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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



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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.

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Location: Friday, April 24th at 7:00 pm at B.A.N.K. Restaurant in Minneapolis.
1. Review old business/minutes
2. Financial Report
3. Annual Meeting planning
    A. Summary of Planning to date/tentative agenda
    B. New ideas
    C. Future meeting ideas
4. Call for new delegate to CSNS
5. New business
All MNS members are welcome.

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The annual academic meeting of the Society will held on September 18-20, 2015 at the St. Paul Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota. This meeting will once again will be in joint providership with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and  has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. This conference is designed for practicing neurosurgeons, neurosurgical residents and fellows, and midlevel providers working in neurosurgery.

Tentative Program

Friday evening:  Cocktail reception and quality and safety posters (with 2 new awards)

Saturday:  Scientific sessions and dinner

Sunday morning:  Business meeting



Registration Fee:  $200 – Attending physicians & other practitioners

Free – Residents & retired physicians

Dinner Guest Fee:  $50 – Attending physician & other practitioners’ guests

Free – Resident guests

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Saint Paul Hotel.  Please make your room reservations with the hotel (1-800-292-9292) by August 21, 2015 to receive the $179/night room rate.

The meeting registration deadline is August 28, 2015.  Please make your checks payable to the Minnesota Neurosurgical Society and mail to:

Matthew A. Hunt, MD

University of Minnesota, Neurosurgery

420 Delaware St. SE, MMC 96

Minneapolis, MN  55455


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MNS 2015 Events

​Dear Minnesota Neurosurgeons,

It is time for MNNS dues renewal!  This year you may pay by check (see attached statement)​ or online. The Society has set up an account with Square to provide online dues renewal and payment to those members who would find this convenient. Clicking on the link below will open a new window (make sure that popups are enabled on your browser) and take you to a secure site where the annual $150 dues payment can be collected. You will receive a confirmatory email from Square following payment.

Pay 2015 Dues Online

For those of you who have not been members in the past, we encourage you to join our society.


Upcoming 2015 Minnesota Neurosurgical Society Events:

March 11, 2015 – Minnesota Medical Association Day at the Capitol (Co-sponsored by the MNNS)http://www.mnmed.org/Advocacy/Day-at-the-Capitol.

​ The MNNS strives to provide a voice for socioeconomic issues relevant to neurosurgeons here in Minnesota.  One way we can do this is to participate in the Minnesota Medical Association Day at the Capitol.

The day will start at noon on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

​We will start at the Doubletree Hotel in St. Paul with a luncheon and noted speakers from the legislature.  We will then proceed to the state capitol in a sea of “white coats” to meet with our individual district legislators.  If we are to be successful advocates we need to speak up.  Please consider attending all or part of this event.

April 24, 2015 – MNNS Business Meeting at B.A.N.K. Restaurant in Minneapolis.  Our guest speaker will be announced in future announcements.  We hope you can attend.  Please RSVP by April 10th if possible, to Sue Julson (julso001@umn.edu).  Dinner will be available at member expense.

September 18-20, 2015 – MNNS Annual Meeting at The Saint Paul Hotel in downtown St. Paul

Mark your calendars. Hope to see you soon,

​Matthew A. Hunt, MD, FRCS, FAANS

President, MNNS

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Dear Society Members and Guests:

Please consider attending this year’s Minnesota Neurosurgical Society meeting.  In addition to an excellent scientific program with presentations on all different aspects of neurosurgery, some of the highlights of this year’s program include a socioeconomic session in the afternoon, an honored guest presentation by Dr. Robert Donley on “Personal Reflections on a Career in Neurosurgery,” and a special report on what the Affordable Care Act means for the neurosurgeon.

We will start our meeting on Friday, October 4, 7:00p – 10:00p for our opening reception with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.  We will recommence Saturday, October 5th, at 8:30a for our all-day event (program attached).  If you would like, please join us on Sunday, October 6th, for the morning business meeting.

I look forward to seeing you in Red Wing.


Giuseppe Lanzino

President of the Minnesota Neurosurgical Society

To reserve a room at the St. James Hotel call 651-388-2846 and refer to our promotion code of MNNS Meeting when making your reservation to receive the discounted rate.  Rooms cannot be reserved online and receive the meeting discount.

Registration forms were emailed by Dr. Lanzino on 8/22/2013. Registration is also available on-site. Registration fee is $200, payable by check at the meeting.

