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Western Neuroradiological Society 2021

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Educational Description

The WNRS Annual Meeting is designed to provide an enhanced educational experience in various topics pertaining to the practice of neuroradiology and cutting edge updates in our field. The 2021 meeting will feature amongst other topics specific focus sessions on brain and spine imaging, head and neck imaging, brain, AI in practice, therapeutic interventions, and acute stroke imaging.

The abstract deadline has been EXTENDED to October 1, 2021!

Please submit your abstract to the following link: wnrsabstracts@iicme.net 

Letter From the President

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and WNRS Society Supporters:

It gives me great pleasure to invite one and all to attend the WNRS 53rd Annual meeting to be held at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada from Thursday October 7 through Sunday October 10, 2021.

President-elect Jennifer Becker, BMBS, MRCS, FRCR has put together an excellent program that is a balanced combination of educational activities, social events and networking opportunities. With focus sessions covering multiple topics in neuroradiology including practical AI and therapeutic interventions, the program offers an in depth review of topics to interest and engage all who practice neuroradiology.


The faculty and moderators for the 2021 meeting include speakers from all across the geographic boundaries of the society, and span upcoming talented junior faculty to internationally established renowned neuroradiologists. There will also be a Game show to help us relax and refresh ourselves after absorbing all the educational material!

A number of Radiology’s top vendors will be sponsoring our meeting, bringing their expertise to the meeting, and providing many opportunities for direct interaction and information exchange.

Apart from CME- and SAM-accredited content, we encourage everyone to submit scientific abstracts and case reports that will be presented during dedicated Oral presentations sessions. Residents and fellows are the future of our society and we strongly urge mentors to help them through this process and also welcome them to become involved with our Society.

While the past year and a half has not been easy for many of us, on both a personal level and professionally, the gradual opening of the country gives me hope that we will be able to renew our societal relationships in person again this year. On that optimistic note, I really look forward to again seeing my friends, colleagues and society supporters at the meeting in Reno this fall.

Ashok Srinivasan, MD FACR
WNRS President


Educational Objectives

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

  • Discuss brain tumor recurrence on imaging and newer developments for Alzheimer disease imaging
  • Discuss spinal pathologies ranging from trauma, masses, CSF venous fistula and hardware complications
  • To understand applications of AI in clinical practice and challenges with its integration
  • Learn about imaging evaluation of head and neck tumors with emphasis on advanced imaging techniques and assessment of postoperative flaps.
  • Learn about different therapeutic interventions ranging from spinal procedures to intraarterial retinoblastoma treatment to pediatric aneurysm therapy
  • Discuss recent advances in vascular imaging with focus on workup of acute ischemic stroke


Target Audience

The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Western Neuroradiological Society is targeted to 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.


The International Institute for Continuing Medical Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The International Institute for Continuing Medical Education, Inc., designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Thursday, October 07

6:30 — 7:00 amContinental Breakfast
7:00 — 7:15 amAnnouncements/Welcome

Moderators: Justin Cramer, Nick Koontz and John Kim

7:15 — 7:35 amTemporal Bone Tumors — John Go
7:35 — 7:55 amWhen it's NOT sinusitis: An OLA-style review of sinonasal tumors & mimics — Brownyn Hamilton
7:55 — 8:15 amPerfusion Imaging of the Neck — Remy Lobo
8:15 — 8:30 amDiffusion Imaging of the Neck — Gloria Guzman
8:30 — 8:45 am Post Surgical Imaging of Invasive Fungal Sinsusits — Penny Thomas
8:45 — 9:00 amOrbital Infectons — Blair Winegar
9:00 — 9:20 amCentral Skull Base — Tanya Rath
9:20 — 9:40 amPosterior Skull Base - Joseph Hoxworth
9:40 — 10:10 amBreak (vendor presentation session)

Moderators: James Chen and Devdutta Warhadpande

10:10 — 10:30 amScientific Presentations
10:30 — 10:50 amHow ASL Can Help You in Your Practice — Nikdokht Farid, MD
10:50 — 11:10 amBreakthroughs in PET for Alzheimer's Disease — Phil Kuo
11:10 — 11:30 amThe New Face of Mentorship - Michelle Johnson
11:30 — 11:50 amThe Future of Medical Education — Richard Wiggins
11:50 —12:10 pmCNS Manifestions of Genetic Syndromes - Nicholas Koontz
12:10 - 12:45 pmScientific Presentations
6:00 — 7:30 pmOpening Reception

