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Cranial Neurosurgery Fundamental Workshop - level II, standard approaches

This course offers a modular hands-on training on commonly used cranial approaches - pterional, retrosigmoid, suboccipital, anterior inter-hemispheric & subtemporal. For each approach modules include theoretical sessions, surgical planning workshop on planning stations and dissection workshop in a stimulated environment with the support of enabling technologies. The course is designed around a procedure workflow in which each enabling instrumentation and technology is didactically introduced when relevant in the workflow. This course will also introduce the participants on how to use surgical navigation throughout the procedural workflow.

Target audience:

This curriculum is designed for residents aiming at a career in Neurosurgery, having already 2 to 3 years of experience in neurosurgery. The participants will be selected by their head of department, to ensure continuity in the learning continuity and in-center follow-up. Preferred candidates would have attended the level I training.

Learning objectives:

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • understand the surgical anatomy of the most common approaches
  • acquire the knowledge for indications, variations and complications 
  • applying technology to the surgical approaches including navigation on cadaver specimen

Accreditation: 

An application for accreditation will be submitted with European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME)

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    This training program will be in English language. The agenda will be available on the website in the spring of 2020.

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    Course Directors

    Assoc. Prof. Pablo Gonzalez

    Pablo GONZALEZ-LOPEZ MD, PhD 

    Hospital General Universitario de Alicante Avda. Pintor Baeza 12. 03010 Alicante (SPAIN)

    ACADEMIC DEGREES

    2005: Medicine and Surgery, University of Valencia

    2008: Advanced Studies Diploma, University of Valencia

    2006-2011: Neurosurgery Residency Program, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valencia

    2007-2013: ‘Cum Laude’ PhD degree in Medicine and Surgery, University of Valencia, Department of Surgery 

    EXTRAACADEMIC DEGREES 

    From 2006 till 2013 Assoc. Prof. Gonzalez has received more than 576 hours of training in several universities and meetings

    WORKING POSITIONS HELD 

    2006-2011 - Neurological Surgery Resident, Valencian Health Agency, Clinic University Hospital of Valencia

    2006 - Member of Spanish Neurosurgery Society 

    2006 - Member of Levante Neurosurgery Society

    2007 - Member of Neuro Oncology Committee, Clinic University Hospital of Valencia

    2008 - Member of International Hydrocephalus Society 2012 - Neurological Surgery Staff, Valencian Health Agency, General University Hospital of Alicante 

    2012 - Member of Neuro Oncology Committee, General University Hospital of Alicante

    2014 - Member of Skull Base Committee, General University Hospital of Alicante

    2014 - Founder Member of Neurosurgical Anatomy Committee, Neurosurgery Spanish Society 

    2015 - Member of Neurosurgical Anatomy Committee, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies 

    2017 - Member of the Research Group ‘Investigación en Neurociencias’, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria y Biomédica de Alicante 

    2018 - Member of Training Committee, European Association of Neurosurgical Societies

    2018 - Associate Professor, University Miguel Hernández, Department of Anatomy 

    TEACHING ACTIVITY PERFORMED 

    Practice Lessons assistant professor of Neurosurgery, University of Valencia, Seminar and Practice Lessons

    Surgical Instrumentation in Neurosurgery Master Professor, University of Valencia Neurosurgical Approaches Practice Courses, Health Studies Valencian School, Practice Lessons Practice Lessons assistant professor of Neurosurgery, Yeditepe University Hospital, Istanbul, TURKEY, Neurosurgery Departmen

    2011 - Operative Cortical and Subcortical Brain Anatomy and Function. Workshop Hospital Clínico Universitario San Carlos, Universidad Complutense de Madrid 

    2012 - Honored Professor – Anatomy and Histology Department, Miguel Hernández University]; Lessons and practice

    2013 - Operative Cortical and Subcortical Brain Anatomy and Function. Workshop Hospital Clínico Universitario San Carlos, Universidad Complutense de Madrid 

    2015 - Operative Cortical and Subcortical Brain Anatomy and Function. Workshop Hospital Clínico Universitario San Carlos, Universidad Complutense de Madrid 

    2014 - External Tutor for Medical School – Surgery Department, Miguel Hernández University, End of Grade Research 

    2018 - Associate Professor, University Miguel Hernández, Department of Anatomy 

    Assoc. Prof. Gonzalez has performed several Research activities and was involved in research projects that received grants or other subsidies. He received prizes for best presentation in more than 8 meetings and congresses 

    Assoc. Prof. Gonzalez is a frequent speaker in numerous meetings and congresses 

    Assoc. Prof. Gonzalez stayed in investigation and research centers abroad: University of California. San Francisco. USA. Dr. Mitchel Berger, Dr. Michael Lawton, Fukushima Medical Center, Tokyo Clinic and Shin-Komonji Hospital. JAPAN. Dr. Takanori FukushimaHelsinki University Central Hospital. FINLAND. Dr. Juha Hernesniemi, Yeditepe University Hospital. Istanbul, TURKEY. Dr. Ugur TüreNarayana Multispecialty Hospital. INDIA. Dr. Krishan K. Bansal  

    Assoc. Prof. Gonzalez has published several articles in medical journals, books, etc. 

    Assoc. Prof. Wolfsberger

    Department of Neurosurgery, Medical University Vienna - Austria

    Dr. Stefan Wolfsberger, a native of Vienna, Austria received his medical and neurosurgical training from the Medical University of Vienna under the supervision of Chairman Wolfgang Koos and Engelbert Knosp. In 2005 he was appointed Associate Professor of Neurosurgery.

    His research interests include skull base and ventricular endoscopy, advanced imaging techniques in neuroendoscopy, multimodal neuronavigation, 3D visualization, surgical simulation and intraoperative tissue interrogation techniques. 

    In 2012 he has completed a clinical fellowship with Dr. Sutherland of Calgary, Canada, gaining experience with iMRI and integrating navigation, and 3D imaging with the neuroArm robot. Thereafter, he has been involved in a project developing a novel miniature cranial positioning robot for neurosurgery in Austria.

    He has been appointed Adjunct Professor with the University of Calgary Department of Clinical Neurosciences in 2012. Also, since 2012 he has been Assistant Medical Director of the Department of Neurosurgery of the Medical University Vienna. 

    Stefan Wolfsberger has been organizing annual international workshops combining DTI-tractography and white matter dissections in a unique way in Vienna and Calgary since 2008.