Technology in Action: Find Solutions for Your Practice in the Exhibit Hall

Michele L. Hilgart
Sydney Manola

Neurosurgical technology evolves rapidly, and the techniques proving most effective for patients today may not be the same ones you learned in residency. While the 2016 Annual Meeting highlights new technologies through a number of clinical sessions, there is no better place to see all the latest advances in one place than the CNS Exhibit Hall. With more than 160 companies exhibiting, this is the most efficient way to find and compare devices and other technologies for your neurosurgical practice. This year’s exhibit hall also offers a number of opportunities to see how some of the leading subspecialty experts utilize that technology in their practice, as well as opportunities to try new devices out for yourself.

Live Surgery

The centerpiece of the CNS Exhibit Hall is our Live Surgery Theater, where surgeons from some of the top institutions in the US will operate live via telemedicine, giving you a chance to observe and ask questions of the operating surgeon. Karl Storz and KLS Martin have joined forces to support an Intraventricular Endoscopy Case on Monday, which will be performed by Dr. Paul Gardner at UPMC. Medtronic will take the reins for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Live surgery presentations will be held daily during the morning GSS break, 9:00–10:00 am.

New this year, we’re taking live surgery to the next level with a first-hand view of how a surgeon plans for a specific case. Surgical Theater will provide a special planning session presentation on Monday afternoon, 1:15–2:15 pm, where the team will detail the plan for a complex brain tumor removal.

Sponsored Lunches

Join some of CNS top corporate partners each day for complimentary lunch and learn sessions in the exhibit hall. Led by neurosurgeon faculty, these educational presentations cover important clinical topics such as Surgical Synergy™: Utilizing O-arm™ Imaging System and Navigation for Innovative Procedural Solutions. Sponsored lunches will be held Monday through Wednesday, 11:45 am–1:15 pm.

Educational Update Sessions

Grab a beverage and catch up on the latest developments in your subspecialty with these quick 10-minute presentations by CNS’ valued corporate partners. Whether presenting new technology or a new way to use existing technology, these concise sessions offer practical information you can take back to your practice. Sessions will take place Tuesday and Wednesday during the afternoon beverage break.

Leadership in Healthcare Update Sessions

With the evolution of the healthcare industry comes a shift in the necessary steps and tools to become a leader. Please join the CNS in partnership with Medtronic for a 30-minute discussion on key ways to influence and become a leader in your workplace. Sessions will take place Tuesday and Wednesday during the afternoon beverage break.

Other Opportunities in the Hall

Hang out with the CNS

While you’re in the hall, be sure to stop by the CNS Booth (#129) to say hello. Our membership team is there to help you with any questions you may have. We welcome your suggestions on how the CNS can better help you meet the demands of your practice. Be sure to meet with our education team to discover the myriad of ways to continue your education online between the Annual Meetings, get answers to all of your educational questions, and see demonstrations of our world-class educational offerings. Stop by our booth on Tuesday between 9:00 and 10:00 am to have your copy of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think signed by author Viktor Mayer- Schönberger.

Donate to the CNS Foundation

Learn more about the new NINDS/CNS Getch Scholar K12 Award and make your annual contribution to support access to quality neurosurgical care. The CNS Foundation, Inc., will also host its popular Silent Auction again this year. The Silent Auction is open every day during open exhibit hall hours. Drop in and stake your claim on the opportunity to win autographed sports and music memorabilia, as well as jewelry and other unique accessories. Last years’ top winners went home with signed electric guitars from Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, and Taylor Swift, a signed Jack Nicklaus replica Masters green jacket, a Michael Jordan black striped Bulls jersey, and much more!

Visit the Digital Abstract Centers

Stay current on the “latest and greatest” science. Digital abstract centers allow you to review all accepted oral, neurosurgical forum, and digital abstracts at your leisure. View over 1,000 abstracts at convenient kiosks located throughout the exhibit hall.

As you plan out your agenda for San Diego, we hope you will carve out a few hours every day to visit the exhibit hall and take advantage of the wealth of information and education available on the technologies that are critical to your practice today, and in the future. And be sure to check out the Annual Meeting app before you leave for San Diego for more details on product demonstrations and other opportunities to learn and try new technologies.