President Stewart Levy, MD welcomed members and guests to the 48th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, jointly sponsored by the AANS, in Sun Valley, Idaho, Jun 15-19, 2013. Dr. Randy Jensen did a superb job with his ar-rangements for us at Sun Valley Resort, located in the Sawtooth Mountains of Central Idaho. Dr. Todd Hankinson was our Scientific Program Chairman and prepared a stim-ulating scientific program. Our Honored Guests: Dr. Fredirick Lang, from University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, presented 2 excellent talks on his work in the treatment of Malignant Gliomas . Dr. Jaime Ullman, Mount Sanai Hospi-tal, presented 2 very engaging talks stemming from her extensive experience in Neuro-trauma.

The general scientific program, once again, offered a broad spectrum of neurosurgical topics in an atmosphere that stimulated and encouraged open and friendly 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. Our social events calendar was also attended with enthusiasm.

The first place Resident Award went to Nicholas Andrade from University of Texas, San Antonio. Second and third place went to Khaled Krisht and Walavan Sivakumar re-spectively, both from University of Utah. A total of seven residents from four different programs presented talks at this years meeting. Each program was reimbursed $500 per resident to help offset travel expenses. We will continue to do this in the future in order to encourage programs to send their residents to the meeting. This is a change from prior years when only the top three residents’ programs were reimbursed.

This year attendees also enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, swimming and shooting. There was even an outdoor skating rink, and several of us took advantage or the excellent fly fishing in the area. It was warm and dry during the day and evenings while the temperature dropped into the thirties at night. The village provided a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere with great dining and shopping within easy walking distance from the accommodations .

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

Elected as Officers by the Membership:

  • President: Paul Elliott MD
  • President Elect: Paul House MD
  • Secretary: Brett Dietze MD
  • Member at Large: Michael Seiff MD
  • Continuing Service:
  • Treasurer: Kelly Schmidt MD
  • Historian: Albert Capanna MD
  • Web Site Administrator: Joel MacDonald MD

Tournament Highlights

Golf Overall

  • Women: Dawn Capanna
  • Men: Al Capanna
  • Tennis Overall
  • Women: Liz Jensen
  • Men: Paul Elliott

Committee Assignments:

  • Scientific program: Brad Duhon MD
  • Local arrangements: Lee Krauth MD
  • CME Committee: Kris Smith MD

Nominating Committee:

  • Michael Brown MD (2014)
  • Randy Jensen MD (2015)
  • Stewart Levy MD (2016)

Membership Committee:

  • Randy Jensen MD
  • Stewart Levy MD
  • Paul House MD

New Members:

  • Todd Hankinson MD

The 2014 49th Annual Meeting of the RMNS, jointly sponsored by the AANS, will be held June 14-18, 2014 at The Westin Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria British Colum-bia. Dr. Lee Krauth is serving as the local arrangements chairperson, and is putting together an exciting array of activities for members, guests, and their families. Set alongside the lush green fairways of the Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club, co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve, it is conveniently located minutes from Victoria’s Inner Harbor. The resort boasts 36 holes of golf, a full service spa and excel-lent workout facilities. Local attractions range from hiking to the top of Mount Finlay-son with it’s 360 degree ocean views to partaking of the European charm of historic Victoria. Overall, this years meeting promises to provide the usual blend of an excep-tional academic meeting and outstanding social program.

We are pleased to announce that our president, Dr. Paul Elliott, has selected our hon-ored guests Dr. James Rutka, Professor and Chair, University of Toronto and Dr. Sean Grady, Professor and Chair, University of Pennsylvania. We are very privileged to have two such distinguished members of our profession to anchor our scientific program. As always this years meeting promises to be exceptional.

Abstracts for the annual scientific program can be submitted online at rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2014. 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, pre-sented each year to the best presentation by an RMNS member. Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes, including time for questions and discussion. Please mark your calendars and make early plans to attend the 2014 annual meeting. We hope to see you in Victoria!