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Third Annual NeuroSpine Summit at Clemenceau Medical Center

CMC NeuroSpine Summit

Spinal & Cranial Pathologies

May 12-13, 2017, 8:30 a.m.– 6:30 p.m.

Clemenceau Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon

Specialist physicians, residents and fellows with an interest in spinal and cranial pathologies are invited to hear from Johns Hopkins neurosurgeons Ali Bydon, Gary Gallia and Michael Lim. Other international experts include Dr. Youssef Comair, professor of neurosurgery at the Lebanese American University, and Dr. Mohammad Badra, chief of the Orthopedic Division at the Clemenceau Medical Center.   

Clemenceau Medical Center, a Johns Hopkins affiliate, will host the two-day conference. Attendees will discuss the most recent advances in the treatment of spinal disorders and the latest best practices on brain pituitary adenomas, glioma and acoustic neuroma. The conference will take place May 12-13, 2017 at the Clemenceau Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon. 

By attending, you will be able to:

  • Describe the current treatment options for patients with spinal spondylolisthesis and disc herniation.
  • Identify the current treatment options for patients with adult spinal deformity, specifically in the elderly population. 
  • Describe the latest knowledge on thoracic pathologies and surgical management outcomes. 
  • Discuss prevention strategies for proximal junctional kyphosis.
  • Identify the most recent advances in diagnosis and treatment of patients with C5 nerve palsy.
  • Apply understanding of spinal disorders during case study discussions.
  • Discuss indications and outcomes of microsurgical, endoscopic and transcranial approaches for pituitary adenomas.
  • Outline evidence-based treatment of acoustic neuroma.
  • Define current workup of patients with cerebrospinal fluid leakage in endoscopic endonasal and transphenoidal surgery.
  • Identify the role of stereotactic radiosurgery in management of pituitary adenoma and acoustic neuroma.

No fees are involved for your participation. However, you must register to attend.


The presenters include: 


Dr. Ali BydonAli Bydon, M.D. 

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 

Dr. Ali Bydon is the director of the Spinal Column Biomechanics and Surgical Outcomes Laboratory at Johns Hopkins. His research focuses on spinal biomechanics, spinal disparities and surgical outcomes. He has co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts and numerous book chapters. Dr. Bydon co-authored the largest series in the literature evaluating the best surgical approach to spinal synovial cysts. His seminal work on outcomes after lumbar disk surgery has earned over 100 citations. 


No imageDr. Mohammad Badra 

Chief of the Orthopedic Division at the Clemenceau Medical Center

Dr. Mohammad Badra joined Clemenceau Medical Center in September 2005 as a full-time attending surgeon specializing in spine surgery. He completed his medical degree and orthopedic residency at the American University of Beirut. He completed fellowships in pediatric orthopedic surgery at New York University and spine at Oregon Health and Science University in the United States. Dr. Badra is mainly interested in adult and pediatric spine deformities as well as minimally invasive spine surgeries.


Dr. Yousef ComairDr. Youssef Comair 

Professor of neurosurgery at the Lebanese American University 

Dr. Comair is internationally recognized for his expertise in brain and epilepsy surgery. His academic career spans several cities in Lebanon, Canada and the United States. Most recently he served as dean of the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, head of the Section of Epilepsy Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, vice chair of the department of neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of neurosurgery at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas. Dr. Comair co-authored over 115 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He is the principal investigator of a phase II clinical trial that studies the role of Bevacizumab and Irinotecan in relapsed high-grade gliomas, which typically respond poorly to chemotherapeutic agents. 


Dr. Michael LimDr. Michael Lim

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Michael Lim is the director of the Spine Radiosurgery program at Johns Hopkins. He utilizes the most advanced techniques in neurosurgery, including image-guided surgery, microsurgery, minimally invasive techniques and endoscopic surgery. In addition to treating spinal tumors, he is an expert in the treatment of brain tumors, arteriovenous malformations and trigeminal neuralgia with radiosurgery.


Dr. Gary GalliaDr. Gary Gallia 

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Gary Gallia is director of Johns Hopkins’ Neurosurgery Skull Base Center. His specialty is endoscopic endonasal surgical approaches to skull base pathologies with a focus on neurosurgical oncology. He utilizes the latest techniques in preoperative imaging, computer-guided surgical navigation, intraoperative monitoring and minimally invasive and neuroendoscopic approaches in the management of patients with benign and malignant brain tumors, metastatic tumors to the brain, skull base neoplasms and pituitary tumors. 


