President Paul House, MD welcomed members and guests to the 50th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, jointly provided by the AANS, at the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO, June 20-24, 2015. Dr. Michael Brown did a superb job with his arrangements for us at the site of the inaugural meeting of the society. Dr. Michael Seiff was our Scientific Program Chairman and prepared a stimulating scientific program. Our Honored Guests were Dr. Nicholas Barbaro, Professor & Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Indiana University and Dr. Randall Chesnut, Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopedics, University of Washington.

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 Kyle Smith from University of Kansas. Second and third place went to Vijay Ravindra and Marcus Mazur respectively, both from University of Utah. 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 year attendees also enjoyed a social program consisting of a number of activities which exploited many of the amenities that this superior venue had to offer. Highlights include a barbeque at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Annual Banquet at the Mountain Lodge. This year’s Golf tournament took place on the Broadmoor East course which provided a truly world-class golf experience for those who participated. The tennis tournament was also a success as was the annual awards banquet at The Mountain Lodge.

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: Richard Day MD

President Elect: Kelly Schmidt MD

Vice President Michael Seiff MD

Treasurer: Brad Duhon MD

Member at Large: Brian Wohlfeld MD

Continuing Service:

Secretary: Brett Dietze MD

Historian: Albert Capanna MD

Web Site Administrator: Joel MacDonald MD

Tournament Highlights

Golf Overall

Women: Jennifer Elliott
Men: Randy Jensen
Kids: Jack Elliott

Tennis Overall

Women: Liz Jensen
Men: Kris Smith

Committee Assignments:

Scientific program: Mark Mahan MD
Local arrangements: Joe Schramek MD
CME Committee: TBD
Nominating Committee:

Stewart Levy MD (2016)
Paul Elliott MD (2017)
Paul House (2018)

Membership Committee:

Paul Elliott MD
Kelly Schmidt MD
Paul House MD

New Members:

Eric Parker MD
Thomas Origitano MD
Justin Whitlow MD
Brian Wohlfeld MD

The 2016 51st Annual Meeting of the RMNS, jointly provided by the AANS, will be held June 18-22, 2016 at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Whitefish, MT. Dr. Joseph Schramek is serving as the local arrangements chairperson, and is putting together an exciting array of activities for members, guests, and their families. Surrounded by Whitefish Lake, Glacier National Park, Flathead National Forest and Viking Creek Wetland Preserve, Whitefish is a gateway to a wilderness area equal to the size of the state of Vermont. The scenic wonders of Glacier National Park or the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort are just minutes away. Nine area golf courses provide challenges for experts and duffers alike. Other favorite warm weather activities include hiking, mountain biking, swimming and whitewater rafting and of course, there’s fishing. Whether you choose fly or spin, river or lake, this is where you’ll catch “the big one”. Guided fishing trips are available on site through our Marina.

Abstracts for the annual scientific program can be submitted online at rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org. The deadline for submission is March 30, 2016. 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. Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes, including time for questions and discussion. Please mark your calendars and make early plans to attend the 2016 annual meeting. We hope to see you in Whitefish!