Shaping the future of neurosurgical care

The New Mexico State Neurosurgical Society’s first meeting was held on Saturday July 10, 2010 at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Over thirty people attended the meeting including neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, and critical care practitioners.

The Honored Guests, Drs. Mark Linskey from the University of California-Irvine and Craig Rabb from the University of Oklahoma, gave presentations on evidence based management of metastatic brain tumors and thoracolumbar burst fractures, respectively. These were especiallty engaging talks as each of the presenters helped develop and write the practice guidelines.  

Drs. Linskey and Rabb accepting their Honored Guest plaques at the meeting

Additional talks covered a wide range of neurosurgical and socio-economic topics including: Prediction of Visual Recovery Following Optic Nerve Decompression,  Building Effective Small Practice Physician Teams, The Importance of Representation and Advocacy and the Unique Role of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies in Organized Neurosurgery, Traumatic Brain Injury in the Elderly, NM Gamma Knife Center Gamma Knife Center of New Mexico: Seven Year Treatment Experience, and the Epidemiology and Natural History of Familial Cavernomas. CME credit was provided for those who participated.

A guided poster session was directed by Dr. Linskey over the lunch period with several posters presented by UNM residents and medical students. Dr. Tausif Rehman, the current Chief Resident at UNM, was awarded first prize for his poster entitled: A Bedside StereotacticGuide for Placement of Ventriculostomies: Clinical Results inThree Patients

We would like to thank those who helped make this meeting a reality and look forward to future meetings. Planning for the next meeting will begin soon and suggestions for meeting topics, speakers, or locations are always welcome. We want both the society and the meetings to serve the needs of the NM neurosurgeons and will strive to provide content to this end.

We look forward to seeing you in 2011!