Annual Meeting Update

President Vance MacDonald welcomed members of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society to the 39 th meeting of the society at the spectacular Resort at Squaw Creek, California June 12-16, 2004. Dr. Randy Jensen, Scientific Program Chairman, arranged an outstanding program accented by informative presentations and lively, informal discussions. The program was highlighted by honored guests Arthur Day,M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts and Dr. Kevin Foley, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Tennessee in Memphis.

Dr. Day, well known for his work in cerebrovascular surgery, presented a very educational review of the treatment of unruptured aneurysms. His treatment algorithm for unruptured aneurysms will assuredly be helpful for those involved in the treatment of these vascular lesions. Dr. Day’s discussion regarding maintenance of certification touched on an obviously timely topic and was of great interest to all. Dr. Foley brought us all up to date on the status of artificial discs and minimally invasive spinal surgery. Dr. Foley is widely respected for his broad and insightful, as well as pioneering work in these fields, His presentations were lucid and extremely valuable to those present. The scientific program covered a wide and fascinating variety of neurosurgical issues, offering many pearls of clinical management as well as insight into current basic research in a variety of areas.

This year’s Resident Award for best scientific paper presented by a resident went to Dr. Paul Klimo, University of Utah, for A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Lumbar Drain in Reducing Clinical Vasospasm After Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemmorhage. The third annual Academy Cup went to Dr. Paul Francel, University of Oklahoma, for his presentation of Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment of Tremor and Parkinson’s Disease: Transition From a Frame-Based Leksell System to a Frameless Fiducial Based Navigation System. The Society wishes to recognize the outstanding contribution to the scientific program by Drs. Klimo and Francel.

The setting for this year’s tennis and golf tournaments was remarkable for its unsurpassed beauty, and this year was played in the beautiful California sunshine. The ladies’ tennis tournament was won by Ann Fell, with the men’s division going to Dr. Larry Tice. Honored guest Dr. Arthur Day captured the low net golf cup. Once again the coveted Van Hook trophy for ladies low net went Dawn Capanna.

The annual business meeting of the Society was well attended. At next year’s meeting the dinner and barbeque will be combined to allow more free time for exploring the area’s restaurants. The following business was conducted:


Elected as officers by the membership:

President: Dr. Richard Schmidt
President Elect: Dr. John H. McVicker
Vice President: Dr. Mary Kay Gumerlock
Secretary Dr. Michael Brown


Committee assignments:

Scientific Chairman: Dr. John White
Local Arrangements: Dr. Joel MacDonald


Continued service:

Treasurer: Dr. Joel MacDonald
Historian: Dr. Lee E. Krauth
CME Committee: Dr. J. Paul Elliott
Website Administrator: Dr. Joel MacDonald


Nominating Committee:

Dr. Howard Morgan (2005)
Dr. Albert H. Capanna (2006)
Dr. Vance MacDonald (2007)


Membership Committee:

Dr. MaryKay Gumerlock (2005)
Dr. Kris Smith (2006)
Dr. Richard Day (2007)


The following candidates were voted into membership:

Dr. John Richard MacFarlane
Dr. Thomas A. Kopitnik
Dr. F. David Barranco
Dr. Paul Francel

The 40th Annual Meeting, jointly sponsored by The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, will be held June 18-22, 2005 at Whistler Resort, British Columbia, Canada. This venue will once again offer to the society an outstanding opportunity for outdoor recreation for members and their families. Dr. Joel MacDonald will serve as the Local Arrangements Chairman. Set these dates aside now and plan to join us in this wonderful resort with excellent golf and tennis facilities. Registration information will be sent in April 2005 with the RMNS Spring Newsletter. If you have any questions, please call Dr. MacDonald at (801)581-6908 or e-mail him at . Also information and online registration will be available at our website

Dr. Jonathan White will be this year’s Scientific Program Chair. We have two outstanding honored guests. Dr. Kim Burchiel will speak to us on pain and movement disorders, and Dr. Alex Valadka will address the society on topics pertaining to trauma. We also expect to have another special presentation from the CNS Speaker’s Bureau. 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 2005 through the Neurosurgery://On-Call ( Presentations should last approximately twenty minutes. Please note the deadline and send completed forms to Dr. White at:


Jonathan A. White, M.D.
UT Southwestern Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 73390-8895
Fax 214-648-2265
Phone 214-648-2265


Abstract forms should be submitted no later than March 15, 2005 to Dr. White.


Michael W. Brown, M.D., Secretary, RMNS