Check out the schedule below: 

Day 1: Friday, May 12, 2017

8:30 am – 9:00 am         Registration and Breakfast 
9:00 am – 9:10 am         Welcoming Remarks: Mohammad Badra, MD, and Ali Bydon, MD
A. Cervical and Thoracic Spine
9:10 am – 9:35 am         Cervical Myelopathy: Diagnosis and Surgical Management (Dr. Mhenna)
9:35 am – 10:00 am OPLL: Surgical Management (Dr. Kabbour) 
10:00 am – 10:25 am Cervical Spondylolisthesis: Surgical Management (Dr. Bydon)
10:25 am – 10:50 am Cervical Arthroplasty (Dr. Omeis)
10:50 am – 11:05 am Coffee Break
11:05 am – 11:25 am Cervical Adjacent Segment Disease (Dr. El Khalil)
11:25 am – 12101:50 am C5 Nerve Palsy: Prediction, Prevention and Treatment (Dr. Badra)
11:50 am – 12:15 am Thoracic Disc Herniation: Surgical Management (Dr. Saikali)
12:15 am – 12:40 am Thoracic Myelopathy: Surgical Management (Dr. Bydon)
12:40 am – 1:05 pm Case studies: Cervical Spine Pathology (Dr. Bydon)
1:05 pm – 1:30 pm Case Studies: Thoracic Spine Pathology (Dr. Badra)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch Break
B. Lumbar Spine
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Lumbar Spondylolysis: Conservative and Surgical Management (Dr. Kreichati) 
Degenerative Lumbar Spine Stenosis: Rational of Management (Dr. Natout)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Achieving Optimal Outcome for Spondylolisthesis (Dr. Kharrat)
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Lumbar Discectomy: Microscope or Endoscope? Which one and Why? (Dr. Badra)
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Synovial cysts: Decompression Alone vs. Decompression and Fusion (Dr. Bydon)
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Coffee Break
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm Management of Spinal Deformity in the Aging Spine (Dr. Omeis)
5:15 pm – 5:45 pm Proximal Junctional Kyphosis: Prediction and Prevention (Dr. Kreichati)
5:45 pm – 6:15 pm Case Studies: Lateral Corpectomy (Dr. Kharrat)
6:15 pm – 6:30 pm Case Studies: OLIF Cases (Dr. Natout)


Day 2: Saturday, May 13, 2017 

8:50 am – 9:00 am Conference Goals and Welcoming Remarks (Dr. Youssef Comair)
A. Pituitary  
9:00 am – 9:30 am Endoscopic Endonasal Approach for Pituitary Adenomas (Dr. Gallia)
9:30 am – 10:00 am Endoscopic Transphenoidal Approach for Pituitary Adenomas (TBA)
10:00 am – 10:30 am Microscopic Transphenoidal Approach for Pituitary Adenomas (Dr. Lim)
10:30 am – 11:00 am Transcranial Approach for Pituitary Adenomas (TBA)
11:00 am – 11:30 am Coffee Break
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Role of Stereotactic Radiosurgery in Management of Pituitary Adenoma (Dr. Lim)
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Cerebrospinal Fluid Leakage in Endoscopic Endonasal and Transphenoidal Surgery: Clinical Pearls (Dr. Gallia)
12:30 am – 1:00 pm Ten Years of Using the Endoscope for Skull Base Surgery: What Have I Learned? (Dr. Gallia)
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Radiosurgery 101: What Every Neurosurgeon Should Know (Drs. Lim and Francois)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch Break
B. Glioma and Acoustic Neuroma
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Low-Grade Glioma: Diagnosis and Indications of Surgical Treatment (Dr. Lim)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Achieving Excellent Surgical Results in Low-Grade Glioma (Dr. Comair)
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Update on advances of intracranial glioma management (Dr. Lim)
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Radiotherapy for the Low-Grade Glioma: Indications and Results (Dr. Zouein)
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Treatment of Acoustic Neuroma: A Step-by-Step Approach (Dr. Lim)
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Role of Stereotactic Radiosurgery in Management of Acoustic Neuroma (Dr. Lim)
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Round Table Discussions