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Western Neuroradiological Society
49th Annual Meeting

  • Location Koloa, Kauai, HI
  • Date Oct 25 - 28 2017
  • Price $110 - $700*
  • Credits 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
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Educational Description

The WNRS Annual Meeting is designed to introduce clinically relevant advances in Neuroradiology and provide in-depth review of topics within Neuroradiology.  The meeting will feature Focus Sessions in Head and Neck, Advanced Brain Imaging, New Approaches to Spine Imaging, Interventional Neuroradiology, Pediatric Neuroradiology, as well as more General Medical Knowledge as it relates to Neuroimaging.

Letter From the President

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and WNRS Society Supporters:

The WNRS 49th Annual Meeting will be held in Koloa, Hawaii at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, October 25-28, 2017.  I am extremely pleased that this meeting will be held in the Garden Isle of Kauai, a location in which we have not held a meeting in the past.  As is customary for our Hawaii meetings, this is a 4-day, Wednesday to Saturday, event to allow easy travel and ample recreational activity.  We have recently expanded the geographic region of the society and I want to extend an especially warm welcome to our new members and to first-time attendees.

President-elect and Program Director, Edward P. Quigley, III, MD, PhD has put together a fantastic program with focus sessions in Advanced Brain Imaging, Spine Imaging, Neurointervention, Head and Neck and Pediatric Imaging, and special sessions on MRI Safety and Techniques, Advanced Methodologies, and New Frontiers in Neuroradiology.  The incoming 2017-2018 ASNR President, Jacqueline A. Bello, MD will be giving the annual update on the ASNR and Christopher G. Filippi, MD will give an invited lecture as the Past-President representative from the ENRS.

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is a spectacular beachfront facility with multiple swimming pools including a saltwater pool/lagoon, an expansive yet secluded spa, oceanfront golf course and tennis courts.  In addition to the annual golf tournament to be held at the on-site championship Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course, we have again organized a tennis tournament as well.  These events are all in the spirit of good fun so bring your racket and clubs as these are great ways to spend an afternoon and network with your colleagues.  We will also be organizing an afternoon/early evening sunset catamaran cruise along the amazing NaPali coast and I encourage everyone to attend this wonderful and surely memorable outing.

In my opinion, this is by far my favorite meeting of the year and this also happens to be at my favorite location along the sunny, pleasant, and very hospitable southern shores of Kauai.  I very much look forward to seeing my neuroradiology friends and welcoming many new members to our cherished Society.

Steven G. Imbesi, MD
President, WNRS

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course the following goals and objectives will have been met:

  • Become familiar with advanced brain imaging techniques such as: grading of brain neoplasms,use of molecular markers, diffusion imaging, spectroscopy, and perfusion imaging, use of imaging in the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury, and understanding the effect of Gadolinium deposition in the brain.
  • Understand pathology of the head and neck, including HPV related cancers, imaging issues regarding cancer staging, and challenging diagnoses in head and neck imaging.
  • Learn about novel imaging techniques and treatment options in spinal imaging and intervention.
  • Explore state of the art and new methods in neuro interventional focus session.
  • Review commonly overlooked findings in pediatric imaging during the pediatric neuroradiology focus session
  • Understand current concepts and new technology for brain and spine neuro interventional procedures.
  • Obtain additional general medical knowledge including accelerated imaging techniques, healthcare reform, quality enhancement, non interpretative skills, medical education, and the art and science of persuasion
  • Become introduced to new methodologies to add value to your practice, such as medical 3D printing and visualization.

Target Audience

The 49th Annual Meeting of the Western Neuroradiological Society is geared for the neuroradiologist and radiologist in academic or private practice, physicians in a neurologically-related specialty, physicians in training or post-graduate training in a radiology-related specialty, as well as physicians interested in brain, head and neck, and spine-related imaging and interventional techniques.


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The International Institute for Continuing Medical Education, Inc., designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Wednesday, October 25

