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NeuroSafe 2018

NeuroSafe 2018 Symposium

August 2, 2018, 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Symposium Day 1
August 2, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Dinner & Program
August 3, 2018, 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 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 Directors

Dr. Daniel J. Guillaume

Daniel J. Guillaume, MD, MS
Neurosurgeon, Associate Professor,
Associate Professor and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery,
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Minnesota

Dr. Matthew Hunt

Matthew A. Hunt, MD, FRCS, FAANS
Neurosurgeon, Associate Professor and Resident Program Director,
Department of Neurosurgery
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 third annual NeuroSafe symposium — NeuroSafe 2018 — will be held August 2-3 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 provide access to 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
  • Leading the national conversation
  • Building the safest environments for neurosurgery patients throughout the world.

Keynote Speakers 

Mohamad Bydon, MD

Mohamad Bydon, MD
Staff neurosurgical consultant, Mayo Clinic Department of Neurologic Surgery; associate professor of Neurosurgery; assistant professor of Orthopedics and Health Services Research, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Presentation: Payment Reform in a Changing Healthcare Environment


David Dornbos III, MD

David Dornbos III, MD
Neurosurgery Resident, Department of Neurological Surgery, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Presentation: Impact of Malnutrition on Expected Length of Stay and Mortality Metrics


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: The Balancing Act: How Do we Maximize Patient Satisfaction While Delivering High-quality Neurosurgical Care?


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: Launch of Quality Assurance Performance Improvement for Pediatric Neurosciences: Are We Making a Difference?


Teodor P. Grantcharov, MD, PhD, FACS

Teodor P. Grantcharov, MD, PhD, FACS
Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto; Keenan Chair in Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto; Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety.

Presentation:  Using Data to Enhance Performance and Improve Surgical Safety


Tammy Harmon, RN, BSN, CCRN

Tammy Harmon, RN, BSN, CCRN
Clinical discharge coordinator for Neurosurgery, University of Kansas Health System.

Presentation:  A Nursing Approach to Reducing Readmissions and Increasing Patient Satisfaction in a Neurosurgical Service


Debraj Mukherjee, MD, MPH

Debraj Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital - Baltimore, Maryland

Presentation:  Assessing Post-Surgical Quality in Glioblastoma


David W. Polly, Jr., MD

David W. Polly, Jr., MD
James W. Ogilvie Chair, University of Minnesota Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; professor and chief of Spine Surgery; adjunct professor, Neurosurgery Department.

Presentation:  Improving Complex Spine Care-Right Diagnosis, Right Treatment, Right Technical Execution


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:  Balancing Operative Efficiency and Surgical Education in Value-driven Healthcare



This symposium is ideal for specialty physicians, 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 15.0 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 15.0 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 2 - 3, 2018
Thursday, August 2, 2018, General Session, Dinner & Program
Friday, August 3, 2018, General Session

Registration Rates:
NSS 2018 Attendee: $750.00
NSS 2018 Breakout Speaker: $650.00
Fellow/Resident Attendee: $350.00
WebEx Attendee: $100 *No CME available*

Note: Symposium attendees, the 2 panel discussions will be videotaped.

Note:  Each attendee or guest must register separately.
Attendee registration includes all symposium general sessions, breakfast, nourishment breaks, Dinner & Evening Program on August 2, 2018.

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 2018 room block. There are a limited number of rooms available at $199.00 - $239.00 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 24, 2018. 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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