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AANSPresident Mary Kay Gumerlock welcomed members and guests to the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, June 16-20, 2007. The meeting was held in the beautiful setting of the Spring Creek Ranch, high above the town of Jackson with spectacular views of the Teton mountain range. Dr. Jodie Levitt, as the scientific chairperson, assembled an outstanding variety of scientific papers. Our honored guests, Dr. Mark Hadley, Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Alabama, and Dr. Michael Bliss, Professor of History at the University of Toronto and author of the book Harvey Cushing: A Life in Surgery, highlighted this year’s scientific program.

43rd Annual Meeting
Hotel Park City
Park City, Utah
June 14th – 18th, 2008

The 2008 Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society Meeting will be held from June 14 through June 18, 2008 at the Hotel Park City in Park City, Utah. This promises to be a delightful location for both the scientific presentations as well as for fun and recreation with the family.

The Hotel Park City is a very elegant facility on the edge of the spectacular Park City Golf Course and is located just a few blocks from the main downtown shops and restaurants of Park City. It is recognized as one of the leading small hotels of the world and is just the right size for our group with 100 or so suites. Park City is a mountain resort town located about 25 miles from Salt Lake City and is a recreational paradise. Activities available include playing on a championship golf course, world-class fly fishing and mountain biking, three nearby lakes for boating, fishing or waterskiing, touring the 2002 Winter Olympic facilities and museum, and shopping in the many unique boutiques of this old silver mining town.

In addition to the usual opening reception on Saturday and the western banquet on Tuesday, we are planning to organize an optional steam train excursion and dinner on Sunday and an early morning hot air balloon ascent. For those interested in a more extended stay in Utah, there are the National Parks in central and southern Utah (Zion, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Arches), magnificent red rock desert scenery around Moab, and the Grand Staircase of the Escalante National Monument as well as white water rafting trips on the Colorado.

Travel, Lodging, and Registration Information

Park City is located about 25 miles from Salt Lake City, offering very easy access from the SLC airport. Rental cars are available at the airport, and the drive from SLC to Park City is an easy 30-40 minute drive on multi-lane interstate highway. Of course, with so many National Parks and recreational activities in the vicinity and surrounding states, many RMNS members may prefer to drive directly to Park City and combine other vacation stops along the way, before or after the meeting.

Rooms at the Hotel Park City are being held under the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society. Additional information on the hotel and Park City can be found at: and

Hotel reservations should be made directly with Hotel Park City at 435-200-2000 to get special room rates for RMNS.

Room rates are as follows:

Executive Suite $229.00
Deluxe Executive Suite $229.00
Cottage Deluxe Executive Suite $229.00

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


Before 6/1/08 After 6/1/08
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
SeniorMember $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.

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

Randy Jensen M.D. Ph.D., Treasurer, RMNS
Bldg 550 Fifth Floor
175 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132

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.
Scientific Program

Dr. Mary Kay Gumerlock is this year’s Scientific Program Chairman and has prepared a stimulating scientific program. The superb facilities at the hotel will provide the perfect location for our honored guests, Dr. Peter Black and Dr. Kim Burchiel to discuss neurosurgical topics of interest to all. Dr. Black will discuss state of the art techniques for the treatment of Brain Tumors, including the use of Intra-operative MRI, while Dr. Burchiel will focus on the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia and the use of Blood Brain Barrier Opening therapy. You will not want to miss either of these stimulating speakers.

This year we will have updated the Resident Award competition to entice additional resident participation and ongoing meeting attendance. The first place award for the best resident paper presented at the meeting now includes a $500 cash award, plus $800 in travel expenses to attend the RMNS meeting next year. This year, for the first time ever, there will also be awards for second and third place resident papers. The second place award recipient will receive a $300 cash award plus $500 in travel expenses for next year’s meeting, and the third place award will be $200 in cash and $500 in travel expenses for next year’s meeting.

And don’t forget the Seventh Annual Academy Cup to be presented to the best paper from a practicing neurosurgeon (active or associate member). As in the past, we encourage you to bring interesting or difficult Firing Line cases for presentation and discussion with our distinguished guest professors.

Abstracts for the meeting may still be submitted on the website at, or by email at

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


Certification of continuing medical education is under the able direction of Dr. Robert Replogle 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.

Aesculap Neuro Kyphon
Aesculap Implant Leica
Brain Lab Medtronic
Codman Nuvasive
Confluent Osteomed
Cordis: Neurovascular Stryker
Depuy Synthes Spine
Integra Summit Surgical – Novus Spine


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.


Warren Roberts J. Brett Gentry
Joseph G. Sramek Samuel Barnett
Naina Gross J. Stuart Crutchfield
Omar F. Jimenez


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. Bryan Duke of Denver, 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 newsletter 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. Al Capanna, is requesting submission of any digital photographs of past or future meetings for inclusion in the digital archives.

2008 annual dues statements have gone out. Don’t forget to submit them to:

Randy Jensen M.D. Ph.D., Treasurer, RMNS
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Utah
Bldg 550 Fifth Floor
175 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132


We look forward to seeing you and your family in Park City.

A. Stewart Levy, M.D., Secretary, RMNS
InterMountain Neurosurgery
4101 West Conejos Place, Suite 225
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-595-6765