Members of the Spine Center turned up in spades at the recent American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) meeting. Not only did they attend the conference but they also moderated events, sat on panels and presented their expertise to their colleagues.
Dr. Paul McCormick, the Spine Center’s Head, spoke at two Plenery Sessions, one on high-risk carotid artery surgery and another on Spinal Tumors. Dr. McCormick also introduced the Rhoton Family Lecture speaker, Dr. Christopher M. Loftus, for his lecture on “High-Risk Carotid Surgery 2010” and was Discussant for the Robert Florent MD Award for “Accuracy of ICD-9-Based and Retrospective
Assessments of Perioperative Adverse Events: Comparison with a Prospective Assessment of Complications in Spine Surgery”. In addition to sharing his knowledge of medical subjects, Dr. Paul McCormick supports the work of Neurosurgeons in his many roles at AANS, including Executive Committee Treasurer of the the AANS Board of Directors;
Finance Committee Chair; Annual Meeting Committee Ex-Officio; Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) Executive Council Ex-Officio; American Board of Neurological Surgery Vice-Chair; NeurosurgeryPAC Treasurer; NeuroPoint Alliance Treasurer; Drugs, Technology, and Devices Committee Ex-Officio; and is a member of the Strategic Planning, Awards and Honors, Development, and NREF Educational Grants Committees.
Dr. Alfred T. Ogden was a faculty member in a course specifically designed for nurses and physician assistants. He spoke about the decision making challenges that can arise in the care of Spine patients. He was also a faculty member in a hands-on Clinic that covered the most current minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques.
Dr. Peter D. Angevine was a Co-director in another hands-on clinic on Spinal Fusion. This course covered the state-of-the-art techniques and instrumentation used to fuse different levels of the spine.