A Preview of the 2016 Annual Meeting

Steven N. Kalkanis, MD
James S. Harrop, MD, FACS
Brian L. Hoh, MD
Russell Lonser, MD, PhD

The CNS Scientific Program Committee is proud to showcase the 2016 CNS Annual Meeting, featuring the theme Advance, Adapt, Achieve. This theme affirms neurosurgery’s ability to succeed throughout its history by advancing innovative ideas through research, adapting treatments through knowledge, and ultimately, achieving breakthroughs in patient care. The CNS Annual Meeting always highlights the greatest advances in neuroscience and neurosurgical education. This year, we look forward to exploring many new and evolving challenges in our rapidly changing profession by focusing on topics relevant to you. We’ve added more variety and included more clinically focused content, casebased presentations, and in-depth sessions on the pathologies and techniques that are critical to advancing your practice and achieving success. The 2016 CNS Annual Meeting offers participants an exceptional opportunity to earn CME credits, network with colleagues, and increase their knowledge in central nervous system pathology and treatment. This year, we are offering more high-impact education, with 50 new sessions across all subspecialties. The best thought leaders from around the world were chosen as faculty to bring these new courses to life, and we’ve redesigned existing courses to bring you more of the content you’ve asked for. With 43 Luncheon Seminars—25 of them new this year—and 33 Practical Courses—16 of them new—the CNS continues to highlight its central mission through the advancement of educational opportunities that inspire and facilitate scientific discovery.

In addition, the CNS welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the ANSPA Annual Fall CME Meeting with an exceptional full-day course for PAs and NPs working in neurosurgery. Other courses will offer the results of important clinical trials, and the authors of soon-to-be published guidelines updates will present and discuss new recommendations that every neurosurgeon should know. The popular clinical controversies sessions are back for another round this year, where experts debate the benefits and risks of surgical approaches and treatment management. The Annual Meeting also offers educational training for residents and young neurosurgeons, with board and MOC preparation courses, and other research-based best practice sessions.

The Subspecialty Sessions have been moved to the afternoon to provide more uninterrupted time at morning General Science Sessions and in the exhibit hall, giving you expanded opportunities to try out new technological innovations and find solutions for your practice. We encourage you to attend the Opening Reception Sunday evening to mix and mingle with friends and colleagues while you enjoy music, cocktails, and a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres.

CNS President Russell Lonser and Honored Guest Edward H. Oldfield

CNS President Dr. Russell R. Lonser selected neurosurgical leader Dr. Edward H. Oldfield to serve as this year’s Honored Guest. Dr. Oldfield is the Crutchfield Professor of Neurosurgery and professor of internal medicine in the department of neurological surgery at the University of Virginia. A past president of the Society for Neurological Surgeons (2008– 2009), Dr. Oldfield’s interests have been broad: pituitary and brain tumors, the vascular tumors of familial von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, the pathophysiology of syringomyelia, spinal arteriovenous malformations, pathophysiology and therapy of cerebral vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage, and the development of new drug delivery approaches for the central nervous system. A model of the modern clinical investigator, his clinical service is a prime example of patient-oriented research. He has sought to use new information and techniques of basic science to develop new treatment approaches for disorders of the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Oldfield will be presenting three lectures throughout the meeting: Cushing’s Disease: Lessons Learned from 1400 Cases, Pathogenesis of Chiari I Pathophysiology of Syringomyelia: Implications, and Spinal Dural Arteriovenous Fistulas: 40 Years of Progress—Unanswered Issues.

Featured Speakers

There is a fantastic line-up of featured speakers that embody our theme of Advance, Adapt, Achieve.

  • The Walter E. Dandy Orator is the legendary co-founder of Apple Computer Inc., tech icon, and philanthropist Steve Wozniak, who joins us for a convivial conversation.
  • The Neurosurgery Lecturer, Oakland A’s Executive VP of Baseball Operations Billy Beane, is best known for his revolutionary style of baseball management that was the inspiration for the bestselling book and Oscar-nominated film, Moneyball.
  • Author Daniel James Brown is this year’s John L. Thompson History of Medicine Lecturer. His No. 1 bestselling book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympic Games, tells the inspirational story of young men beating the odds with true grit.
  • The Michael L. J. Apuzzo Lecturer on Innovation and Creativity is the award-winning Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, Akhil Reed Amar. He will discuss contemporary challenges to the US Constitution.
  • We welcome to the plenary stage the commander at the helm of US Naval Air Forces and naval aviation’s seventh “Air Boss,” Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker.
  • Featured speaker Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, co-author of the international bestselling book Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, delivers a lecture on the concept of “Big Data” and how it will impact neurosurgery and our lives in the future.

