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2016 Annual Meeting Information

For our 62nd meeting, the Western returns to the San Diego area we last visited in 2004. The 2016 Annual Meeting, Friday September 9th--Monday September 12th, will be held at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad which is 32 miles North of San Diego International Airport (SAN).  Getting to Aviara (7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad, CA, 92011) by prescheduled airport shuttle is $66/person round trip (https://reservations.supershuttle.com) or car rentals are available at the airport.

Anyone still wishing to register for the meeting needs to contact Emily Schile ASAP at Emily.westnsurg@gmail.com

The online room reservation link at Aviara is:
https://resweb.passkey.com/go/WNS2016 
The deadline to get our reduced room rate is August 19th.

Information regarding activities at the meeting and the scientific program are addressed in following articles.  Here we will share some tidbits regarding your attendance so as to make your experience most rewarding.

Aviara Resort:  The resort provides what one might expect from a 5 Diamond property including a Recreation Center (sand volleyball, croquet field, horse shoe pit, badminton court, and bocce ball), a full service 24-hour fitness center and an Indoor Game Room.  Meeting attendees receive free valet parking and in room Wi-Fi plus a 10% discount on Spa use and have access to beach amenities including towels, beach chairs, umbrellas and sand toys as well as a DVD Library.  The daily Resort fee has been waived. Monday morning checkout time has been extended to Noon. Babysitting arranged through Concierge with 24 hour notice.  Our meeting registration desk in the Avalon Foyer is open Friday afternoon and Sat-Sun-Mon mornings to help solve any problems and for activity sign-ups as well as choosing a Sunday night banquet table.

Opening Reception:  An outdoor evening with a hosted bar, a little music and a solid buffet so no need to get dinner afterwards.  Casual dress; children of all ages welcome.  The sun sets about 7 PM and with the average daytime high of 73 degrees; a light jacket or sweater is in order.  Please wear your name tags.

Spouse Breakfast:  On Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings a buffet breakfast with real food will be available to all spouses and significant others in the Vivace restaurant from 8 AM to 10 AM.  This is not for neurosurgeons who are supposed to be attending the scientific sessions.  Children are welcome and we have Western hostesses (member wives) each morning to make all feel welcome and to field questions.

We get charged by the number of dinner sized plates used at the opening reception ($100/plate), at spouse breakfasts ($50/plate) and at the Safari Park ($100),   If your child is a good eater then feel free to use a plate.  If you have a fairly limited eater, let the little dear eat off of your plate or a saucer.

Saturday Dinner:  For our Local Night on Saturday September 10th, we have arranged an evening at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido so we start with a 35 minute bus ride.  First busses leave at 5:15 PM; last bus with golfers at 5:50. Upon arrival we are met with a drink and then a 15 minute walk past the animal nursery and gorillas to the Mombasa Pavilion.  There will be an exotic animal presentation from 6:45 until 7:30 during cocktails; again a hosted bar.  Buffet dinner at 7:30.  All children welcome and a sweater or jacket advised.  The last bus from Aviara may miss part of the animal show.

Sunday Banquet:  Our Sunday night black tie (optional) banquet will be in the Grand Ballroom at the resort.  It is a plated dinner and the bar is again hosted but just until dinner+wine starts after which it is pay as you go.  We have engaged a live band to listen and dance to. There is a program mid-way through the meal.  The banquet seating is usually a bit confining for children who often have limited interest in the banquet food (no kiddee menu) and program so we have arranged for a chaperoned 6-10 PM dinner party for kiddos from ages toilet-trained on up.  Those members and guests who are bringing children to the meeting will be contacted about registering their kids ($250/child 4 and older) and attending this activity.
 
The concierge can arrange babysitting through a company called Munchkin Minders for $22/hr with a 3 hour minimum.  Group or shared babysitting can be arranged.  In a pinch, bring the wee ones to the banquet—we’d rather see you all than not see the adults at all.

To register for the meeting, contact Emily Schile at
Emily.westnsurg@gmail.com
 
Aviara’s phone number is 855 924 9288.

