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Fourth Annual NeuroSpine Summit at Clemenceau Medical Center

Friday-Saturday May 11-12, 2018 from 8:30am-4:00pm at the Conference Center B1


Friday, May 11, 2019
08:30 am – 09:00 am Registration and Morning Coffee
09:00 am – 09:10 am Welcoming Remarks  (CEO Dr. Mounes Kalaawi)
Session One
09:10 am – 09:30 am Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (Dr. Ali Bydon)
09:30 am – 09:50 am   Anterior Approaches to the Craniocervical Junction (Dr. Larry Lo)
09:50 am – 10:10 am    Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Update (Dr. Ali Bydon)
10:10 am – 10:30 am    Hangman s fracture (Dr. Mohammad Badra)
10:30 am – 10:50 am    Thoracic disc herniation (Dr. Mohammad Badra)
10:50 am – 11:00 am    Coffee Break
11:00 am – 11:20 am    Surgical Management of the Patient with Tandem Spinal Stenosis (Dr. Larry Lo)
11:20 am – 11:40 am   Sublaminar Decompression: A New Technique for Spinal Canal Decompression in the Treatment of Stenosis in Degenerative Spinal Conditions (Dr. Timothy Witham)
11:40 am – 12:00 pm   Surgical Treatment of CSF Leak (Dr. Nakhleh Mhanna)
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm    Case Presentation – Ask the Experts
12:30 pm – 01:30 pm   Lunch Break
Session Two
01:30 pm – 01:50 pm    Surgical Corrective Techniques in Adult Spinal Deformity (Dr. Brian Neuman)
01:50 pm – 02:10 pm Adult Spinal Deformity: Surgical Challenges (Dr. Timothy Witham)
02:10 pm – 02:20 pm    SI Joint Pain Post-Surgical Instrumentation (Dr. Joseph el Khalil)
02:20 pm – 02:40 pm    Complication Management in Adult Spinal Deformity (Dr. Brian Neuman)
02:40 pm – 02:50 pm    Case Discussion OLIF Cases (Dr. Nizar Natout)
02:50 pm – 03:00 pm    Coffee Break
03:00 pm – 03:20 pm    Experimental Studies in Spinal Fusion Surgery (Dr. Timothy Witham)
03:20 pm – 03:40 pm    Adult Spine Deformity Case Discussion (Dr. Brian Neuman)
03:40 pm – 04:00 pm    Case Presentation – Ask the Experts


Saturday, May 12, 2018
08:50 am – 09:00 am Conference Goals and Welcoming Remarks
Session One: Advances in Neuro-Oncology
Moderators: Dr. Francois Kamar, Dr. Raafat Yahya, Dr. Hazem Assi
09:00 am - 09:20 am New Techniques for Treating Brain Tumors Surgically (Dr. Michael Lim)
09:20 am - 09:40 am The Management of Low Grade Gliomas; State of the Art (Dr. Francois Kamar)
09:40 am - 10:00 am Immunotherapy for Brain Tumors (Dr. Michael Lim)
10:00 am - 10:20 am Management of Peripheral Nerve Tumors (Dr. Allan Belzberg)
10:20 am - 10:40 am Brain Metastases Management: Evidence-Based Approaches (Dr. Michael Lim)
10:40 am - 11:00 am Surgical Management of Metastatic Spine Disease (Dr. Larry Lo)
11:00 am - 11:20 am Case Presentation - Ask the Experts (Dr. Marwan Ghosn, Dr. Ali Youssef, Dr. Mohammad Chehadeh)
11:20am - 11:30 am Coffee Break
Session Two: Advances in Neurovascular Disease
Moderators: Dr. Rechdi Ahdab, Dr. Hassan Moussa, Dr. Elie Louak
11:30 am – 11:50 am    New Surgical Approaches to Intracerebral Hemorrhage (Dr. Judy Huang)
11:50 am – 12:10 pm    The Philosophy of a Hybrid Vascular Neurosurgeon (Dr. Pascal Jabbour)
12:10 pm – 12:30 pm    Why Treat Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms? (Dr. Judy Huang)
12:30 pm – 12:50 pm    High Flow Bypass for the Treatment of Complex Cerebral Aneurysms (Dr. Ibrahim Saikali)
12:50 pm – 01:10 pm    Imaging for Stroke (Dr. Jad Chokor)
01:10 pm – 01:30 pm    Update in Stroke (Dr. Judy Huang)
01:30 pm – 01:50 pm    Case Presentation  (Dr. Ibrahim Saikali, Dr. Ghassan Abi Chedid, Dr. Raghid Kikano)
01:50 pm – 02:50 pm    Lunch Break
Session Three: Pain and Peripheral Nerves
Moderators: Dr. Ramzi Moucharafieh, Dr. Joseph Maarawi
02:50 pm - 03:10 pm Repairing the Injured Nerve: Indications, Timing, and Surgical Methods (Dr. Allan Belzberg
03:10 pm - 03:30 pm Trigeminal Neuralgia Management: Medically vs. Percutaneous vs. Surgical (Dr. Michael Lim)
03:30 pm - 03:40 pm Coffee Break
03:40 pm - 04:00 pm Imaging of Peripheral Nerves (Dr. Jad Chokor)
04:00 pm - 04:20 pm Less Common Nerve Entrapments: Diagnosis and Management (Dr. Allan Belzberg)
04:20 pm - 04:40 pm Case Presentation - Ask the Experts



