THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEUROSURGICAL SOCIETY, INC.
Jointly Sponsored by
The 2011 Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society Meeting will be held from June 18th
through June 22, 2011 at El Monte Sagrado Resort and Spa in Taos, New Mexico. This
promises to be a spectacular location for the scientific presentations as well as for fun
and recreation with family and friends.
Taos is located in northern New Mexico in a high mesa valley next to the foothills of
the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range at an elevation of 6,967 feet. Average high tem-
perature in June is 81°F. In the 1920’s there were more great artists in Taos than any-
where else in the world. To a great extent that still holds true today, as it is home to
over 1000 artists and musicians, and over 80 unique galleries.
Amidst the mystical beauty of Taos, New Mexico, El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and
Spa, with its AAA Four-Diamond Award, offers a secluded sanctuary in harmony with
the Earth. This New Mexico resort is adorned with exquisite accommodations inspired
by Native American and global culture and a dramatic art collection graced by world-
Dr. Paul Elliott is serving as the local arrangements chairperson, and is putting together
an exciting array of activities for members, guests, and their families. The Sangre de
Cristo Mountains around Taos abound with opportunities for outdoor recreation, in-
cluding hiking, mountain biking, fishing, golfing, white water rafting, and horseback
riding, or just plain relaxing in the spa.
The Opening Reception will be Saturday evening, and the Awards Banquet with music
and dancing will be on Tuesday night. The annual Golf Tournament will be on Monday
and the Tennis Tournament on Tuesday. On Sunday Dr Elliot has prepared a special
tour of the ancient Taos Pueblo. Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American com-
munity designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic
Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for
over 1000 years.
Travel, Lodging, and Registration Information
Taos is located about 135 miles North of Albuquerque and 73 miles north of Santa
Fe. For those flying to New Mexico, we strongly suggest Albuquerque as your arrival
point. Santa Fe airport does not have easy to organize or convenient shuttle service
to Taos. If you choose to fly to Santa Fe, you will be better off to select a rental car
for your Taos transportation.
There are two ways of making the trip from Albuquerque to Taos. First, and most
popular, rent a car. Drive North on I 25. At Santa Fe, drive towards Espanola on US
285. In Espanola, look for NM 68 to Taos. You may also take the high road. Some
folks even venture the Easterly route through Las Vegas. The drive from Albuquer-
que takes about 2 ½ hours.
Second, you may choose to ride one of the shuttle services. They operate from Albu-
querque starting at about 11 AM and ending about 3PM daily. From Taos, their
schedule starts about 7AM and the last one leaves at 11AM. You should plan on ar-
riving at least 1 or 2 hours prior to their last scheduled trip from Albuquerque in or-
der to allow for some flight delay and baggage pickup etc. Returning to Albuquerque
from Taos, you should plan to leave about 4 hours or more prior to your flight to
provide time for pickups etc.
To take advantage of our discounted room block and for tracking purposes, it is best
to make your hotel reservations through the meeting registration website at
Our room block expires May 19, 2011, so please make your arrangements as soon
|Before 6/1/10||After 6/1/10|
|Non-member 1 st Meeting||$650.00||$700.00|
Honorary members and guest speakers are not charged registration fees. Fees for
social activities will be available online when registering for the meeting.
Preferred payment for registration and activities is accepted online with a credit
card. Any checks should be made payable to the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Soci-
ety, and mailed, before arriving at the meeting, to:
Paul House M.D., Treasurer, RMNS
Bldg 550 Fifth Floor
175 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132
Full payment for registration fees is expected by the start of the meeting. You should
also make sure your membership dues are current. Refunds of registration fees or
social activity fees cannot be honored after May 12th. Please contact Dr. Paul House
at the above address if you have any questions regarding the meeting or registra-
Dr. Brett Dietz is this year’s Scientific Program Chairman and is preparing a stimu-
lating scientific program. The conference facilities at the hotel will provide the per-
fect location for the open exchange of ideas and discussion of interesting neurosur-
gical topics. The honored guest speakers for the annual meeting in Taos will be Dr.
Fredirick Boop, from Semmes-Murphey Neurologic & Spine Institute in Memphis,
TN, who will discuss pertinent pediatric neurosurgery issues as well as medical socio-
economic topics. Dr. Robert Rostomily from the University of Washington Medical
Center will present on stem cell research and his work on acoustic neuromas. You
will not want to miss these stimulating speakers.
The resident award amounts were reviewed, and given the surplus in the account,
the awards will be increased as follows: 1st Place – $750 cash award to resident
plus $1000 unrestricted grant to the sponsoring Department to cover travel
expenses covered by the department for the resident; 2nd Place – $500 cash
award; and 3rd Place – $250 cash award.
Do not forget the Tenth Annual Academy Cup to be presented for the best paper
from a practicing neurosurgeon (active or associate member). As in the past, we en-
courage you to bring interesting or difficult Firing Line cases for presentation and
discussion with our distinguished guest professors.
If you missed the February 15, 2011 deadline, we encourage you to still submit your
abstracts online at www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org.
Certification of continuing medical education is under the direction of Dr. Joseph
Beshay and the CME Committee. This activity has been planned and implemented in
accordance with the Essentials Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Con-
tinuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the AANS and Rocky Moun-
tain Neurosurgical Society, Inc. The AANS is accredited by the ACCME to provide con-
tinuing medical education for physicians. The AANS designates this education activity
for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should only claim
credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Membership Committee and the Executive Committee are reviewing the following
applicants for membership in the Society.
John Clough, MD
Brad Duhon, MD
Final approval will be determined by a vote of the membership at the annual business
meeting. The Society encourages membership applications from those practitioners
within our geographic boundaries who specialize in neurosurgery or the allied neuro-
sciences. Applications are available through the Secretary of the RMNS (see address
below), or from the website (www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org), and should be submitted six months in
advance of the annual meeting in order to be considered for membership that year.
Franco Erculei and Peter Heilbrun, both long time members, have recently passed
away. Our condolences to their surviving family members.
The reproduction of the RMNS historical archive into electronic format is available on-
line at our website, www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org. Our historian, Dr. Al Capanna, is requesting sub-
mission of any digital photographs of past or future meetings for inclusion in the digital
We look forward to seeing you and your family in Taos!
A. Stewart Levy, M.D., Secretary, RMNS
4101 West Conejos Place, Suite 225
Denver, CO 80204