Calendar of Events 2016
Friday, September 9th, 2016
12pm – 4pm Executive Committee Meeting Goldfinch
12pm – 5pm Exhibits Setup Laviana
2pm – 5:30pm Registration Avalon Foyer
6pm – 9:30pm Opening reception Laviana & Palm Courtyard
Saturday, September 10th, 2016
6am – 7:45am Breakfast with Exhibitors Laviana/Laviana Terrace
6:30 - 12:30pm Registration Avalon Foyer
7:20am – 8:40am Scientific Session 1 Avalon
8am – 10am Spouses Breakfast Vivace
8:40am – 9:30am Special Lecture Avalon
9:30am – 10am Coffee Break with Exhibitors Laviana
10am – 11:15am Scientific Session 2 Avalon
11:15 – 12pm Special Lecture 2 Avalon
1pm - 5pm Tennis Tennis Courts
1pm – 5pm Golf Golf Course
12:30pm – 5pm Craft Beer Tour Meet in Lobby for bus
5:15pm-5:50pm Bus for Safari Park Dinner Meet in Lobby for bus
6pm-10 pm Dinner & Exotic Animal Show Safari Park
Sunday, September 11th, 2016
6:30am – 8am Business Meeting (Members) Kingfisher
7:15am – 8am Breakfast w/Exhibitors(nonmembers) Laviana/Laviana Terrace
6:30 - 12:30pm Registration Avalon Foyer
8 am – 8:45am Resident Awards Avalon
8:30 am – 10am Spouses’ Breakfast Vivace
8:45 – 10am Scientific Session 3 Avalon
10am – 10:25am Coffee Break with Exhibitors Laviana
10:25am – 11am Ablin Lecture Avalon
11am – 11:35am Cloward Award Lecture Avalon
11:35 – 12:10pm Presidential Address Avalon
1pm – 5pm Golf Golf course
1pm – 5pm Tennis Tennis Courts
12:30pm – 5pm Wine/Sculpture Garden Tour Meet in Lobby for bus
6pm – 7pm Formal Reception Grand Foyer B
7pm – 10pm Black Tie Dinner/Dancing Grand Ballroom/Foyer B
Monday, September 12th, 2016
6:45am – 7:30am Breakfast with Exhibitors Laviana/Laviana Terrace
7:30am – 12pm Registration Avalon Foyer
7:30am – 9:05am Mini Symposium 1 Avalon
8am – 10am Spouses Breakfast Vivace
9:05am – 10:05am Scientific Session 4 Avalon
10:05am – 10:30am Coffee Break with Exhibitors Laviana
10:30am – 12pm Mini Symposium 2 Avalon
12pm Meeting Adjourns  
Activity Options at Annual Meeting

We have the physical activity options of golf, tennis and biking

Golf will be at the Aviara course on Saturday and Sunday afternoon commencing at 12:30 PM.  You might be wise to arrange for a box lunch with the Pro Shop.  Players should finish 18 holes in time for our bus departure to the Safari Park on Saturday and for the banquet reception on Sunday.  Preregistration is recommended but sign-ups at registration desk allowed (credit card).   Cost: $166.50/18 holes

Tennis (round robin doubles) starts at 1:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday on the Aviara courts and should easily finish by 5 PM.  Cost: TBD.  Sign up at registration desk.

Then, for those disinclined to work up a sweat, we have two options for good eating and drinking:

Craft Brewery luncheon + tour begins at 12:30 PM on Saturday. Since San Diego County is the craft brewery capital of the world, what better way to sample some of these unique brews than this bus tour whose first stop is at the second oldest craft brewer Karl Strauss where we will have a plated lunch and sample the suds.  Additional visits to two much newer breweries, Bagby Beer and Mother Earth round out the afternoon.  Limit 32 persons.  Cost: $85/pp.  Preregistration is recommended but sign-ups at registration desk allowed (credit card) as there is plenty of room.

Winery + sculpture garden luncheon tour begins Sunday at 12:30 PM with bussing to the lovely Orfila winery in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido.  Orfila winery makes some delightful wines and buffet lunch in their arbor overlooking the vines and the valley starts this bus tour.  After lunch we visit the unique Queen Califia’s Magical Circle sculpture garden created by Niki de Saint Phalle, world famous sculptor, then end with a visit to an urban winery to see how to make good wine in a small space.  Limit 32 persons.  Cost: $85/pp.  Preregistration is recommended but sign-ups at registration desk allowed (credit card) as there is plenty of room.

