JPNI Annual Symposium

JPNI Annual Symposium: Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders

November 2, 2019
Omni Interlocken Hotel
Broomfield, CO 

This year’s Symposium will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, , at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, CO. This live educational activity is jointly provided by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), JPNI and BNA. The symposium is a one-day extensive seminar that will bring together a diverse panel of experts to discuss the latest advancements and treatment considerations in cranial, neurosurgical and orthopedic spine technology.

The registration fee for this live event is $90 and includes tuition, continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and beverages, as well as educational materials including presentations and CVs for all speakers. The early registration deadline is midnight on Friday, October 25, 2019. Registration will increase from $90 to $110 beginning Saturday, October 26, 2019. The reception and dinner are an additional $35.

Visiting Professor & Keynote Speaker

Zarina S. Ali, MD, MS, is the assistant professor of neurosurgery at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Ali leads the Neurosurgery Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program, which aims to reduce surgical stress patients experience before, during, and after spinal and peripheral nerve surgery in order to expedite recovery. This program is one of the first of its kind in neurosurgery and serves as a national model to deliver value-based care. Dr. Ali received a Master of Science degree in neurobiology and anatomy and completed a combined BS-MD degree from the University of Rochester Early Medical Scholars Program. In 2016, Dr. Ali completed a neurological surgery residency and a fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


7:50 am
Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:00 am
Alan Villavicencio, MD
Morning Session I
2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™
8:40 am
Sharad Rajpal, MD
Technology and Robots in Spine Surgery:  Hype or Reality?
9:20 am
Tripp Nanney, MD
The Importance of Lumbar Lordosis and Sagittal Alignment
9:20 –
10:00 am
Alan Villavicencio, MD
Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring in Spine Surgery: Techniques, Pitfalls and Legalities
10:20 am
Morning Session II
2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™
11:00 am
Michelle Swift, RN, JD
Focus on Improving Patient Care: Review of Cases and Lessons Learned
11:40 am
E. Lee Nelson, MD
Cannabinoids in Neurological Surgery:  An Evidence-Based Guide
12:20 pm
Alan Zacharias, MD
Non-Surgical Neurologic Mimics: What You Don’t Want to Miss
1:20 pm
Afternoon Session I
1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™
2:20 pm
Keynote: Zarina S. Ali, MD, MS
Fast Tracking Patients in Neurosurgery:  Protocols and Pathways for Enhanced Recovery
3:00 pm
Kara Beasley, DO
New Frontiers in Deep Brain Stimulation:  From Directionality, to Multiple Independent Current Control, to Epilepsy
3:20 pm
Afternoon Session II
1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™
3:20 –
4:00 pm
John Hughes, DO
A Multimodal Approach for the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury
4:00 –
4:40 pm
Denise Damek, MD
Leveraging Physics to Fight Cancer: The Role of Optune in Brain Tumor Treatment
4:40 pm
Alan Villavicencio, MD
Adjournment, Raffle & Closing Remarks
5:00 pm
Reception & Dinner (Optional)
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the AANS and the Justin Parker Neurological Institute.  The AANS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The AANS designates this live activity for the maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Information

Sponsorships and exhibitor packages are available.  Exhibitor Packet 2019

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