Interview with Chair Praveen Mummaneni
Policy Reporter Updates
Dr. David J. Kline Interview
Hand Weakness: Differentiating the Source
Nerve Member Updates
DSPN Business Meeting Revisions to DSPN Rules & Regulations
John O’Toole conducts a Q&A with our Present Chair of the Joint Section, Praveen Mummaneni. We will continue to interview each of the Chairs and other senior EC members in future editions. The Nerve Update has fantastic content in this issue. David Kline, one of the luminaries of nerve surgery, is interviewed by Cheerag Upadhyaya. Zack Ray and Thomas Wilson provide a focused review of hand weakness. Line Jacques and Lynda Yang offer a nerve member update focusing upon course offerings and grant opportunities. Joseph Cheng offers an update of coverage changes relevant to neurosurgical practice. Finally, Bradley Jacobs, Chair of the DSPN Rules and Regulations Committee, has a review of the Rules and Regs changes that are up for review by our membership. We are presenting these changes a second time; they will be voted on during the Business Session of the upcoming DSPN meeting.
Praveen Mummaneni: We were fortunate to have an outstanding Executive Committee leading the Section, and working with them is the highlight of my year. Our officers are dedicated and an inspiration to see in action. Financially the Section is stronger than ever due to the efforts of Chair elect Jack Knightly, Secretary Marjorie Wang, Treasurer Mike Wang, Exhibits Chair Dan Hoh, and Past Chair John Hurlbert. The committee chairs pulled more than their weight as well.
Adam Kanter and Zo Ghogawala and the scientific program committee created a superb Annual Meeting featuring honored guests Chris Shaffrey and Larry Lenke. Phil
Weinstein, who is a founding member of the Section is this year’s honored guest. The institution of the Charles Kuntz IV memorial fund through the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation to promote resident attendance at the annual meeting is a milestone for us. We invited Charlie’s parents and family to the annual meeting to see thirty residents who are attending the Section meeting to give oral talks and receive travel awards through the Kuntz NREF fund.
Praveen Mummaneni: Engagement of colleagues in other spine societies is a primary goal in advancing the mission of the section, namely, to advance spine and peripheral nerve patient care through education, research and advocacy. Our mission overlaps with those of the other spine societies, and by partnering with them we become more effective in realizing that mission. We are better off all pulling the oars of the ship in the same direction.