Lecture Series

Past Lectures:

October 16th, 2017, Seattle:

“Washington State DBS Surgeons’ Round Table Dinner Meeting”


  • Farrokh Farrokhi, MD (Virgina Mason, Seattle)
  • Jonathan Carlson, MD (Prov. Sacred Heart, Spokane)
  • Ryder Gwinn, MD (Swedish Hospital, Seattle)
  • Andrew Ko, MD (University of Washington, Seattle)
  • Peter Nora, MD (Evergreen, Kirkland)
  • Anthony Harris, MD (Multicare, Tacoma)
  • Chong Lee, MD (Kaiser, Seattle)

September 21, 2017, Daniel’s Broiler, Seattle:

“Safety, Value and Risk Stratification in Spine Care. Lessons from the past president of the SRS”

David Polly, Jr., MD

Dr. Polly is a Professor and Chief of Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Minnesota. He holds the James W. Ogilvie Chair. He is nationally and internationally recognized for biomechanics and outcomes research. He cares for complex pediatric and adult spine conditions. He is well known for scoliosis research.
For more information about Dr. Polly

April 3rd, 2017, Daniel’s Broiler, Seattle

“Acute Stroke Interventions: Trials, Tribulations and Tenacity”

Cameron G. McDougall, MD

Swedish Medical Group
Swedish Cerebrovascular Center
550 17th Ave.

Suite 110
Seattle, WA 98122

Dr. McDougall became certified as a neurosurgeon in 1993. He has focused his entire career on the treatment of stroke and cerebrovascular disease, and he was one of the first neurosurgeons in the country to receive fellowship training in endovascular techniques. Once Guglielmi detachable coils received FDA approval in 1995, he was the first neurosurgeon in North America to treat a patient with an intracranial aneurysm using this device. Since that time, he has been extensively involved in research to improve endovascular techniques including being the principal investigator on large, randomized, international studies. He is a past president of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgeons, has published over two hundred papers in peer reviewed journals and been an invited lecturer on every continent except Antarctica. more about Dr. McDougall

February 6th, 2017, Aqua by El Gaucho, Seattle:

“Nijmegen and  Seattle: What binds us in value based healthcare strategies in spine care?”

Marinus de Kleuver, MD
Marinus de Kleuver, MD, PhD, is head of the department of orthopedic surgery, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and professor of spinal surgery at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. A cum laude Leiden University Medical School graduate, he completed orthopedics residencies in Amsterdam, New York and Nijmegen, as well as the International Executive Program at INSEAD business school in France. Dr. de Kleuver’s clinical and research focus is the surgical and non-surgical treatment of spinal deformities in children and adults, and low back pain. Most of his research concentrates on the evaluation of outcomes and improving care.  A board member of the Scoliosis Research Society, he is past chairman of the World Wide Course committee of the Scoliosis Research Society, past chairman of AOSpine Europe, Member and Chair of an AOSpine Knowledge Forum for Spinal Deformity, and is on the Dutch Spine Society Committee for implementation of a national spinal registry.

December 5th, 2016, Washington Athletic Club (WAC), Seattle

“Multimodal Therapies for Spinal Oncology: Integration of Multidisciplinary Teams”

John Shin, MD
Co-Director of Stereotactic Spine Radiosurgery and
Multidisciplinary Metastases Clinic at Mass General,
Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School
Attending Neurosurgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr, Shin specializes in the surgical and radio-therapeutic management of metastatic spine tumors. innovations in spine surgery and emerging techniques. More about Dr. Shin

June 20th, 2016, Aqua by El Gaucho, Seattle:

“Making Care Better: The Case of Spine Surgery”
Michael Vitale MD, MPH

Ana Lucia Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Columbia University Medical Center

Co-Director, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Chief Quality Officer, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief, Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Service
Medical Director, MSCH Initiative to “Make Care Better”
Morgan Stanley Childrens Hospital of New York – Presbyterian

Dr. Michael G. Vitale specializes in the non-operative and operative treatment of complex pediatric scoliosis and other spinal disorders, and performs approximately 200 scoliosis procedures every year, half of which are in children less than 8 years of age. Dr. Vitale has a special interest in innovative treatments for younger children with scoliosis, including the use of a magnetic spine lengthening device (“MAGEC”) which eliminates the need to perform repeat spinal surgeries every 6-9 months on growing children, non-fusion procedures such as vertebral stapling and vertebral tethers, “growing rods,” and the “Shilla” procedure.

March 28th, 2016, Blue Acres, Seattle

“Current Trends and Controversies in Neuromonitoring”
Greg Kinney, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurophysiology
Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington
Dr. Kinney’s presentation – pdf
Leila Khorasani, MD

Seattle Neurosurgeon
Dr. Khorasani’s presentation – pdf

Dr. Kinney discussed the current science and capabilities of neuromonitoring in practice today and Dr. Khorasani presented a summary of the literature for clinical outcomes and utilization of intraoperative neuromonitoring. Dr. Gregory Kinney is an associate professor at the University of Washington, and the director of the Intraoperative Monitoring Program and the University of Washington Medical Center, which provides IONM services to Harborview Medical Center, the University Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s. Dr. Leila Khorasani is a Neurosurgeon at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA.

 November 30th, 2015, Daniel’s Broiler, Lake Union, Seattle:

“Safety and Quality in Spine Surgery in a Tertiary Care Academic Medical Center”
Louis G. Jenis, MD
Chief, Spine Service

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon,
Visiting Professor, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Jenis is an accomplished surgeon focusing on the treatment of patients with complex disorders of the spine. He applies patient-centered, value-based approaches to the care of his patients with special interest in minimally invasive procedures.

August 18th, 2015, Wild Ginger, Seattle:

“Coverage and reimbursement policies in spinal surgery”

Brook I. Martin, PhD MPH
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
The Dartmouth Institute and Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Martin’s presentation – pdf

Dr. Martin is an assistant professor at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, with appointments at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

These events are sponsored by the Washington State Association of Neurological Surgeons

Save the Date: May 18-20, 2018, WSANS Annual Meeting
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington