Advances in Neurology and Neurosurgery

Second Annual David and Lya Neumann Symposium
Advances in Neurology and Neurosurgery

Presented by The Department of Neurological Surgery at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Target Audience
The Symposium’s target audience is primary care physicians, hospitalists, nurses and physician assistants

Learning Objectives
After the session, the participants will be able to: 

  • Assess current spinal surgery treatment including minimally invasive options and review procedural instrumentation.
  • Examine the current methods for treatment of brain tumors including minimally invasive open surgery and radiosurgery using CyberKnife.
  • Describe management of current treatment options for surgical intervention in management of brain tumors in the pediatric population.
  • Identify the role of the nurse practitioner in the care of the neurosurgical patient.
  • Illustrate the need for rapid evaluation and planning for care including implementation of nursing assessments and treatment plans appropriate for stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage in the acute care setting.
  • Describe the current management and treatment of stroke.
  • Evaluate indications for surgical treatment for Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. 
  • Summarize the ICU management of patients with stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage.
  • Describe the current paradigms in treatment of intracranial aneurysms.


7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast 

8:45 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. Opening Remarks 
Otakar R. Hubschmann, MD, FAANS, FACS, Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery Program Director, Neurosurgical Residency Program, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center 

8:55 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome 
Stephen Zieniewicz, FACHE, President & Chief Executive Officer, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center 

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Advances in Minimally Invasive Fusion 
Joseph M. Koziol, MD, FAANS, FACS, Vice Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

9:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Microsurgery for Intradural Tumors 
Saikiran Murthy, DO, Chief Resident, Neurological Surgery Residency Program, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Skull Base Surgery 
James K. Liu, MD, FACS, FAANS, Attending, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center; Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Director, Cerebrovascular/Skull Base &Pituitary Surgery, Co-Director, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Program Director, Surgical Neuro-Oncology and Brain Tumor Center Departments of  Neurological Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Rutgers Neurological Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Recent Advances in Treatment of Pediatric Brain Tumors 
Arno Fried, MD, FACS, FAANS, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Stereotaxic Radiosurgery for Brain Tumors 
Adam Lipson, MD, FAANS, FACS, Neurosurgeon and partner at IGEA Brain and Spine

10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break 

11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. The Role of a Nurse Practitioner as a Liaison between Nurses, Residents and Attending Physicians in Treatment of Neurosurgical Patients 
Stephanie Caiella, MSN, RN, APN-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Department of Neurological Surgery, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Current: The Latest in Neurostimulation 
Paul Gigante, MD, Neurosurgeon with Neurosurgeons of New Jersey, Columbia Neurosurgery Network

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Advances in Treatment of Stroke 
Ashan Sattar, MD, Endovascular Neurointerventionalist, Neurosurgeons of NJ

12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m. Surgical Treatment of Aneurysms 
Ciro Randazzo, MD, MPH, FAANS, Neurosurgeon with IGEA Brain and Spine

12:20 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Individual Lunch 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Practical Courses for Nurses and PA’s in Neurosurgical Instrumentation 

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Neuro Nurse Team 
Alexa Miller, BSN, RN, CNOR; Amina Ali, RN; Amy L. Coryea, CST (Certified Surgical Technologist); Taleen Jamgotchian, BSN, RN, CNOR; Heather Maguire, BSN, RN; Christian Rodriguez, BSN, RN; Marcio Goncalves, RN, CNOR; Lisa Blomgren, BSN, RN ; Karen Hoetzl, BSN, RN, CNOR

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