exterior SPHDear Members of the Minnesota Neurosurgical Society

Please find attached the Registration form for the upcoming 2016 Minnesota Neurosurgical Society Meeting, October 7-9th at the St. Paul Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota. So, come to town for the weekend, book a suite at the beautiful St. Paul Hotel overlooking Rice Park and enjoy all that downtown St. Paul has to offer! Take a break, have a great time, meet old neurosurgery friends and make some new ones, score some AANS CME, eat fantastic food, drink some fantastic scotch, bring the family and show them the town. Hope to see you there!

Also attached is the  Call for Abstracts.  The deadline for submission has been extended  to September 6, 2016


A MNNS Active Membership for attending physicians is $150; seniors and residents are free.  If you have not yet paid your 2016 annual dues, please pay online at https://mnneurosurgicalsociety.org/ or make your check payable to the Minnesota Neurosurgical Society and mail it to Michelle Clarke, MD, Mayo Clinic – Neurosurgery, 200 First Street SE, Gonda 8-209, Rochester, MN  55905.

While membership for seniors and residents is free, we request that you complete the MNNS Annual Membership Application Form so that we can be assured we have your updated information on file.

Gina Robertson | Medical Secretary | Neurosurgery | Michelle J. Clarke, M.D. | Jeremy L. Fogelson, M.D.| Laura A. Waksdahl, A.P.R.N., CNP | Phone: 507-266-2522 | Fax: 507-284-5206  | E-mail: robertson.gina@mayo.edu | Mayo Clinic | 200 First Street SW | Rochester, MN 55905 |www.mayoclinic.org


Registration Form-2016

Call for abstracts 2016

OrricoThis year’s annual Spring MNNS business meeting was held at the Bank Restaurant boardroom in Minneapolis on Friday evening, April 15th. The organization’s finances were reviewed along with anticipated expenses for the fall 2016 academic meeting to be held at the St. Paul Hotel from October 7-9th. The Society remains a stable financial concern although the need for increased member and industry participation to help support this program was emphasized. The most recent Counsel of State Neurosurgical Society’s (CSNS) resolutions were also discussed, most notably Resolution III-2016S: On-Call Compensation Analysis and Resolution VI-2016S: Impact of policy changes regarding simultaneous neurosurgical procedures.

The remainder of the program was primarily a wide ranging conversation with the Society’s guest speaker, Ms. Katie Orrico, the Director of the AANS’ Washington Office who provided her usual candid insights into the anticipated policy changes likely to affect the practice of neurosurgery over the next several years.


A polite reminder to go to 2016 Minnesota Neurosurgical Society Dues Online and pay your dues for the 2016 year.   Alternatively, dues may also be paid in person at the Business Meeting or by check to:

Minnesota Neurological Society, Mayo Clinic attn: Gina Robertson, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905

We look forward to your participation in our activities this year.

Michelle J. Clarke, M.D., President, Minnesota Neurosurgical Society


Our annual business meeting will be held on April 15, 2016 at The Bank in Minneapolis at 6:00 pm.  In addition to business items, we are honored to have a talk by Katie Orrico.  Please join us for informal hors d’oeuvres and full dinner.  This will be a great time to interact with Katie and learn more about what is happening at Neurosurgery’s Washington Office.

Michelle J. Clarke, M.D., President


Michelle Clarke, MD is newly installed as the President of the Minnesota Neurosurgical Society, replacing Dr. Matthew Hunt who concluded his two year term at the academic meeting in September. Ann Parr, MD from the University of Minnesota has been elected to fill the now vacant position of Secretary/Treasurer during the business meeting held at the St. Paul Hotel on September 20th. The Executive Committee extends its sincere appreciation to Dr. Hunt for his contributions over the past four years on behalf of both the Society and Minnesota neurosurgery and its congratulations to Drs. Clarke and Parr.

Dr. Joshua Hughes won the Piepgras Award for Basic Science Research with his paper, Magnetic resonance elastography and slip interface imaging of meningiomas, pituitary adenomas and vestibular schwannomas. Dr. Christopher Grafeo won the Piepgras Award for Clinical Research with his presentation, Type II odontoid process fracture in octogenarians: surgical versus nonoperative managementBoth presentations were given at the Society’s annual academic meeting on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 and the awards were announced by the Society President, Dr. Matthew Hunt, during the dinner at Pazzaluna Restaurant that evening. Each recipient also received a $500 stipend from the Society.

Catherine Miller, MD (MAPK pathway inhibitor therapy for progressive pediatric astrocytomasand Anthony Burrows, MD  (Outcomes from Staphylococcus aureus colonization screening and in patients undergoing elective neurologic surgeryreceived honorable mentions and a $250 stipend for their presentations in the clinical and research categories respectively.

The Society chose fourteen presentations to be included in the 2015 Academic meeting. Congratulations to Drs. Hughes, Grafeo, Miller and Burrows, and to all the contributors to this year’s program

The Society’s awards for outstanding clinical and basic science research papers are named after Dr. David Piepgras who was born in Luverne, Minnesota and completed his Bachelor of Arts and Medical degrees from the University of Minnesota. After internship in New Hampshire, three years of military service and one year of general surgery residency, his neurosurgical residency was completed at Mayo Clinic.  He remained in the Mayo Clinic Neurosurgery Department thereafter, being named Professor in 1988 and serving as Chair of Neurosurgery from 1992-2004. Dr. Piepgras was president of the AANS Joint Section of Cerebrovascular Diseases from 1990-1991. He held the position as President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery from 2002-2003 and the Society of Neurological Surgeons (“Senior Society”) from 2003-2004. He served on the RRC for Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Neurological Surgery, including Chair from 2002-2003.  Dr. Piepgras’ research and clinical interests include the surgical treatment and epidemiology of occlusive cerebrovascular disease and the management of arteriovenous malformations and intracranial aneurysms.  He has extensively studied the natural history of unruptured intracranial aneurysms, including being Co-investigator on the sentinel study funded by the NINDS. David has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, multiple book chapters and has served as a reviewer for Neurosurgery, Stroke and The New England Journal of Medicine. He has been an invited speaker and held many visiting professorships all over the world. He remains clinically active in The Mayo Clinic Neurosurgery Program.

All sessions are at The St. Paul Hotel


Friday, September 18, 2015

MNNS Opening Reception and Poster Session

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

James J. Hill South Room

Saturday, September 19, 2015


8:00 am – 9:00 am

Summit Room


Matthew Hunt, MD

9:00 am – 9:10 am

Scientific Session I:  Functional / Spine

9:10 am –10:30 am

Moderator:  Ann Parr, MD, University of Minnesota, Neurosurgery

9:10 – 9:30 am  Paola Testini, MD – “Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation for Tourette Syndrome: Clinical Outcomes and Neural Network Modulation”

9:30 – 9:50 am Christopher Graffeo, MD – “Type II Odontoid Process Fracture in Octogenarians: Surgical Versus Nonoperative Management”

9:50 – 10:10 am Patrick Maloney, MD – “Radiographic Analysis of Postoperative Delayed Cervical Palsies”

10:10 – 10:30 am David Darrow, MD – “Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Trigeminal Neuralgia: Meta-analysis”


10:30 am – 10:50 am

Scientific Session II:  Peripheral Nerve

10:50 am – 11:50 am

Moderator:  Matthew Hunt, MD, University of Minnesota, Neurosurgery

10:50 – 11:10 am Stepan Capek, MD – “Tumefactive Appearance of Peripheral Nerve Involvement in Hematologic Malignancies: A New Imaging Association”

11:10 – 11:30 am Nikhil Prasad – “The Sub-paraneurial Compartment: A New Concept in the Anatomic Classification of Peripheral Nerve Lesions”

11:30 – 11:50 am Robert Spinner, MD – “Recurrent Intraneural Ganglion Cysts: Pathoanatomic Patterns and Treatment Implications”


11:50 am – 1:00 pm

James J. Hill South Room

Distinguished Lecturer

Stephen J. Haines, MD

The Making of a Neurosurgeon”

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Summit Room

Scientific Session III:  Tumor 

1:45 pm – 3:05 pm

Moderator:  Michelle Clarke, MD, Mayo Clinic, Neurosurgery

1:45 – 2:05 pm Catherine Miller, MD – “MAPK Pathway Inhibitor Therapy for Progressive Pediatric Astrocytomas”

2:05 – 2:25 pm Joshua Hughes, MD – “Magnetic Resopnance Elastography and Slip Interface Imaging of Meningiomas, Pituitary Adenomas, and Vestibular Schwannomas”

2:25 – 2:45 pm Paramita Das – “An Oncogene in Medulloblastoma”

2:45 – 3:05 pm Lydia Wheeler – “Clinicopathologic Features of MEN1 Neoplasms”


3:05 pm – 3:25 pm

Scientific Session IV:  General

3:25 pm – 4:25 pm

Moderator:  Anthony Bottini, MD, Park Nicollet Clinic

3:25 – 3:45 pm Ramachandra Tummala, MD  – “Teaching Brain Surgery – Observations of a Young Neurosurgeon”

3:45 – 4:05 pm Avital Perry, MD – “Clinical Correlation of Magnetic Resonance Elastography in Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus”

4:05 – 4:25 pm Anthony Burrows, MD – “Outcomes from Staphylococcus Aureus Colonization Screening and in Patients Undergoing Elective Neurologic Surgery“

Outgoing President Remarks

4:25 pm

Matthew Hunt, MD

Evening Reception, Dinner and Piepgras Awards

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Pazzaluna Restaurant

360 St. Peter St., St. Paul

Sunday, September 20, 2015

MNNS Business Meeting

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Hotel Restaurant

Minnesota Twins Game

1:00 pm

Target Field, Downtown Minneapolis