Annual Meeting Update

The 41st annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society will be held from Saturday June 10th to Wednesday June 14th, 2006 at the Hilton Resort, Sedona, Arizona. The resort is in a spectacular setting surrounded by red rocks and offers outstanding amenities. Close by is the incomparable Grand Canyon, which will be the focus of an unsurpassed excursion as part of this year’s social program. Sedona will be a warmer venue than recent sites with average highs of 90 and average lows of about 60 during the month of June. The scientific and social programs will be adjusted because of the warmer temperatures with the golf and tennis tournaments being held in the cooler morning hours thus moving the scientific sessions on those days to the afternoon. The Sedona Golf Resort is located on the premises and features emerald greens amid towering crimson sentinels. The course has beenn named a “Top Ten New Public Course” by Golf Magazine and “one the 100 most women-friendly courses in America”. The resort also offers a world class spa, two restaurants, and a one million dollar pool and cantina.

Sedona is a small town of just over 10,000 residents but is classified as a world class destination. It is nestled among red sandstone rock formations and offers countless opportunities for outdoor activitieus including hiking among the rocks(or climbing for the more adventrous), exploring the scenic Verde River, the 1.8 million acre Coconino National Forest, or driving through the winding roads of Oak Creek Canyon. Jeep tours of the surrounding sites also provide outstanding outdoor activity. Many visitors to Sedona are drawn by the belief that Sedona is home to several vortices, or specific focal points of the Earth’s energy and will travel many miles to feel the renewal of energy in their own lives. Whatever your interest, you are likely to find plenty to enjoy in Sedona.

In addition to the scientific meeting and medical exhibits, our local arrangements chairman, Dr. John McVicker, has arranged a truly unique and exciting social program. The highlight of this program is a trip to the Grand Canyon and a sunset dinner on the Rim on Sunday evening, June 11 th . This excursion will offer attendees and their families breathtaking vistas of one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. A special Red Rockin’ party will be available to the young folks on Tuesday evening along with the ever popular pizza and movie for the kids as the attendees and spouses enjoy the annual Society casual awards dinner at the Sedona Golf Resort.

Travel and Registration Information

Sedona is located about 110 miles north of Phoenix and Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix is serviced by all major airline carriers. The drive from Phoenix to Sedona is a scenic 90 mile drive. Sedona can also be reached via Pullman Airport in Flagstaff, situated about 30 minutes away. Rooms at the Hilton Sedona are being held under Rocky Mountain Neursurgical Society. The guaranteed room rate is $169.00 per night and is available for three nights both pre- and post-meeting. Reservations can be made by attendees directly with the hotel at 1-800-273-3762 before May 1 st ,2006 (group code “NEU”) or through the registratrion link on the website. A limited number of suites are available on a first come first serve basis. Once the suites are filled, the Deluxe Rooms will be available. More information about the resort and housing options is available at the resort website, .

Plan to register for the meeting online at “ . Registration fees are as follows:


Before 5/1/06 After 5/1/06
Members $650.00 $700.00
Non-Members $750.00 $800.00
Non-member 1 st Meeting $650.00 $700.00
Residents $250.00 $275.00
Senior(non-member) $275.00 $275.00


Senior members, honorary members, commercial exhibitors, and guest speakers are not charged registration fees. Fees for social activities will be available online when you register for the meeting.

Payment for registration should be made by check payable to the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society , and mailed to:

Joel MacDonald, M.D.
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. MacDonald or his assistant, Lori, at 801-581-6908, or by email at if you have any questions regarding the meeting or registration.

We look forward to seeing you and your family in Sedona.

Scientific Program

Dr. Paul Elliott will be this year’s Scientific Program Chairman and has prepared a particularly stimulating scientific program. The superb facilities at the hotel will provide the perfect location for our honored guests, Dr. Ray Sawaya and Dr. Daniel Resnick . Dr. Sawaya is widely respected as a leader in surgical treatment of brain tumors. Dr. Resnick is recognized for his invaluable contributions in the area of complex spinal surgery.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. We will also offer $100 prize for second and third place. Don’t forget the Fifth Annual Academy Cup will be presented to the best paper from a practicing (active or associate member) neurosurgeon. As in the past, Firing Line cases are encouraged. Please consider bringing special or difficult brain tumor or spinal cases for discussion with Drs. Sawaya and Resnick.


Certification of continuing medical education is under the able direction of Dr Jonathan White 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 AANS and Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, Inc. The AANS 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.
J & J Professional Medtronic Confluent
Integra Neurosciences Novonordisc Codman
Synthese Spine Osteomed Ad-Tech
Summit Surgical ESP Pharma Leica
PDL BioPharma

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 Sedona:


Steven J. Beer Brent H. Greenwald
Alex Valadka Robert E. Replogle
Paul A. House Joseph A. Christiano, Jr.
Christopher J. Barry


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

John Hered: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. Lyle Leibrock of Nebraska.

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, . As noted previously in this newswletter ON-LINE REGISTRATION for our annual meeting is available. If you 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!

• 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 .

• 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:

Michael W. Brown, M.D., Secretary, RMNS
175 S. Union Blvd., Suite 310
Colorado Springs, CO 80910 Phone: 719-473-3272


• 2006 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