Congress of Neurological Surgeons to Host Acute Stroke Care Symposium in Partnership with the University of Chicago Medicine

Schaumburg, Ill, March 17, 2017 — The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is proud to announce the inaugural CNS Acute Stroke Care Symposium, offered in partnership with the University of Chicago Medicine, and in association with Northwestern Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, and University of Illinois at Chicago. Hosted at the University of Chicago on May 6, the symposium is developed to bring the entire neurocritical care team together to provide the tools necessary to improve outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke.

“The CNS Acute Stroke Care Symposium is unique in its approach to bring all levels of providers on the stroke care team, including physicians, nurses, EMS responders, and more, together to improve triage and medical management of neurological emergencies,” said Issam A. Awad, MD, neurosurgeon and faculty at the University of Chicago Medicine. “Using large and small group sessions allows the attendee to hear specialized topics to their area of care, and understand the challenges and needs of associated providers on their stroke care team.”

This one-day course will discuss protocols, workflow impacting stroke care, novel diagnostic modalities, and the impact of telestroke in an effort to improve team efficiency and success. Break-out sessions will include deep-dives into administrative topics for stroke coordinators, updates and innovation in best practices for physicians, emergency medicine, and acute and after care for associated providers like APPs, nurses, and EMS.

"This course represents a new way to tackle an old problem—what is the best way to care for stroke patients? We are rapidly changing traditional stroke care from a chain of independent events with individual providers to a collaborative effort with a team of providers. In order for those teams to function well, they must share common knowledge and understand how they can work together to provide the best possible care. With this course, we intend to do just that," said Alan M. Scarrow, MD, JD, president of the CNS.

For more information about the CNS Acute Stroke Care Symposium, including curriculum, registration rates and learning objectives, visit


About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery through innovation and excellence in education. The CNS provides leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. The CNS maintains the vitality of the profession through volunteer efforts of its members and the development of leadership in service to the public, to colleagues in other disciplines, and to neurosurgeons throughout the world in all stages of their professional lives. For more information, visit




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