Frontiers in Neurosurgery and Neuromodulation

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery will co-sponsor a Frontiers in Neurosurgery and Neuromodulation symposium on February 2-3, 2023, presenting and discussing innovations in epilepsy, movement disorders and spasticity care. The symposium is under the direction of Jorge A. González-Martínez, MD, PhD, director of the University of Pittsburgh's Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Program and a world-renowned leader in the care and treatment of epilepsy and movement disorders.

Over the last 20 years, the surgical treatment for patients with epilepsy, movement disorders and spasticity have experienced a dramatic evolution, favoring the improvement of clinical results and safety. In this context, the upcoming neuromodulation field—applied to different neurological conditions—has provided additional treatment alternatives and hope for patients with medically intractable conditions. The Frontiers in Neurosurgery and Neuromodultaion symposium, is a focused and practical symposium dedicated to neurologists, general practitioners, mid-level providers, students, surgeons and patients interested in learning and discussing current state-of-the-art treatment methods, as well as the future of the neuromodulation field.

Patients and family members will also get the opportunity to pose questions to our experts during a special 'Patient/Family Discussion' session on Friday from 12-1 p.m. There is no charge for patients or family members to attend this one-hour session.

Registration is available through the UPMC Continuing Education website.

Course Location

Fairmont Pittsburgh
510 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Course Agenda

Thursday, February 2

9:00 a.m.
Registration Opens

10:00 a.m.
Welcome Address - Introduction
Jorge A. González-Martínez, MD, PhD

10:15 a.m.
The Fundamentals of Neuromodulation: From Basic Science to Clinical Application
Marco Capogrosso, PhD

10:45 a.m.
The Spectrum of Neuromodulation: State of Art and Future Directions
Houman Homayoun, MD

11:15 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.
Introduction to Epilepsy Session
Moderator: Anto Bagic, MD

12:45 p.m.
Who are Candidates for Neuromodulation?
Alexandra Urban, MD

1:15 p.m.
Modalities of Neuromodulation Applied to Epilepsy
Taylor Abel, MD

1:45 p.m. 
Surgical Aspects of Neuromodulation in Epilepsy
Jorge A. González-Martínez, MD, PhD

2:15 p.m. 
Seizure Outcome and Overall Results
Nirav Barot, MD

3:00 p.m.
Introduction to Movement Disorders Session:
Moderator: Houman Homayoun, MD

3:15 p.m.
Who are Candidates for Neuromodulation?
Valerie Suski, MD

3:45 p.m.
Surgical Aspects of Neuromodulation for Movement Disorders
Arka Mallela, MD

4:15 p.m.
The Value of Intraoperative Neurophysiology
Donald Crammond, PhD

4:45 p.m.
Challenges and Upcoming Treatment Modalities
Sarah Berman, MD, PhD

5:15 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in vendor area

7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 3

7:00 a.m.
Registration Opens

8:00 a.m. 
Keynote Lecture 1: Neuromodulation for Stroke Recovery
Elvira Pirondini, PhD

9:00 a.m. 
Keynote Lecture 2: Brain Machine Interface: Present and Future
Jennifer Collinger, PhD

Panel Sessions:

(John Moossy, MD)
10:00 a.m. Who are Candidates?
10:30 a.m. Surgical Procedures and Results
11:00 a.m. Future Directions
11:30 a.m. Discussion

(Jorge A. González-Martínez, MD, PhD)
10:00 a.m. Who are Candidates?
10:30 a.m. Surgical Procedures and Results
11:00 a.m. Future Directions
11:30 a.m. Discussion

(Stacey Lang)
10:00 a.m. Role in Community/Referral Hospitals
10:30 a.m. Coordinating Information between Facilities and Providers
11:00 a.m. Understanding the Fiscal Considerations for Community Program
11:30 a.m. Other Discussion

12:00 p.m.
Patients and Family Session/discussion with Patients and Family (Vendor Lunch)

1:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Adjournment
Stacey Lang

Tuition Information

General Registration
Physicians, Administrators, General Registration: $300        
Nurses, APPs: $200        
Medical Students/Residents/First Responders: $50

Registration for the course can be made through the UPMC Continuing Education website.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made by e-mail only. For a full refund, requests must be e-mailed to April Merrell, or James Burns,

Questions and More Information

For additional course information, please contact Dr. González-Martínez at (412) 647-3685 or