If you are disinclined to partake in the organized activities at the annual meeting such as the golf, tennis or the winery and craft beer tours, the list below offers those with wheels some things to do:
 
Legoland; 5 miles, 11 minutes from Aviara
One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008; Admission $92child-$98adult-- additional $ for Aquarium and Water Park; $15 parking
Start out on Aviara Resort Drive. Turn left on Aviara Parkway and continue to Palomar Airport Road. Turn left onto Palomar Airport Road and continue until Armada Drive where you turn right then right onto Legoland Drive at roundabout.
 
The Museum of Making Music; 4.5 miles, 10 minutes from Aviara
5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008; 10 AM -5PM; Admission $7-$10; free parking
Start out on Aviara Resort Drive. Turn left on Aviara Parkway and continue to Palomar Airport Road. Turn left onto Palomar Airport Road and continue until Armada Drive where you turn right.
 
Carlsbad State Beach; 6.5 miles, 15 minutes from Aviara
Start out on Aviara Resort Drive. Turn left on Aviara Parkway. Turn left on Poinsettia Lane. Take I-5 North until exit at Tamarack Avenue.
Turn left onto Tamarack and go until you see the free parking for the beach. Has dog-friendly section, showers.
 
Birch Aquarium at Scripps; 20 miles, 31 minutes from Aviara
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037 Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $12.50 -$17pp.
Start out on Aviara Resort Drive. Turn left on Aviara Parkway. Turn left on Poinsettia Lane. Take I-5 South and stay on I-5 until exit at La Jolla Village Dr. Turn right and stay on La Jolla Village Dr. until left turn on Expedition Way. Follow signs to Aquarium. Parking is free for 3 hours.
 
Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum ; West Coast Clock and Watch Museum;  13 miles, 25 minutes from Aviara
2040 N Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA 92083; Admission $5-$10, Parking $5; 9AM-4:30 PM
Start out on Aviara Resort Drive. Turn right on Aviara Parkway (becomes Alga Road). Turn left on Melrose Drive.
Head North on Melrose Drive to North Santa Fe Ave (Melrose will end at North Santa Fe). Turn right on North Santa Fe Ave.
Proceed on North Santa Fe Ave to Museum Way (3rd Stoplight). Make a right on Museum Way (museum driveway).
 
K1 Speed Carlsbad--Indoor Go-Kart Racing; 4.2 miles, 12 minutes from Aviara; JUNIOR racers minimum of 4ft tall to race.
6212 Corte Del Abeto Carlsbad , CA 92011; 10 AM-10PM; $49 for two 12 lap races, rental helmet and T-shirt
Start out on Aviara Resort Drive. Turn right on Aviara Parkway. Turn left on El Camino Real.
Head North on El Camino Real to Camino Vida Roble where you turn left, then right onto Corte Del Abeto.
 
San Diego Zoo; 35 miles, 50 minutes from Aviara
2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA; Open 9 a.m. daily. Admission: $50 adult; $40 children 3-12.
Start out on Aviara Resort Drive. Turn left on Aviara Parkway. Turn left on Poinsettia Lane. Take I-5 South eventually merging onto I-805 South then onto 163 South finally taking the Park Blvd. exit near down town. Left on Park Blvd. then left onto Zoo drive: free parking.
 
SeaWorld; 28.5 miles, 40 minutes from Aviara
500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA 92109; Open 10 a.m. daily Admission: $80 ages 3+; Parking $16.
Start out on Aviara Resort Drive. Turn left on Aviara Parkway. Turn left on Poinsettia Lane. Take I-5 South eventually exiting on SeaWorld Drive, and then follow the signs.
 
USS Midway Museum; 32 miles, 45 minutes from Aviara
910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, 92101; Open 10 a.m. daily  Admission $10-$20  Parking $10
Start out on Aviara Resort Drive. Turn left on Aviara Parkway. Turn left on Poinsettia Lane. Take I-5 South eventually exiting on SeaWorld Drive. Turn right and then take left onto Pacific Highway continuing on Pacific Hwy. until turning right at Hawthorn St then left onto N. Harbor Drive then look for very big ship on your right and pull into parking lot.

 
Marv Bergsneider, 2016 Annual Meeting Scientific Program Chairman, calls attention to these program highlights
(Complete Program follows)
 
4 Scientific Sessions
19 talks – topics ranging from cerebrovascular, spine, pediatrics, brain tumor, functional, pain, pituitary, adult hydrocephalus, and trauma

 
2 Special Lectures, Saturday Sep 10

Ted Schilowitz, the “Futurist” at 20th Century Fox, will present the present and future of virtual and augmented reality – in the movie theater, in daily life, and in the operating room

 
Bill Gerwick PhD, distinguished professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will discuss his work in discovering novel neurotherapeutics from organisms living at the ocean floor

 
2 Mini-Symposiums, Monday Sep 12
 
Symposium 1: Neurocritical Care Update. This NREF sponsored session, led by Shelly Timmons, will cover topics all neurosurgeons need in caring for their patients in the ICU. Topics will include anticoagulation/thrombotic management, vasospasm, and state of the art management of TBI
 
Symposium 2: Spinal Neurosurgery: Looming Questions. Don’t miss this provocative session that will cover topics of compulsive registry databases, potential financial impact of bundled payments, how spine fellowships are threatening “general neurosurgery” practice, and the big question – is too much instrumentation being placed?
 

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2016 Annual Meeting Scientific Program
 
The Western's bylaws require that we circulate the scientific program prior to the meeting.  Here it is:

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad, September 9-12, 2016
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016
6:45-7:20       Breakfast with Exhibitors
7:20-7:25       Welcome:  Linda M. Liau, WNS President
7:25-9:00       Scientific Session 1
            Moderators: Andrew Little, Isaac Yang

  1. Endovascular Approaches to the Cavernous Sinus in the Setting of Dural Arteriovenous Fistula. Justin Dye (candidate member)
  2. Basolateral Amygdala Deep Brain Stimulation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jean-Philippe Langevin (candidate member)
  3. CT Perfusion Imaging in Endovascular Therapy for Wake-up Stroke: A Single Center Experience. Ian Ross (member)
  4. Cost Utility Analysis of Competing T reatment Strategies for Drug-Resistant Epilepsy in Children with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Aria Fallah (candidate member)
  5. Tubular Brain Tumor Resection: Multimodality Surgery Augmenting Maximal Safe Tumor Resection. Garni Barkhoudarian (candidate member)
 
9:00-9:45       Special Lecture 1
            Introduction: Marvin Bergsneider
           
The Augmented Human. Ted Schilowitz. Futurist. 20th Century Fox

9:45-10:10     Coffee Break with Exhibitors
 
10:20-11:45   Scientific Session 2
            Moderators: Ian Ross, Gordon Li
  1. How Does Sagittal Imbalance Affect the Appropriateness of Surgery in Degenerative Lumbar Scoliosis? Harsimran Brara (candidate member)
  2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Guided Focused Ultrasound Compared to Deep Brain Stimulation and Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Essential Tremor. Casey Halpern (candidate member)
  3. Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Trial Comparing Two Multimodal Opioid-Minimizing Pain Management Regimens Following Transsphenoidal Surgery. Andrew Little (member)
  4. Microsurgery to Endovascular and Endovascular to Microsurgery Cross-Over in a Modern Cerebrovascular Case Series. Phil Taussky (candidate member)
  5. Reducing Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Failure in the Adult Patient. Mark Hamilton (member)
 
11:45-12:15   Special Lecture 2
            Introduction: Marvin Bergsneider

            The Search for Novel Neurotherapeutics from the Ocean Floor.
            William Gerwick, Ph.D. Scripps Institution of Oceanography
 
Sunday, September 11, 2016
 
6:30-8:00       Business Meeting (members)
7:15-8:00       Breakfast with Exhibitors (nonmembers)
 
8:00-8:45       Resident Awards
            Moderator: Marvin Bergsneider
  • Basic Science Resident Award
    • Movement Modulation of Interhemispheric Corticopallidal Oscillations. Nicholas Au Yong, UCLA
  • Clinical Science Resident Award
    • External Retrospective Validation of Brain Injury Guidelines Criteria as a Component of a Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycle for Improved Care Value in the Management of Low-Risk Neurotrauma Patients. Priscilla Pang, OHSU
 
8:45-10:00     Scientific Session 3
            Moderators: Ciara Harraher, Gary Steinberg
  1. Neurosurgery Telemedicine Clinics to Provide Care to Geographically Underserved Areas of USA and Its Territories: A Potential Form of Addressing Physician Shortage. Hector James (member)
  2. Connectivity Guided Targeting for Central Neuromodulation for Essential Tremor and Depression. Nader Pouratian (candidate member)
  3. NEO212: A New Drug For Temozolomide Resistant Malignant Gliomas. Thomas Chen (member)
  4. Neuromodulation for Cranio-Facial Pain. Mark Sedrak (candidate member)
  5. Development of a Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Program - Pearls and Pitfalls in the Quest to Treat this Under Diagnosed Problem. Claudia Martin (candidate member)
10:00-10:25   Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:25-11:00   Ablin Lecture
            Introduction: Charles Nussbaum
  • The Legacy of Patient H.M. – Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory.
  • Larry R. Squire, Ph.D., Professor, UCSD
 
