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From Cranial to Spine:
An Overview of Neurosurgical Topics for the Advanced Practitioner


The From Cranial to Spine: An Overview of Neurosurgical Topics for the Advanced Practitioner course provides an overview of relevant neurosurgical topics through lectures and case studies. The diverse neurosurgeon and advanced practitioner faculty give attendees a unique learning experience. The New to Neuro and Advanced Imaging tracks, as well as subspecialty breakout sessions, offer the opportunity to customize the educational experience

This popular course features:

  • Interactive, lectures, case studies
  • Neurosurgeon and advanced practitioner faculty
  • Network with peers and faculty

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss emerging technologies as well as diagnosis and treatment paradigms for spine, cerebrovascular and trauma, including pharmacology, in a variety of neurosurgical conditions.
  • Discuss diagnostic tests and therapies that are ordered by neurosurgeons/advanced practitioners for a variety of conditions.
  • Review new research in neurosurgical practice and the implications for practice.

Registration Fees

General Session
9/1/22 - 9/2/22
$625 $700 $825 $900
Neuroimaging Workshop
$280 $380 $520 $620
Essential Neurosurgical
Skills PC
$250 $350 $350 $450

*Early Registration deadline through July 27, 2022.

This Agenda is subject to changeAs of 6/24/22

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
*Additional Cost*
Track 1:
New to Neuro Workshop
Track 2:
Advanced Neuroimaging
Step by Step Anatomy: Cranial
Linda Littlejohns, MSN RN FAAN
8:00 - 10:30 am Trauma Radiology: TBIs, c-spine injury/fx, clearance, ligamentous injury
John Heymann, MD
Break 10:30 - 10:45 am Break
Step by Step Anatomy: Spine
Linda Littlejohns, MSN RN FAAN
10:45 am - 12:30 pm Conventional Uses of MRI
John Heymann, MD
Lunch Break 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch Break
Basic Imaging – Overview of Types of Imaging
John Heymann, MD
1:30 3:00 pm New Applications of MRI
Yuh-Shin Chang, MD, PhD
Break 3:00 - 3:30 pm Break
Clinical Corelates with Case Examples
John Heymann, MD
3:30 - 4:30 pm Applied Case Examples
Yuh-Shin Chang, MD, PhD
Q&A 4:30 - 5:00 pm Q&A
Thursday, September 1, 2022
Breakout 1:
Breakout 2: OR
Management of medical urgencies: agitation, A fib, hypotension, HTN, bradycardia, v tach
Rajagopalan Rengan, MD
8:00 - 9:00 am Lobectomy for SZ
Steve Ojemann, MD
Survival Guide for APP overnight
Michael Johnson, PA-C
9:00 - 10:00 am DBS Applications
Adrian Laxton, MD, FAANS
Break 10:00 - 10:30 am Break
Neuro ICU Exam Pearls: How to Exam the Critically Ill Patient
Luis Cava, MD
10:30 - 11:30 am The Role of Genetics and Tumor Treatments
D. Cory Adamson, MD, FAANS
Panel Discussion & Case Studies
As Above
11:30 - 12:30 pm Panel Discussion & Case Studies
As Above
Lunch Break 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch Break
Breakout 3:
Breakout 4:
Pain Management
Rob Montgomery, NP
1:30 - 2:15 pm Workup of New Surgical Patient in Clinic
Rinku Shah, PA-C
Management of Common Infections in Hospitalized Patients
Danielle Shulingkamp
2:15 - 2:45 pm Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
Randy Faber, PA-C
Management of Common Infections in Hospitalized Patients
Danielle Shulingkamp
2:45 - 3:15 pm Injections for Spine Pain
Laura Prado, NP
Break 3:15 - 3:45 pm Break
Panel Discussion & Case Studies As Above 3:45 - 4:30 pm Ask the Experts Case Discussion
As Above
Q&A 4:30 - 5:00 pm Q&A
General Session
Friday, September 2, 2022
Breakout 5: TRAUMA
8:15 - 9:15 am Starting Antiplatelets or Anticoagulants After Trauma
Peter Le Roux, MD, FAANS, FACS
9:15 – 10:15 am Adjunctive Monitoring for ICP & Managing & Troubleshooting Elevated
Rocky Felbaum, MD
10:15 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 – 11:30 am After Discharge
Peter Gliebus, MD
11:30 – 12:30 pm Panel Discussion & Case Studies
As Above
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
Breakout 6: SPINE
1:30 – 2:15 pm Comprehensive Spinal Exam
Angela Downes, MD
2:15 – 3:15 pm Clinical Correlation with Findings
Michael Wang, MD, FAANS
3:15 – 3:45 pm Break
3:45 – 4:45 pm Professionalism and Advancement
Cathy Rosenberg
4:45 – 5:00 pm Panel Discussion/Q&A
As Above
Essential Neurosurgical Skills PC
Saturday, September 3, 2022
*Additional Cost*
Hands-on Practical Clinic
8:00 – 12:00 pm EVD Insertion
Luis Cava, MD
Lumbar Puncture
Cranial Positioning
D. Cory Adamson, MD, FAANS
Spinal Instrumentation Overview
Angela Downes, MD
Shunts (programming, trouble shooting and evaluating)
Mandy Binning, MD, FAANS
Knot Tying and Suturing
Michael Johnson, PA-C


Boston Marriott Copley Place

110 Huntington Ave

Boston, MA 02116

Housing must be book by August 9th in order to receive the group rate of $209



Boston Logan International Airport

Distance From Property: 4.5 Miles

Phone Number: 1 800-235-6426

Hotel Airport Shuttle: This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Bus Station: South Station

Subway Station: Orange Line Subway – Back Bay Station
Green Line Subway

Train Station: Back Bay / Copley Station

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Requests for cancellation or substitution of course registration must be received in writing prior to July 27, 2022 in order to receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations will only be granted between July 28,2022 and August 15, 2022 less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations or substitutions after August 15, 2022. Send written cancellation or substitution requests via mail, fax, or email to: AANS, Division of Education and Meetings, 5550 Meadowbrook Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-3852; Fax: (847) 378-0681; email: All requests must be received in writing.

The AANS reserves the right to cancel a course. Registrants will be notified by email. In the event of course cancellation, registration fees are refundable.