This event has been cancelled and moved to July 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

NeuroSafe 2020 – the fifth annual NeuroSafe symposium – will be held, July 23-24, at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis Campus.

This one-of-a-kind national symposium creates opportunities for conversations among experts and attendees about practical, achievable ways to improve the safety and quality of a neurosurgical practice in the context of the triple aim — improving the patient experience, improving population health, and reducing healthcare's per capita cost.

NeuroSafe 2020 is expressly designed for specialty physicians, neurosurgical residents and fellows, 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 neurosurgical care.

Daniel Guillaume, MD

Expert presenters
“Within medicine and hospital care, quality and safety are becoming a bigger part of what we do,” explained NeuroSafe Course Director Daniel Guillaume, MD, MS, ABPNS, ABNS, Associate Professor, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Vice Chair of Quality Assurance, U of M Neurosurgery Department. “NeuroSafe 2020 is an opportunity for leading experts in quality and safety to share their experiences to help everyone become better.”

The two days will showcase national experts who will share – via interactive, case-based reviews and discussions – their own strategies, studies and ideas about improving neurosurgical quality and safety. Multiple voices are included as neurosurgeons, researchers, administrators, and nursing professionals will share their perspectives.

Quality Collaboration Roundtable
One opportunity built into NeuroSafe 2020 for sharing perspectives will be the Quality Collaboration Roundtable led by Oren N. Gottfried, MD, FAANS, from Duke University in Durham, NC. Moderated by Gottfried, roundtable 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.

Carolina Sandoval-Garcia, MD

Pediatrics Mini Symposium
Building on the success of last year’s mini spine symposium, NeuroSafe 2020’s “symposium within a symposium” will focus on pediatric neurosurgery. “Many of the speakers in previous iterations of NeuroSafe have drawn heavily from their experience in pediatric neurosurgical practices,” said Course Director Carolina Sandoval-Garcia, MD, Pediatric Neurosurgeon and Assistant Professor, U of M Neurosurgery Department. “It was only fitting that this year’s conference features a special symposium devoted to sharing innovative and successful strategies to increase safety and improve outcomes for our pediatric population. Most of this knowledge can be applied to the adult neurosurgical practice as well.”

Topics include:

  • 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.

Matthew Hunt, MD

“We have speakers representing the breadth of neurosurgical care and from institutions across the country,” said Course Director Matthew Hunt, MD, MHA, FRCS, FAANS, M Health Fairview Neurosurgery. “We are looking forward to hearing diverse perspectives about how we shape the best outcomes for our patients.”

Attending NeuroSafe 2020
Registration how-tos, lodging details, and other symposium-related information can be found on the NeuroSafe 2020 website. For other questions, call Claire Graham at 612-624-1207 or email

We are optimistic that we will be able to continue with NeuroSafe 2020 despite everything that is going on right now because of COVID-19; however, we will continue to monitor and update you as we get closer to the meeting in July.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education 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.

Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association (AMA)
The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
This activity is awarded up to 15.5 ANCC contact hours.

Other Healthcare Professionals

Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit this statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit.  The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

NeuroSafe 2020 is presented by the University of Minnesota Department of Neurosurgery and provided by the Office of Continuing Professional Development - University of Minnesota Medical School.