Rejuvenating the Joint Section on Pain Biannual Meeting: From Didactic to Practical

Andre Machado, MD

The Biannual Meeting is one of the most important activities of the Joint Section on Pain. It is our opportunity to review and discuss, in depth, major themes in the neurosurgical management of pain. Past meetings have focused on mechanisms of pain and neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia, and pain of spinal origin. While these meetings have been enthusiastically received, we have also taken the opportunity to listen to members, feedback. Among several suggestions, we learned there was a need for more hands-on education to accompany the didactic lectures. Based on this input, we have done a complete overhaul of the meeting, including format, timing, and venue.

We are very excited to invite you to join us for our new Biannual Meeting in Chicago, May 19–20, 2017, at Northwestern University’s NCase facility. Our theme for 2017 is Neuroablation and Neuromodulation for Pain: Expanding the Neurosurgeon’s Toolbox. This exceptional program, organized by our section’s Secretary/Treasurer Bill Rosenberg and hosted by Josh Rosenow, will offer hands-on education on ablative procedures (cordotomy, myelotomy, trigeminal nucleotractotomy, DREZ) as well as neuromodulatory procedures (percutaneous and paddle spinal cord stimulation implantation), along with select didactic lectures on indications, best-practices and complication avoidance. The course is intended for fully trained colleagues as well as trainees who want to develop or refresh their skills in pain management. We have a wonderful roster of faculty confirmed, including Ashwin Viswanathan, Parag Patil, Sameer Sheth, Jennifer Sweet, Sean Nagel, Jason Schwalb, Alexandre Francisco, and Steven Falowski. Faculty will be available throughout the symposium to discuss cases and answer questions in an informal and collaborative atmosphere.

We believe our new format will provide great educational value, and we look forward to a productive meeting. Due to the hands-on nature of this activity, we have limited availability, so read the course agenda and sign up today for this unique opportunity to expand your toolbox! See you in Chicago!