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UPMC Department of Neurosurgery Presentations at AANS 2024

April 3, 2024

Department faculty and residents will be participating in a number of presentations, lectures and clinics at the upcoming American Association of Neurological Surgeons annual meeting in Chicago, May 3-6. The theme of this year's meeting is "What Matters." For a complete list of all presentations at this year's conference, please visit the AANS 2024 Annual Meeting website.

Friday, May 3

How to Apply to Residency - Skills and Practice (PC1101)
Practical Clinic
8:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Course Co-Directors: David Dornbos, Michael McDowell
Co-Authors: Justin F. Fraser, Andrew Grande, Carolyn Quinsey, Shahid Nimjee, Adam Arthur, Nitin Agarwal, Nicolas Khattar, Debraj Mukherjee, Brian Howard, Laura McGuire, Michael Ivan, Angela Richardson, Christopher Graffeo, Ricardo Komotar, Stavropoula Tjoumakaris

Early in the Game: Tips for M1/2s
9:40 - 9:49 a.m.
Speaker: Nitin Agarwal

Saturday, May 4

The Bottom Line: Optimizing Finances for Neurosurgical Practice
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Moderators: Sarah Bick, Nitin Agarwal

Prognostic Implications of Microstructural Changes in Patients with Idiopathic Trigeminal Neuralgia
Pain Oral Presentation
2:43 - 2:48 p.m.
Presenting Author: Margaret Tugend
Co-Authors: Raviteja Bethamcharla, Yue-Fang Chang, Stine Maarbjerg, Raymond Sekula, Katie Traylor

Quantifying the Impact of Spinal Shape: Incorporating Roussouly Criteria into Novel Alignment Schemata Increases Probability of Optimal Radiographic Alignment in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery
Spine Rapid Fire Abstract
3:33 - 3:35 p.m.
Presenting Author: Peter Passias
Co-Authors: Ankita Das, Pooja Dave, D. Kojo Hamilton, Burhan Janjua, Jamshaid Mir, Oluwatobi Onafowokan, Daniel Sciubba, Peter Tretiakov

Adult Scoliosis: Should Everybody Get T10 to the Pelvis, or Are Other Options Viable?
Spine Section
3:55 - 4:05 p.m.
Speaker: David Okonkwo

Vestibular Schwannoma International Study of Active Surveillance Versus Stereotactic Radiosurgery: the VISAS Study
Lunsford & Leksell Radiosurgery Award
Tumor Oral Presentation
4:41 - 4:45 p.m.
Presenting Author: Othman Bin-Alamer
Co-Authors: Hussam Abou-Al-Shaar, Sabrina Begley, Kenneth Bernstein, Robert Briggs, Samantha Dayawansa, Steven Giannotta, Anuj Goenka, Douglas Kondziolka, Elad Mashiach, David Mathieu, Selcuk Peker, Isabelle Pelcher, M. Yavuz Samanci, Zane Schnurman, Michael Schulder, Herwin Speckter, Daniel Trifiletti, Manjul Tripathi, Fernando De Nigris Vasconcellos, Ronald Warnick, Cheng Yu, Gabriel Zada

Sunday, May 5

Outcome Benchmarks for Cushing’s Disease Surgery: An Evidence-Based Position Statement from the RAPID Consortium
1:33 - 1:35 p.m.
Tumor Rapid Fire Abstract
Presenting Author: Varun Kshettry.
Co-Authors: Andrew Little, Garni Barkhoudarian, Carolina Gesteira Benjamin, Michael Catalino, Michael Chicoine, James Evans, Juan Fernandez-Miranda, Paul Gardner, Michael Karsy, Albert Kim, Won Kim, Donato Pacione, Robert Rennert, Julie Silverstein, Walavan Sivakumar, Jamie Van Gompel, Kyle Wu, Gabriel Zada

Outcomes of Subtotal Resection for Vestibular Schwannoma Post-Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Emphasizing Facial Nerve Preservation
Tumor Rapid Fire Abstract
1:35 - 1:37 p.m.
Presenting Author: Othman Bin-Alamer
Co-Authors: Hussam Abou-Al-ShaarPaul GardnerCostas HadjipanayisL. Dade LunsfordAjay Niranjan, Anthony Tang, Georgios Zenonos

Introduction to Chuck Noll Lecture
Trauma Section
2:32 - 2:33 p.m.
Presenter: David Okonkwo

Factors Associated With Pre- and Postoperative Seizures in Patients with IDH Wildtype Glioma
Tumor Rapid Fire Abstract
2:35 - 2:37 p.m.
Presenting Author: Joseph Garcia
Co-Authors: Hussam Abou-Al-Shaar, Nduka Amankulor, Corbin Darling, Zachary Gersey, Nicolina Jovanovich, Arka Mallela, Tritan Plute, William ShumanPascal Zinn

The Genetic Profile Affects Survival in Breast Cancer Brain Metastasis Patients Treated by Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Rosenblum-Mahaley Clinical Research Award
Tumor Oral Presentation
2:37 - 2:42 p.m.
Presenting Author: David Puccio
Co-Authors: Hansen DengCostas Hadjipanayis, Shalini Jose, L. Dade LunsfordAjay Niranjan, Zhishuo Wei

Outcomes of Mechanical Angioplasty in Cerebral Vasospasm after Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Balloon versus Stentriever in a Propensity Score-Matched Analysis
Cerebrovascular Rapid Fire Abstract 
3:39 - 3:41 p.m.
Presenting Author: Li Ma
Co-Authors: Alhamza Al-bayati, Bradley Gross, Samer Hoz, Michael Lang, Raul Nogueira

