Plenary Session I

Monday, April 15 | 9:30 am - 1:26 pm | Hall H; SDCC

Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS; Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS

9:37 am - 9:39 am


Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS

9:40 am - 9:43 am

NPA Update

Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS

9:44 am - 9:46 am

Introduction to the Louise Eisenhardt Lecture

Jennifer A. Sweet, MD, FAANS

9:47 am - 10:17 am

Louise Eisenhardt Lecture

Maria Konnikova

In today’s lightning-quick, smart-screen world, most of us are walking around unthinking, asleep and lost in routine. But today, leading neuroscientists, psychologists, and social scientists are mapping how the brain actually works — its strengths, weaknesses, biases and quirks. Maria Konnikova is translating insights from the frontiers of the mind into imminently readable, perspective-changing prose — both in her New Yorker blog and in her New York Times bestsellers. Her latest book, The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It … Every Time, is a compelling investigation into the minds, motives and methods of con artists. It is a careful, nuanced study of the art of persuasion and deception.

10:18 am - 10:20 am

Introduction to the AANS Cushing Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Neurosurgery

Regis W. Haid Jr., MD, FAANS

Kevin T. Foley, MD, FAANS

Kevin Foley, MD, FAANS, is a tenured professor of neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn. He is the chairman of the board of Semmes-Murphey Clinic, director of the spine fellowship program for the University of Tennessee Department of Neurosurgery and chairman of the board and medical director for the Medical Education & Research Institute. In addition to a full-time spine surgery practice, he is actively involved in medical device development and research in minimally invasive spine surgery, disc regeneration and clinical outcomes. Dr. Foley has been granted more than 150 patents by the USPTO and invented many of the tools and techniques (tubular retractors, percutaneous pedicle screws with removable extenders) that have enabled modern minimally invasive spine surgery.

10:36 am - 10:37 am

Assessment of the Trial Design/Level of Evidence

Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS

10:38 am - 10:40 am


Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS

10:52 am - 10:54 am


Julie G. Pilitsis, MD, PhD, FAANS

10:55 am - 10:58 am

JNS Update

James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FAANS (Canada)

10:59 am - 11:01 am

Introduction to the Rhoton Family Lecture

Kevin M. Cockroft, MD, FAANS

11:02 am - 11:32 am

Rhoton Family Lecture: The Science of Practice

Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS

Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS, FAHA, is senior vice president of Penn State Health, representing faculty physicians. His research interests include clinical trial design, outcomes analysis, quality improvement in neurosurgery and neural engineering. Among the many positions he holds and has held, Dr. Harbaugh is presently Chairman of the Board of organized neurosurgery’s quality improvement and data management company, the NeuroPoint Alliance, Inc. He received the AANS Distinguished Service Award in 2018. He has five children and is married to Kimberly S. Harbaugh, M.D., a neurosurgeon specializing in peripheral nerve surgery.

11:44 am - 11:45 am

Assessment of the Trial Design/Level of Evidence

Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS

11:46 am - 11:48 am


James R. Bean, MD, FAANS(L)

12:00 pm - 12:01 pm

Assessment of the Trial Design/Level of Evidence

Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS

12:02 pm - 12:04 pm


Robert F. Heary, MD, FAANS

12:05 pm - 12:07 pm

Introduction to the Theodore Kurze Lecture

Gerald A. Grant, MD, FAANS

Jaimie Henderson, MD, FAANS, is director of the stereotactic and functional neurosurgery program at Stanford and co-director the Stanford Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory (NPTL). Dr. Henderson’s research interests encompass several areas of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, including frameless stereotactic approaches for therapy, deep brain stimulation, cortical physiology and its relationship to normal and pathological movement, neural prostheses and the development of novel neuromodulatory techniques for the treatment of neurological diseases. Throughout his career, Dr. Henderson has been intimately involved with the development of the field of image-guided surgery and remains one of the world’s leading experts on the application of image-guided surgical techniques to functional neurosurgical procedures, such as deep brain stimulator placement. His work with the Stanford NPTL focuses on the dual goals of creating clinically viable interfaces between the human brain and prosthetic devices to assist people with severe neurological disability, and investigating fundamental questions in human neuroscience.

12:39 pm - 12:41 pm

Introduction to the International Lifetime Recognition Award

Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS

12:42 pm - 12:45 pm

International Lifetime Recognition Award

Franco Servadei, MD (Italy)

Franco Servadei, MD, attended University of Bologna School of Medicine and completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Modena. He completed a post-graduate fellowship at Karolinska University in Stockholm and completed further training at Royal Hallamshire Hospital and University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom (UK). In 1985, Dr. Servadei earned his The European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) Training Certificate and became staff neurosurgeon at Bellaria Hospital, Bologna. His other hospital appointments include director of neurotrauma and emergency care at Bufalini Hospital Cesena (1998-2007), director of neurosurgery-neurotraumatology at University Hospitals of Parma and Reggio Emilia, Italy (2007-2016) and he is current position, director of neurosurgical emergency services, Humanitas University in Milano, Italy.

Dr. Servadei is a sought-after educator and holds multiple academic appointments, including professor of neurosurgery at Humanitas University in Milano, Italy. He is honorary professor of neurosurgery at Burdenko Institute in Moscow, Universita’ Italiana in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as University of Surabaya, Indonesia. Dr. Servadei is also an honorary visiting professor of neurosurgery for the University of Cambridge in the UK. He is active in neurosurgical societies, including as chairman of the WFNS Neurotrauma Committee (2002-2009) and president of the Italian Neurosurgical Society (2010-2012). Dr. Servadei is the current president of the WFNS.

He has been chairman and organizer of five international meetings, chairman of five international training courses for young neurosurgeons and served as faculty for 17 international courses. He has been an invited speaker at 72 international meetings on five continents and a visiting professor in the UK, Taiwan, Russia, Argentina, India, Indonesia, United States, Brazil, Vietnam, France and Bolivia. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers and five book chapters on subjects such as trauma, brain and spine tumors and spine degenerative diseases.

12:46 pm - 12:49 pm

Introduction to the AANS Presidential Address

Frederick A. Boop, MD, FAANS

12:50 pm - 1:20 pm

AANS Presidential Address: The Power of Discernment

Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FAANS

Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS, is Professor of Neurosurgery at Penn State University (PSU) Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She is Vice Chair for Administration of the PSU Department of Neurosurgery, as well as the Director of Neurotrauma. She currently serves as President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). While Dr. Timmons performs many types of neurosurgical procedures, her specialty is in neurotrauma and neurocritical care. She has been a researcher and educator in the field for over two decades. Dr. Timmons has published and lectured extensively on a variety of topics related to TBI, neurocritical care, blunt vascular injury and trauma systems.

1:21 pm - 1:26 pm

Announcement of Lunch-and-Learn Seminars

Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS