2013 AANS Annual Report - page 13

2013
AANS ANNUAL REPORT
13
“What we’re doing now, we weren’t doing five years
ago,” said Dr. Veznedaroglu of the curriculum’s focus
on endovascular technologies. As one of the course’s
original instructors, Dr. Veznedaroglu, director of the
Capital Institute for Neurosciences in New Jersey
and chairman of Capital Health’s department of
neurosurgery, has seen its growth. Now in his role as
co-director, he sees the course as one of the specialty’s
most unique education offerings, citing a passionate
faculty among its most valuable features. “Dr. Arthur
and I made a pact with ourselves that we wouldn’t do
the usual political thing, that none of the faculty would
be our friends or influential names who could help us,”
shared Dr. Veznedaroglu, stating that he and Dr. Arthur
use residents’ evaluations to determine the faculty
roster. “We only invite great teachers.”
Another unique aspect of the course is its collaboration
with the medical-device industry. Through the help of
corporate supporters, participants are trained on the
newest devices. Drs. Arthur and Veznedaroglu believe
that industry involvement in the course debunks the
belief that education and corporate support should be
mutually exclusive entities. “Industry supports courses,
but exerts no control over the structure or the agenda
of the course,” Dr. Arthur said. “We’re able to stretch
education much further with industry support. If they
wanted to [develop] their own course and make it more
commercially oriented, they can, and they do.” Dr.
Veznedaroglu shared similar sentiments, noting that,
“Courses, done well, are expensive. These companies
send their engineers … they’re truly teaching, and they
know their products better than anybody.”
Drs. Veznedaroglu and Arthur have aligned their
training objectives with that of the AANS, with Dr.
Arthur noting “The AANS believes that it is important to
maintain [various] surgical techniques to offer the best
treatment for each individual patient.” Dr. Veznedaroglu
added that in planning for the course’s future, his
desire is to continue to push the educational envelope.
“I hope [the course] becomes a rite of passage for
residents interested in endovascular,” he stated. “I
hope that we continue to stay on the forefront and
get residents and fellows to understand that the new
technology is the future of our field.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree from New York University in 1989, Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu obtained his medical
degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed his neurosurgical residency at Thomas
Jefferson University Hospital, where he directed its division of cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery.
Dr. Veznedaroglu has travelled internationally lecturing on topics such as aneurysm, subarachnoid hemorrhage
and stroke. A 1998 medical graduate of the University of Virginia, Dr. Adam Arthur completed his neurosurgical
residency at the University of Utah. In 2002, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the university’s Masters of
Public Health program with a focus on clinical trials methodology. Dr. Arthur, who also serves as the medical
director of the neurological intensive care unit at Memphis’ Baptist Memorial Hospital, counts cerebral
aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and carotid occlusive disease among his clinical and research interests.
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