Comprehensive Hybrid Treatment of Complex Fusiform Aneurysms Using Endovascular Therapy and Distal Bypass
Cerebrovascular Rapid Fire Abstract 
3:41 - 3:43 p.m.
Presenting Author: Li Ma
Co-Authors: Bradley Gross, Samer Hoz, Michael Lang

Monday, May 6

When You Are the Payor....
Envisioning Solutions Sessions
8:35 – 8:55 a.m.
Speaker: Robert Friedlander

Envisioning Solutions Sessions Roundtable Discussion
8:56 – 9:16 a.m.
Speakers: John Davis, Brian Hoh, Thomas Scully, Robert Friedlander


Adjuvant Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Clear Cell Meningiomas
Authors: Prateek AgarwalHansen Deng, Jack Donohue, Costas Hadjipanayis, Shalini Jose, Scott Kulich, L. Dade LunsfordAjay Niranjan, Zhishuo Wei, Stephen Worrell

Computed Tomography Hounsfield Units Better Predict Subsequent Fracture After Balloon-Assisted Kyphoplasty than Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry T-Scores
Authors: Sam Adida, Mohammed Jawad-Makki, Suchet Taori, Roberta Sefcik, Michael Cloney, Peter Gerszten 

The Difference in Hounsfield Units Between Vertebra Superjacent and Subjacent to the Level of Balloon-Assisted Kyphoplasty Accurately Predicts Subsequent Fractures
Authors: Sam Adida, Hanish Polavarapu, Mohammed Jawad-Makki, Suchet Taori, Roberta Sefcik, Michael Cloney, D. Kojo HamiltonPeter Gerszten

Increased Length of Stay Predicts Unplanned Readmission in Patients Undergoing Lumbar Laminectomy
Authors: Fidelia Gaba, Roberta Sefcik, Michael Cloney, Peter Gerszten

Long-Term Outcomes after Gamma Knife Surgery for Cavernous Sinus. 
Authors: Michael Kann, Regan Shanahan, Zhishuo Wei, Costas HadjipanayisAjay NiranjanL. Dade Lunsford

Lower Socioeconomic Status Associated with Higher Hospital Visits for Low Back Pain – Effect of Demographics on the Way Patients Seek Treatment. 
Authors: Rida Mitha, Rohit Prem Kumar, Chandler Berke, Daryl Fields II, Christopher Standaert, Vikas Agarwal, D. Kojo HamiltonNitin Agarwal

Neurosurgery Inhibits Post-Partum Lactation Experiences
Authors: Rida Mitha, Rohit Kumar, Nitin AgarwalPeter GersztenD. Kojo HamiltonRoberta Sefcik

Not All Frailty is Equivalent: Comparing Frailty Index Scales in Their Capacity to Predict Mortality in Older Adults with Traumatic Brain Injuries. 
Authors: Ashtah Das, Mohamed Jawad-Makki, Regan Shanahan, Rida Mitha, Raj Swaroop Lavadi, Hanna Algattas, D. Kojo HamiltonNitin AgarwalDaryl Fields IIDavid Okonkwo

Optimizing Neurosurgery Operative Note-Writing Using Artificial Intelligence. 
Authors: Abdullah Ali, Rohit Prem Kumar, Raj Swaroop Lavadi, Anil Mahavadi, Andrew LegarretaJoseph Hudson, Manan Shah, David Paul, James Mooney, Nicholas Dietz, Hanish Polavarapu, Michael Cloney, Daryl Fields IID. Kojo HamiltonNitin Agarwal

Physician Awareness Combined with Perioperative Infection Prevention Bundles Results in Durable Neurosurgical Infection Control and Cost Savings
Authors: Prateek AgarwalNitin Agarwal, Victoria Crall, Robert Friedlander, Fidelia Gaba

Provider Bias Trumps Healthcare Access for Socioeconomic Disparities in Pain Management for Traumatic Spine Fractures.
Authors: Regan Shanahan, Anna Slingerland, Ali Alattar, Samuel Adida, Jhair Colan, Adam Monek, Ashtah Das, Joseph HudsonD. Kojo HamiltonDaryl Fields IINitin Agarwal

The Role of Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery in the Management of Pineal Region Tumors. 
Authors: Regan Shanahan, Zhishuo Wei, Hansen Deng, Priyanka Srinivasan, Costas HadjipanayisAjay NiranjanL. Dade Lunsford 

The Role of Spinal Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Patients with Breast Cancer Metastases 
Authors: Suchet Taori, Sam Adida, Anthony Tang, Akshath Rajan, Roberta Sefcik, Steven Burton, John Flickinger, Pascal ZinnPeter Gerszten

Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Patients with Spinal Metastases from Thyroid Cancer: A 20-Year Experience
Authors: Suchet Taori, Sam Adida, Anthony Tang, Akshath Rajan, Roberta Sefcik, Steven Burton, John Flickinger, Peter Gerszten

Usefulness and Accuracy of Artificial Intelligence Chatbot Responses to Patient Questions for Neurosurgical Procedures. 
Authors: Avi Gajjar, Rohit Prem Kumar, Ethan Paliwoda, Catheline Kuo, Samuel Adida, Andrew LegarretaHansen DengSharath AnandD. Kojo HamiltonThomas BuellNitin AgarwalPeter GersztenJoseph Hudson

Variable Representation of Ethnic and Minority Academic Neurosurgeons Stratified by Hospital Catchment Area.
Authors: Miguel Hernandez-Rovira, Sruthi Ranganathan, Taimur Hassan, Sangami Pugazenthi, Nitin Agarwal, Ben George, David Paul.