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Friday, October 4th, 2013 MNNS Program

7:00p – 10:00PM Opening reception with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.  St. James Hotel Historic Lobby

Saturday, October 5th, 2013 MNNS Program

Scientific Session I: Moderator-Dr. Douglas Chyatte

8:30 – 8:35 Dr. Giuseppe Lanzino: Welcoming Remarks

8:35 – 8:42 Dr. Anthony Burrows: Complications of Flow Diversion for Intracranial


8:42 – 8:49 Dr. Ross Puffer: Treatment of Cavernous Sinus Aneurysms with Flow Diversion:

Results in 44 patients

8:49 – 9:04 Dr. Daraspreet Kainth: Unsustainable Hospital Charges are incurred in the

Treatment of Medicare Beneficiaries admitted with Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

9:04 – 9:19 Dr. Catherine Miller: Endovascular and Surgical Management of Dural Sinus


9:19 – 9:29 Erika Ross: Fornix Deep Brain Stimulation Induces Functional Activation in

Hippocampal Circuitry

9:29 – 9:39 Dr. Grant Mallory: Closed-loop control of dopamine release in a rodent model

of deep brain stimulation

9:39 – 9:45 Dominique Higgins: Microenvironmental Regulation of Glioblastoma Stem

Cells: A Novel Role for Semaphorin3A

9:45 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 10:45 Dr. Maya Babu: Affordable Care Act & the Neurosurgeon

Scientific Session II: Moderator-Dr. Matthew Hunt

10:45 – 10:57 Dr. Adel El-Nashar: Establishing a Neuroanatomy Lab: An answer to an existing


10:57 – 11:07 Dr. Mohammed Abdulaziz: Pattern of Failure in Surgically Resected

Myxopapillary Ependymoma

11:07 – 11:22 Dr. Rabia Qaiser: Associations between Pediatric Brain Tumors and


11:22 – 11:32 Dr. Dino Terzic: An Improved Method for Generating Oligodendrocyte

Progenitor Cells from Murine Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

11:32 – 11:42 Dr. Zoe Zhang: Canine Model for Aggressive Meningiomas and the Role of

Vaccine Immunotherapy

11:42 – 11:57 Dr. Jan Hachmann: Intraspinal Micro-stimulation (ISMS) for Restoration of

Motor Function following Spinal Cord Injury

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 Dr. Robert Donley: Personal Reflections and Reminiscences

Scientific Session III: Moderator-Dr. Giuseppe Lanzino

1:45 – 2:05 Dr. Jeremy Fogelson: Chin on Chest Deformities and Lessons Learned

2:05 – 2:25 Dr. Robert Spinner: Targeted MOC Review in Peripheral Nerve Surgery

2:25 – 2:40 Dr. Jamie Van Gompel: Anterior Inferior Petrosectomy: Integration of

Endoscopic Techniques for Petrous Apex Approaches

2:40 – 2:55 Dr. Douglas Chyatte: Intraoperative C-arm Fluoroscopy

2:55 – 3:10 Dr. Anthony Bottini: Contralateral Minimally Invasive Lumbar Surgery Techniques and Rationale.

3:10 – 3:25 Break

Socioeconomic Session: Moderator-Dr. Anthony Bottini

3:25 – 4:10 Katie Orrico: Washington Update

4:10 – 4:30 Dr. Fredric Meyer: ABNS Update, MOC, Resident Issues

4:30 – 4:50 Dr. Stephen Haines: Outcomes in Neurosurgery

4:50 – 5:15 Q&A with Discussion

6:30 – 7:00 Cocktails

7:00 – 9:00 Dinner and Piepgras Awards

Sunday, October 6th, 2013 MNNS Program

8:00-10:30 AM Annual Minnesota Neurosurgical Society business meeting.

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**Two upcoming meetings to add to your calendars**

Friday evening April 27, 2012: The spring gathering/dinner will be in Minneapolis (location will be announced at a later date).

September 21-23, 2012:  As we had a wonderful turn out and great response, our fall CME meeting will be at the St. James Hotel in Red Wing again. We are planning some separate activities for spouses this year while we are at our meeting. Mark your calendars and start thinking about a talk to give. If anyone has any thoughts or requests regarding a keynote speaker for this meeting, please get them to me.

We will have a room block, and they tend to fill up fast, so start thinking about booking.

Friday night we will have our opening ceremony with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails starting at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday we begin our presentations — Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided — Family invited to dinner.

Sunday Breakfast provided, Committee Member meeting, and we will award the winner of the Residents/Fellows Award.

Residents/Fellows: Remember we are awarding $500.00 for First place; and the runner-up will also receive an honorable mention certification.

