5380 Elvas Avenue, Suite 215, Sacramento, CA 95819, 916 457-2267 t; 916 457-8202 f

 ‘To Advocate for the Practice of California Neurosurgery Benefiting our Patients and Profession.’



The Evolution of California Neurosurgery Training and Practice

January 13-15, 2017
FRIDAY 1-4pm CANS Board Meeting (open to all members-buffet lunch before)
6:30 – 9:00 Opening Night Reception
SATURDAY 6:30–7:30 Continental Breakfast- Please visit EXHIBITS
7:30-7:35 Praveen Mummaneni, M.D. President’s Report
7:35-7:40 Mark Linskey, M.D. Secretary’s Report Voting: BOD/Nominating Committee
7:40-7:45 Marshall Rosario, M.D. Treasurer’s Report

Session 1: How far can we stretch ourselves?

8:00-8:30 Dr. Michael Lawton – overlapping intracranial surgery, safety and efficacy
8:30-9:00 Dr. Michael Wang – overlapping spinal surgery, how to work in urgent cases
9:00-9:30 Dr. Bill Caton-How to cover multiple hospitals/ER on call
9:30-10:00 Dr. Alan Scarrow – a medical-legal perspective on overlapping surgery
10:00-10:20 Q&A, Panel Discussion
10:20-10:50 Break – Please visit exhibits

Session 2: Finding My First Job in Neurosurgery

10:50-11:10 Dr. Deborah Henry: career choices in neurosurgery
11:10-12:00 Panel Discussion – What I Wish I Knew When I Looked for My First Job – Mark Vanefsky, Ken Blumenfeld, Moustapha Abou-Samra, Langston Holly, Javed Siddiqi, Michael Virk, Omid Hariri, Doris Wang

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch with Exhibitors at the TOP of the MARK

Session 3: Neurosurgery on the hot seat

1:30-1:50 Dr. Shelly Timmons, Washington CMTE Update
1:50-2:10 Dr. Jack Knightly: Building quality into a neurosurgery practice
2:10-2:30 Katie Orrico, New Regulations and Planning for the Future
2:30-2:50 Dr. Richard Pan (California Legislator): Update on medical practice in California, Legislator’s Perspective
2:50-3:10 Dr. Dev Gnanadev– Medical ethics-How NOT to lose your California medical license 3:10-3:30 Dr. Ann Stroink– CSNS update
3:30-3:45 Q/A 3:45-4:15 Panel discussion
4:15-4:30 Dr. Praveen Mummaneni, M.D. Closing Remarks

SATURDAY BANQUET (must purchase ricket)
6:30-7:00 Award presentations Dr. Mitchel Berger– Pevehouse Award Winner

SUNDAY 7:00-7:40 Breakfast/Please visit Exhibits

Session 1: The Future of Neurosurgical Training in California

8:00-8:20 Dr. Nicholas Barbaro – Updates from the RRC on residency training
8:20-8:40 Dr. Rick Boop – CAST Updates on fellowship training certification
8:40-9:00 Dr. Marvin Bergsneider – CV misrepresentation among neurosurgery resident applicants 9:00-9:30 Panel Discussion: Dr. Michael McDermott, Dr. Gary Steinberg Dr. Frank Hsu, Dr. Alex Zouros, Dr. Bob Carter, Dr. Javed Siddiqi

Session 2: Keynote Lecture
9:30-10:15 Strategic Planning for Healthcare Reform: Dr. Robert Harbaugh

Session 3: Resident Presentations

10:30-12:00 Resident/Fellow Presentations Socioeconomic or quality improvement program
Loma Linda Regional Medical Center
University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Francisco
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Tyler Carson, MD & Omid Hariri, MD, Riverside University Health System
Daniel Kramer, MD, University of Southern California
University of California, Los Angeles
Linda Xu, MD, Stanford University
Tamar R. Binyamin, MD, University of California, Davis
John Roufail, MD, University of California, Irvine
Tiffany Odell, DO, Desert Regional Medical Center
12:00 Award for Resident Presentation


  • AANS/CNS Joint Neurotrauma and Critical Care Section 2016 Meeting, TBA
  • California Neurology Society: Annual Meeting, 2016, TBA
  • Cervical Spine Research Society: Annual Meeting, Dec 1-3, 2016, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • AANS/CNS Joint Pediatric NS Section: December 5-8, 2016, Orlando, Florida.
  • North American Neuromodulation Society: Ann. Meet., TBA
  • CANS, Annual Meeting, January 13-15, 2017; Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, CA
  • AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section: Ann. Meet., TBA
  • Southern Neurosurgical Society: Annual Meeting, TBA
  • AANS/CNS Joint Spine Section: Annual Meeting, 2017, TBA

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