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NeuroSafe 2021 - Time Out to Reflect on Quality & Safety in Neurosurgery; NeuroSafe 2021 - July 29-30

NeuroSafe 2021 Symposium

July 29, 2021, 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Symposium Day 1
July 30, 2021, 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, Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Dr. Daniel J. Guillaume

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

Dr. Kristen E. Jones

Kristen E. Jones, MD, FAANS
Neurosurgeon, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Carolina Sandoval-Garcia, MD

Carolina Sandoval-Garcia, MD
Neurosurgeon, Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Director for the Neurosurgery Residency Program, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Suzanne E. Shane, MSN, ACNP-BC, CNRN

Suzanne E. Shane, MSN, ACNP-BC, CNRN
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Larry D. Gunderson, CPA, CMA, MBA

Larry D. Gunderson, CPA, CMA, MBA
Department Administrator, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota School of Medicine

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 healthcare in mind, the sixth annual NeuroSafe symposium — NeuroSafe 2021 — will be held July 29 - 30, 2021 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 

Garni Barkhoudarian, MD, FAANS

Garni Barkhoudarian, MD, FAANS
Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Neurosurgery, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Director of Facial Pain and Adult Hydrocephalus Center & Co-director of Pituitary Disorders Center, Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Santa Monica, CA

Presentation: Value Oriented Architecture - Implementation and Validation for Brain Tumor Neurosurgery


J Todd Barnes, MPA, CMPE

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

Presentation: Future Care Disruptors in Neurosurgery


Mohamad Bydon, MD

Mohamad Bydon, MD
Staff Neurosurgical Consultant, Mayo Clinic Department of Neurologic Surgery, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and of Orthopedics and Health Services Research, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota

Presentation: The QOD Spine Experience and Transition to The American Spine Registry (ASR)


Silky Chotai, MD

Silky Chotai, MD
Neurosurgery Resident, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Presentation: Individual Patient Outcomes Prediction for Shared Decision-Making for Spine Surgery: What's New?

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, Durham, North Carolina

Presentation: Quality Collaboration Roundtable

John R.W. Kestle, MD, FRCSC, FACS

John R.W. Kestle, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery and Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Presentation: Pediatric Neurosurgery Symposium: Investigation and Implementation of Research in Pediatric Hydrocephalus

Miri Kim, MD, PhD, Resident Winner

Miri Kim, MD, PhD, Resident Winner
Neurosurgery Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois

Presentation: Standardizing Lumbar Drain Management in Vascular Procedures: Rationale, Practice Parameters, Implementation and Outcome

Kristopher T. Kimmell, MD

Kris Kimmel, MD
Staff Neurosurgeon, Rochester Regional Health, Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Rochester Medical Center; Chair, Patient Safety Committee, Council of State Neurosurgical Societies, Rochester, New York

Presentation: Update on Patient Safety from the CSNS



Professor and Vice Chair Pediatric Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Division Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Ann and Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation:  Pediatric Neurosurgery Symposium: Diffusion of Culture: Embracing Quality and Safety in Pediatric Neurosurgery


Debraj Mukherjee, MD MPH

Debraj Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland

Presentation: Development, Validation, and Use of Patient-Reported Outcome Metrics in Neurosurgical Oncology


W. Jerry Oakes, MD

W. Jerry Oakes, MD
Hendley Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children's of Alabama, Birmingham; Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, Quality and Safety Officer, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 

Presentation: Do Academic Safety Studies Really Matter

Presentation: Pediatric Neurosurgery Symposium: How to Influence Ethical Behavior in a Cost-Conscious World

Donato Pacione, MD

Donato Pacione, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Director of Quality Improvement, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York

Presentation: The Role of Antibiotics in Prevention of Surgical Site Infection: Less is More


Jeffrey S. Raskin, MD, MS, FAANS, FAAP

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

Presentation: Pediatric Neurosurgery Symposium: Protocolization Leads to Safer Pediatric Neurosurgery


Ahmed M.T. Raslan

Ahmed M.T. Raslan, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery; Director of Clinical Operations for Neurosurgery and Neuroscience Quality Director, Oregon Health and Science University; attending neurosurgeon, Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center, Portland, Oregon

Presentation: Improving the Quality of Healthcare: The Difference Between Improving the Design/flow and Improving the Content


Suzanne E. Shane, MSN, ACNP-BC, CNRN

Suzanne E. Shane, MSN, ACNP-BC, CNRN
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Presentation: Implementation of a Triage System to Improve Access to Care for Newly Referred Patients with Conditions of the Spine: A Multidisciplinary Quality Improvement Initiative


Clemens M. Schirmer, MD, PhD, AANS, FACS, FAHA

Clemens M. Schirmer, MD, PhD, AANS, FACS, FAHA
Neurosurgeon, Director of Cerebrovascular & Endovascular Neurosurgery, Resident Program Director, Geisinger Health System, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Presentation: Getting it Right Every Time - Tracking Quality Over Time


Scott D. Simon, MD

Scott D. Simon, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Chair of Neurosurgery Quality Committee, Division Chief of Cerebrovascular Surgery, Endovascular Fellowship Director, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Presentation: Demystifying National Quality Reports


Nicholas J. Szerlip, MD, FACS, FAANS

Nicholas J. Szerlip, MD, FACS, FAANS
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery; Director, Spine Oncology Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Presentation: Surgical Education in Neurosurgery: Making a Safe Surgeon


Brett E. Youngerman, MD, MS

Brett E. Youngerman, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, New York; AANS/CNS Washington Committee

Presentation: Washington Committee and Health IT Update


Pediatric Neurosurgery Symposium
Friday, July 30, 2021 - 1:00 to 4:00 PM

1:00 PM
1:40 PM
Protocolization Leads to Safer Pediatric Neurosurgery
Presented by Jeffrey S. Raskin, MD, MS, FAANS, FAAP
1:40 PM
2:20 PM
Diffusion of Culture: Embracing Quality and Safety in Pediatric Neurosurgery
Presented by Sandi K. Lam, MD, MBA, FACS, FAAP, FAANS
2:20 PM
3:00 PM
Investigation and Implementation of Research in Pediatric Hydrocephalus
Presented by John R.W. Kestle, MD
3:00 PM
3:40 PM
How to Influence Ethical Behavior in a Cost-Conscious World
Presented by W. Jerry Oakes, MD
3:40 PM
4:00 PM
Group Discussion
Facilitated by Daniel J. Guillaume & Carolina Sandoval-Garcia, MDs


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 designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.5 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 15.5 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

July 29 - 30, 2021
Thursday, July 29, 2021, General Session
Friday, July 30, 2021, General Session

Registration Rates:
Symposium Attendee: $750.00
Returning Attendee / Breakout Presenter: $650.00
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, and nourishment break.

Lodging fees are the responsibility of the attendee.  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 7, 2021. 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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