Message from the President
The 11th Annual Meeting of the North American Skull Base Society will be held March 17-20, 2000 at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is with great pleasure that we announce the first call for papers and present the preliminary program for Skull Base Surgery 2000.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the North American Skull Base Society, I hope you will participate in this exciting meeting by submitting abstracts for consideration as oral or poster presentations or by serving as a seminar panelist.
Join us as we examine the future of Skull Base Surgery in the new millennium.
Robert F. Spetzler, MD
Features of Skull Base Surgery 2000….
- New format for Pre-Meeting Courses (live dissection & 3D video)
- Prize for best contributed paper/oral presentation
- Prize for best contributed paper/poster presentation
- Drawing for Exhibit Grand Prize
Deadlines and Important Dates to Remember
- Deadline to submit abstract: November 1, 1999
- Notification of acceptance/rejection of abstract: January 3, 2000
- Last day to register at early registration fee: January 3, 2000
- Deadline for hotel reservations: February 14, 2000
- Last day to register in advance of the meeting: February 25, 2000
- Last day to cancel registration: February 25, 2000
- Pre-Meeting Hands-on Workshop convenes: March 14-15, 2000
- Pre-Meeting Practical Course convenes: March 16, 2000
- Skull Base Surgery 2000 (Annual Meeting) convenes: March 17, 2000
- Skull Base Surgery 2000 (Annual Meeting) adjourns: March 20, 2000
In Remembrance – Shlomo Pomeranz
Shlomo Pomeranz, MD
Professor Shlomo Pomeranz died on November 23, 1998 from metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma. He was Chairman of the Division of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical School and was one of Israel’s best known neurosurgeons. Born in Haifa, Israel in 1950, he completed high school in Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin Madison, and then graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tel Aviv Medical School. He served as a combat physician for the Israeli Defense Forces from 1978 to 1982 and completed his neurosurgical residency at Hadassah Medical School in 1989. He then did fellowship training in microneurosurgery and cranial base surgery at the Resuscitation Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. He returned to Israel in 1985 where he would become a tenured neurosurgeon at Hadassah University Hospital. He was a member of several medical organizations, including the North American Skull Base Society, and he had published more than fifty scientific articles and book chapters. Shlomo was a great surgeon, a good human being, and a caring individual. Two years ago, while discussing the plight of the uninsured, he said it all came down to “mitzvah”, a Hebrew word for good deeds. That was what Shlomo was all about. He is survived by his wife Sue Lazarus and his daughters Michel, 16, and Dana, 14. We are all diminished by his departure.
Anil Nanda, MD, FACS
Associate Professor and Chairman
Department of Neurosurgery