Giuseppe Lanzino, M.D.
Mayo Clinic
Department of Neurosurgery

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the AANS and the Minnesota State Neurosurgical Society.  The AANS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AANS designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


St. James Hotel

406 Main Street

Red Wing, MN 55066-2359



Meeting registration: To register, complete the attached registration form and return by mail or fax 507-284-5206.  The registration fee includes tuition, syllabus, refreshments, and an evening reception.  Although it is not the Minnesota Neurosurgical Society policy to limit the number of registrants for a meeting, conference room facilities may necessitate closing of enrollment; therefore, early registration is advised.

Hotel Room reservation: To book a hotel room for this meeting, call the St. James Hotel 800-252-1875 and indicate that you are an attendee of this meeting

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your participation in this meeting, your registration fee, less a $75 administrative fee, will be refunded when written notification is received by the Minnesota Neurosurgical Society before September 10, 2011 (fax#: 507-284-5206).  No refunds will be made after Sept 10, 2011.

The Minnesota State Neurosurgical Society and/or the AANS reserve the right to cancel or postpone any meeting due to unforeseen circumstances.  In the unlikely event that this meeting must be canceled or postponed, the Minnesota Neurosurgical Society will refund the registration fee, but is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.


St. James Hotel

406 Main Street

Red Wing, MN 55066-2359


Centrally located between the Twin Cities and Rochester, the St. James Hotel is easy to find, yet comfortably out of the way. The St. James Hotel is located in historic Red Wing, MN on the Mississippi River. By car it is  approximately 70 minutes southeast of the Twin Cities, 70 minutes north of Rochester and 3 ½  hours south of Duluth. Direction to the St. James Hotel from your location can be obtained on the St. James Hotel web site http://www.st-james-hotel.com.

Lodging Accommodations

Guest rooms have been reserved for attendees and their guests with special meeting rates at the St. James Hotel. To book a hotel room for this meeting, call the St. James Hotel at 800-252-1875. Identify yourself as a participant of the Minnesota State Neurosurgical Society when making your reservation.  Room rates do not include applicable city and state taxes.

program committee

Meeting Director(s)

Anthony Bottini, M.D.

Douglas Chyatte, M.D.

Giuseppe Lanzino, M.D.


Committee Members

Linda Schmieder, AANS Education Coordinator


James Bean, MD

Lexington, KY

Douglas Chyatte, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Giuseppe Lanzino, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Anthony G. Bottini, MD

Chair, Park Nicollet Neurosurgery

Stephen J. Haines, M.D.,
Lyle A. French Chair and Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, Minneapolia, MN

Matthew Hunt, MD

Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

John Mullan, MD

Neurosurgical Associates, Minneapolis, MN

Michelle Clarke, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Kendall Lee, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Physiology, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Michael Link, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

David J. Daniels, M.D., Ph.D.

Resident-Rochester Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic

Ciro A. Vasquez, M.D.

Resident-Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota

Daraspreet Kainth, M.D.

Resident-Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota

Farhan Siddiq, MD

Resident-Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota


Friday September 16, 2011                                                                   

Opening Reception                                                               7:00-10:00 PM

Saturday September 17, 2011                                                               

Scientific Session I                                                                7:30-10:00 AM

Scientific Session II                                                               10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Resident’s Award and Scientific Session III                          1:00-3:00 PM

Scientific Session IV                                                              3:15-5:15 PM

Reception and dinner                                                                       7:00-10:00 PM

Keynote speaker                                                                  8:00-9:00 PM

Sunday September 18, 2011

Scientific Session V                                                               8:30-10:00 AM

Business Session                                                                  10:00-11:00 AM



Minnesota State Neurosurgical Society 2011 Annual CME Meeting

September 16-18, 2011

St. James Hotel

406 Main Street

Red Wing, MN 55066-2359


Download brochure and registration form HERE: 2011 MNNS Brochure Draft

Mail or FAX form with payment to:

Minnesota Neurosurgical Society

ATTN: Mark Wojahn

Department of Neurosurgery

Mayo Clinic

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Planning has started for the annual Minnesota Neurosurgical Academic Meeting to be held at Madden’s Resort from Friday, September 17th through Sunday, September 19th, 2010. The meeting this year will be held several weeks earlier than previously so that attendees and their families can enjoy all the resort facilities and activities which Madden’s has to offer.

This post also serves as a call for presentations for this meeting. Deadline for submissions is July 1st, 2010.

The meeting brochure is also available here (in .pdf format)  2010 MN Neurosurg Mtg

More information about Madden’s Resort can be found here:  http://www.maddens.com

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