Jannetta Symposium

Peter J. Jannetta Symposium

The inaugural Peter J. Jannetta Symposium was held April 8, 2017, at the Hotel Monaco in downtown Pittsburgh. The event was a wide-ranging look at the innovations taking place in the field of neurosurgery, as well as a celebration of the accomplishments of Peter J. Jannetta, MD—innovative former chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery who passed away in April of 2016.

Prominent figures in the field of neurosurgery, including Stephen Haines, MD; Hae-Dong Jho, MD, PhD; Bruce Pollock, MD; Laligam Sekhar, MD; Chandra Sen, MD; Gregory Thompson, MD; and Howard Yonas, MD, joined department leaders Robert Friedlander, MDPaul Gardner, MD; L. Dade Lunsford, MDDavid Okonkwo, MD, PhDIan Pollack, MD; and Ray Sekula, MD, among others, to discuss the latest advances in skull base surgery, microvascular decompression, vascular surgery, endovascular surgery, radiosurgery and spine surgery.

The day-long event featured over two-dozen lectures in five separate sessions and was attended by more than 120 neurosurgeons and residents.

Dr. Jannetta served as chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery for 25 years beginning in 1971. He was internationally acclaimed for his development of microvascular decompression (MVD), an innovative procedure that moved blood vessels away from the trigeminal nerve, alleviating chronic pain and spasms in facial muscles. The procedure became commonly known as the ‘Jannetta Procedure’ and brought relief to thousands.

Dr. Jannetta went on to publish more than 400 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters and won several awards for his contributions to the field. Perhaps more importantly, he helped create one of the most outstanding schools of neurosurgery in the world, training scores of residents, many of whom have gone on to be leaders in the field themselves.

The symposium was hosted by UPMC, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Department of Neurological Surgery. The presenting sponsor for the event was The Jannetta Society of The Jannetta Neuroscience Foundation.

Watch video below of Robert Friedlander, MD, chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery and course director of the symposium, provide opening remarks at inaugural Peter J. Jannetta Symposium on Innovation in Neurosurgery.

Below is a sampling of presentations from the 2017 inaugural symposium:

Mark McLaughlin on Peter Jannetta

A. Leland Albright on Peter Jannetta and Children

Alan Scarrow on Leaders and Leadership

L. Dade Lunsford on Stereotactic Radiosurgery at UPMC

Bruce Pollock on Microsurgery and Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Ian Pollack on Pediatric Brain Tumor Research   

Nduka Amankulor on Adult Glioma Research 

Johnathan Engh on Brain Tumor Surgical Techniques

David Okonkwo on Scoliosis and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery 

Adam Kanter on Lateral Access Spine Surgery 

R. Mark Richardson on Movement Disorders, Epilepsy and Psychiatric Disease

Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara on Brain Computer Interface Research