coflex® User Group Meeting

Paradigm Spine, one of ANSPA's meeting sponsors, would like to invite ANSPA meeting attendees to a user group meeting on Monday, September 28th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Click here for more details and location information. RSVP required, please contact Gitela Gandelman at

Dinner Sponsored by Pacira

Current Trends in Spine Surgery and Novel Techniques for Managing Postoperative Pain Following Spinal Procedures

Date: Monday, September 28, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm (registration) and 7:00 pm (presentation)

Venue: Le Foret in New Orleans, LA

Speaker: Peter Whang, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Spine Surgery
Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

RSVP Required:  Please contact Beth Kurcina at 412-580-3256 or by e-mail at

Greetings ANSPA Members! I hope that 2015 has been an eventful and successful year for you so far. Please see below for several updates that I hope will be of interest to you. Thank you again for your continued support of the Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants.


Joshua J. Beardsley, PA-C
ANSPA, President

  • Neurosurgery PA Survey:
    We have finalized the ANSPA Member Survey and it is now available. It is important that we have as many responses to the survey as possible. The more responses we have, the more valid and representative the data will be. Please forward this survey link to any of your colleagues working in the field of neurosurgery. You do not have to be a member on ANSPA to take the survey. This is a great opportunity for you to encourage your peers and colleagues to join ANSPA, as this will prove to be valuable information for our members. The survey can be found at:

  • Bylaws and Amendments:
    ANSPA is in the process of updating and modifying our by-laws and amendments to better reflect the needs of our growing and changing association. The current healthcare climate, technological advances and progressive changes in our profession require that ANSPA modify the rules governing us as an organization. Once the proposed changes have been completed and reviewed by the ANSPA Board of Directors, we will send out a notice of the proposed changes. Our current Constitution and Bylaws can be found here (viewable to members only).

  • Annual ANSPA Meetings:
    Fall Meeting: The Fall ANSPA CME Meeting was held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 in New Orleans, in conjunction with the CNS Annual Meeting. We had exceptional speakers for this meeting, and enjoyed a small, informal, and relaxed setting. Thank you again for all who attended!

Spring Meeting: The 84th American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting will take place April 30-May 4, 2016, in Chicago, IL. Please click here for more information and to register. Currently, ANSPA does not plan to hold a Spring 2016 CME Meeting.

  • Elections:
    ANSPA: Congratulations to the newest member of the ANSPA Board of Directors, Justin T. Brooks, PA-C!  Congratulations as well to Mike F. Nido, PA-C for his re-election to the Board of Directors.
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Thank you to all who attended the ANSPA Fall 2015 CME Meeting in New Orleans!

Special thanks to the outstanding lineup of speakers who generously donated their time. See below for a complete list of speakers and topics.

ANSPA Fall 2015 CME Meeting Agenda
Saturday, September 26, 2015
New Orleans, LA
Riverside Hilton Salon A
8.5 CME category I credits

6:30 am: Registration & Breakfast

7:00 am: ANSPA Update & Welcome
Speaker: Joshua Beardsley, PA-C
ANSPA President
Manager of Midlevel Providers
Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates

7:05 am: Cervical Arthroplasty
Speaker: Domagoj Coric, MD
Chief of Neurosurgery, Carolinas Medical Center

8:00 am: Practical Vascular Neuroanatomy
Speaker: Nirav Patel, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Boston University School of Medicine

9:00 am: Deep Brain Stimulation
Speaker: Bianca Belcher, PA-C, MPH
Department of Neurosurgery
Divisions of Vascular & Endovascular Neurosurgery
Brigham & Women’s Hospital

9:45 am: Break in Exhibit Hall (Salon B)

10:00 am: Peripheral Nerve Tumors & Neurocutaneous Syndromes
Speaker: Ashok R. Asthagiri, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
University of Virginia

11:00 am: Leadership & Wisdom
Speaker: Edward Benzel, MD
Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery
Cleveland Clinic

12:00 pm: Lunch in Exhibit Hall (Salon B)

1:00 pm: Spine Trauma
Speaker: James Harrop, MD
Professor, Departments of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgery
Director, Division of Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Neurosurgery Director of Delaware Valley SCI Center
Thomas Jefferson University

2:00 pm: Basics of Spine Deformity
Speaker: Khoi D.Than, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University

2:50 pm: Break in Exhibit Hall (Salon B)

3:05 pm: Modern Management of Spinal Column Metastasis
Speaker: Michael Groff, MD
Director of Neurosurgical Spine Service
Chair, National Neurosurgical Spine Society
Brigham & Women’s Hospital

4:00 pm: The Changing Landscape of Stroke Treatment
Speaker: Elad I. Levy, MD, MBA, FACS, FAHA
Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery, SUNY at Buffalo
Professor of Radiology

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The 2015 Neurosurgical PA Survey is now available to current members.  Don't miss this valuable resource for salary, benefits and practice guidance.  The survey will be provided to new and renewing members. 

Please click here to view a list of additional upcoming events, activities, and educational offerings relevant to the neurosurgical PA.  This list will be updated as new information becomes available.

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