Partner Societies

The CNS is exceptionally proud to partner with the Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa (SNSA) in association with the Continental Association of African Neurosurgical Societies (CAANS) for the 2016 Annual Meeting. CAANS President Dr. Graham A. G. Fieggen has been a spectacular collaborator in this partnership with our neurosurgical colleagues throughout continental Africa and will speak at our opening plenary session. Speakers from across the continent of Africa will describe their approach and perspective to neurosurgical issues common to the international community of neurosurgeons, as well as issues unique to Africa.

International attendees are encouraged to join us at the International Reception on Saturday, September 24, on the Coronado Terrace at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet global experts, network, and share ideas with colleagues from around the world.

We also welcome 2016 Partner Society, the California Association of Neurological Surgeons (CANS). The CNS is honored to work with our host state organization to promote and advance neurosurgical care.

Symposia and Practical Courses

Kicking off the Annual Meeting are two exciting symposia and two full days of practical courses. On Saturday, we will offer a symposium on evidence-based guidelines in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Attendees will obtain the latest information on endovascular therapy, review endovascular versus EC-IC bypass, CAS versus CEA, and optimal treatment, including flow diversion and other new therapies. Sunday’s symposium delves into the new data and technologies that are rapidly changing the field of spinal cord stimulation. You’ll be able to catch up on the latest technology releases including the emergence of new tools, understand paradigms in stimulation frequency, and learn how to target structures such as the dorsal root ganglion.

Practical courses run the spectrum, tackling everything from current challenges in the healthcare system to more case-based subspecialty issues. Take advantage of new practice management courses on topics such as CPT Coding /ICD-10 and managing your online reputation.

General Scientific Sessions

In addition to honored guest and featured speaker presentations, science sessions highlight the theme of Advance, Adapt, Achieve. The program has been enriched to feature prominent national and international neurosurgical leaders who will present a summation of advances in their fields. Following are just a few of the many speakers slated to present over three days.

  • Dr. Hunt Batjer discusses the latest advances in surgical management of cerebral aneurysms.
  • Dr. Mitchel S. Berger talks about achieving change in the treatment and understanding of GBM.
  • Dr. Robert Spetzler presents AVM treatment advances and adapting to ARUBA.
  • Dr. Christopher Shaffrey discusses adapting spinal deformity alignment principles to achieve improved outcomes.
  • Dr. Alexander Vaccaro tackles patient care safety in his presentation on the rapid transformation in health care.

The GSS Sessions are also an opportunity for us to recognize the achievements of others. Mary Louise Sanderson will be receiving the Distinguished Service Award, and the Founder’s Laurel Award recipient will be presented to Dr. H. Hunt Batjer. We’re looking forward to hearing from the K12 Awardee Dr. Timothy H. Lucas, as well as from CNS resident awardee Dr. Nohra Chalouhi.

Be sure to hear Dr. Russell R. Lonser deliver his keynote presidential address at the General Scientific Session on Monday, September 26.

What’s New?

  • The respected Operative Neurosurgery journal connects with live surgery via telemedicine technology and a state-ofthe- art vascular replication system using 3D printing for two afternoon sessions you won’t want to miss.
  • Learn and interact with the authors of soon-to-be-published guidelines updates who will be presenting new recommendations in three afternoon sessions, Monday through Wednesday.
  • New live surgery sessions Monday through Wednesday morning in the Exhibit Hall. Surgeons at some of the top institutions in the US will operative live via telemedicine technology, giving you the chance to observe and ask questions.
  • The best in new science, with hundreds of abstract presentations across all subspecialties, late-breaking abstracts, and three-minute, rapid-exchange oral presentations.
  • Four dinner seminars offer new clinical and practice management topics while you enjoy a fine dining experience at San Diego’s top-rated restaurants.

Register Today

There has never been a better time to attend the 2016 CNS Annual Meeting than now. Our main convention hotel, the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, provides breathtaking views of the San Diego Bay. Our meeting venue, the San Diego Convention Center, is located conveniently near some of the city’s most popular attractions, from the deep-water harbor and pristine Pacific beaches to the historic Gaslamp District, Balboa Park, and Coronado Island. Bring the family with you for excursions to Sea- World, LEGOLAND, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Have fun, learn, earn CME, network, and contribute to help our field Advance, Adapt, Achieve.

Explore the program and register today at cns.org/2016.