Jointly Provided by AANS 

51th Annual Meeting – June 18-22, 2016 

The 2016 Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society Meeting will be held from June 18th through June 22nd at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, Montana. Dr. Joe Sramek is serving as the local arrangements chairperson and is putting together an exciting array of activities for members, guests, and their families at this wonderful resort.

The venue for the 51st annual meeting is The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Whitefish, Montana. This wonderful resort promises to offer the usual relaxing yet fun-filled experience that our membership and their families have come to expect. The usual robust scientific program will take place during the mornings, with the afternoons open to participate in one of our planned activities, or just relax and enjoy spending time with family or reconnecting with old friends. Social activities include a barbecue, our annual golf and tennis tournaments, and awards banquet and dance.

Inspired by the grand lodges of the past, with all the conveniences of the present, the Lodge at Whitefish Lake has returned a sense of leisure and grace to the Montana trav-\el experience. Surrounded by mountains with the pristine waters of Whitefish Lake at our back door, and all the amenities of a full-service resort, the Lodge provides the perfect location for your next visit to Whitefish and northwest Montana.

With outstanding service and deluxe accommodations, you will be able to enjoy all that Whitefish and the Flathead Valley have to offer. The Lodge is only minutes from downtown Whitefish, ten minutes from the Whitefish Mountain Resort and less than a 30-minute drive to the scenic wonders of Glacier National Park. With a central location 35 minutes from the west entrance of Glacier National Park at West Glacier, enjoy your days hiking and rafting, then indulge yourself in luxury at the Lodge with a soak in our lakefront hot tub and a massage to work out those tired muscles.

*Please register for the meeting and hotel accommodations online at www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org 

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake 1380 Wisconsin Avenue Whitefish, MT 59937 www.lodgeatwhitefishlake.com  Hotel Reservations: Please make reservations through the RMNS website when registering for the meeting* www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org 


The Lodge at Whitefish Lake 

Whitefish, Montana 

51stANNUAL RMNS – JUNE 2016 

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016 

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 19, 2016 

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

MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016 

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. Tennis Tournament

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016 

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. Golf 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

Travel, Lodging, and Registration Information 

The Lodge is conveniently located just one mile north of downtown Whitefish. The closest airport is located in Kalispell at the Glacier Park International Airport (15 minutes) accessed by Delta, United, Alaska Air, and Alegiant daily. In addition, we are only minutes from the Whitefish Depot, which is served daily by Amtrak. Complimentary shuttle service is available from the airport or Amtrak daily.

Lodge at Whitefish Lake was inspired by the grand lodges of the past, yet offers all the conveniences of the present! Surrounded by mountains with the pristine waters of Whitefish Lake at our back door, and all the amenities of a full-service resort, the Lodge provides the perfect location for your next visit to Whitefish and northwest Montana.

Accommodation rates are available upon meeting registration through the RMNS website.

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:

Brad Duhon M.D., Treasurer, RMNS 5140 N. Lariat Dr. Castle Rock, CO 80108 


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. Mark Mahan 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. Richard Day, has selected our two honored guests speakers. We welcome Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, Professor & Chairman Neurosurgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Anthony Asher, Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates. As always, we are privileged have such distinguished contributors to our scientific program.

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 will be $750, $500, $250 for 1st through 3rd place, with $750 travel reimbursement the programs of the first 10 residents registering for our meeting. Do not forget the Twelfth 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.

Joint Providership Accreditation statement 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the AANS and the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society. The AANS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement 

The AANS designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditsᵀᴹ. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Disclosure Statement 

Before the program, anyone in control of the educational content of this activity will disclose the existence of any financial interest and/or the relationship they or their significant other have with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) to be discussed during their presentation. Disclosures will be included in the final program.

Membership Committee 

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

Mark Mahan, MD – Salt Lake City, UT 

Michael A. Finn, MD – Aurora, CO 

John McGregor, MD – Columbus, OH 

Joshua Krass, DO – Kalispell, MT 

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 filed online through the RMNS website (www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org). We encourage applicants to submit their application six months in advance of the annual meeting to ensure consideration for membership that year.