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President Jonathan White, MD welcomed members and guests to the 45th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, jointly sponsored by the AANS, in Telluride, Colorado, June 26-30, 2010. The meeting was held at the Peaks Resort, in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. Dr. Allen Waziri, as the scientific chairperson, assembled an outstanding variety of interesting scientific papers. Our honored guests, Dr. Lori Shutter, Associate Professor or Neurosurgery and Neurology University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, and Dr. Guy Clifton, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, highlighted this year’s scientific program.

Dr. Lori Shutter reviewed for us the current Guidelines in the Management of Traumatic Brain Injury and how trauma care is undergoing regionalization in the Rocky Mountain Region. She also delivered thoughts and experience regarding the emerging field of Neurocritical Care

Dr. Guy Clifton discussed in detail hypothermia as a cerebral protecting agent as well as his learned perspective on the status of health care in the United States.

The general scientific program once again offered a broad spectrum of neurosurgical topics in an atmosphere that stimulated and encouraged open and vigorous discussion. This opportunity for unencumbered collegial discussions and the sharing of individual clinical experiences remains one of the highlights and major attractions of the RMNS annual meeting.

This year the first place Resident Award went to Dr. Arman Jahangiri for his presentation “Infected Rathke’s Cleft Cysts: Distinguishing Factors and Factors Predicting Recurrence”. Additional resident awards were given to Dr. Erika A. Petersen and Dr. Atif Haque graduating residents from University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. The Academy Cup, presented annually to the best paper by a member of the society, went this year to Dr. Randy Jensen from the University of Utah, for his extensive work on the basic science and genetics of central nervous system neoplasms.

This year attendees enjoyed a tremendous hiking experience around Telluride, sometimes dodging spectacular afternoon thunderstorms, only to later enjoy evening clearing and wonderful sunsets.

The annual business meeting of the Society was well attended by the members present at the meeting. The following business was conducted:

Elected as officers by the membership:

President: Dr. Michael Brown

President Elect: Dr. Randy Jensen

Vice President: Dr. Jon Ledlie

Secretary: Dr. Richard Day

Member at Large Dr. Mark Robinson


Committee assignments:

Scientific program: Dr. Allen Waziri

Local arrangements: Dr. Paul Elliot

CME Committee: Dr. Joseph Beshay


Continuing service:

Treasurer: Dr. Paul House

Historian: Dr. Al Capanna


Nominating Committee:

Dr. Robert Beatty (2011)

Dr. Joel MacDonald (2012)

Dr. Johathan White (2013)


Membership Committee:

Dr. Joel MacDonald (2011)

Dr. Randy Jensen (2012)

Dr. Mark Robinson (2013)


The following candidates were voted into membership:

Joseph E. Beshay, MD Dallas, Texas

Warren G. Roberts, MD Louisville, Colorado

Mark N. Robinson, MD Denver, Colorado

Kelly Schmidt, MD Las Vegas, Nevada


The 46th Annual Meeting of the RMNS, jointly sponsored by the AANS, will be held June 18-22, 2010 at El Monte Sagrado in Taos, New Mexico. Dr. Paul Elliot is serving as the local arrangements chairperson, and is putting together an exciting array of activities for members, guests, and their families at this luxury resort. Taos is so rich Native American heritage. In addition to being an important historic site, Taos is also an artistic Mecca, proudly offering museums and galleries of its talented artists and craftspeople. It is not uncommon to find breathtaking pottery, painting, weavings, beaded creations and jewelry produced by artists who have followed in the footsteps of those who came before them. Taos’ majestic surrounding mountain landscape also creates outstanding recreational opportunities, from golf and air ballooning to challenging alpine hiking in the surrounding mountains topping out at 11,800 feet. Whether you prefer championship golf or a peaceful day of fly fishing, there’s something for everyone. We are pleased to announce that our president Dr. Michael Brown has selected Dr. Fredrick Boop to be one of our honored guests.

Abstracts for the annual scientific program can be submitted online at The deadline for submission is February 15, 2010. The Resident’s Award will be presented to the outstanding paper presented by a resident, with a cash prize plus travel expenses. Members of the society who submit an abstract are eligible for the Academy Cup, presented each year to the best presentation by an RMNS member, in honor of the teaching career of Dr. Howard Morgan. Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes, including time for questions and discussion. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2010 annual meeting. We hope to see you in Taos!