11:00-11:35   Cloward Award Lecture
Introduction: Linda Liau
  • Brain Trauma and Beyond: A Career in Neurosurgery.
  • Don Becker, M.D., Professor Emeritus, UCLA
 
11:35-12:10   Presidential Address
            Introduction: Neil Martin
  • Fighting Brain Cancer: Against All Odds.
  • Linda Liau, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor, UCLA
  
  • Program Note:  During this evening's banquet,  Moustapha Abou-Samra, WNS Historian, will present a short talk entitled: David L. Reeves (Founding Father), a historical vignette.
 

Monday, September 12, 2016
 
6:45-7:30       Breakfast with Exhibitors
 
7:30-9:05       Mini Symposium 1 – Neurocritical Care Update
Sponsored by NREF
Moderator: Shelly Timmons
  1. Common Issues in Neurocritical Care: DVT/VTE Prophylaxis and Reversal of Antithrombotics. Shelly Timmons
  2. Modern Care of Vasospasm in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. Michael Huang
  3. ICU Management Strategies for Traumatic Brain Injury. Geoffrey Manley
  4. Moderated Q&A. Shelly Timmons
 
9:05-10:05     Scientific Session 4
            Moderators: Martin Weinand, Hector James
  1. Aging Alters Mrna Expression of the Amyloid Transporter Genes at the Blood-Brain Barrier. Gerald Silverberg (member)
  2. Implementation of a Prospective Spine Registry: A Single Health Care System Experience. Shayan Rahman (candidate member)
  3. Deep Brain Stimulation for Status Dystonicus: Case Series and Review of the Literature. Sharona Ben-Haim (candidate member)
  4. Convexity Meningioma En Plaque Presenting with Shunt Refractory Intracranial Hypertension Managed with Resection and Intracranial Volume Expansion:  A Case Report. Tarun Arora (candidate member)
 
10:05-10:30   Coffee Break with Exhibitors
 
10:30-12:00   Mini Symposium 2 – Spinal Neurosurgery: Looming Questions
Moderator: Larry Shuer
  1. Should All Spine Surgeons be Required to Participate in Registry Databases? John Ratliff (member candidate)
  2. Spine Surgery Bundled Payments – Do We Want This? Richard Wohns (member)
  3. Will Image Guidance Become Standard-Of-Care for Instrumentation Cases? Luke Macyszyn (candidate member)
  4. Should Neurosurgery Do Away With Spine Fellowships? Steve Giannotta (member)
  5. Is There Over-Utilization of Spinal Instrumentation?  J. Patrick Johnson (member)

 
12:00  Meeting Adjourn
 

The Western welcomes the following companies to this years meeting:
 
MedtronicPlatinum Level Support
 
Arbor Pharmaceuticals—Gold Level Support
 
DePuy Synthes—Silver Level
Haag-Streit—Silver Level

 

Exhibitors
Monteris Medical (Bischel Healthcare Consulting)
Specialty Care
KLS Martin
OsteoMed
Orthofix
LDR
Globus Medical
Spine Wave
Centinel Spine
Varian Medical Systems
Surgical Theatre
Aspen Medical Products
Sophysa USA, Inc
Brainlab
ExamWorks
Surgical West
Nexstim
BK Ultrasound
Zimmer Biomet
Imris
 
2016 Resident Award Winners

Clinical Science

Priscilla Pang, M.D.; OHSU

Born and bred in Texas, Dr. Pang parlayed her high school science performance into a Goldwater scholarship at John Hopkins where she received her BA in Neuroscience in 2005 and then graduated with a combined MD/MS (Applied Anatomy) degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2010.  While at Case Western she got hooked by neurosurgery because " it is functional anatomy at its finest, but more importantly, it's being able to help people remain themselves - preservation of the soul, if you will.   I can't imagine a higher calling."

She was accepted into the neurosurgery program at Oregon Health and Science University and is currently chief resident and scheduled to finish next July. Her academic interests are in quality and process improvement projects, as well as stem cell research and she is applying for a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship.

