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NeuroSafe 2019

NeuroSafe 2019 Symposium

August 8, 2019, 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Symposium Day 1
August 9, 2019, 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Symposium Day 2

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

McNamara Alumni Center

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 two Light Rail stops from downtown Minneapolis and only 30 minutes from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport.  

Provided by: University of Minnesota Department of Neurosurgery and University of Minnesota Medical School, Interprofessional Continuing Education

Course Directors

Dr. Matthew Hunt

Matthew A. Hunt, MD, FRCS, FAANS
Neurosurgeon, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota

Dr. Daniel J. Guillaume

Daniel J. Guillaume, MD, MS, ABPNS, ABNS
Neurosurgeon, Associate Professor and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Vice Chair of Quality Assurance, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota

Dr. Kristen E. Jones

Kristen E. Jones, MD
Neurosurgeon, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota

Barbara Daiker

Barbara L. Daiker, PhD, RN
Department Administrator, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Minnesota

Course Purpose 

On local, state and national levels, providers are constantly challenged to provide high-quality, safe neurosurgical care in complex healthcare systems. And when governments, commercial organizations, and neurosurgical professionals focus on the topics of quality and safety, they inevitably find gaps in the available information.

With the "Triple Aim" of improving the patient care experience (including quality and satisfaction), improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care in mind, the fourth annual NeuroSafe symposium — NeuroSafe 2019 — will be held August 8-9 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus. It is designed to help grow our knowledge about and practical experience with these important topics. The two days will showcase national experts and organizations sharing strategies, studies and ideas via interactive case-based presentations, case reviews and discussions.

Key Topics

This innovative symposium will offer cutting-edge perspectives on quality and safety related to:
  • Improvement efforts across all practice settings
  • Outcomes measures
  • Challenges
  • Building the safest environments for neurosurgical patients throughout the world.

Keynote Speakers 

J Todd Barnes

J. Todd Barnes, MBA, CMPE, Business Administrator, Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Presentation: The Intersection of Safety, Quality, Outcomes, and Payments: an Administrator's Perspective


Lola B Chambless, MD, FAANS

Lola B. Chambless, MD, FAANS
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Residency Program Director for Neurological Surgery, Vanderbilt University
Member-at-Large 2018-20 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Chair of the CNS Committee on Data Science and Technology, Co-Chair CNS Leadership Program

Presentation: The Revolution of Data in Neurosurgery


Barbara Daiker

Barbara L. Daiker, PhD, RN
Department Administrator, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Minnesota

Presentation: The Application of a Quality Health Outcomes Model to Outpatient Neurosurgical Practice


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; Professor of Neurosurgery, Duke University School of Medicine

Presentation: Taking Neurosurgery Survival and Quality Best Practices from the Department to the Multi-Institutional Level


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, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Stanford Children's Health Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Presentation: Implementation of Target-based Care and Implant Protocol: Challenges and Triumphs


Randy L. Jensen MD, PhD

Randy L. Jensen, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, and Oncological Sciences, Vice Chair of Education, Residency Program Director, University of Utah

Presentation:  Quality Improvement and Value Driven Outcomes as Part of Resident Education



Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Quality & Safety Lead, Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Texas Children's Hospital, Faculty Affiliate, Baylor Center for Ethics and Health Policy, Faculty, Advisor, Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute 

Presentation:  A Clinician's Toolbox for Meaningful Quality Improvement: Ideas to Take Home from A Pediatric Neurosurgery Practice


Patricia D. Miller, MHSA, BLA, CMPE

Patricia D. Miller, MHSA, BLA, CMPE
Senior Administrator, Department of Neurosurgery, Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, The University of Kansas Health System

Presentation:  Utilizing Metrics and Benchmarking to Persuade for Neurosurgical Quality and Safety FTEs 


Jeffrey S. Raskin, MD, MS

Jeffrey S. Raskin, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery; pediatric neurosurgeon, Indiana University Health Physicians, Indianapolis, Indiana

Presentation:  Surgeon-led Quality and Safety Projects in the Operating Room


Gregory R. Trost, MD

Gregory R. Trost, MD
Professor, Neurological Surgery, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine; Clinical Vice Chairman, Neurosurgery; Director, Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Presentation:  Is There Any Rationale to the Timeout?


Jacob S. Young, MD

Jacob S. Young, MD
Neurosurgery Resident, University of California, San Francisco

Presentation:  A Safe Transitions Pathway for Post Craniotomy Neurological Surgery Patients: High Value Care that Bypasses the Intensive Care Unit



This symposium is ideal for specialty physicians, residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, 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 address 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.

Joint Accreditation

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 designated this live activity for a maximum of 14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

This activity is awarded up to 14.75 ANCC contact hours. 

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

August 8 - 9, 2019
Thursday, August 8, 2019, General Session
Friday, August 9, 2019, General Session

Registration Rates:
Symposium Attendee: $750.00
Breakout Speaker: $650.00
Returning Attendee or Speaker Guest: $650.00
Breakout Presenters Fellow/Residents: $350.00
Fellow/Residents: $350.00
Nursing Professionals: $500.00

Note:  Each attendee or guest must register separately.
Attendee registration includes all symposium general sessions, breakfast, lunch, nourishment breaks, dinner & evening program on August 8, 2019.

Lodging fees are the responsibility of the attendee. You can secure a room at The Graduate Hotel Minneapolis by calling 612-379-8888 and ask for the University of Minnesota Physicians NeuroSafe 2019 room block. There are a limited number of rooms available at $167.00 per night (plus taxes and hotel fees), please secure your hotel room early.  When The Graduate Hotel Minneapolis 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.

Cancellation 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 1, 2019. 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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