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NeuroSafe 2017 Symposium

Time Out to Reflect on Quality and Safety in Neurosurgery

July 20 - 21, 2017

NeuroSafe 2017

Symposium Conference Center

McNamara Alumni Center

McNamara Alumni Center
University of Minnesota
200 Oak Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-2002
(612) 624-9831

Modern and majestic, the McNamara Alumni Center is a bold architectural gem on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. Its design is inspired by the Minnesota landscape: wood, water and copper. With ten unique rooms, all on the first floor, the conference center is a popular Minneapolis venue for conferences, galas, holiday parties and wedding receptions. We are just 2 Light Rail stops from downtown Minneapolis and only 30 minutes from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport.  

Presented by:
University of Minnesota Department of Neurosurgery
Provided by:
Office of Continuing Professional Development
University of Minnesota Medical School

Course Director

Dr. Matthew Hunt

Matthew A. Hunt, MD, FRCS
Neurosurgeon, Surgical Neuro-Oncologist,
Associate Professor and Resident Program Director
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Minnesota

Course Purpose 

This two-day symposium offers a conversation about how to improve the safety and quality in neurosurgery. On local, state and national levels, providers face challenges in providing high-quality, safe neurosurgical care in complex healthcare systems. A focus by governments, commercial organizations, and neurosurgical professionals on the topics of quality and safety demonstrates gaps in this knowledge area. Considering the Triple Aim of patient outcomes, costs and patient experience, growing our knowledge and practical experience through national experts and sharing across organizations about strategies, studies and ideas will help achieve these aims via interactive case-based presentations, case reviews and discussions.

Key Topics

This innovative two-day symposium will offer cutting-edge perspectives on quality and safety in neurosurgery, focusing on:
  • Quality and Safety improvement efforts across all practice settings
  • Quality and Safety outcomes measures
  • Quality and Safety challenges
  • Quality and Safety leading the national conversation
  • Quality and Safety building the safest environments for neurosurgery patients throughout the world.

Keynote Speakers 

D. Douglas Cochrane, MD. FRCSC

D. Douglas Cochrane, MD. FRCSC
Professor Emeritus, Division of Pediatric Nursery, University of British Columbia, British Columbia Patient Safety and Quality Council Chair, Staff Neurosurgeon Hospital for Sick Children-Toronto, Canada.

Presentation: Surgical Improvement: A Multifaceted Strategy


Gerald Grant, MD, FACS

Gerald A. Grant, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology, Stanford University Medical Center; Arline and Pete Harmon Endowed Faculty Scholar, Stanford's Child Research Health Institute; Division Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Stanford Children's Health Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
Presentation: Hunt for Ambulatory Metrics in the Pediatric Neurosciences


Oren N. Gottfried, MD< FAANS

Oren N. Gottfried, MD, FAANS
Co-Director of Duke Spine Center; Director, Spine Unit and Clinic, Duke University Hospital; Clinical Vice Chair, Quality, Duke Department of Neurosurgery; Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Duke University School of Medicine.

Presentation: A Single Clinic Intervention to Facilitate Patient Communication, Improve Visit Satisfaction, and Provide Real-Time Feedback 


Ahmed M.T. Raslan, MD

Ahmed M.T. Raslan, MD
Attending Neurosurgeon, Director of Clinical Operations for Neurosurgery and Neuroscience Quality Director, Oregon Health and Science University, Attending Neurosurgeon Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Presentation:  Operative Efficiency, Resource Modeling and Surgical Education in Value-Driven Markets


John D. Rolston, MD, PhD

John D. Rolston, MD, PhD
Director of Epilepsy Surgery and Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the University of Utah

Presentation:  Improving Intraoperative Patient Safety



This symposium is ideal for specialty physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, quality and safety professionals and others with a neurosurgery specialty interest. This includes professionals interested in offering patients the benefit of the most advanced quality and safety treatment options for neurosurgery care.

Educational Objectives

Following completion of this educational symposium, the learner should be better able to:
  • Describe how to problem solve quality and safety challenges using real-life examples
  • Outline current neurosurgical quality and safety expectations
  • Identify potential quality and safety outcomes measures in neurosurgery
  • Create new, national collaborations in quality and safety
  • Interpret regionalized quality and safety measures
  • Describe outcomes and reimbursements
  • Leverage your organization to improve quality and safety.

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements
American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Other Healthcare Professionals 
Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit this statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit.  The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Symposium Overview

July 20-21, 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017 General Session
Friday, July 21, 2017 General Session and Dinner Program

Registration Rates:
Symposium Attendee: $750.00
Guest: $200.00

Note:  Each attendee or guest must register separately.
Attendee registration includes all symposium general sessions, breakfast, nourishment breaks, social hour on July 20 and Dinner & Evening Program on July 21.

Lodging fees are the responsibility of the attendee. You can secure a room at The Commons Hotel by calling 612-379-8888 and ask for the University of Minnesota Physicians NeuroSafe 2017 room block. There are a limited number of rooms available at $229.00 - $269.00 per night (plus taxes and hotel fees), please secure your hotel room early.  When The Commons Hotel room block is full, there are other hotels nearby at which you can secure a room. Most hotels are within walking distance. Minneapolis light rail transit or public transportation is also available.

Cancelation Policy

Should you need to cancel your registration, the registration fee, less a $75.00 administrative fee, will be refunded if you notify us by 4:30pm CST on July 5, 2017. No refunds will be made after this date. If you have questions, please contact Claire Graham at the Department of Neurosurgery at 612-624-1207.

Dress Code

Business Casual


If you have any questions, please contact our office at 612-624-1207 or email Claire Graham at nsafe@umn.edu

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