2016 Annual Meeting

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Dear WSANS Members,

On behalf of the Washington State Association of Neurological Surgeons Executive Board, I would like to invite you to attend the 2016 WSANS Annual Meeting at the beautiful Suncadia Resort on June 10th-12th. With this year’s theme of “How do We do Better: Medically, Professionally, Personally?”, discussions will focus on taking our game to a higher level.

We all work diligently throughout our careers to improve the health of patients. Often this comes at a great cost to ourselves as individuals and our profession as a whole. With this year’s topics and speakers, we hope to engender discussions around how we can tend to all three goals to build a more sustainable profession for our patients, our partners and ourselves.

We have activities that will allow for interaction with fellow neurosurgeons, ARNPs, PAs, and vendors/medical sales representatives. We have received excellent feedback about the venue and its many amenities, and look forward to enjoying Suncadia with all of you again this year. See our meeting agenda.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please fill out the member application. You may make your hotel reservations through the Suncadia link on our website. Please contact Linda O’Keefe at Linda.conner@comcast.net with any questions.

We look forward to you joining us for a fun, educational meeting at Suncadia.

Thank you again. See you in June!

- Farrokh Farrokhi, MD
President, Washington State Association Neurological Surgeons

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Friday evening, June 10, 2016:

5:30 pm Registration Opens
5:45-7:00 pm Cocktail Hour & Vendor Fair
6:45-8:00 PM Dinner Buffet
7:15-7:30 pm Welcome by the President,
Farrokh Farrokhi, MD
Neurosurgeon, Virginia Mason Medical Center
7:30-8:00 pm Charles Meredith, MD
President of Washington State Psychiatric Association
Former Medical Director of WPHP
“Protecting Ourselves from Physician burnout: How & Why”
8:00-8:30 pm Richard Rapport, MD
Professor, Neurological Surgery
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
“The Age of Opportunity: A Better Way to Slow Down”

Saturday morning, June 11, 2016:

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast Buffet
8:00-8:30 am Business meeting
8:30-9:00 am Akshul Patel, MD
Neurosurgeon, Swedish Cerebrovascular Center, Seattle, WA
“Better Strategies for Carotid Stenting vs. Endarterectomy”
9:00-9:30 am Vijay Yanamadala, MD
Complex Spine Fellow, Neuroscience Institute
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA
“Spine Surgery in Sri Lanka, How can it teach us to be better at home?”
9:30-10:00 am Brook Martin, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Dartmouth Institute of Orthopaedic Surgery
Hanover, New Hampshire
“How to Build a Better Strategy for Bundled Spine Cases”
10:00-10:30 am Morning Break
10:30-11:00 am “From Idea to Industry”
• Farrokh Farroki, MD
Neurosurgeon, Neuroscience Institute
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA• Abhineet Chowdhary, MD
Neuroscience Director
Neurosurgery Program Director
Overlake Hospital, Bellevue, WA• Jason Luke• Dave McCann
11:00-11:30 am Charles Cobbs, MD
Director, Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for
Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment
Swedish Neuroscience Specialists, Seattle, WA
“Best New Advanced Therapies for Brain Tumors”
11:30-12:00 Andrew Ko, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
“How to build a better DBS”
12:00 pm Grab & Go Lunch
Golf, Outdoor Activities and Family Time

Saturday evening, June 11, 2016:

5:45-7:00 pm Cocktail Hour & Vendor Fair
6:45-8:00 pm Dinner Buffet
7:30-8:00 pm Christoph Hofstetter, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
“Better Spinal Decompression Surgery using Next Generation Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery”
8:00-8:30 pm Trent Tredway, MD
Neurosurgeon, Tredway Spine Institute, Seattle, WA
“Intradural Thoracic Disc Surgery”
8:30-9:00 pm Robert Mecklenberg, MD
Internal Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA
“Creating a Market for Quality”

Sunday morning, June 12, 2016:

8:00-10:00 am Breakfast with Family
11:00 am Suncadia Check-out Time