NeuroSafe 2020

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Welcome to NeuroSafe 2020

We are constantly challenged to provide high-quality, safe care in complex healthcare systems and within the context of the “triple aim” — improving the patient experience, improving population health, and reducing healthcare's per capita cost.

The fifth annual NeuroSafe symposium – NeuroSafe 2020 – provides a unique opportunity to take time out to reflect on what all that means for our neurosurgical practices. The symposium enables conversations among experts and attendees about practical, achievable ways to improve the safety and quality of a neurosurgical practice within the context of the triple aim.

Come join those conversations, July 23-24, 2020, at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. The two days will give you access to national trailblazers who will share – via interactive, case-based reviews and discussions – their own strategies, studies and ideas about improving neurosurgical quality and safety.


M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital pediatric neursurgeon and Neurosurgery Department Assistant Professor Carolina Garcia-Sandoval, MD, is overseeing a Pediatric Mini Symposium during NeuroSafe 2020. Four renowned pediatric neurosurgeons will discuss:

  • Protocolization Leads to Safer Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Diffusion of Culture: Embracing Quality and Safety in Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Investigation and Implementation of Research in Pediatric Hydrocephalus
  • How to Influence Ethical Behavior in a Cost-Conscious World.

Dr. Oren N. GottfriedIn addition, Oren N. Gottfried, MD, FAANS, from Duke University in Durham, NC, will moderate a Quality Collaboration Roundtable during which participants will:

  • Describe their quality and safety program’s strengths, areas for improvement, and future directions
  • Discuss new multi-institutional initiatives and collaborations
  • Describe best practice efforts to teach others how to employ at their institutions
  • Provide valuable and candid insight about how neurosurgery leaders have overcome barriers to quality care and reporting
  • Explain how to best navigate and maximize the surgeon, administrator, and data engineer collaborative effort.

During the roundtable, attendees will be asked to use an interactive, real-time polling platform to guide the discussion and characterize individual and group best care efforts.

  • Audience
  • Key Topics
  • Course Directors
  • Audience

    This symposium is ideal for specialty physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, quality and safety professionals and others with a neurosurgery specialty interest. This includes professionals interested in offering patients the benefit of the most advanced quality and safety treatment options for neurosurgery care.

    Presented by: University of Minnesota Department of Neurosurgery. Provided by: Office of Continuing Professional Development - University of Minnesota Medical School

  • Key Topics

    This innovative symposium offers trailblazing perspectives about neurosurgical quality and safety, including:

    • Improvement efforts across all practice settings
    • Outcomes and measures
    • Challenges
    • Building the safest environments for neurosurgery patients throughout the world.

    Following completion of this educational symposium, the learner should be better able to:

    • Describe how to address quality and safety challenges using real-life examples
    • Outline current neurosurgical quality and safety expectations
    • Identify potential quality and safety outcomes measures in neurosurgery
    • Create new, national collaborations in quality and safety
    • Interpret regionalized quality and safety measures
    • Leverage your organization to improve quality and safety.

  • Course Directors

    huntMatthew A. Hunt, MD, FRCS, FAANS
    M Health Fairview Neurosurgery

    guillaumeDaniel J. Guillaume, MD, MS, ABPNS, ABNS
    Associate Professor and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery
    Vice Chair of Quality Assurance, Department of Neurosurgery 

    jonesKristen E. Jones, MD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

    shaneSuzanne Shane, NP, RN
    Nurse Practitioner
    M Health Fairview Neurosurgery

    gundersonLarry Gunderson, CPA, CMA, MBA
    Neurosurgery Department


    Pediatric Mini Symposium

    sandovalCarolina Garcia-Sandoval, MD
    Pediatric Neurosurgeon
    Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery