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UPMC's Fall 2019 edition of Neurosurgery News. This issue highlights the Department of Neurological Surgery's contributions to their research, educational, clinical, and quality missions.

  • Dr. Jeremy G. Stone, MD, discusses transitioning neuroendovascular practice to a radial-artery-first strategy.
  • David J. Salvetti, MD, presents on preoperative chronic opiate use associated with lower postsurgical clinical outcomes after complex spinal deformity surgery.
  • Nima Alan, MD, explains complications in adult spine deformity correction using a computer-assisted rod bending system.
  • Dr. Alp Ozpinar, MD, identifies percutaneous balloon kyphoplasty is determined to be safe, effective method for treatment of vertebral compression fractures with posterior wall disruption.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe diagnostic cerebral angiography via right radial artery approach 
  • Recall the benefits of transradial access 
  • Recognize the relationship between chronic narcotic use and patient reported outcomes in spine surgery
  • Identify other previously reported outcomes affected by chronic opiate use in spine surgery


Dr. Alan, Dr. Ozpinar, Dr. Salvetti, and Dr. Stone have reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters' disclosures of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers, and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

For your credit transcript, please access our website four weeks postcompletion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page.

Release Date: 12/3/2019 | Last Modified On: 12/3/2019 | Expires: 12/3/2020


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