Dr. Youssef Comair
Dr. Youssef Comair is a Professor of Neurosurgery at Lebanese American University and the former dean of the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine. Recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in brain and epilepsy surgery, Dr. Comair’s academic career spans several cities in Lebanon, Canada and the U.S.
After completing his M.D. at St. Joseph University in Lebanon, he undertook his neurosurgery residency at the Montreal Neurological Institute, an academic medical center affiliated with Canada’s McGill University. He went on to teach and practice at UCLA and later moved to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where as head of the Section of Epilepsy Surgery he helped develop a procedure to treat epilepsy in children.
In 1997, Dr. Comair joined the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), where he incorporated U.S. standards into the neurosurgery division. In 2008, he was drawn back to Houston, Texas to serve as Vice Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine and as Chief of Neurosurgery at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.
Dr. Comair has hundreds of seminal scholarly publications and several prestigious international honors and awards. His award-winning research ranges from the molecular biology of brain tumors to the effects of radiotherapy on brain development. Using the advanced imaging technology, he plans to pursue research on the development of language and on the lateralization of brain functions.

Dr. Mohammad Badra   
Dr. Mohammad Badra joined Clemenceau Medical Center in September 2005 as a full-time attending surgeon specialized in Spine Surgery. He is currently serving as the Chief of Orthopedic Division at Clemenceau Medical Center.
Dr. Badra obtained his M.D from the American University of Beirut in 1997 and completed his Orthopedic Surgery residency at the same university in 2003.  He then joined New York University as a Fellow in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and later Oregon Health and Science University as a Spine Fellow.
Dr. Badra is mainly interested in Adult and Pediatric spine deformities as well as minimally invasive spine surgeries. His objective is to build up a specialized spine unit at Clemenceau medical Center that provides the best care possible for patients in Lebanon and the whole Middle East region.

Dr. Ali Bydon

Dr. Ali Bydon is a Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His busy clinical practice focuses on degenerative disorders of the spine, spinal tumors, and complex reconstruction of the spine. Dr. Bydon is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Ali Bydon earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor. He completed residency training in Neurological Surgery at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he graduated with distinction in 2006. He also completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Henry Ford, as well as a fellowship at Louisiana State University on the Surgical Treatment of Peripheral Nerves. Dr. Bydon then completed a one-year instructorship in Spinal Oncology and Complex Reconstructive Spinal Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Ali Bydon is the director of the Spinal Column Biomechanics and Surgical Outcomes Laboratory at Johns Hopkins. His research focuses on spinal biomechanics, spinal disparities and surgical outcomes. He has co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts and numerous book chapters. Dr. Bydon co-authored the largest series in the literature evaluating the best surgical approach to spinal synovial cysts. His seminal work on outcomes after lumbar disk surgery has earned over 100 citations. The Spinal Outcomes Laboratory that he directs continues to evaluate multiple projects related to outcomes of patients with BMP, cervical myelopathy, cervical radiculopathy, ossified posterior longitudinal ligament, minimally invasive diskectomy, lumbar fusion techniques and degenerative scoliosis. He has published widely on the history of spine surgery, the outcomes of patients after cervical, thoracic, and lumbar surgery, disparities in accessibility to care, and outcomes of patients with spinal tumors. His work has led to over 150 presentations at national and international scientific meetings. He has been invited to speak at meetings in Korea, Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Panama, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Brazil, Bermuda, Dominican Republic and elsewhere.
Dr.  Bydon is  an  educator  who  has  helped  train  over  40  currently-practicing neurosurgeons. He is the recipient of the prestigious Richard Otenasak Faculty Teaching Award (2011) and serves as the co-director of Neurosurgical Medical Student Education.  He has received Maryland’s “Favorite Physician” yearly award since 2008 and was selected by his peers as “Baltimore Magazine’s Top Doctor” for 2014. Dr. Bydon serves on the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery Residency Review Committee, and the Patient Access Committee. He was recently elected as the neurosurgical representative on the Johns Hopkins Faculty Senate.  He is a “Medical Director” with  Johns  Hopkins  Medicine  International,  overseeing  the  clinical, educational,  teaching,  and  research  activities  of  our  Brazilian  affiliate,  Hospital Moinhos de Vento.