7:00a Registration – Conference Lobby
7:00a — 7:55a Continental Breakfast
7:55a - 8:00aWelcome Remarks- Dr. Steven Imbesi, M.D.
8:00a — 8:15a Gadolinium and the Brain- Jennifer Becker, M.D.
8:15a — 8:30a MR: Introduction to functional imaging and anatomy - Gaurang Shah, M.D.
8:30a — 8:50a Smarter, faster MR imaging techniques - John Karis, M.D.
8:50a — 9:10a Advance imaging functional and beyond - Meng Law, M.D.
9:10a — 9:30a Traumatic Brain Injury Imaging - Catherine Chong, M.D.
9:30a — 9:50a Epilepsy - Nicholas Koontz, M.D.
10:10a — 10:40a Spine Keynote: Craniocervical junction - Jeffrey Ross, M.D.
10:40a — 11:00a Intradural spine pathology SAM - Lubdha Shah, M.D.
11:00a — 11:20a Spine Oncology - Wende Gibbs, M.D.
11:20a — 11:40a Sacral Plexus imaging - Jennifer Becker, M.D.
11:40p — 11:50p Practical Spine Segmentation - Miriam Peckham, M.D.
11:50p — 12:00pLow Back Pain Update - Lex Mitchell, M.D.
12:00p — 12:20p Spine Intervention - Keith Kortman, M.D.
12:20p — 12:30p BREAK/ VISIT EXHIBITS

Thursday, October 26

7:55a — 8:00a ANNOUNCEMENTS
8:00a — 8:30a ENT KEYNOTE - Richard Orlandi, M.D.
8:30a — 8:50a Skull Base Anatomy and Trauma - Arthur Dublin, M.D.
8:50a — 9:00a Skull Base Tumors - Anna Nidecker, M.D.
9:00a — 9:20a Anatomy and Pathology of Orbit - Bronwyn Hamilton, M.D.
9:20a — 9:40a Thyroid and Parathyroid Imaging - Roberta Dalley, M.D.
9:40a — 10:00a Facial Trauma - Blair Winegar, M.D.
10:00a — 10:20a BREAK/ VISIT EXHIBITS
10:20a — 10:50aImaging of Stroke: Perfusion - Howard Rowley, M.D.
10:50a — 11:10a Aneurysm, Clipping, Coils, and Diversion - Daniel Cooke, M.D.
11:10a — 11:25a Advanced Vessel imaging: Intracranial - Mahmud Mossa-Basha, M.D.
11:25a — 11:40a Advanced Vessel imaging: Extracranial - J Scott McNally, M.D.
11:40a — 12:00p Treatment of HN Vascular lesions - Gary Nesbitt, M.D.
12:00p — 12:20p Biopsies and Pain Management - Troy Hutchins, M.D.
12:20p — 12:40p AVF imaging and treatment - Brian Chong, M.D.
12:40p — 12:50p BREAK/ VISIT EXHIBITS

Friday, October 27

7:55a — 8:00a ANNOUNCEMENTS
8:00a — 8:30a ASNR KEYNOTE - Jacqueline Bello, M.D.
8:30a — 9:00a ENRS Advances in Demyelination - Christopher Filippi, M.D.
9:00a — 9:25a Imaging the Unconscious Patient - John Go, M.D.
9:25a — 9:40a Genomics and Brain Tumor - Rivka Colen, M.D.
9:40a — 10:05a BREAK/ VISIT EXHIBITS
10:05a — 10:25a Pediatric Congenital Brain - Holly Lai, M.D.
10:25a — 10:45a Pediatric Metabolic Disease - Mark Shiroishi, M.D.
10:45a — 11:05a Pediatric Congenital Spine - Mai Lan Ho, M.D.
11:05a — 11:25a Pediatric Autoimmune - John Kim, M.D.
11:25a — 11:45a Pediatric Non Accidental Trauma - Gary Hedlund, M.D.
11:45a — 11:50a BREAK/ VISIT EXHIBITS

Saturday, October 28

7:55a — 8:00a ANNOUNCEMENTS
8:00a — 8:30a Medical 3D Printing - Jonathon Morris, M.D.
8:30a — 8:50a Neuro 3D Printing and Visualization -Justin Cramer, M.D.
8:50a — 9:10a Art of Negotiation - William Erly, M.D.
9:10a — 9:30a Medical Errors and Interruptions - James Chen, M.D.
9:30a — 9:50a Medical Education - Richard Wiggins, M.D.
9:50a — 10:10a BREAK/ VISIT EXHIBITS
10:30a — 10:50a Tumor imaging and spectroscopy - Kambiz Nael, M.D.
10:50a — 11:10a Perfusion imaging - Leland Hu, M.D.
11:10a — 11:30a Diffusion applications - Bing Wang, M.D.
11:30a — 11:50a Brain Infections - Remy Lobo, M.D.
11:50a — 12:10pHead and Neck Infections - Tabassum Kennedy, M.D.
12:10p — 12:30pNeurodegenerative Update - Luke Ledbetter, M.D.
12:30p — 12:50pCranial Nerve palsies and syndromes - Joseph Hoxworth, M.D.
12:50p — 1:00pRadiology Pathology Correlation - Rihan Khan, M.D.


