Jointly Sponsored by


Alyeska Resort Girdwood,
Alaska June 20th – 24th, 2009

The 2009 Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society Meeting will be held from June 20 through June 24, 2009 at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska. This promises to be a spectacular location for both the scientific presentations as well as for fun and recreation with family or friends.

The Alyeska Resort is located in the beautiful and majestic Chugach Mountain Range. It is under new management and has been recently renovated. The area around the resort is a recreational paradise. Nearby activities include fishing, hiking, mountain biking, dog sled tours, bear viewing, flight-seeing tours, and glacier excursions. The Kenai Peninsula is an easy drive from the Alyeska and offers endless opportunities for outdoor fun, including glacier and wildlife cruises, Halibut or Salmon fishing, sea kayaking, and glacier trekking. A visit to Denali National Park, with the highest mountain in North America, can also be arranged from the Alyeska. The opening reception on Saturday will be held at the top of the Arial Tramway in the Seven Glaciers restaurant, an AAA Four Diamond award winning restaurant.

Travel, Lodging, and Registration Information

Girdwood is located about 40 miles from the airport in Anchorage, offering easy access with a rental car. Rental cars are available at the airport, and the drive from Anchorage to Girdwood is a beautiful drive along the Turnagain Arm.

Rooms at the Alyeska Resort are being held under the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society. Additional information on the hotel and the Alyeska area can be found at: . Hotel reservations can be made through the meeting registration website at, or directly with the Alyeska Resort.

Plan to register for the meeting online at

Registration fees are as follows:


Before 6/1/09 After 6/1/09
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. Jonathan White 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. Douglas Kondziolka and Dr. Neil Kitchen, to discuss neurosurgical topics of interest to all. Dr. Kondziolka will present topics relating to Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Neurosurgical Functional Recovery, as well as “The Role of Physicians in Polar Exploration”. Dr. Kitchen will discuss the management of CNS Cavernomas, and “Neurosurgery in the Old World”. We will also have very special guest speaker, Dr. Cliff Roberson”, who will present his experience as a musher on the famous Iditarod Trail. You will not want to miss these stimulating speakers.

Again this year we will have the Resident Award competition to entice 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 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 Eighth 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

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



Certification of continuing medical education is under the 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

Aesculap Implant


Brain Lab




Cordis: Neurovascular



Synthes Spine


Summit Surgical

Novus Spine


Membership Committee

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

Christopher J. Madden, MD UT Southwestern

The following members made requests to the Treasurer for a status change: none 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.

2009 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 Alaska.


A. Stewart Levy, M.D., Secretary, RMNS

InterMountain Neurosurgery

4101 West Conejos Place, Suite 225

Denver, CO 80204

Phone: 303-595-6765





Alyeska Resort, Alaska June 20-24, 2009


1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Registration

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Opening Reception


SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2009

7:00 – 7:55 a.m. Physician Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Spouse and Children’s Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Scientific Session


MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009

7:00 – 7:55 a.m. Physician Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Spouse and Children’s Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Scientific Session

7:00 – 10:00 p.m. President’s dinner (executive board and guest speakers)


TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

7:00 – 7:55 a.m. Physician Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Spouse and Children’s Breakfast

7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Annual Business Meeting

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Scientific Session

6:30 – 10:00 p.m. Annual Award Banquet

5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Kids Party



7:00-7:55 a.m. Physician Breakfast

8:00-9:00 a.m. Spouse and Children’s Breakfast

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Scientific Session

12:00 p.m. Meeting Adjournment