Friday, October 08

6:30 — 7:30 amBreakfast and Learn

Moderators: Lawrence Tanenbaum, Edward Quigley, and Jason Liu

7:30 — 7:50 amEvaluating Deep Learning Models for Neuroimaging - Gregory Zaharchuk
7:50 - 8:10 amDeep Learning in Neuroradiology: Emerging Trends and New Research — Peter Chang
8:10 — 8:30 amAI in Image Reconstruction — Lawrence Tanenbaum
8:30 — 8:50 amAI in the Outpatient Setting (Subtle, IcoMetrix, Neuroquant) — Suzie Bash
8:50 — 9:05 amAI in the Hospital (AI doc and Rapid and Neuroquant) — Frank Moser
9:05 — 9:30 amPanel Discussion: AI in practice
9:30 — 10:15 amBreak (vendor presentations)

Moderators: Keith Kortman, Joe Houkal and Emma Moss

10:15 — 11:00 amGame Show: Organized by Remy Lobo, Miriam Peckham, James Chen and Justin Cramer
11:00 — 11:20 amAdjacent Segment Disease: Imaging and Intervention — Baseem Georgy
11:20 — 11:40 amMRI Imaging in Spinal Trauma: A Surgical Perspective — John Hurlbert
11:40 am — 12:00 pmCellular Regenerative Therapies for the Spine — Christopher R. Hancock
12:00 — 12:20 pmIntraarterial Chemotherapy Treatment for Retinoblastoma — Gary Nesbit
12:20 — 12:40 pmTreatment of Pediatric High Flow Aneurysms — Gary Duckwiler
12:40 - 1:00 pmPost Operative Imaging of Intracranial Aneurysms — Gaurang Shah
1:00 pmGolf Tournament — Tournament Coordinator: Keith Kortman

Saturday, October 09

6:30 — 7:30 amBreakfast and Learn Sponsored by Bracco
7:30 — 8:15 amAnnual Business Meeting
8:15 — 8:45 amASNR President's Address — Tina Young Poussaint MD, FACR

Moderators: Ashok Srinivasan, Sophia Symko and Jay Starkey

8:45 — 9:05 amENRS Invited Lecture - Pattern Recognition in Pediatric Metabolic Disease — Thierry Huismann MD PhD
9:05 — 9:25 amDegenerative Cervical Myelopathy (remote) — Jeffrey Ross
9:25 — 10:15 am Interventional Treatment Strategies for CSF Pressure Related Headache. Point and Counterpoint for Aggressive Treatment — Troy Hutchins and John Karis
10:15 — 10:45 am Break: Vendor

Moderators: Scott McNally, Greg Avey and Justin Honce

10:50 — 11:10 amAcute Stroke Imaging MRI Paradigm — Nancy Pham
11:10 — 11:30 amAcute Stroke Imaging CT Paradigm — Anthony Kuner
11:30 — 11:50 amMayhem in the Brainstem and Posterior Fossa Stroke Syndromes — Samuel Rogers
11:50 am — 12:10 pmPerfusion Imaging in Stroke: Application and Challenges — Jared Narvid
12:10 — 12:30 pmVessel Wall Imaging in Stroke — Mahmud Mossa-Basha
12:30 — 12:50 pm Making a Difference to Patient Care. Stroke Post Processing Software in Practice — Peter Chang
12:50 — 1:10 pmThrombectomy: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly — Jeremy Heit
1:10 — 1:30 pmExtended Window Stroke Imaging — Scott McNally
7:00 — 11:00 pmGrand Gala

Sunday, October 10

6:30 — 7:00 am Breakfast
7:00 — 7:10 amAnnouncements

Moderators: John Barr, Kalen Riley and Ali Mian

7:10 — 7:30 amActionable Findings in the Painful Spine — Miriam Peckham
7:30 — 7:50 amTaking The Fast Lane on Spinal MRI — Marco Pinho
7:50 — 8:10 amNew Hardware, Old Complications — Lex Mitchell
8:10 — 8:30 am Algorithmic approach to diagnosis and treatment of Symptomatic intracranial hypotension due to spinal CSF leak — Ashesh Thaker
8:30 — 8:50 amCT Guidance for the Diagnosis and Treatment of CSF Venous Fistulas — Heather Early
8:50 — 9:10 amBreak

Moderators: Blair Winegar and Wende Gibbs

9:10 — 10:00 amScientific Presentations
10:00 — 10:20 amMeningioma mimickers; A wolf in sheep's clothing — Jeremy Hughes
10:20 — 10:50 amNormal Pressure Hydrocephalus — Kevin King
10:50 — 11:10 amNeurodegenerative Disorders in Children and Adolescents — Mai-Lan Ho, MD
11:10 — 11:30 amMRI in Dementia — Laura Eisenmenger
11:30 — 11:45 pmClosing remarks — Ashok Srinivasan



