Jointly Sponsored by AANS

48th Annual Meeting ‐  June 15 ‐ 19, 2013

Sun Valley Resort TOLL FREE: (800) 786‐8259
1 Sun Valley Road


(208) 622‐4111
(208) 622‐2030

E‐MAIL        reservations@sunvalley.com

The 2013 Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society Meeting will be held from June 15th through June 19 at The Sun Valley Re‐ sort, Sun Valley, ID. Dr. Randy Jensen is serving as the local arrangements chairperson, and is putting together an exciting array of activities for members, guests, and their families at this pristine iconic Mountain Resort.

It all began in 1935, when Count Felix Schaffgotsch, under the hire of Union Pacific Railroad, set out in search of the perfect spot for a grand American resort. Upon reaching the Ketchum Valley, the Count was overwhelmed by the 4,300 acre area and wired his employer, saying: “This combines more delighƞul features than any place I have ever seen in Switzerland, Austria or the U.S. for a winter resort.” The resort was an instant success. Local wildlife was seen sharing the mountain with European nobility and Hollywood royalty. Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, ClaudeƩe Colbert, Bing Crosby and Gary Cooper were all regulars in the lodge, while world champions including Don and Gretchen Fraser, Gracie Carter Lindley and Andy Hennig used the mountain for Olympic training. Ernest Hemingway’s time in Sun Valley began in 1939 when he came to the area after Union Pacific Railroad chairman invited Hemingway and other celebrities to Sun Valley. In the fall of 1939, he finished his novel For Whom the Bell Tolls. He worked on it while stay‐ ing in suite 206 at the Sun Valley Lodge. After 1948, Hemingway stayed at the Ketchum Korral room 38, along State Highway 75 at the south end of town. Then known as Mac‐ Donald Cabins, Hemingway stayed while the Sun Valley Lodge was being used as a hospital by the Navy during World War II. In Ketchum, he often went to the Alpine Club (now Whiskey Jacques) and the Casino Club, which still exists on Main Street.

In addition to our scientific program, we all look forward to our annual Opening Reception and Awards Banquet and Dance, with the addition of an evening Western Barbecue and skeet shoot. During the week you can look forward to our traditional golf and tennis tournaments with other activities available on an individual basis which include fly‐fishing, horseback riding, ice‐skating, paddle boating, mountain biking, bowling, movie at the Opera house, concerts at Sun Valley Music Pavilion, hiking, biking, choice of three swimming pools, salon and day spa, dance lessons, Pilates classes, and river trips.

Sun Valley Lodge is situated in the greater Wood River Valley at an elevation of 5,920 feet with average low and high temperatures of 35/71° during the month of June.

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.

  • Apex
  • Baxano
  • Brain Lab
  • Codman
  • DJO Global
  • Globus
  • Integra
  • Nuvasiv
  • Osteomed
  • Southwest Surgical
  • Stryker Spine
  • Synthes
  • Trans 1

Exhibitors should plan to arrive on or before Saturday, June 15, 2013 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.





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

1:00 ‐ 4:00 p.m.                      Executive CommiƩee Meeting

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

Children’s Fun Time

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013

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: Trauma

6:30 ‐ 9:30 p.m.                      Western Barbecue and Skeet Shoot

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013

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: Neoplasia

12:30 – 6:00 p.m.                  Golf Tournament

7:00 ‐ 10:00 p.m.                   President’s Dinner (executive board and

guest speakers)

Travel, Lodging, and Registrant Information

Sun Valley is served by Hailey’s Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN). It’s located 14 miles from the resort and is easily accessible from the gateway cities of Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), and Salt Lake City (SLC). These cities are served by most major air‐ lines and are met by Sun Valley’s two connecting carriers: Alaska Airlines (Horizon Air) and SkyWest (Delta Connection). In addition, Alaska Air now offers daily direct, non‐ stop flights between Sun Valley and Los Angeles and Seattle, putting  west coasters just a few hours away from Sun Valley. Sun Valley Resort offers a complimentary guest resort shuttle for transportation to/from Friedman Memorial Airport and the Sun Valley Resort. Daily shuttle service between Boise Airport (BOI) and the Sun Val‐ ley Lodge via Sun Valley Express. Plan on renting a car to take advantage of all that Ketchum area has to offer, as well as some incredible scenic day drives.

There are many room types available at the Lodge so book early through our website for the best selection and your preferred choice. Room block is available for 3 days prior, and 3 days over the meeting to allow members to have flexibility with their travel arrangements.

Registration Fees Before 6/1/2011 After 6/1/2011







Non‐member 1st Meeting



Allied Health






Senior (non‐member)



Senior Member




Our room block expires May 15,2013, so please make your arrangements online at our website as soon as possible.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

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: Spine

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: Vascular/Function

12:00 p.m.                                Meeting Adjournment


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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:


Kelly Schmidt M.D., Treasurer, RMNS

1041 Bayhead Ct.

Las Vegas, NV 89138 kellyschmidtmd@yahoo.com


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. Kelly Schmidt at the aforementioned address if you have any questions regarding the meeting or registration.

Scientific Program

Dr. Todd Hankinson   is this year’s Scientific Program Chairman and is preparing a

Simulation program. The conference facililities 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. Stewart Levy, has selected our two honored guests speakers.  We welcome Frederick F. Lang, Jr., MD, FACS, FAANS, Professor and Director of Clinical Research, Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. He will discuss his expertise in Neurosurgical Oncology. Dr. Jamie Ullman an Associate Professor at Mount Sinai Hospital. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University, MD degree at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, and completed her residency at Mount Sinai. She is currently the Director of Neurosurgery at Elmhurst Hospital, President of Women In Neurosurgery and will discuss her strong interest in Neurotrauma.

Scientific Awards

Again this year we will have the Resident Award Component to 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 $500 travel reimbursement to the first 10 residents registering for our meeting. 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 submit your abstracts online at www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.orgWe are always looking for interesting talks and this is a great venue to discuss preliminary findings or case studies.


Certificate 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 Essential 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 Credits™ . 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:

Ali Murad, MD   Pueblo, CO

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. We have a new website, please visit and make comments or suggestions. Pay your dues online. We are also updating our membership roster so please review your contact information and submit any address changes.