Annual Meeting Update


President Al Capanna, M.D., welcomed members of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society to the majestic locale of Big Sky, Montana, June 21-25, 2003, to enjoy an informative annual meeting with topics ranging from the history of micro-neurosurgery to tomorrow’s neurovascular techniques. The scientific program, arranged by Dr. Howard W. Morgan, featured one of today’s best known and admired neurosurgeons: M. Gazi Yasargil, M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Arkansas Center for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Yasargil is widely respected for his depth of clinical experience in cerebrovascular disease, has been a key contributor to the development of micro dissection and the use of the operating microscope in neurosurgery. His historical perspectives kept the audience riveted, and his insightful philosophic musings afforded the membership much to ponder.

The scientific program was a potpourri of clinical wisdom, management pearls, future directions and basic science that offered something for everyone. Once again, the program exceeded expectations. This year’s Resident Award for best scientific paper presented by a resident went to Dr. Jeff Drees, University of Texas, Southwestern, for an in-depth look (pardon the pun) at Endoscopic Management of Supratentorial Ventricular Neurocysticercosis. The second annual Academy Cup, conferred for the best paper presented by a member of the Society, was awarded to Dr. Stewart Levy for his presentation on Helmets for Skiers and Snowboarders: An Injury Prevention Program and Analysis of Protective Effect.

The Society believes the collection and dissemination of this information has been a great public service and wishes to recognize Dr. Levy for his accomplishment. Unfortunately, the weather was not entirely as hoped for. The tennis tournament was snowed out! Intrepid golfers found a break in the flurries and were able to conduct a close-fought tournament, with the low net and trophy going to Dr. Mike Brown. The coveted Van Hook trophy for ladies low net went, as only fitting, to the first lady of the Society, Dawn Capanna. The annual business meeting of the Society was well attended. Lively discussion over the length and timing of the annual meeting was deferred to the executive committee for further discussion.

In addition, the following business was conducted:

Elected as officers by the membership:

President: Dr. Vance MacDonald
President Elect: Dr. Richard Schmidt
Vice President: Dr. Michael Brown
Treasurer: Dr. Joel MacDonald


Committee assignments:

Scientific Chairman: Dr. Randy Jensen
Local Arrangements: Dr. Richard Schmidt


Continued service:

Secretary: Dr. John H. McVicker
Historian: Dr. Lee E. Krauth
CME Committee: Dr. J. Paul Elliott
Website Administrator: Dr. Joel MacDonald


Nominating Committee:

Dr. Kevin O. Lillehei (2004)
Dr. Howard W. Morgan Jr. (2005)
Dr. Albert H. Capanna (2006)


Membership Committee:

Dr. Stewart Levy (2004)
Dr. Mary Kay Gumerlock (2005)
Dr. Kris Smith (2006)


The following candidates were voted into membership:

Dr. Kevin Morrill
Dr. Stuart Goodman
Dr. Marcus Keep
Dr. Michael Seiff
Dr. William Couldwell
Dr. Jodie Levitt
Dr. Richard A. A. Day


Voted into Honorary Membership:

Dr. M. Gazi Yasargil


The 39th Annual Meeting, jointly sponsored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, will be held June 12-16th, 2004 at The Resort at Squaw Creek, Squaw Valley, California.. This beautiful new resort in a stunning locale promises to be an exceptional venue for our annual meeting. Dr. Richard Schmidt is serving as Local Arrangements Chair. Please make plans now to join us in this spectacular setting with great tennis and golf facilities.

Registration information will be sent in April 2004, with the RMNS Spring Newsletter. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our local arrangements chairman, Dr. Schmidt (phone: 801-581-6908). Dr. Randy Jensen will be this year’s Scientific Program Chair. We have two outstanding honored guests: Dr. Art Day, among the world’s most talented cerebrovascular surgeons and neurosurgical educators, and Dr. Kevin Foley, one of the top creative forces behind minimally invasive approaches to the spine.

Don’t forget the Academy Cup, which will be presented to the best paper from an active or associate member of the Society. The award was initiated at the 2002 annual meeting in honor of the illustrious teaching career of Dr. Howard Morgan. The Resident Award competition again offers a $400 cash award, plus travel expenses, hotel, and registration fees to the best resident paper in the neurosciences. Please label “Resident Award” on the abstract form when submitting. Abstract forms are enclosed with this mailing. Alternatively, abstract submission on-line will be available early in 2004 through the Neurosurgery://On-Call (

Presentations should last approximately twenty minutes. Please note the deadline and send completed forms to Dr. Jensen at:

Randy L. Jensen, M.D.
University of Utah
30 North 1900 East, Suite 3B409 SOM
Salt Lake City, UT 84132-2303
Phone: (801) 581-6908 Fax: (801) 581-4385


Abstract forms should be submitted no later than February 15, 2004 to Dr. Jensen.


John H. McVicker, M.D., Secretary, RMNS