11:05   9          “Adult Neural Stem Cells Are Irreplaceable”
                                    Terry C. Burns, Stanford, CA
11:05-11:10               Discussion
11:10-11:25   10        “Mapping functional connectivity in focal epilepsy
                                    patients and implications for surgical treatment”

                                    Dario J. Englot, San Francisco, CA
11:25-11:30               Discussion
11:30-11:45   11        “Towards a Better Understanding of the Cellular Basis
                                    for Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Obstruction: Report on
                                    the construction of an explanted hydrocephalus shunt

                                    Brian W. Hanak, Seattle, WA
11:45-11:50               Discussion
11:50-12:05   12        Special Lecture
                                    “Neurosurgical practice in Hawaii”
                                    Mark Gerber
                                    (Member Candidate)
12:05-12:10               Discussion
Saturday, September 12, 2015
6:30AM-8:00AM  Business Meeting
Day 2, Session III
Moderators:               Martin Weinand, Andrew Little
8:15-8:30       13        Resident Award - Basic Science
                                  “Radiogenomic mapping reveals distinct brain regions
                                   of tumor formation influencing molecular subtypes of     
                                   human glioblastoma”

                                    Achal Singh Achrol, Stanford, CA
8:30-8:35                   Discussion
8:35-8:50       14        Resident Award - Clinical Science
                                    “Cortical Gene Expression Associated with Seizure
                                     Outcome Following Temporal Lobectomy with
                                    Jesse Skoch, Tucson, AZ
8:50-8:55                   Discussion
8:55-9:10       15        Special Lecture
                                    “Health Care Reform: Perspective of a Neurosurgeon”
                                    Peter Carmel
9:10-9:15                   Discussion
9:15-9:40                   Break - Visit Exhibits
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Day 2, Session IV
Moderators:   Martin Weinand, Andrew Little
9:40-9:45       Introduction of Ablin Lecturer
                        Gary Steinberg
9:45-10:35     Ablin Lecture
                        “Frontier Surgery: Lessons for Today 
                          from Beaumont and St. Martin                                            

                             Dave Piepgras

10:35-10:40   Introduction of Cloward Award Recipient
                        Linda Liau
10:40-11:30   Cloward Award Lecture
                        “The origin of concepts in Neurosurgery: One 
                         neurosurgeon's perspective"                           
                         Ed Oldfield                      
11:30-11:35   Marco Lee
                        Introduction of WNS President
11:35-12-30   Presidential Address
                        “The Future of Cerebrovascular Surgery”
                        Gary Steinberg
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Day 3, Session V
Moderators:   Debbie Henry, Marco Lee
7:30-9:30       Mini Symposium - Advances in Spinal Neurosurgery
Introduction of Speakers
“Neuroanatomic aspects of minimally invasive spine surgery ”
Steve Ritland
“Minimally invasive spine surgery”
Laura Snyder
“Surgical access to the spine”
Gary Vercruysse
“Neurosurgical treatment of adult scoliosis” 
Kumar Kakarla
“Neurosurgical treatment of Pediatric Deformity”
Elias Dakwar
9:30-10:00     Break - Visit Exhibits

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Day 3, Session VI
Moderators:   Joel MacDonald, Martin Weinand
10:00-12:00   Mini Symposium - Ethical Considerations in Neurosurgery
Introduction of Speakers
“Neurosurgeon-Patient Relationship”
Chris Taylor
“End of life considerations in neurosurgery”           
Ken Blumenfeld
“Palliative Neurosurgery - Brain”
Mike LeMole
“Palliative Neurosurgery - Spine, Two Perspectives”
Michelle Clarke
Michael Finn
“Ethical considerations in pediatric neurosurgery”
Samuel Cheshier
12:00  Meeting Adjourn
            62nd Annual Meeting to be held September 9-12, 2016
                        Park hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad, California


Benjamin Crue   5/22/1925 – 2/2/2015

Benjamin Lane Crue, Jr. died on February 2, 2015, in Rocklin, California. He was 89. Ben was born May 22, 1925, in Rahway, New Jersey. He married Beverly Malyon in 1943 and they had 54 happy years together. She passed away from breast cancer in 1997. He married Kathleen Watson Bauer in 2001 and enjoyed her company until her death in 2007. Ben and Beverly had four children and several foster children. Ben is survived by three of his children, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, as well extended family and friends. Ben was preceded in death by his beloved son, Ben Crue III. 

