Jointly Sponsored by AANS

47th Annual Meeting –  June 16 – 20, 2012


The 2012 Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society Meeting will be held from June 16th through June 20, 2012 at The Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii.

Dr. Stewart Levy is serving as the local arrangements chairperson, and is putting together an exciting array of activities for members, guests, and their families at this luxurious Oceanside resort.  This will be the first time the RMNS has taken its annual meeting to Hawaii and we are all very excited for a fun and unique experience.

In Hawaiian, Kea Lani means “heavenly white,” an appropriate description for this all suite and villa oceanfront luxury resort. Situated on 22 acres of tropical landscape, It features a full-service spa and salon, 24-hour fitness center, three swimming pools, a 140-foot waterslide, four restaurants, gourmet bakery and deli, a year-round children’s program, and boutique shopping. Their signature gourmet restaurant Kō has just completed a fresh remodel.  Golfers will be glad to know that the resort is adjacent to Wailea’s three championship golf courses  with an additional two nearby Makena courses.

In addition to golf, recreational activities in the area include surfing, snorkeling with sea turtles, scuba diving, hiking through rainforests and to waterfalls, horseback riding, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing, windsurfing, and zip-lining. You and your family may decide to take a day to drive around the island and hike bamboo forests and visit various historic sites. Also, plan to visit Maui’s Haleakala National Park,  home of the world’s largest dormant volcano. Rising 10,023 feet above sea level, it last erupted in 1790 A.D. The park also offers hiking, sightseeing, horseback riding, downhill biking and unforgettable sunsets and sunrises. To top off your adventure, helicopter tours are readily available from several tour companies.

We all look forward to our annual Opening Reception and Awards Banquet with the addition of a traditional Hawaiian Luau. In ancient Hawaii, men and woman ate their meals apart. Commoners and women of all ranks were also forbidden by the ancient Hawaiian religion to eat certain delicacies. This all changed in 1819, when King Kamehameha II abolished the traditional religious practices. A feast where the King ate with women was the symbolic act which ended the Hawaiian religious taboos, and the luau was born. This outdoor party on the beach often features poke (fish appetizer), poi (corn), kalua pig,  lomi salmon, opihi (shellfish), haupia (coconut dessert), cocktails, beer, wine, and entertainment, such as Hawaiian music and hula dancing.

Travel, Lodging, and Registration Information
The Fairmont Kea Lani resort is situated on Polo Beach, along the sunny southwest shore of Maui, 17 miles from the Kahului Airport. Taxi service to the hotel will cost around $60. Most will prefer to rent a car at the airport so you can explore the island with ease. There is valet parking service for $20 a night, or free self parking at the hotel.

Several airlines provide nonstop service from their hubs to Maui which is generally better than connecting through Honolulu. Look to connect on a direct flight through Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Dallas, and flights are generally 5-6 hours long.  Ticket prices can vary substantially but there are few last minute deals so make your plans early.

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 www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org. Room blocks are available for 3 days prior to and after our formal meeting dates, so plan to stay longer if you can. To qualify for free internet access everyone should join the Fairmount Presidents Club when they register.

Our room block expires May 16, 2012, so please make your arrangements as soon as possible.

Honorary members and guest speakers are not charged registration fees. Fees for social activities will be available to everyone 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 Society, 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


Tel. 801-581-6908

Payments and Dues

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 registration.


Scientific Program
Dr. Kelly Schmidt  is this year’s Scientific Program Chairman and is preparing a stimulating program. The conference facilities at the hotel will provide the perfect location for the open exchange of ideas and discussion of interesting neurosurgical topics.  We are pleased to announce that our president, Dr. Randy Jensen, has selected  our honored guests. We welcome Dr. Jeff Bruce, Professor of Neurological Surgery, Vice Chairman of Academic Affairs at Columbia University, and the Director of the Bartoli Brain Tumor Research Laboratory. Also, Dr. Charles Branch is Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery at Wake Forest University, past President of North American Spine Society, Chair of AANS/CNS Section on Spine and Editor in Chief of The Spine Journal, will be discussing minimally invasive spine surgery


Scientific Awards

Again this year we will have the Resident Award Competition to entice resident participation and ongoing meeting attendance.  Thanks to our membership participation, awards have been generously increased to $750, $500, $250 for 1st through 3rd place, with $1500 travel reimbursement to each. 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 encourage you to bring interesting or difficult Firing Line cases for presentation and discussion with our distinguished guest professors.



If you missed the deadline, we encourage you to still submit your abstracts online at www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org. We are always looking for interesting talks and this is a great venue to discuss preliminary findings or case studies.



Certification of continuing medical education is under the direction of Dr. Brett Dietz and the CME Committee. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials Areas and Policies 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 ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AANS designates this education activity for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsT . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  All board members and speakers must complete and submit a disclosure form in keeping with AANS rules and regulations.


Membership Committee

The Membership Committee and the Executive Committee are reviewing the following applicants for membership in the Society:

John B. McGowan, MD   Dallas, TX

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 neurosciences. Applications are available through the Secretary of the RMNS (see address below), or from the website (www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org), and we encourage applicants to submit their application six months in advance of the annual meeting to ensure consideration for membership that year.


Other News

Our 50th Anniversary is coming soon and hope to return to our original meeting site in Colorado Springs in 2015.


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 submission of any digital photographs of past or future meetings for inclusion in the digital archives.


Our Membership Roster is printed in our annual meeting booklet on even numbered years. Please submit any address or status changes to have to my email below.


We look forward to seeing you and your family in Maui!


Richard A. A. Day, MD

Secretary, Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society

2835 Fort Missoula Rd, Suite 202

Missoula, MT 59804

Tel. 406-327-4290

Fax 406-327-4291
Email: secretaryrmns@gmail.com


© Copyright 2012, Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, Inc. All rights reserved.




47th ANNUAL RMNS – JUNE 2012




1:00 – 5:00 p.m.                      Registration

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

6:30 – 9:30 p.m.                      Opening Reception

Children’s Fun Time


SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012


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

7:00 – 11:00 a.m.                   Spouse and Children’s Breakfast

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

6:30 – 9:30 p.m.                     Luau on Polo Beach Lawn


MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012


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

7:00 – 11:00 a.m.                   Spouse and Children’s Breakfast

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

12:30 – 6:00 p.m.                  Golf Tournament – Wailea Emerald Course

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


TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012


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

7:00 – 11:00 a.m.                    Spouse and Children’s Breakfast

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

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

12:30 – 4:00 p.m.                   Tennis Tournament

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

5:30 – 9:00 p.m.                      Kids’ Party




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

7:00-11:00 a.m.                      Spouse and Children’s Breakfast

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

12:00 p.m.                                Meeting Adjournment



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.

Exhibitors should plan to arrive on or before Saturday, June 16, 2012 to set up their booths and stay through the end of the meeting, with tear down Wednesday afternoon. Exhibitors and their families are invited to all recreational and social functions for the same fees offered to members.




Jointly Sponsored By AANS

JUNE 16-20, 2012

The Fairmont Kea Lani

Maui, Hawaii


Richard A. A. Day, MD


Rocky Mountain Neurosurgery Society Inc.

2835 Fort Missoula Rd., Suite 202

Missoula, MT 59804


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RMNS 47th Annual Meeting

June 16-202012

Maui, Hawaii


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