2023 Barrow Neuroscience Symposium

Course Goal

This course is designed to advance the knowledge and practice of medicine in neuroscience through
basic and clinical research, education of medical professionals, and innovation.

Registration Information

Early Bird (Before 4/26/23)Late registration (after 4/26/23)
Physicians: Symposium Only (Wednesday – Friday)$350.00$425.00
Resident/Fellow/Observer: Symposium Only (Wednesday – Friday)$125.00$200.00
Barrow/Dignity Health Employee FreeFree
NP/PA/CNRN: Symposium Only (Wednesday – Friday)$250.00$325.00
Alumni: Symposium Only (Wednesday – Friday)$275.00$350.00
Pre-Symposium: CV Anastomosis Techniques Workshop Only (Monday – Tuesday) $600.00$600.00
Pre-Symposium & Barrow Symposium (Monday – Friday) $850.00$850.00
Resident/Fellow Pre-Symposium: CV Anastomosis Techniques Workshop Only (Monday – Tuesday)$100.00$100.00
Resident/Fellow Pre-Symposium: CV Anastomosis Techniques Workshop & Symposium (Monday – Friday)$200.00$200.00
Registration fee includes: Symposium, program materials, and continuing education credits.

CME Information and Disclosures


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 American College of Surgeons and Barrow Neurological Institute. The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Award of CME credits by ACS is based on compliance of the program with the ACCME accreditation requirements and does not imply endorsement by ACS of the content, the faculty, or the sponsor of the program. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.

Date and Location

In Person
Wednesday – Friday, May 17-19, 2023

Goldman Auditorium & Sonntag Pavilion
Barrow Neurological Institute
2910 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
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Pre-Symposium Microvascular Bypass Workshop

Speaker Information

All times refer to Arizona time.

Goldman Auditorium

Day 1Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Vladmir Shvarts, MDEpilepsy
Laura Lenhoff, MDDiagnosis, Semiology and Classification of Seizures (8:05 AM)
Courtney Schusse, MDOverview of AEDs (8:25 AM)
Susan Herman, MDChoosing an AED or Combination of AEDs (8:45 AM)
Stephen Foldes, PhDHDEEG (9:10 AM)
Vladmir Svharts, MDSeizure Localization/MEG (9:30 AM)
Break9:50 AM
Michael Waters, MD, PhDStroke
David S. Liebeskind, MDCytoprotective Agents Prior Thrombolytic Therapy (10:10 AM)
Zain Ashary, MD
Cynthia Dickerson, DO
Panelists: David S. Liebeskind, MD, David Wang, DO, Michael Waters, MD, PhD
Case Presentations (11:00 AM)
Lunch11:50 AM
Shafeeq Ladha, MDMotor Neuron
Shafeeq Ladha, MDEpidemiology and Clinical Features of ALS (1:10 PM)
Rita Sattler, PhDCurrent Concepts in the Pathophysiology of ALS (1:30 PM)
Jeremy Shefner, MDClinical Trials in ALS: How are we doing? (1:50 PM)
Robert Bowser, PhDBiomarkers in ALS (2:10 PM)
Saunder Bernes, MD Spinal Muscular Atrophy (2:30 PM)
Break2:50 PM
Ruth Bristol, MDPediatric Neurosurgery
Jennifer Ronecker, MDThe Development of a Clinical Transformation Team (3:10 PM)
Jamal McClendon, MDSurgical Management of Congenital Spinal Deformity (3:35 PM)
Thomas Zervos, MDPediatric Primary Brain Tumors: A Brief Overview (4:00 PM)
David Shafron, MDTethered Cord with Attention to Adult Transition (4:25 PM)
Adjourn4:50 PM
Evening ReceptionHeard Museum (6:30 PM)
Day 2 Thursday, May 18, 2023
Nader Sanai, MDNeuro-Oncology
Nader Sanai, MDHow to Build a Brain Tumor Mapping Program (8:00 AM)
David Wilson, MDNeurosurgical Oncology – A Barrow Graduate Experience (8:40 AM)
Celene Mullholand, MDNeurosurgical Oncology – A Barrow Graduate Experience (9:00 AM)
Michael Mooney, MDNeurosurgical Oncology – A Barrow Graduate Experience (9:20 AM)
Break9:40 AM
John Karis, MD
Kevin King, MD
Wende Gibbs, MDCT-guided Cervical Injections: Cervicogenic Headache, Occipital Neuralgia, and Cervical Radiculopathy (10:10 AM)
Kevin King, MDImaging of NPH (10:30 AM)
Ashley Stokes, MDImaging of Neurodegeneration (10:50 AM)
Richard Dortch, PhDMRI to Guide Surgical Decision Making (11:10 AM)
Nicholas Matthees, MDGadolinium Based MR Contrast Agents (11:30 AM)
Interactive Lunch and LearnSonntag Pavilion (11:50 AM)
John Karis, MDOverview of MR Safety Concerns (12:15 PM)
Karis, Zhigiang Li, PhD
Josef Debbins, PhD
Peggy Islas
Richard Sherry
Interactive Discussion with the BNI MRI Safety Team —
Bring Questions (12:30 PM)
Robert F. Spetzler
Volker Sonntag, MD
Resident Research Presentations (1:00 PM)
Adjourn5:00 PM
Evening ReceptionPhoenix Art Museum (6:30 PM)

Sonntag Pavilion

Day 1 Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Nader Sanai, MD
Mehta Shwetal, PhD
Nader Sanai, MDThe Ivy Brain Tumor Center – State of the Art (8:00 AM)
Shwetal Mehta, PhDBench to Bedside Drug Development for Glioblastoma (8:20 AM)
Artak Tovmasyan, PhDEmerging Concepts in Preclinical and Clinical Brain
Tumor Pharmacokinetics (8:40 AM)
An-Chi Tien, PhDDisrupting DNA-Damage Targeting in Glioblastoma (9:00 AM)
Yoshie Umemura, MDA Phase 0/1 Clinical Trial of Mycophenolate Mofetil in
Glioblastoma (9:20 AM)
Break9:40 AM
Holly Shill, MD
Francisco Ponce, MD
Movement Disorders
Susan Criswell, MDPredicting the Clinical Course of Parkinson’s Disease from Prodromal State Forward (10:10 AM)
Nicki Niemann, MDPharmacotherapy Update for Parkinson’s Disease (10:30 AM)
Francisco Ponce, MDIndications for DBS: Clinical Outcomes and Future Directions (10:50 AM)
Baltazar Zavala, MDUse of DBS Technology to Study Behavioral Changes in Parkinson’s (11:10 AM)
Holly Shill, MD  Role of Genetics to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment Options for Parkinsonism (11:30 AM)
Lunch11:50 AM
Glynnis Zieman, MDTraumatic Brain Injury/Concussion
Tamara McLeod, PhDConcussion, mTBI Definitions and Outcomes from the 6th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport (1:10 PM)
Wil Schultz, PhDPreparation and Monitoring of Concussion in Sports (1:35 PM)
Ruchira Jha, MDPathophysiology of Concussion and Current Animal Models (2:00 PM)
Glynnis Zieman, MD Management and Prognosis of Concussion (2:25 PM)
Break2:50 PM
Andrew Little, MD
Kevin Yuen, MD
Christina Sarris, MDEndoscopic Endonasal Fenestration and Marsupialization of Cystic Pediatric Craniopharyngioma: Preserving Pituitary Function and One-Year Outcomes (3:10 PM)
Yana Zavros, MDDecoding the Molecular Mysteries of Cushing’s Disease: From Bed to Bench (3:30 PM)
Kevin Yuen, MDPostoperative Sodium Management: Does it matter? (3:50 PM)
Andrew Little, MDPitNET 3 Steps: Management of Giant Pituitary Adenomas (4:10 PM)
Adjourn4:45 PM
Evening ReceptionHeard Museum (6:30 PM)
Day 2 Thursday, May 18, 2023
Marwan Sabbagh, MD
Anna Burke, MD
Cognitive Disorders
Anna Burke, MDNeurodegenerative Dementias (8:00 AM)
Amy McLean, DNPCurrent Treatments of Dementia (8:20 AM)
Marwan Sabbagh, MDResearch Targets for Dementia Therapy (8:40 AM)
Yonas E. Geda, MDManaging Depression and Behavioral Issues in Dementia (9:00 AM)
Parunyou Julayanont, MDDementia with Lewy Bodies (9:20 AM)
Break9:40 AM
Juan Uribe, MDSpine I
Kumar Kakarla, MDRevision and Salvage Surgery in Spine (10:10 AM)
Laura Snyder, MDRobotic Spine Surgery: Current Status and Future Prospects (10:25 AM)
Wende Gibbs, MDAdvanced Imaging and Artificial Intelligence in Spine (10:40 AM)