Dr. Judy Huang
Dr. Judy Hung is a Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She specializes in the treatment of cerebrovascular disorders such as cerebral aneurysms, carotid artery stenosis, brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), moya moya disease, and cavernous malformations. Dr. Huang also specializes in the surgical treatment of Chiari malformations. Dr. Huang serves as the Vice Chair and the director of Neurosurgery and Cerebrovascular Surgery at Johns Hopkins. She is the residency program director, as well as the fellowship director for cerebrovascular neurosurgery.
Dr. Huang obtained her B.S. degree in Neuroscience from Brown University graduating magna cum laude. She received her medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her neurosurgery residency training was completed at the Neurological Institute of New York.
Dr. Huang’ clinical research is focused upon arteriovenous malformations, intracerebral hemorrhage, and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Her bibliography includes over 150 journal publications and book chapters. She has published extensively on experimental studies of stroke and on arteriovenous malformations.  Dr. Huang has received awards for research, teaching, and clinical excellence. These include the NREF Young Clinician Investigator Award and the New York Neurosurgical Society Charles Elsberg Award. She has received a number of teaching awards, including the Otenasek Teaching Award from her residents. She has also been recognized for outstanding patient care with Patients’ Choice awards and induction into the Miller-Coulson Academy for Clinical Excellence.

Dr. Timothy Witham
Dr. Timothy Witham is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His interests include the surgical treatment of degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine, including instrumented fusion procedures. He also has an expertise in the treatment of spinal tumors, spinal trauma and spinal deformity.
Dr. Witham serves as director of the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Spinal Fusion Laboratory, director of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center's Spine Program and co-program director of the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Residency Program.
Dr. Witham received his B.S. in biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University. He earned his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He was appointed as a fellow in spinal neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and then joined the faculty in 2005.
Dr. Witham's research interests include finding novel ways to achieve spinal fusion and improving surgical techniques in the aging spine. A co-author of more than 170 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, Dr. Witham has been featured as a “Top Doctor” in Baltimore magazine and was a recipient of a United States Air Force meritorious service medal in 2005.

Dr. Michael Lim
Dr. Michael Lim is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  
Dr. Michael Lim's surgical interest is in the treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors as well as pituitary and skull base tumors. He also has an interest in surgical treatments of trigeminal neuralgia. He is the director of the Spine Radiosurgery program.
Dr. Lim earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his general surgery internship and neurological surgery residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He currently serves as the director of brain tumor immunotherapy center, metastatic brain tumor center, and trigeminal neuralgia center at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Lim's primary research interest involves immune-based therapies against brain tumors. His research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of immune evasion by primary brain tumors with the goal of translation to novel therapies against gliomas. Dr. Lim is the co-principal investigator of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Subependymoma and Ependymoma Research Center. This research center conducts basic science, translational and clinical practice research with the goals of developing new therapies that will positively impact the care and lives of patients with subependymomas and ependymomas, primary central nervous system (CNS) brain tumors.
In October 2016, Dr. Lim was recognized for outstanding patient care, earning a Service Excellence Award from HealthNetwork Foundation. The awards are presented annually to 10 physicians who have demonstrated extremely high levels of integrity and compassionate care.

Dr. Allan Belzberg
Dr. Allan Belzberg is a Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and the George J. Heuer Professor of Neurosurgery. Dr. Belzberg’s specialties include the surgical repair of injured nerves, removal of nerve tumors and decompression of nerve entrapments. He is the director of the Peripheral Nerve Center, the co-director of the Brachial Plexus Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and the director of Pain Research Institute.  
Dr. Allan Belzberg completed his undergraduate training at the University of British Columbia. He received his medical degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. After completing a medical/surgical internship at McGill University Teaching Hospitals, Dr. Belzberg returned to the University of Calgary Teaching Hospitals for his residency and fellowship in neurosurgery. Dr. Belzberg then joined Johns Hopkins, where he completed an advanced specialty training program in pain, spine and peripheral nerve.
Dr. Belzberg heads a nationally funded laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. His team has developed a rat model that enables him to evaluate how neuromas form. Dr. Belzberg is also researching ways to remove or treat the tumors of patients with neurofibromatosis and schwannomatosis while leaving the nerves intact. He has received several awards, including the R. Tasker Award for Research from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Shared Vision Award from Neurofibromatosis Inc., Mid-Atlantic, and the Outreach Award from the United Brachial Plexus Network.

Dr. Brian Neuman
Dr. Brian Neuman is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include complex spinal deformity, lumbar degenerative disease, spinal stenosis, revision spine surgery, cervical myelopathy and spine trauma.
Dr. Neuman earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and performed a fellowship in spinal surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Neuman joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2013. Dr. Neuman's research interests include sagittal imbalance, adjacent segment disease and clinical outcomes after reconstructive spinal deformity surgery.

Dr. Larry Lo
Dr. Lo is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Lo received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 3 years from Macalester College. He then obtained his medical and Master of Health Science degrees from Yale University School of Medicine, as well the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship. He completed an internship in General Surgery and residency in Neurological Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and was recognized with the Irving J. Sherman Award for Resident Achievement. Dr. Lo also completed fellowship surgical training in Complex Spine Surgery and Spinal Oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Lo was an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and attending physician at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center before returning to Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Lo’s clinical interests include primary and metastatic tumors of the spinal column, sacral tumors, spinal cord tumors, disorders of spinal alignment and degenerative spine disease. His research focuses on understanding the biology and clinical outcomes of spinal tumors, and new surgical procedures and innovative technology to improve patient safety and spinal fusion. His research has received numerous awards including the Neurosurgery Chairman’s Award for Improving Patient Safety.



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