Suzie Bash, MD

Rad Net LA

Beverly Hills, California


Peter Chang, MD

University of California Irvine

Irvine, California


James Y. Chen, MD

UC San Diego Health System

San Diego VA Medical Center

La Jolla, California


Daniel S. Chow, MD

University of California Irvine

Irvine, California


Justin A. Cramer, MD     

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, Nebraska


Gary Duckwiler, MD

University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California


Heather Early, MD

University of California San Francisco

San Francisco, California


Laura Eisenmenger, MD

University of Wisconsin

Madison, WI


William K. Erly, MD, MBA                       

Moffitt Cancer Center

Tampa Florida


Nikdokht (Niky) Farid, MD

University of San Diego Medical Center

San Diego, California


Bassem A. Georgy, MD

San Diego Imaging

San Diego, California


John L. Go, MD, FACR

LAC/USC Medical Center

Los Angeles, California


Gloria Guzman, MD, MSC, MPH

Washington University School of Medicine

St. Louis, Missouri


Bronwyn E. Hamilton, MD                   

Oregon Health and Sciences University

Portland, Oregon


Christopher R. Hancock, MD

University of California Riverside School of Medicine

Riverside, CA


Jeremy Heit, MD, PhD

Stanford University

Stanford, California


Mai-Lan Ho, MD                           

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Columbus, Ohio


Joseph M. Hoxworth, MD

Mayo Clinic

Phoenix, Arizona


Jeremy Hughes, MD

Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, Arizona


Thierry Huismann, MD, PhD

Texas Childrens Hospital

Houston, Texas


John Hurlbert, MD, PhD

University of Texas Southwestern

Dallas, Texas


Troy Hutchins, MD

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah


Michelle Johnson, MD

Yale School of Medicine

New Haven, Connecticut


John P. Karis, MD

The Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, Arizona


Kevin King, MD, MSCS

The Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, Arizona


Keith E. Kortman, MD

Sharp Healthcare San Diego

San Diego, California


Anthony Kuner, MD

University of Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin


Phil Kuo, MD, PhD

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona


Remy R. Lobo, MD

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan



Marin A. McDonald, MD, PhD

University of California, San Diego

San Diego, California


Lex A. Mitchell, MD

Hawaii Permanente Medical Group

Honolulu, Hawaii


Franklin G. Moser, MD

Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Los Angeles, California


Mahmoud Mossa-Basha, MD

University of Washington Medical Center

Seattle, Washington


Jared Narvid, MD

University of California San Fransisco

San Francisco, California


Gary M. Nesbit, MD

Oregon Health and Sciences University

Portland, Oregon


Miriam E. Peckham, MD

University of Utah School of Medicine

Salt Lake City, Utah


Nancy Pham, MD

University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California


Marco Pinho, MD

University of Texas

Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, TX


Tanya J. Rath, MD

Mayo Clinic, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona


Samuel N. Rogers, MD

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona


Jeffrey S. Ross, MD

Mayo Clinic

Phoenix, Arizona


Gaurang V. Shah, MD

University of Michigan Health System

Ann Arbor, Michigan


Jason F. Talbott, MD, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA


Lawrence Tanenbaum, MD, FACR

Rad Net LA

Beverly Hills, California


Ashesh Thaker, MD

University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus


Penelope C. Thomas, MD

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona


Alyssa T. Watanabe, MD

University of Southern California

Keck School of Medicine

Los Angeles, CA


Richard H. Wiggins III , MD, CIIP, FSIIM

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah


Gregory Zaharchuk, MD, PHD

Stanford University

Stanford, California


WNRS 2020- 2021 Executive Committee



Ashok Srinivasan, MD

University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Michigan



Jennifer L. Becker, BMBS, MRCS, FRCR

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona



Luke N. Ledbetter, MD

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Los Angeles, California



Wende Gibbs, MD

Mayo Clinic Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona



Gaurang V. Shah, MD

University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Michigan



Roland R. Lee, MD, FACR

UCSD/VA Medical Center
San Diego, California



Hollie A. Lai, MD

CHOC Children’s Hospital Orange County

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Orange, California


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Registration Type Regular Rate
WNRS Members$425.00

Optional Add-Ons

Add-On Type Regular Rate
Golf Tournament (lunch included)$90.00$90.00
Grand Gala$80.00$80.00
Opening Reception$30.00$30.00

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