Jay Turner, MDThe Value of Big Data and Building Outcomes Databases on Spine (10:55 AM)
Zaman Mirzadeh, MDRestorative and Neuromodulation on Spine (11:10 AM)
Mark E. Oppenlander, MDSacro Iliac Fusion: When and How (11:25 AM)
All FacultyQ&A (11:40 AM)
Interactive Lunch and LearnSonntag Pavilion (12:15 PM)
John Karis, MDOverview of MR Safety Concerns (12:15 PM)
Karis, Zhigiang Li, PhD
Josef Debbins, PhD
Peggy Islas
Richard Sherry
Bring Your MR Safety Question for an Interactive Discussion with the Barrow MRI Safety Team (12:30 PM)
Juan Uribe, MDSpine II
Jakub Godzik, MDUtility of Virtual Reality/Mixed Reality in the Spine Training (1:10 PM)
Rory Murphy, MDSpinal Cord Injury: Recent Innovations on Surgical Management (1:25 PM)
Luis M. Tumialan, MDSpine in the Ambulatory Surgery Center: Advantages and Applications (1:40 PM)
Bryan Lee, MDHow to Build and Grow a Spine Practice from the Ground Floor (1:55 PM)
Michael T. Lawton, MDSurgical Management of Spinal Dural AV Fistulas: When and How (2:10 PM)
Nikolay Martirosyan, MD, PhDProne Lateral Approach to the Lumbar Spine: Indications and Applications (2:25 PM)
All FacultyQ&A (2:40 PM)
Break2:50 PM
Robert Bowser, PhDTranslational Neuroscience Research
Paul Oh, PhDMechanisms and Therapies for Brain Arteriovenous Malformations (3:00 PM)
Lynette Bustos, PhD CandidateInduced Pluripotent Stem Cells in Neurodegenerative Disease Modeling and Drug Discovery (3:20 PM)
David Medina, PhDGene Therapy for Neurologic Diseases: Progress and Challenges (3:40 PM)
Elliot Mufson, PhDTranslating Mechanisms to Therapies for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (4:00 PM)
Claudia Cantoni, PhDImpact of Environmental Factors on Neuroinflammation (4:20 PM)
Allyson L. Alexander, MDAdvances in Pediatric Epilepsy (4:40 PM)
Adjourn5:00 PM
Evening ReceptionPhoenix Art Museum (6:30 PM)

Goldman Auditorium

SPeakerTopic & Time
Day 3 Friday, May 19, 2023
Joyce K. Lee-Iannotti, MDSleep and Brain Health (8:00 AM)
Michael T. Lawton, MDSeven Cavernomas: The Cerebrum (9:00 AM)
Break10:00 AM
Robert F. Spetzler, MD
Volker Sonntag, MD
 Announcement of Neurosurgery Resident Research Awardees  (10:05 AM)
Felipe C. Albuquerque, MDVascular
Felipe C. Albuquerque, MDThe WEB Device in the Treatment of Cerebral Aneurysms (10:20 AM)
Andrew Ducruet, MDFlow Diversion Techniques for Basilar Apex Aneurysms (10:40 AM)
Ashutosh Jadhav, MD, PhDExpanding Indications for Stroke Thrombectomy (11:00 AM)
Jacob Baranoski, MDRescue Stenting for Failed Mechanical Thrombectomy (11:20 AM)
Joshua Catapano, MDMiddle Meningeal Artery Embolization for the Treatment of Chronic Subdurals (11:40 AM)
Adjourn11:45 PM

Exhibitors and Sponsors

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