Dr. Pang's spare time activities include yoga, rock climbing (she has been a climbing instructor) and hiking the trails of the Pacific Northwest with her husband Jon Witten (a urologist) and their dog Taggart (a sheepadoodle).  Neither of them sheds.
 

Her topic for our meeting:  External Retrospective Validation of Brain Injury Guidelines Criteria as a Component of a Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycle for Improved Care Value in the Management of Low-Risk Neurotrauma Patients.
 

Basic Science

Nicholas Au Yong, MD, PhD
UCLA

Nicholas Au Yong, a sixth year resident at UCLA, began life in Malaysia but moved to Brodheadville, Pennsylvania at the age of nine.  He developed an early interest in both neurosurgery and engineering, and chose to attend the University of Rochester for it’s nice balance of a well regarded medical school and biomedical engineering research in a quaint small city.  There he completed his bachelors of electrical engineering and masters in biomedical engineering.  During the summers, he performed research in spinal cord injury at Drexel University in Philadelphia where he developed a deep scientific interest in the neural control of movement and spinal cord injury.  He continued his education at Drexel University College of Medicine as part of the M.D., Ph.D. program for its rich tradition and long standing spinal cord injury research group. He received his MD and PhD in Neuroscience in 2011.
 
He was elated to match at the University of California Los Angeles for Neurosurgery residency as he was drawn to the program for its world-class interdepartmental neurosurgery and engineering research efforts.  He is interested in the growing concept of restorative neurosurgery, which draws from his background as an engineer and a neurophysiologist.  He is planning an academic career in functional neurosurgery and spinal disorders.
 
Nick is married to Chantal McMahon, a native of upstate New York.  She also attended the University of Rochester and they met at Drexel University during graduate school.  They both enjoy traveling and exploring southern California.  Nick enjoys playing and watching soccer, running and is considering golf.  We hope he will come to his senses regarding golf.
 
His topic for our meeting will be: Movement Modulation of Interhemispheric Corticopallidal Oscillations

Gerald Grant MD Nominated for CNS VP

WNS member Gerald Grant has been nominated by the CNS nominating committee for the position of Vice-President for 2016-2017.  Such a nomination is tantamount to being elected Vice-President since other nominations are very rare.

Dr. Grant, on the faculty at Stanford, has been a WNS member since 2014.

 
IN MEMORIUM

Justin W. Renaudin, M.D.


Every once in a while, Neurosurgery loses someone who was not a hot-shot, a great leader, a luminary or a chief but who was an indian of the first water.  An indians' indian.  A doc who was the embodiment of what a surgeon should be the way he should be it.  Dr. Justin William Renaudin, 80, died July 6, 2016 in La Jolla, California at Scripps Green Hospital, where he had worked as a member of the Neurosurgery team for the last decade,
 
Dr. Renaudin was born in New Orleans where he attended Jesuit High School and Tulane University.  He transferred his sophomore year to Georgetown University, returning to New Orleans to attend LSU School of Medicine. From early interactions with a physician family friend, he knew he wanted to be a doctor.  He received his medical degree in 1961 and served a rotating internship and residency in general surgery at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

He received his Neurosurgical training at Colombia University — New York Presbyterian Hospital. Upon return from the Army Medical Corps in Vietnam, he worked at Letterman Hospital in San Francisco and later was a Fellow in the Neurosurgery Department at UCSF.  In 1974 Dr. Renaudin became Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at UCLA.
 
In 1981 he and his family moved to La Jolla where he worked in private practice at Sharp Hospitals and was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at UCSD.  I had the privilege of working closely with him for 15 years and can confidently say I never saw him make a mistake, raise his voice in anger or cut a single corner in the care of his patients.  He manner was impeccable southern Louisiana.  I have often said I would want certain persons to be with me in a foxhole and the most desirable would have been Justin.  We would have prevailed or died like gentlemen.  
                                                                              
His family remembers him for his intellectual curiosity, thoughtfulness and passion for medicine.  He also had a unique fashion sense, and his preference for bow ties and an occasional beret were hot topics among his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Cecile Renaudin, children Claire Roberts (Chris) and Reed Renaudin (Erin), and five grandchildren.
 
Private family services.
Donations in his memory can be made to UCSD Moores Cancer Center
(www.cancer.ucsd.edu) and Scripps Health Foundation
(www.scripps.org).

---Randy Smith

 
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