Ben joined the Western Neurosurgical Society in 1971 and remained a member until his death.
While on active duty with the U.S. Navy, Ben attended the University of Chicago where he received his Bachelor of Science degree and M.D. in 1948 at the age of 22. He then completed a year of general residency in Oakland, California, before being sent by the Navy for a neurosurgical residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California. He further completed fellowships at Yale University and the Lahey Clinic. Ben went into private practice in 1960 in Pasadena, California. Along with many other noteworthy accomplishments he was especially proud to be on the faculty at the University of Southern California, School of Medicine, where in 1985 he was made an Emeritus Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery. Ben served 34 years (13 years on active duty) with the U.S. Navy. During his medical career he was active in the treatment of patients with chronic pain and served as the Director of the Neurosurgery Department and Chairman of the Neurology Division at the City of Hope Medical Center for over twenty years. He started the City of Hope Pain Center and the New Hope Pain Center. He was a founding member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, a founding member and second president of the American Pain Society and a founding member and first president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Phil Lippe, a long time friend and fellow founder of the AAPM said, “Ben had a vision: (1) to to develop a new field of pain medicine that would be able to eventually join the pantheon of organized medicine (AMA); (2) to have pain medicine become an ABMS specialty some day.”  He goes on to say, “I remember Ben as a kind, compassionate & intelligent compatriot always willing to help & share his wisdom. He also was a fierce advocate of the principles he espoused. To me he was a mentor & above all a dear friend. Although a giant in pain medicine, he was generally unassuming & hence often not recognized & all too often not even remembered. Hence I was delighted & honored when in 2008 he received the AAPM Philipp M. Lippe Award.”

In 1985, Ben and Beverly moved to Durango, Colorado. Ben practiced neurosurgery and was the Durango Pain Rehabilitation Center Medical Director until he retired in 1993. He loved his friends and neighbors in Falls Creek Ranch where he lived until 2012. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he was a member of the San Marino Ward and the Durango First Ward. Ben was also an avid outdoorsman. There was nowhere he would rather be than sitting around a campfire with his family and friends recalling tales of some great hunting adventure. Ben was laid to rest next to Beverly, his son Ben, and other family members in Hermosa, Colorado.


Call for Committee Volunteers

President-Elect Linda Liau would like to hear from members who are interested in serving on one of the Western's committees for 2015-2016.  The Committees are:

Site Selection
Local Arrangements
Communications & Web Site

If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please contact Dr. Liau at


Special Guests at 2015 Meeting

Cloward Award

Edward H. Oldfield, M.D.

Edward Oldfield was born in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. He completed three years of undergraduate education before graduating from medical school at the University of Kentucky in 1973.  He completed a basic surgical residency at Vanderbilt University 1973-75, and then spent a year as Visiting Registrar in Neurology and Neurosurgery at The National Hospital for Nervous Disease, Queen Square, London, England.  He completed his neurosurgical training at Vanderbilt University in 1980.

After a year in private practice in Lexington, KY, he joined the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Senior Staff Fellow, and completed a 2-year intramural NIH fellowship in cellular immunology of tumors. In 1984, he became Chief of the Clinical Neurosurgery Section, Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, and from 1986-2007 served as the Chief of the Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, NIH. At the NIH, he led laboratory and clinical research efforts in the areas of brain and pituitary tumors, syringomyelia, von Hippel-Lindau disease, spinal arteriovenous malformations, pathophysiology and therapy of cerebral vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage, and development of new drug delivery approaches for the central nervous system.

He joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia in 2007 where he leads a multidisciplinary effort in the treatment of pituitary tumors and contributes to the research program in the Department of Neurosurgery. He holds the Crutchfield Chair in Neurosurgery and is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Internal Medicine.

