Annual Meeting Update
The majestic peaks of the Grand Tetons will provide the backdrop of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society in Jackson Hole, Wyoming June 16-20, 2007. The meeting venue is the rustic Spring Creek Ranch, set just minutes from downtown Jackson and accented by stunning views of the surrounding mountains.The town of Jackson enjoys close proximity to two national parks, the Grand Teton National Park nearby and Yellowstone National Park, a short and scenic 45 minute drive away, easily available for afternoon trips during the meeting or for a more extended visit before or after the meeting. The town of Jackson itself offers world class dining and shopping ranging from typical western goods to fine art galleries. Outdoor activities also are abundant with hiking, cycling, golf, tennis, river rafting, horseback riding, and fishing all readily available.The combination of theoutstanding surroundings and the promise of an excellent scientific forum make attending this year’s meeting a must!

Spring Creek Ranch is situated on a wildlife sanctuary about 1,000 feet above the town of Jackson. It offers outstanding views of the surrounding mountains, including the 13,700 foot Grand Teton mountain peak. Accomodations offered include hotel rooms, condominiums, and mountain homes. The resort has a restaurant on site and a full service spa. Since the society last visited the resort in 1991, a conference facility has been constructed. The resort has received the prestigious Conde Naste Traveller Gold List designation. Temperatures in June average highs in the mid 70’s and lows at night near 40. Of course, Jackson is a mountain environment and temperatures can vary well off the norm at any time, so prepare for variations in the weather. The resort and town combine with the sites of the region are perfectly suited to the tradition of a family friendly RMNS annual meeting.

In addition to the scientific meeting and medical exhibits, our local arrangements co-chairman, Dr. Joel MacDonald and Dr. Mike Brown have arranged a truly unique and exciting social program. The opening reception will be an exciting opening to the meeting followed by a real western rodeo. You may also choose to experince the thrill of river rafting with two planned excursions of different length and difficulty. Space for these trips will be limited so make your plans early. Teton Pines Golf Club will be the site of this year’s golf tournament and the annual tennis tournament promises a fun competition for all involved.


Travel, Lodging, and Registration Information
Jackson is easily accessible by car from many surrounding states. The roads are picturesque and well maintained. Jackson is also served by the Jackson Hole Airport which is situated within the Grand Teton National Park and is about nine miles from town. The airport is served by several major carriers with connections through Salt Lake City and Houston. Despite active daily jet service, seats tend to fill early. Rental cars are also available at the airport.

Rooms at Spring Creek Ranch are being held under the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society.

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


Before 5/1/07 After 5/1/07
Members $650.00 $700.00
Non-Members $750.00 $800.00
Non-member 1 st Meeting $650.00 $700.00
Residents $250.00 $250.00
Senior(non-member) $250.00 $300.00
Senior Member $100.00 $100.00


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.

Room rates are as follows:

Basic Room (Hotel Type) $259.00
Studio $259.00
Two Bedroom Suite $259.00
Sitting Suite $259.00
One Bedroom Condo $299.00


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

Randy Jensen, M.D., Treasurer RMNS
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 accept credit card payments for registration fees at the present time. Full payment for registration fees 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. Jensen 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 Jackson Hole.


Scientific Program
Dr. Jodie Leavitt 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.Mark Hadley and Dr. Michael Bliss.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 Sixth 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.

This year’s meeting promises to be a delightful social and collegial scientific exchange in an idealic rocky mountain setting. We look forward to seeing you in Jackson.


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.


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

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

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. Robert Morelli of Nevada and Michael Giffith of 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, . 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.


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


2007 annual dues statements have gone out. Don’t forget to submit them to:


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