Department of Neurosurgery Hosts 15th Annual Levy Conference

Keynote speaker, Dr. Edward Benzel, will discuss the global lack of access to neurosurgical care

Globally, there is a lack of basic surgical care, including 14 million additional neurosurgical procedures needed per year. At the 15th Annual Levy Conference at LSU Health Shreveport on May 24, keynote speaker, Dr. Edward Benzel, will be addressing this issue and potential solutions in his presentation, "Doing What's Right: Leadership, Knowledge, Wisdom & Inspiration."

Dr. Benzel is a neurosurgeon and the Emeritus Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He serves as the Medical Co-Director of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Spine Research Laboratory and Course Director of the annual Cleveland Spine Review: Hands-On. Dr. Benzel also acted as Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at LSU Health Shreveport from 1980 until 1988.

In his presentation, Dr. Benzel will be discussing the need for established training programs to develop twinning programs with areas in an effort to alleviate the maldistribution of neurosurgical care. Examples of twinning programs and success rates will be analyzed to illustrate the effectiveness of these programs.

In addition to the keynote presentation, LSU Health Shreveport Department of Neurosurgery residents will also be presenting their latest research. Topics will include:

• “Advancing Neurosurgery: Data and Perspectives” by Dr. Richard Menger
• “Neurosurgery Political Involvement: Participation, Finances and Politics” by Dr. James Barry
• “Sex Differences in Academic Rank and Production Rate at Top US Neurosurgery Programs” by Dr. Rimal Dossani
• “Medical Review Committees in Louisiana: A Neurosurgical Perspective” by Dr. Jared Brougham
• “Morphometrical and Radiological Predictive Feasibility in Clipping of the Superior Hypophyseal Segment Aneurysms from Contralateral Subfrontal and Supraorbital Approach: Pilot Study” by Dr. Jai Thakur
• “Pipeline Embolization Device versus Stent Assisted Coiling in Treatment of Ophthalmic Segment Aneurysms” by Dr. Nimer Adeeb
• “Single-center Experience with Lumbar Drain Use for Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak Following Trans-sphenoidal Surgery” by Dr. Racheal Wolfson
• “Chiari Malformation Associated Scoliosis: the Shreveport Experience” by Dr. Betsy Wild
• “Comparison of Outcomes in Extension of Plating vs Addition of Stand Alone Cage in Adjacent Segment Redo Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery" by Dr. Matt Hefner
• “The Effect of Antiplatelet Dosing on Complications and Occlusion Rates with Flow Diverters” by Dr. Christopher Storey

Each year, the Levy Conference brings together approximately 200 clinicians, researchers, medical students, area medical professionals, nurses, physician's assistants, and members of the community to discuss leading neurosurgical topics with world renowned neurosurgeons. The one-day conference is held at LSU Health Shreveport (1501 Kings Highway). There will be a morning session from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in Room 1-400 of the Medical School and an afternoon session from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Room 3-322 of the Medical School. A maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) are available for this continuing medical education activity.

Free parking will be available. There is no registration fee to attend; however, pre-registration is requested. The registration form is available at