Invited Faculty

Jennifer L. Becker, BMBS, MRCS, FRCR

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona


Jacqueline A. Bello, MD, FACR

Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, New York


James Y. Chen, MD             

UC San Diego Health System/San Diego VA Medical Center
La Jolla, California


Catherine Chong, Ph.D.

Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
Scottsdale, Arizona                 


Brian W. Chong, MD, FRCPC                          

Mayo Clinic Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona


Rivka R. Colen, MD                          

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas


Daniel L. Cooke, MD                        

University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California


Justin A. Cramer, MD     

Omaha, Nebraska


Roberta W. Dalley, MD                        

University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, Washington


Arthur B. Dublin, MD, MBA, FACR                         

University of California, Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, California


William K. Erly, MD, MBA                       

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona


Christopher G. Filippi, MD

North Shore University Hospital
Long Island Jewish & Lenox Hill Hospital
Manhasset, New York


Wende N. Gibbs, MD, MA                          

University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
Pasadena, California


John L. Go, MD, FACR                                

LAC/USC Medical Center
Los Angeles, California



Bronwyn E. Hamilton, MD                   

Oregon Health and Sciences University
Portland, Oregon


Gary L. Hedlund, DO                       

Primary Children's Hospital
Salt Lake City, Utah


Mai-Lin Ho, MD                            

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota


Joseph M. Hoxworth, MD

Mayo Clinic
Phoenix, Arizona


Leland S. Hu, MD                          

Mayo Clinic
Phoenix, Arizona


Troy Hutchins, MD

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah


Steven G. Imbesi, MD

University of California, San Diego Medical Center
San Diego, California


Rihan Khan, MD                       

University of Arizona Medical Center
Tucson, Arizona


John P. Karis, MD

The Barrow Neurological Institute
Phoenix, Arizona


Tabassum A. Kennedy, MD

University of Wisconsin Hospital
Madison, Wisconsin


John Kim, MD

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan


Nicholas A. Koontz, MD

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana


Keith E. Kortman, MD

San Diego Imaging
San Diego, California


Holly A. Lai, MD

OCPRA Children's Hospital Orange County
Orange, California



Keck Medical Center of USC
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California


Luke N. Ledbetter, MD                 

University of Kansas
Kansas City, Kansas


Remy R. Lobo, MD                        

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah


J Scott McNally, MD, PhD                      

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah


Lex A. Mitchell, MD

Evans Army Community Hospital
Ft. Carson, Colorado


Jonathon M. Morris, MD

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota


Mahmoud Mossa-Basha, MD          

University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, Washington


Kambiz Nael, MD                    

Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, New York


Anna E. Nidecker, M.D.

University of California, Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, California


Gary M. Nesbit, MD                          

Oregon Health and Sciences University
Portland, Oregon


Richard R. Orlandi, MD, FACS                      

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah


Miriam E. Peckham, MD

University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, Utah


Jeffrey S. Ross, MD

Mayo Clinic
Phoenix, Arizona


Howard A. Rowley, MD

University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin


Gaurang V. Shah, MD

University Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Michigan


Lubdha M. Shah, MD

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah


Mark S. Shiroishi, MD

Keck School of Medicine,
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California


Bing Wang, MD                         

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas


Richard H. Wiggins III, MD

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah


Blair A. Winegar, MD                         

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona



If you have any trouble registering for this event, please contact our support by calling 205-289-5997. If there is no immediate response please email us at info@iicme.net.


Registration Type Regular Rate
WNRS Members$350.00
Late Fee (after September 25, 2017)$100.00

Optional Add-Ons

Golf Tournament$195.00
Tennis Tournament$50.00
WNRS Member Spouse/Guest$150.00
Non-Member Spouse/Guest$210.00
Resident/Fellow Spouse/Guest$110.00
NaPali Chartered Dinner Cruise (includes transportation and gratuity)$140.00

* Early Registration must be completed by September 25, 2017


(Best Value! - get immediate member benefits and registration discount)


A letter of verification from the Department Chairman must accompany the application of anyone wishing to qualify for the reduced rate. Enrollment will be confirmed on the basis of registration fee. We do not process registration without payment. We cannot guarantee course materials on site for a registration received after 09/25/2017.


Sign-in will take place on Wednesday at 7:00 AM in the Conference Lobby.


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Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort and Spa

1571 Poipu Road  Koloa, Lauai, HI 96756

Reservations:  808-742-1234
Reservation Deadline - September 15, 2017


Group Rate - Standard $265, Partial Ocean $285, Deluxe Ocean $315

The Group Rate is based on single/double occupancy. The deadline for accepting reservations into this room block is September 15, 2017.



Koloa Kauai, HI United States



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