He is the author of over 400 original scientific and clinical contributions to the medical literature and the co-inventor of patents on convection-enhanced drug delivery and genetic therapy.  His contributions to academic and organized neurosurgery include membership on the Editorial Board of Neurosurgery 1992-94, the Editorial Board of The Journal of Neurosurgery 1994-2002, serving as Co-Chairman 2001-2002. In 2005-2006, he was elected Vice President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, and served as its President in 2007.


Ablin Lecturer

David Piepgras, MD

Dr. Piepgras was born in Minnesota and completed his Bachelor of Arts and Medical degrees from the University of Minnesota. After internship in New Hampshire, three years of military service and one year of general surgery residency, his neurosurgical residency was completed at Mayo Clinic.  He remained in the department thereafter, being named Professor in 1988 and serving as Chair from 1992-2004.
David has been very active in organized Neurosurgery, serving on various committees in the CNS and AANS. He was president of the AANS joint section of Cerebrovascular surgery from 1990-1991. He held the position as President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery from 2002-2003 and the Society of Neurological Surgeons (“Senior Society”) from 2003-2004. He served on the RRC for Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Neurological Surgery, including Chair from 2002-2003.
Dr. Piepgras’ research and clinical interests include the surgical treatment and epidemiology of occlusive cerebrovascular disease and the management of arteriovenous malformations and intracranial aneurysms. He has extensively studied the natural history of unruptured intracranial aneurysms, including being Co-investigator on the sentinel study funded by the NINDS. David has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, multiple book chapters and has served as a reviewer for Neurosurgery, Stroke and The New England Journal of Medicine. He has been an invited speaker and held many visiting professorships all over the world.
David and his wife Jane have three sons, Jeffery, Andrew and Colin and six grandchildren. We look forward to welcoming him to the Western Neurosurgical Society annual meeting  as our Ablin Lecturer.

WNS Members In Print

JNS—March 2015
Johnny B. Delashaw, MD  Classification of middle fossa floor dehiscence syndromes
Bob S. Carter, MD, PhD  Letter to the Editor: Readmission /Response
JNS—April 2015
Mitchel S. Berger, MD  Frontal operculum gliomas: language outcome following resection
Michael T. Lawton, MD  Current surgical results with low-grade brain arteriovenous malformations
JNS—June 2015
Andrew S. Little, MD  Predictors of sinonasal quality of life and nasal morbidity after fully endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery
JNS-Peds  March 2015
Michael S. B. Edwards, MD  Carbon dioxide laser for corpus callosotomy in the pediatric population
JNS-Peds  April  2015
Hector E. James, MD  Solid noninfectious growing masses over cerebrospinal fluid shunts: report of 3 cases
Nathan R. Selden, MD, PhD.  Test characteristics of quick brain MRI for shunt evaluation in children: an alternative modality to avoid radiation
J. Patrick Johnson, MD  Disparities in clinical and economic outcomes in children and adolescents following surgery for tethered cord syndrome in the United States
JNS-Peds  May  2015
Madjid Samii, MD, PhD  Erdheim-Chester disease mimicking an intracranial trigeminal schwannoma: case report
JNS-Spine  April 2015
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD  Comparison of two minimally invasive surgery strategies to treat adult spinal deformity
JNS-Spine  May 2015
Andrew S. Little, MD  Endoscopic endonasal atlantoaxial transarticular screw fixation technique: an anatomical feasibility and biomechanical study
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD  Comprehensive study of back and leg pain improvements after adult spinal deformity surgery: analysis of 421 patients with 2-year follow-up and of the impact of the surgery on treatment satisfaction
Kim J. Burchiel, MD  Long-term efficacy and safety of internal neurolysis for trigeminal neuralgia without neurovascular compression
JNS-Spine  June 2015
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD  Cervical compensatory alignment changes following correction of adult thoracic deformity: a multicenter experience in 57 patients with a 2-year follow-up
G. Michael Lemole Jr.  Microsurgical anatomy of the arterial basket of the conus medullaris
Neurosurgery March 2015
Lawton, Michael T.  Brainstem Cavernous Malformations: Surgical Results in 104 Patients and a Proposed Grading System to Predict Neurological Outcomes
Hamilton, Mark G.  Book Review: Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, Treatment
Neurosurgery March 2015 Suppl 1
Shaffrey, Christopher I.  The Impact of Standing Regional Cervical Sagittal Alignment on Outcomes in Posterior Cervical Fusion Surgery
Shaffrey, Christopher I.  The Comprehensive Anatomical Spinal Osteotomy Classification

