7th Annual Subcortical Surgery Group Meeting

Course Overview

Managing subcortical abnormalities has historically posed a difficult challenge for neurosurgeons as non-disruptive access has been limited.  This course provides an open forum to discuss evidence-based solutions to this challenge and others.

  • Can disruption of surrounding healthy tissue be minimized when accessing deep lesions without compromising extent of resection?

  • Are bi-manual and automated resection techniques applicable in minimally disruptive approaches?
  • Which lessons can be learned surrounding hemostasis management in an air medium while operating in the subcortical space?

  • What possibilities exist for personalized medicine through the collection and preservation of tissue samples?

These questions and more will be addressed by faculty including current evidence on clinical and economic outcomes.  Various technologies will be introduced as part of MIPS and a hands-on skills lab will provide same-day experience with the methods and technologies reviewed.

Course Objectives

  • Assess fundamentals of MIPS and apply these concepts through hands-on lab experience

  • Review principles of minimally disruptive techniques based on fascicular anatomy and common corridors

  • Evaluate and integrate technological platforms for addressing the challenges associated with management of subcortical lesions, including controlling hemostasis and effectively visualizing the abnormality, pre-, intra- and post-operatively

  • Analyze the potential effectiveness of MIPS through review of clinical evidence and discussion of real experiences at leading institutions practicing this approach

  • Gauge the potential clinical and economic impact at your facility

Course Faculty


Gustavo Pradilla, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Chief of Neurosurgery Service
Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Centre at Grady Health Systems


 Dr. LitvackZachary Litvack, MD, MCR, FAANS, FACS
Secretary and Treasurer, SSG
Co-Director, Swedish Neuroscience Institute

 Brad ZachariaBrad Zacharia, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Co-Direcotor, Neuro Oncology Program
Director, Brain Tumor and Skull Base Surgery
Penn State Health


Thursday, July 23, 2020
7:00 am - 8:00 am Registration and Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:30 am MIPS Overview
8:30 am - 9:00 am Fascicular Anatomy and Common Corridors for Subcortical Abnormalities
9:00 am - 9:45 am Principles of MIPS for Tumors & Lesions
9:45 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 10:15 amLab Overview - Demonstration and Learning Objectives
10:15 am - 11:30 amTumor Skills Lab
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Principles of MIPS for Intracerebral Hemorrhage
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm Economic Impact: Value of MIPS
12:15 pm - 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmTips and Techniques, Lessons Learned, and Patient Selection
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmLab Overview - Demonstration and Learning Objectives
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
ICH Skills Lab
2:45 pm
MIPS Course Conclusion


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