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  • 2019 Dinner Seminars: Novel Topics in a Favorite Format

    Author: Lola B. Chambless, MD





    Attending five days of a neurosurgical meeting can be a sacrifice; practices must be covered, patients must wait, and family commitments may be postponed. When our members take the time out of their schedules to attend the CNS Annual Meeting, we want to be sure that they have every opportunity to maximize the educational content they receive. Dinner seminars have proven to be a popular option for attendees looking to gain deeper insight on a particular topic at a time in the day when competing offerings are few. They represent a relatively informal setting where open discussions and networking are encouraged and they appeal to the multitaskers amongst us; after all, we all have to eat!

    In keeping with the theme for the 2019 Annual Meeting, the dinner seminar program includes a broad array of subject matter proposed by the leadership of the various sections. A diverse faculty incorporates well-known leaders in their respective fields as well as up and coming neurosurgeons with fresh perspectives on state of the art technology and approaches. We will take advantage of the outstanding culinary scene in San Francisco to host these events at venues which offer an ideal setting for learning as well as outstanding cuisine, with convenient transportation options from the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

    The seminars kick off with the always popular offering from the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS) on Saturday night. This year, Dr. Ratliff and his team will break down the process of implementation of MACRA into practices and discuss how to avoid penalization through appropriate documentation, coding and billing. This seminar will be hosted at Boulevard, recognized by Zagat as San Francisco’s most popular restaurant, in part because of its spectacular bay views and inspired menu by renowned chef, Nancy Oakes.

    Monday night sees two dinner seminars offered. Spine surgeons will be interested to attend the seminar on navigation and robotics in spine surgery, where the implementation of these new technologies are discussed and their future in the practice of spine surgery will be debated. This dynamic event will be held at Morton’s Steakhouse. Meanwhile, those interested in cerebrovascular surgery will be drawn to the seminar on AVM management which will focus on the multidisciplinary approach to those lesions with expert speakers contrasting the roles of microsurgery, endovascular management, and stereotactic radiosurgery. The AVM seminar will be held at Prospect. The restaurant offers local sustainable, organic ingredients and a warm, modern urban environment.

    The final seminar on Tuesday will appeal to a broad audience, as leaders from the fields of functional neurosurgery and neurosurgical oncology discuss the rapidly changing applications of laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT.) This topic will be relevant for specialists and generalists alike, as this revolutionary technology becomes mainstream and neurosurgeons in diverse practice settings must become familiar with its indications and implementation. The seminar will be held at Harris’ Steakhouse, known as the San Francisco Steakhouse for their commitment to the classic traditions of an elegant atmosphere, exceptional service, and extraordinary cuisine.

    Tickets to dinner seminars must be purchased in advance and attendance is limited based on the size of each venue. These sessions typically sell out! Be sure to purchase your tickets during your early-bird meeting registration, and invite colleagues to join you for a nice meal and a vibrant discussion of topics representing the leading edge of neurosurgical practice.

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