Neurosurgery April 2015
Ellenbogen, Richard G.  Temporal Trends in Surgical Intervention for Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Caused by Extra-axial Hemorrhage, 1995 to 2012
Burchiel, Kim  Resident Away Rotations Allow Adaptive Neurosurgical Training
Berger, Mitchel S.  In Reply: Reoperation for Recurrent High-Grade Glioma: Does Tumor Genetics Play a Role?
Neurosurgery May 2015
Lawton, Michael T  Silent Arteriovenous Malformation Hemorrhage and the Recognition of “Unruptured” Arteriovenous Malformation Patients Who Benefit From Surgical Intervention
Lemole, Michael  Use of Prothrombin Complex Concentrate as an Adjunct to Fresh Frozen Plasma Shortens Time to Craniotomy in Traumatic Brain Injury Patients
Sekhar, Laligam N.  Treatment Outcomes of Unruptured Arteriovenous Malformations With a Subgroup Analysis of ARUBA (A Randomized Trial of Unruptured Brain Arteriovenous Malformations)-Eligible Patients

Neurosurgery June 2015
Brown, Justin M  Altered Ulnar Nerve Kinematic Behavior in a Cadaver Model of Entrapment Gephart, Melanie Hayden; Derstine, Pamela; Oyesiku, Nelson M.; More
Sekhar, Laligam N.  Long-term Functional Outcomes and Predictors of Shunt-Dependent Hydrocephalus After Treatment of Ruptured Intracranial Aneurysms in the BRAT Trial: Revisiting the Clip vs Coil Debate
Nerva, John D.; Mantovani, Alessandra; Barber, Jason; More
Flynn-O'Brien, Katherine T.; Fawcett, Vanessa J.; Nixon, Zeynep A.; More
Schwab, Frank; Blondel, Benjamin; Chay, Edward; More
Tang, Jessica A.; Scheer, Justin K.; Smith, Justin S.; More
Operative Neurosurgery March 2015
Little, Andrew S.  Evaluation of Surgical Freedom for Microscopic and Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Approaches to the Sella
Steinberg, Gary K.  Development of Arteriovenous Fistula After Revascularization Bypass for Moyamoya Disease: Case Report
Operative Neurosurgery June 2015
Lemole, G. Michael Jr; Anton, Rein  Integration of Indocyanine Green Videoangiography With Operative Microscope: Augmented Reality for Interactive Assessment of Vascular Structures and Blood Flow
Lawton, Michael T.  Microsurgical Clipping of a Superior Hypophyseal Artery Aneurysm: Part 1: Intradural Anterior Clinoidectomy: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
Lawton, Michael T.  Microsurgical Clipping of a Superior Hypophyseal Artery Aneurysm: Part 2: Distal Dural Ring Dissection and Clipping: 3-Dimensional Operative Video
Neurosurgery Focus March 2015
Thomas Chen, MD   Introduction: Neurooncology: update on therapeutic options
Thomas C. Chen, MD, PhD   Effects of convection-enhanced delivery of bevacizumab on survival of glioma-bearing animals
Thomas C. Chen, MD, PhD  Quinoline-based antimalarial drugs: a novel class of autophagy inhibitors
Neurosurgery Focus April 2015
William T. Couldwell   Motion-related vascular abnormalities at the craniocervical junction: illustrative case series and literature review.
Neurosurgery Focus June 2015
Kim Burchiel, MD  Introduction: Deep brain stimulation: current assessment, new applications, and future innovations
AANS Neurosurgeon June 2015
Mitchel S. Berger, MD   Point: Patients with Incidentally Found Gliomas Should Always Be Offered Treatment
The Spine Journal July 2015
Christopher I. Shaffrey   Spine surgery training: is it time to consider categorical spine surgery residency?
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