Annual Meeting Update


The 39th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society will be held from Saturday June 12th to Wednesday June 16th, 2004 at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Squaw Valley, California. The resort is a spectacular, award winning venue in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just northwest of Lake Tahoe. The locale provides a rich variety of recreational activities, including day hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, water skiing, excursion boat sightseeing, golfing, etc. At the hotel there is an outdoor water garden with 3 pools and water slides which no fun-loving person can resist.

At High Camp, accessed by a gondola ride up the mountain, there is an ice skating rink, tennis court, swimming lagoon and additional access for bike trips and hiking. The region also holds an abundance of historical sites of interest. The Emigrant Trail Museum, depicting the history of western migration and the tragedy of the Donner party is in nearby Truckee. West of there one can trace the old grade and tunnels where the Central Pacific Railway was punched through the Sierras in the late 1860s. In Reno there is the superb National Automobile Museum housing the Harrah collection of over 220 antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles. In Carson City, railroad history buffs will enjoy the Nevada State Railroad Museum, and the history of local western culture, gold and silver mining can be explored at the Nevada State Museum.

In addition to the scientific meeting and medical exhibits, a fun social program is planned which will provide events of interest to the whole family. The opening reception will be held up at High Camp which is accessed by cable car from the base of Squaw Peak. In addition to drinks and food, the venue has an ice skating rink which should be fun for children of all ages. There are spectacular views of the valley, and at nightfall telescopes will be set up for guided stargazing. Sweaters and light jackets are highly recommended.

The traditional Western Barbeque will be held on Sunday evening at the Ponderosa Ranch, home of the legendary TV show “Bonanza”. Transportation will be provided from the hotel and back. Our group will have exclusive use of the ranch for the evening. Enjoy drinking in a western salon, tour the Ponderosa homestead and try your hand at a variety of western activities while feasting on barbeque chicken and ribs.

The annual golf tournament will be held on Monday afternoon at the resort’s own Robert Trent Wells-designed championship course. The course is spectacular, winding through the forested hillside and wetlands surrounding the resort, and has been featured in Golf Magazine as one of the “Top 10 courses you can play”. The tennis tournament will be held at the resort’s courts on Tuesday afternoon.

The casual dress Dinner/Award Banquet will be held on Tuesday evening in the Grand Sierra Ballroom at the resort. A children’s pizza party will be available for the youngsters and teenagers.

Squaw Valley is best reached by flying into Reno, Nevada and driving from there, which takes about 45 minutes. Transportation can be arranged to and from the hotel if you don’t plan to rent a car. Room reservations should be made directly with the hotel, (800-327-3353) preferably before May 10th to obtain our special RMNS group rates. A variety of housing options are available (Deluxe guestroom $189, Mountain Suite $239, Fireplace Suite $289, Junior Penthouse $389, 2 Bedroom Penthouses $689 and $789, and the 3 bedroom Presidential Suite $1200). More information about the resort and housing options is available at the resort website, This is a very popular resort so early reservations are strongly recommended. Rooms are also available at these same rates three days prior and one day after the meeting adjournment. Attendees must make their own hotel reservations prior to May 11, 2004. Please call Resort at Squaw Creek at 1-800-327-3353 and ask for the RMNS group rate.

Plan to register for the meeting before May 1st either online at, or by completing the accompanying registration form. Registrations after May 1st will be assessed a higher fee. Payment for registration should be made by check payable to the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, and mailed to:

Richard H. Schmidt MD
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Utah
30 North 1900 East, Suite 3B-409
Salt Lake City, UT 84132-2303.

Please note that we are not set up to take credit card payments nor can registration be paid online at the present time. Full payment is expected by the start of the meeting. Refunds of registration fees or social activity fees cannot be honored after May 12th. Please contact Dr. Schmidt or his assistant, Lori, at 801-581-6908, or by email at if you have any questions regarding the meeting or the resort.

We look forward to seeing you and your family in Squaw Valley.

