UCSF Neurosurgery at AANS 2024 Chicago

This week over 3,300 neurosurgeons and medical professionals will gather in Chicago for this year’s American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting. The conference theme, What Matters, calls on participants to contemplate their roles in shaping innovation in neurosurgery and their impacts on society.

AANS will be awarding the following UC San Francisco researchers for their contributions to the field:

Mitchel S. Berger, MD, Berthold and Belle N. Guggenhime Professor and Director of the UCSF Brain Tumor Center
Cushing Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Neurosurgery
Sunday, May 5, 2024
10:32 - 10:47 a.m.

Geoffrey T. Manley MD, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of Neurological Surgery and Chief of Neurotrauma at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
Richard C. Schneider Lecture - What Matters 2024: Translational Trauma
Saturday, May 4, 2024
8:36 - 8:51 a.m.

Timothy Yee, MD, UCSF neurosurgery fellow in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery
Stewart B. Dunsker, MD Award for Best Clinical Spine Abstract
Predictors of Returning to Work by 5 Years after Surgery for Grade 1 Lumbar Spondylolisthesis: A QOD Study
Saturday, May 4, 2024
4:34 - 4:39 p.m.

Ramin Morshed, MD, Mayo Clinic skull base oncology fellow and UCSF neurosurgery residency alumnus
Ronald L. Bittner Award on Brain Tumor Research
Genomic divergence rates between matched brain metastases and extracranial disease sites
Sunday, May 5
2:43 – 2:48 p.m.

John Yue, MD, UCSF neurosurgery resident
Natus Resident/Fellow Award for Neurocritical Care (Neurotrauma)
Prior Traumatic Brain Injury Is a Risk Factor for In-Hospital Mortality After Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
Sunday, May 5, 2024
1:32 - 1:37 p.m.


UCSF faculty, fellows, residents and medical students will also be presenting talks and posters across a variety of specialties in neurosurgery from neuro-oncology to neurotrauma. Here are all the presentations from UCSF neurosurgery.

Friday, May 3

Comprehensive World Brain Mapping
Practical Clinic
7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (S404abcd)
Course Director: Mitchel Berger, MD; Presenters: Edward Chang, MD, Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD, Roberto Rodriguez Rubio, MD.

Ostler Lecture
Young Neurosurgeon Research Forum
12:34 – 12:57 p.m. (S401ab)
Speaker: Edward Chang, MD

Living Well with Diffuse Lower-Grade Glioma
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Great Lakes Ballroom A, Level 2, Marriott Marquis)
Speaker: Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD


Saturday, May 4

What Matters: Functional Neurosurgery
8:52-9:07am (Enter through AANS Exhibit Hall)
Speaker: Edward Chang, MD

Surgical Videos from the Masters: How I Do It
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (N427bc)
Discussion Speaker: Lee Tan, MD

Spine Rapid Fire Abstract Session
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (S403ab)
Moderator: Lee Tan, MD


Sunday, May 5

The Future of Spine Surgery: How Spine Surgery Is Changing and How It Will Affect Your Practice
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (N427bc)
Moderator: Anthony DiGiorgio, DO, MHA; Presenter: Timothy Yee, MD

Lower Tumor Mutational Burden is Associated with Faster CNS Progression in Patients with Resected Brain Metastases Who Undergo Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy
Tumor Oral Presentation
1:47 – 1:49 p.m. (S405a)
Presenter: Ramin Morshed, MD

Lessons Learned Over 40 Years
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (N427bc)
Moderator: Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD; Speaker: Mitchel Berger, MD

Pediatric Rapid Fire Abstract Session
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (S405b)
Moderator: Winson Ho, MD

Primary Spine Tumor: Only Site of Disease — En Bloc with Significant Morbidity or Plan Subtotal Excision with SBRT
3:55 – 3:57 p.m. (N427d)
Speaker: Nima Alan, MD

Post-Acute Spinal Cord Injury Care: Electrostimulation
4:10 – 4:20 p.m. (S403ab)
Speaker: Rajiv Saigal, MD, PhD


Monday, May 6

How Data Science is Powering QI and Outcomes Research - Panel Discussion
Envisioning Solutions Session: The Past Present and Future of Clinical Data Science
8:03 – 8:28 a.m. (S501cd)
Panelist: Adam Ferguson, PhD

Translational Computation and Neurotrauma
Envisioning Solutions Session: The Past, Present and Future of Clinical Data Science
11:09 – 11:34 a.m. (S501cd)
Speaker: Adam Ferguson, PhD


Resident Presentations

John Andrews, MD, “Optogenetic modulation of epileptiform activity in human hippocampus.”
Stereotactic Functional Rapid Fire Abstract Session
3:45-3:47 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 (S405b).

Arati Patel, MD, “Non-surgeons performing fusions: Why is there exponential growth?”
Presented by UCSF medical student Abraham Dada
2:19 - 2:24 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 (S402ab).

Jia-Shu (Joseph) Chen, incoming PGY1, “A Propensity-Matched National Inpatient Sample Analysis of Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy versus Craniotomy for Radiation Necrosis.”
Tumor Rapid Fire Abstract Session
2:25 - 2:27 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 (S405a).


UCSF Medical Student Presentations

Saturday, May 4

Vardhaan Ambati, “Inflammatory Brachial Plexitis Mimics Postoperative Iatrogenic Neurological Deficits.”
Peripheral Nerve Rapid Fire Abstract Session
2:40-2:44 p.m. (S405a).

Vardhaan Ambati, “Social determinants of health predict patient reported outcomes 2-years following surgery for Grade 2 spondylolisthesis: A QOD Study.”
4:52 - 4:57 p.m. (S401ab)

Sunday, May 5

Mulki Mehari, “Advancing Therapeutic Clinical Trial Equity: Drivers of Enrollment for Diverse Patients with Low- and High-Grade Glioma.”
2:33 – 2:35 p.m. (Booth 745 Neuro Spotlight).

Cesar Nava Gonzales, “The Effect of Brain Tumor Extent of Resection on Postoperative Cognition.”
Tumor Rapid Fire Abstract Session
2:39-2:41 p.m. (S405b)

Cesar Nava Gonzales, “The Effect of NKCC1 on Glioma Induced Neuronal Hyperexcitability and Hypersynchrony.”
2:41-2:43 p.m. (S405a).

Zain Peeran, “Identifying Leptomeningeal Dissemination in Patients with Medulloblastomas: Cerebrospinal Fluid Cytology Compared to Magnetic Resonance Imaging.”
Pediatric Rapid Fire Abstract Session
4:31-4:33 p.m. (S405b).