Course Information

Cutting Edge Interventional Solutions for Brain and Spinal Disease

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
Santa Monica, California

October 12, 2019

*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
A password link will be sent prior to the course.

Syllabus for Conference Registrants

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This course is intended to provide an introduction of and understanding in the endovascular/minimally invasive management of common diseases of the brain and spine. The course instructors comprise a multidisciplinary team of physicians who will discuss treatment strategies on topics including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, spine disease and back pain. State-of-the-art interventional and minimally invasive techniques will be presented as management options for common health issues in the head and neck, brain and spine. Updated management guidelines will be provided for each subject.


This program has been designed for physicians including internists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, emergency medicine specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and first responders.


To enroll click here.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
Brain and Spinal Disease
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Course Fees

  • $85 Pre-Registration
  • $95 On-Site Registration


No refunds will be granted for this conference, due to the low enrollment fee. A full refund will be provided if for any reason the course must be cancelled or rescheduled.


Reza Jahan, MD
Division of Interventional Neuroradiology
Department of Radiology and Neurosurgery


Geoffrey P. Colby, MD, PhD
Associate Professor 
Division of Interventional Neuroradiology
Department of Radiology and Neurosurgery 

Justin McWilliams, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Interventional Radiology
Department of Radiology

May Nour, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Interventional Neuroradiology 
Department of Radiology and Neurology

Viktor Szeder, MD, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Division of Interventional Neuroradiology
Department of Radiology

Satoshi Tateshima, MD, PhD
Division of Interventional Neuroradiology
Department of Radiology

J. Pablo Villablanca, MD
Division of Diagnostic Neuroradiology
Department of Radiology

Saturday, October 12, 2019



Registration and Continental Breakfast 


Welcome and Introduction 
Reza Jahan, MD 


Emergent Management of Ischemic Stroke: Part 1. IV Thrombolysis. Time-Clock versus Tissue-Clock for Administration of tPA and New Therapeutic Contenders 
May Nour, MD, PhD 


Emergent Management of Ischemic Stroke: Part 2. Endovascular Interventions. Whom to Treat and When 
Reza Jahan, MD 


Mobile Stroke Unit: Stroke Treatment Coming to the Patient in the Field. Are We Ready for a Change in Systems of Care? 
May Nour, MD, PhD 




Carotid Artery Atherosclerosis: Minimally Invasive Stenting for Carotid Artery Stenosis. Safe and Effective. 
Viktor Szeder, MD, PhD 


Intracranial Angioplasty and Stenting: At What Point Do We Consider It? 
Viktor Szeder, MD, PhD 


Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT): Vascular Anomalies Unfolded 
Justin McWilliams, MD




Congenital Lumps and Bumps – Vascular Birthmarks and Lymphatic Malformations: We Can Treat Them without Surgery 
Reza Jahan, MD 


Ideopathic Intercranial Hypertension: Endovascular Stenting Might Be the Treatment for Some Patients 
Reza Jahan, MD 


Back Pain: Percutaneous Interventions in the Spine for Degenerative and Metastatic Spine Disease 
J. Pablo Villablanca, MD 


Painful Spinal Compression Fractures: Indication for Percutaneous Cement Augmentation 
Satoshi Tateshima, MD, PhD 




Endovascular Intervention for Chronic Subdural Hematoma: Successful Treatment without Surgery 
Satoshi Tateshima, MD, PhD 


Surgical Management of Intracranial Aneurysms: The Science and Art of Clipping 
Geoffrey P. Colby, MD, PhD


Endovascular Management of Intracranial Aneurysms: The Minimally Invasive Strategy for Treatment 
Satoshi Tateshima, MD, PhD 


Closing Remarks 
Reza Jahan, MD 





After attending this live activity, participants should be able to:

  • Participate in decision making regarding the use of IV alteplase and endovascular intervention in patients suffering from acute ischemic stroke
  • Utilize the recently expanded indications for endovascular intervention in acute ischemic stroke – whom to treat and in what time window
  • Medically manage patients with carotid stenosis and understand the indication for endovascular intervention in the treatment of carotid artery atherosclerotic disease 
  • Medically manage patients with intracranial atherosclerotic disease and understand indication for endovascular intervention in this setting
  • Diagnose the most common causes of back pain and understand the role of interventional procedures in the management of these prevalent disease states
  • Explain the mechanism of action and objectives of spinal tumor ablation in patients with back pain due to primary or metastatic spine disease 
  • Qualify the significance of incidentally discovered cerebral aneurysms and understand the surgical and endovascular options for treatment 
  • Identify the array of congenital vascular and lymphatic lesions of the head and neck (congenital vascular birthmarks) and understand therapeutic options for percutaneous and endovascular management of these lesions

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

American Society of Radiologic Technologists Credit 

Approved by the ASRT for a maximum of 6.5 Category A continuing education credit.

The FDA has issued a concept paper that classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is “truly independent” and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that non-promotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program’s participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy mandates that the provider adequately manage all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.


UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
Room: G-340
1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 319-4000

Conference Parking

Saturday parking will be provided at no cost for all participants at the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Attendees will be able to park in the UCLA parking structure located on the corner of Arizona and 16th Street.  Please park on levels 3 and 4 only.