Jannetta Symposium

Peter J. Jannetta Symposium

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Department of Neurological Surgery will host the inaugural Peter J. Jannetta Symposium, highlighting the history and future of innovations in the field of neurological surgery.

Dr. Peter Jannetta, long-time former chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery, was a giant in the field of neurosurgery. 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 passed away this past year. The Peter J. Jannetta Symposium will celebrate the memory of Dr. Jannetta by taking a look at today's innovations in the field and examining where these innovations will take us.

The presenting sponsor for the event is The Jannetta Society of The Jannetta Neuroscience Foundation.

Target Audience

Neurosurgeons and residents in training.


Hotel Monaco
620 William Penn Place 
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 471-1170

Areas of Discussion

Skull Base Surgery
Microvascular Decompression
Vascular Surgery
Endovascular Surgery
Radiosurgery/Brain Tumors
Spine/Functional Surgery

Course Director

Robert Friedlander, MD, MA
Walter E. Dandy Professor

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa.


7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:45 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Robert Friedlander, MD, MA; Mark McLaughlin, MD

8:05 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Skull Base and Endoscopic Endonasal Neurosurgery
Moderator: Bradley Gross; Speakers: Laligam Sekhar, MD; Chandra Sen, MD; Paul Gardner, MD; Hae-Dong Jho, MD, PhD

9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Microvascular Decompression
Moderator: Bradley Gross; Speakers: Rudolf Fahlbusch, MD; Raymond Sekula, MD; Stephen Haines, MD (Evidence Based MVD)

10:05 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

10:35 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Moderator: Brian Jankowitz; Speakers: Elad Levy, MD; Gregory Thompson, MD; Robert Friedlander, MD, MA; Howard Yonas, MD

11:50 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Lunch and Discussion of Impact of Neurosurgeons Outside of Operating Room
Moderator: L. Dade Lunsford; Speakers: A. Leland Albright, MD; Alan Scarrow, MD, JD; Paul Nelson, MD; Joseph Maroon, MD

1:20 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Radiosurgery/Brain Tumors
Moderator: Edward A. Monaco III; Speakers: L. Dade Lunsford, MD; Bruce Pollock, MD; Ian Pollack, MDNduka Amankulor, MDJohnathan Engh, MD

2:35 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

3:05 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Moderator: D. Kojo Hamilton; Speakers: Dan Resnick, MD; David O. Okonkwo, MD, PhDAdam Kanter, MDR. Mark Richardson, MD, PhDElizabeth Tyler-Kabara, MD, PhD

4:20 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Robert Friedlander, MD, MA

5:00 p.m.
Symposium Adjournment
Cocktail Reception & Dinner

Reflections on Peter Jannetta (During Dessert)
Introduction: Robert Friedlander; Speakers: Peter Sheptak, Diana Jannetta, Peter Jannetta, Jr., John Moossy

Host Hotel & Nearby Accommodations

Hotel Monaco
(Host Hotel)
620 William Penn Place 
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 471-1170

Omni William Penn
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 281-7100

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites
One Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219
(412) 281-5800

Westin Convention Center
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-3700

Registration/More Information

Diann Bruni
email: brunidm@upmc.edu

CME Accreditation

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals are awarded .9 continuing education units (CEU’s) which are equal to .9 contact hours.

Disclaimer Statement

The information presented at this CME program represents the views and opinions of the individual presenters, and does not constitute the opinion or endorsement of, or promotion by, the UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, UPMC/ University of Pittsburgh Medical Center or Affiliates and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Reasonable efforts have been taken intending for educational subject matter to be presented in a balance, unbiased fashion and in compliance with regulatory requirements. However, each propgram attendee must always use his/her own personal and professional judgment when considering further application of this information, particularly as it may relate to patient diagnostic or trteatment decisions including, without limitation, FDA-approved uses and any off-label uses.