Scientific Program

Dr. Randy Jensen will be this year’s Scientific Program Chairman, has prepared a particularly stimulating scientific program.. The superb facilities at the Resort at Squaw Creek will provide the perfect location for our honored guests, Dr. Arthur Day and Dr. Kevin T. Foley. Art Day is among the world’s most talented cerebrovascular surgeons and neurosurgical educators, and Kevin Foley is one of the top creative forces behind minimally invasive approaches to the spine. You’ll not want to miss either of these stimulating speakers. Once again, we will have an outstanding Resident Award competition that offers a $400 cash award, plus travel expenses, hotel, and registration fees to the best resident paper in the neurosciences. Don’t forget the Third Annual Academy Cup will be presented to the best paper from a practicing (active or associate member) neurosurgeon. Check out the scientific meeting schedule in this mailing, and don’t forget to bring your copy to the meeting as we will have limited extra copies available. As in the past, Firing Line cases are encouraged. Please consider bringing special or difficult cerebrovascular or spinal cases for discussion with Drs. Day and Foley.


Certification of continuing medical education is under the able direction of Dr Paul Elliott and the CME Committee. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, Inc. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons designates continuing medical education activity for a maximum of 16 hours in Category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Remember, each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in educational activity.


This year we have the pleasure of welcoming the following exhibitors to the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society’s annual meeting. Additional exhibitors are still in the process of making plans to attend. Don’t forget to thank your representatives for their company’s support.

Bill Sieck
Cook Surgical
Guilford Pharmaceutical
Medtronic Neurological Medtronic Sofamor Danek
PMT Neurosurgical
Summit Surgical(Ray White)
Synthes Maxillofacial


Membership Committee

The Membership Committee and the Executive Committee are reviewing the following applicants for membership in the Society. Final approval will be determined by a vote of the membership at the annual business meeting in Montana:

John Richard MacFarlane
Thomas A. Kopitnik
F. David Barranco


The following members made requests to the Treasurer for a status change:

Mark Kubala: Senior
Phil Carter: Senior
S. H. Shaddock: Senior


The Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society also has a tradition of informing our members of the loss of any of our colleagues, in as timely a fashion as possible. The condolences of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society are expressed to the friends, family and colleagues of Dr. Pius Baggenstos of Butte, Montana, Dr. Dennis Kopaniky of Houston, Texas, and Dr. Gerald Reilly of Pueblo, Colorado.

The Society encourages membership applications from those practitioners within our geographic boundaries who specialize in neurosurgery or the allied neurosciences. Applications are available through the Secretary of the RMNS (see address below) and must be submitted six months in advance of the annual meeting in order to be considered for membership that year.

Other News

•Spring and Fall Newsletters are available on our website, . ON-LINE REGISTRATION for our annual meeting is also available. If you’ve misplaced your registration or housing materials, want to review the newsletter, or just need to remind yourself (or spouse) about meeting specifics, you can easily access the materials on-line. On-line registration for our annual meeting is FAST and EASY, so give it a try! Remember, we are not set up to take credit card payments nor can registration be paid online at this time, so you will need to submit payment by check to the local arrangements chairman, Dr. Richard Schmidt.

•The reproduction of the RMNS historical archive into electronic format is available on-line at our website, Our historian, Dr. Krauth, is requesting submission of any digital photographs of past or future meetings for inclusion in the digital archives. These photo archives will be made into a commemorative computer CD as a gift to attendees of the 40th anniversary meeting in 2005 in Whistler, British Columbia.

•The member directory is updated twice annually, during the annual dues cycle and again after the annual meeting, as well as when we receive your notification of changes. The RMNS Member Directory will soon be available in a limited format on the website, . Posting personal member information on the web site raises privacy concerns, so only business addresses will be published on the web site. Since access to full information (spouse names, personal address and contact information, etc.) remains important, full member information will continue to be presented in the annual meeting program and mailed to the membership every other year as we have done in the past. Please be sure to send any corrections and updates to your personal membership information or mailing addresses to the Secretary:

John H. McVicker, M.D., Secretary, RMNS
701 E. Hampden Ave. Suite 510
Englewood, CO 80110
Phone: 303-788-4000


•2004 annual dues statements have gone out. Don’t forget to submit them to:


Dr. Joel MacDonald, M.D., Treasurer, RMNS
University of Utath
50 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132