A Preview of the 2017 CNS Annual Meeting

Alan M. Scarrow
Brian L. Hoh, MD
James S. Harrop, MD, FACS
Alexander A. Khalessi, MD

Transformation and Celebration

The CNS Scientific Program Committee is proud to highlight the 2017 CNS Annual Meeting, themed Transformation and Celebration. This year’s theme challenges the traditional ways of thinking and celebrates the many accomplishments of neurosurgeons from around the world. In response to membership input, we redesigned the meeting to improve exposure and learning. Specifically, we re-allocated the General Scientific Sessions times to provide greater variability and access to pertinent neurosurgical disorders. Simultaneously, the programming is arranged to highlight specific neurosurgical pathways (including tumor, spine, vascular, etc.) to maximize efficiency within your practice.

Attending the 2017 CNS Annual Meeting offers you an opportunity to maximize CME credits, expand your practical and clinical expertise, and network with colleagues. The meeting agenda highlights the importance of member interaction with the CNS journals, Neurosurgery and Operative Neurosurgery, and the incredible amount of knowledge to be found there. This year, we’ll celebrate the most impactful papers from select subspecialties to promote discussion and improve patient care. Further, there are more interactive and specialty-focused Practical Courses and Luncheon Seminars. We’ve added one additional full-day symposium—for a total of three symposia—plus a half-day Big Data Symposium to close out the meeting on Wednesday. Be sure to schedule your flight for later Wednesday afternoon, as you won’t want to miss the most compelling question facing the neurosurgical community in 2017: How will we use “big data” to enhance our understanding of neurosurgical disease?

Additionally, there will be new science for you to enjoy, with daily Oral Presentations, and Rapid-exchange Oral Presentations. Daily courses unveil the results of new clinical trials and clinical guidelines updates, and interactive Case-based Discussion Sessions offer real cases provided by attendees. The Annual Meeting offers educational training with an all day SANS MOC preparation course, and other research-based best practice sessions. Morning sessions before the General Scientific Sessions start each day with thoughtful and unique content.

New this year, the CNS Xperience Lounge, powered by Surgical Theater, will be a bustling area to network, explore, and immerse yourself in technology and education. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the Innovator of the Year, attend meet-andgreets with the authors of the top papers in Neurosurgery, and enjoy hands-on case presentations featuring the hottest new technologies.

Honored Guest Alan R. Cohen
We are proud to designate Dr. Alan R. Cohen as our 2017 Honored Guest. Dr. Cohen is a leading advocate for the field of neurosurgery, with a robust record of achievements. He is currently the chief of pediatric neurosurgery and the Carson Spiro Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, where he arrived after five years in Boston as neurosurgeon-in-chief and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Franc D. Ingraham Professor of Neurological Surgery at Harvard Medical School. His primary clinical interests are pediatric brain tumors and minimally invasive neurosurgery, and his research interests have focused on novel surgical approaches and minimally invasive neurosurgery. Dr. Cohen has dedicated many years of service to neurosurgery, with past-presidencies at the Society of Neurological Surgeons, Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry, and Ohio State Neurosurgical Society. He’ll speak at the General Scientific Sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, in addition to his Honored Guest Luncheon on Monday. With sessions titled “Humility,” “Simplicity,” and “Curiosity,” Dr. Cohen will undoubtedly share both his passion for neurosurgery and passion for life itself, and his presentations should not be missed.

Featured Speakers
This year, we are focusing on the directions in which neurosurgery can and will travel, thanks to innovation and disruptions to what we consider “the norm.” Our speakers are experts in change and progress, embracing our theme of Transformation and Celebration.
Partner Societies
The CNS is proud to welcome the Neurological Society of India (NSI) as our international partner for 2017. We are thrilled to host several leaders of NSI at this year’s meeting, and we hope you will attend their presentations during our General Scientific Sessions. Throughout the meeting, speakers from NSI will discuss how neurosurgical issues familiar to all of us affect their practices in India, likely drawing some parallels and some interesting and unique differences.

International attendees are encouraged to join us at the International Reception on Saturday, October 7, at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

We also are pleased to continue our collaboration with the Association of Neurological Physician Assistants (ANSPA) again this year, with their Annual Fall CME Meeting hosted in partnership with the CNS as a full-day course on Sunday, October 8. We’d like to thank all the ANSPA attendees for helping us make this collaboration seamless.

Symposia and Practical Courses
This year, we start the Annual Meeting with three symposia, two days of Practical Courses and a General Scientific Session on Sunday evening. Saturday’s symposium will serve as a functional neurosurgery update, and each of Sunday’s symposia provide a deep-dive into critical issues, including a review of evidence-based guidelines in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, and an update on neurocritical care and neurosurgical emergencies. A detailed summary of what to expect from our outstanding symposia can be found in a later article within this issue.

As always, Practical Courses will keep you on the leading edge of technology and innovation, practice management, and patient care. There will be a hands-on cadaver course in two parts (PC01, PC14) to enhance participants’ skills in endoscopic skull base surgery, plus a session utilizing 2D and 3D operative videos for cerebrovascular surgery (PC02). All subspecialties will be represented, with additional courses designed to help physicians within all subspecialties manage their careers. 
General Scientific Sessions
New this year, each General Scientific Session will be based on a different theme: Disruptions and New Realities, Consolidation and Value, Individuals to Populations: Centers to Systems, and The Path of Change. In keeping with the CNS legacy of engaging featured speakers, in-depth scientific coursework, and subspecialty-focused tracks to keep your meeting relevant and rewarding, we also will spend time celebrating the best of the best in neurosurgery and the transformations we’re seeing on a daily basis.

The General Scientific Sessions will present awards to the best papers published in Neurosurgery over the course of the last year. This will include an overall Paper of the Year, plus awards for the best papers in select subspecialties. We will also honor the Innovator of the Year for their contribution in forwarding the profession and improving patient care.
2017 Highlights
This year’s meeting is full of can’t-miss content and opportunities to enrich your practice. We encourage you to engage with the following features of this year’s meeting:

  • Daily live surgery via telemedicine technology is back this year in the Exhibit Hall! Visit cns.org/2017 for updates.
  • Explore Operative Neurosurgery’s new, comprehensive search engine, The Surgeon’s Armamentarium (TSA) at their booth in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Engage authors of soon-to-be-published guidelines updates during Monday morning sessions.
  • Submit your cases now for our Case-based Discussion Sessions, at cns.org/casebased, where real cases will be examined by attendees, offering differing or opposing viewpoints that could shape your response to similar cases.
  • Luncheon Seminars, Dinner Seminars, and Industry Sponsored Lunch Symposia help you make the most of your meeting time.
  • The CNS Xperience Lounge, powered by Surgical Theater, will be the must-visit gathering place for all attendees, making the meeting a more interactive and collaborative opportunity for attendees.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday mornings bring back our popular Rapid-exchange Oral Presentations. Get invaluable snippets of research, data, and ideas in three-minute presentations.

Register Today
You absolutely will not want to miss the 2017 CNS Annual Meeting! Located in historic and beautiful Boston, Massachusetts, you’ll have the opportunity to explore rich culture and a fantastic dining scene. Bring your family for a front-seat lesson in American history with visits to the site of the Boston Tea Party or Paul Revere’s childhood home. There are many opportunities to mix the old and the new in Boston as we showcase our field’s Transformation and Celebration.

Browse the Preliminary Program at cns.org/2017/program. Click on the words “Preliminary Program” to review the guide and register today at cns.org/2017.

Advance registration deadline: September 7