Dinner Seminars at Iconic New Orleans Restaurants

Krystal Tomei, MD
Ashok R. Asthagiri

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons introduced the dinner seminars in neurosurgery during the 2010 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. These educational and social events couple the opportunity to discuss recent and evolving topics in neurosurgery with superb dining experiences. On average, approximately 200 attendees register and attend these sessions annually. In addition to voting with their feet, participants have consistently rated dinner seminars among the most valued portion of the Annual Meeting (average rating exceeds 4.5 on a 5-point scale). The CNS will host four dinner seminars in New Orleans this year.

Saturday, September 26, presents two options for dinner seminars. The first will be hosted by Dr. Domagoj Coric, chief of neurosurgery at the Carolinas Medical Center and staff neurosurgeon at Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates. Dr. Coric will lead an expert panel discussing innovations in spine surgery. The seminar will take place at Restaurant August, a contemporary French restaurant in the Central Business District, and the panel will explore image guidance, intraoperative monitoring, robotics, and novel minimally invasive applications within spine surgery.

Saturday’s second seminar will be geared toward those interested in navigating an ever-changing healthcare system. Led by Dr. Anthony Asher, former CNS president and staff neurosurgeon at Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, an expert panel will share their experiences navigating new payment models and transitioning to value-based care, while participants enjoy the French Creole atmosphere and Old World delights of the Warehouse Districts’ Tomas Bistro.

On Monday, a panel led by Dr. Ricardo Komotar, director of surgical neuro-oncology and director of the Brain Tumor Initiative at the University of Miami, will discuss the 2014 guidelines on treatment of glioblastoma multiforme. This seminar will include expert panelists in the field of neuro-oncology discussing novel applications of imaging and biomarkers as well as immunotherapy and factors for re-operation. It will be hosted at the traditional Creole restaurant Arnaud’s, located in the heart of the French Quarter.

On Tuesday, Dr. Michael Wang, professor of neurological surgery and rehabilitation medicine at the University of Miami Spine Institute, will lead a discussion on the pros and cons of surgery versus conservative care for cervical myelopathy. Set in Bourbon House, a lively oyster bar and seafood house overlooking Bourbon Street, this case-based session will have panelists present varying management paradigms that support both sides of the story.

IN ADDITION TO VOTING WITH THEIR FEET, PARTICIPANTS HAVE CONSISTENTLY RATED DINNER SEMINARS AMONG THE MOST VALUED PORTION OF THE ANNUAL MEETING (AVERAGE RATING EXCEEDS 4.5 ON A 5-POINT SCALE).

DON’T MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S GREAT CULINARY CITIES WHILE BRUSHING UP ON IMPORTANT NEUROSURGICAL AND PRACTICE DEVELOPMENTS.