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. Members will vote on those changes at the annual ANSPA meeting in Washington, DC on May 2-3, 2015.

  • Annual ANSPA Meetings:
    Spring Meeting: This year's Spring meeting will be held in conjunction with the AANS in Washington, DC on May 2-3, 2015 (2 morning plenary sessions over the weekend). For those attending the AANS Annual Meeting, admittance to the ANSPA plenary sessions is included with your paid registration for the AANS meeting; please click here for administrative registration to let us know you'll be there! If you are only attending the ANSPA weekend sessions, member, non-member, and student rates apply. Please click here for registration.

    Fall Meeting: The preliminary date for the Fall ANSPA CME Meeting, to be held in conjunction with the CNS meeting, is Saturday, September 26, 2015 in New Orleans. There will be more information about this meeting and details in the future.

  • Elections:
    ANSPA: There are 2 Director at Large (DAL) seats up for election this year. A call for nominations is forthcoming. This is an excellent opportunity for you to get involved in organized neurosurgery and to help shape the future of this association. Please consider either nominating yourself or a fellow member for either of these DAL positions upon receipt of the call for nominations. More information and the details and dates of the election will be presented on future correspondence from the secretary.

    AAPA: Voting is now open for the AAPA Board of Directors. The deadline cast your vote is April 30th. Please visit the AAPA website for voting information. As an aside, many of you who are longstanding members of ANSPA may have noticed that David Black is running for election. David Black is immediate Past President of ANSPA. I have had the pleasure of knowing David Black for many years and have also had the opportunity to work closely with him advancing the causes of neurosurgical PAs. David fully understands the nature of our subspecialty, and I know he will work to continue to support our profession and subspecialty. I offer a personal endorsement for David Black as a director for the AAPA. You can view David Black’s platform statement here. Please read through each candidate's platform statement and vote for whom you feel would be the best candidate.
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2015 DePuy Synthes & Ethicon
Emerging Care Providers Workshop:
Clinical Management of
Thoracolumbar Spine Trauma

Intended Audience

The Emerging Care Provider is a healthcare provider specializing in orthopaedics and neurosurgery who works alongside the physician to manage patients throughout the entire care cycle from clinical care, to post-operative care.


Course Chairmen

Joshua Beardsley, PA-C
Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates

Jason Smith, PA-C
Shriners Hospital Philadelphia


April 16 & 17, 2015
Ethicon Institute
4545 Creek Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242

Hotel & Dinner Location:
DoubleTree Suites
By Hilton Cincinnati
6300 E Kemper Rd
Sharonville, OH 45421

Course Faculty

Dean Barone, PA-C
Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists

Robert Griffin, PA-C
Kalispell Neuroscience & Spine Institute

Michael Nido, PA-C
Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates

Travis Hunt, MD
Central Kentucky Orthopedics

Click here to register for the course!

Upcoming events

02 May 2015 • Washington, D.C
02 May 2015 7:30 AM • Washington, D.C.
The ANSPA Spring 2015 CME Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 2 & 3, 2015 in collaboration with the AANS Advance Practice Provider curriculum! The two morning meetings are the Plenary Sessions of the Advanced Practice Provider course, and are free to AANS Scientific Meeting attendees. Breakfast seminars and practical clinics are also offered through the AANS website. If you are planning on attending the ANSPA / AANS APP Plenary Sessions, please click here for more information and registration!

ANSPA Spring 2015 Plenary Sessions
Saturday & Sunday, May 2-3, 2015
Washington, D.C.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Plenary Session 1
8:00 am-12:00 pm

8:00-8:55a - The Pediatric Brain: Tumors and Trauma
Speaker: Andrew Reisner, MD, FACS, FAAP

8:55-9:50a - Current Nonsurgical Treatment of Primary Brain Tumors and Metastatic Disease: What PA's and NP's Need to Know
Speaker: David Black, PA-C

9:50-10:10a - Break

10:10-11:05a - Seizure Evaluation and Surgical Treatment
Speaker: Ashwini Sharan, MD

11:05a-12:00p - Peripheral Nerve: Evaluation, Workup, and Treatment
Speaker: Allen H. Maniker, MD, FAANS

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Plenary Session 2
7:30 am-11:30 am

7:30-8:25a - The Pediatric Spine: Tumors and Trauma
Speaker: Rachana Tyagi, MD

8:25-9:20a - Vasospasm and Post-Op Management
Speaker: Charlie Prestigiacamo, MD

9:20-9:40a - Break

9:40-10:35a - Effective Solutions Regarding Reimbursement for PA's and NP's
Speaker: Michael L. Powe

10:35-11:30a - MRI Guided Laser Ablation for Intracranial Pathologies
Speaker: Shabbar Danish, MD

Recent forum updates

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03 Jul 2014 3:47 AM • Paul Damm
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