Thursday mornings are set aside for grand rounds and teaching
Neurology and Neurosurgery Grand Rounds
This weekly conference joins together the departments of
Neurosurgery and Neurology. Guest speakers from around the
country are invited to discuss current topics in the field.
This monthly conference is a joint meeting with members of the
department of interventional neuroradiology and the neurology
stroke team. Participants discuss interesting patient cases, and
multi-modality treatment of stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage,
arteriovenous malformations, and aneurysms.
This monthly conference is moderated by members of the
neuroradiology service. Interesting cases from the preceding
month are presented along with the relevant neurodiagnostic
The neurosurgery faculty presents cases to the residents in this
monthly conference. After listening to the history, the residents
are asked to discuss the diagnosis and surgical management
appropriate to the case.
Each academic year, every resident is asked to review and present
a lecture on a neurosurgical topic. The choice of topic is made
by the resident with the help of the program director, and is
appropriate to the resident's level of training. The presentation
is expected to have the level of sophistication worthy of future
Each month, several articles in the current literature are
presented at this meeting. Articles are chosen from a wide
variety of major journals in fields relevant to the practice of
neurosurgery, such as neuroscience, neurology and critical care,
to name a few.
Hospital Case Conference
During this bi-weekly conference, instructive cases from the
recent past are presented by the residents and faculty members
involved. Along with the chosen diagnostic and management
strategies, alternative treatments are put forth for debate and
Anatomy & Approaches
The emphasis of this meeting is nuances of intracranial and
spinal anatomy. For the complex intracranial anatomy, the
relevant approaches, including skull base techniques, are
discussed. For complex spinal anatomy, important aspects of
instrumentation techniques are presented.
Neuro-Oncology Brain Tumor Conference
Unlike the conferences above, this is a "working conference" and
takes place on Friday afternoons. Experts in neuro-oncology from
the departments of pathology, radiation medicine, radiology,
neurosurgery, as well as the Lombardi Cancer Center, gather
bi-weekly to discuss on-going treatment plans for complex
This is another working-conference, which takes place every
Friday afternoon. Members of the CyberKnife team discuss
treatment plans for patients undergoing stereotactic
Although we have a sizeable department with faculty members
covering every aspect of neurosurgery, often we still want to
supplement our teaching with new perspective from outside.
Therefore, we routinely invite "the neurosurgical luminaries" to
visit us and teach our resident. In recent years, our
highly-respected visitors have included Drs. Robert Grossman,
Harry van Loveren and Franco DeMonte.