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ANA 21st National Symposium, Los Angeles, CA – August 9-11, 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

1:00 pm—2:00 pm

Opening Session – Welcome (CART)*
ANA Board President Welcome, Jeffrey D. Barr
ANA Chief Executive Officer Report, Judy Vitucci
Welcome to Los AngelesRick A. Friedman, MD, PhD

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
General Session (CART)*
2:00 pm—2:10 pm
Opening Comments, Marc Schwartz MD; William H. Slattery, III, MD

2:10 pm—2:35 pm
Risk Factors for AN:  Let’s Get It Started in Here!, Elizabeth Claus, PhD, MD

2:35 pm—3:00 pm
The Doctors’ Perspective on Decision Making, Rick A. Friedman, MD, PhD; Marc Schwartz, MD

3:00 pm—3:15 pm    
Networking Break

3:15 pm—4:15 pm
Workshop – Breakout Session A
A1. Q&A Patient and Physician Panel—Newly Diagnosed and Untreated Patients,
Moderator: Gregory Lekovic, MD, PhD
Panel: Rick A. Friedman, MD, PhD; Marc Schwartz, MD; Derald E. Brackmann, MD

This session is for pre-treatment and watch-and-wait patients to discuss their treatment options with a panel of physicians.

A2. Hearing Preservation (CART)*, Ajay Niranjan, MD, MBA; Eric Wilkinson MD
In this session there will be a discussion of hearing preservation in patients undergoing watch-and-wait, radiosurgery and microsurgery.

A3. Watch-and-Wait, Fred Telischi, MD, FACS
This workshop will discuss the indications and controversies in management of acoustic neuroma through a "watch-and-wait" strategy, including when this strategy will prove reasonable to avoid the risks of treatment.

A4. Balance Issues Pre- and Post-Op, Richard J. Wiet, MD, FACS; Teresa England, PT, MPT
Discussion will center on vestibular rehabilitation and effective strategies and techniques for treating balance, dizziness and walking disorders due to acoustic neuroma or acoustic neuroma treatment.

A5. Coping and Beyond with the Emotional Impact of an Acoustic Neuroma, Kate Boswell, MFT
The acoustic neuroma journey can be emotionally challenging. This workshop will review strategies for coping with the diagnosis, treatment, recovery and the emotional impact of all stages.

A6. Non-Surgical Options for Facial Rehabilitation, H. Jacqueline Diels, OT
Reanimation techniques differ depending on the length of time which has transpired between initial acoustic neuroma treatment and the intervention. Techniques for the acute phase, in the early months post-treatment, and for the chronic phase will be discussed.

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Workshop – Breakout Session B

Dealing with the New Normal – Moderated Group Discussion for Post-Treatment AN Patients
Post-acoustic neuroma treatment, whether from surgery or radiation, can sometimes be a very difficult time.  Your life has changed and for some this can be a very tough transition.  You may be dealing with issues such as single-sided deafness, balance, facial, eye, headaches and other types of changes in your life.  Join a panel of patients for an innovative session where AN patients will share their experiences dealing with the “new normal” in a constructive discussion.

4:30 pm—5:45 pm
Individual Information Session with a Medical Professional
Friday Session
15-minute individual information sessions with a medical professional. All sessions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Final time assignments will be given at registration.

SurgeryAndrew T. Parsa MD, PhD; Eric Wilkinson, MD; Michael J. Link, MD
RadiationDavid W. Andrews, MD; David Huang, MD
New Patient ConsultsRick A. Friedman, MD, PhD; Marc Schwartz, MD; William H. Slattery, III, MD; John Goddard, MD; Fred Telischi, MD, FACS
Eyelid Reanimation and RepositioningRobert E. Levine, MD
Cognitive IssuesMark I. Levine, PhD, Neuropsychology
Eye CareMichael Roberts, MD

6:30 pm—9:00 pm
Evening Gatherings and Supper
Roundtable Discussion with a physician and table topics including:

Auditory Brainstem Implant/Cochlear Implants/Baha: Eric Wilkinson, MD; William Luxford, MD; Steve Otto, MA
Balance Issues: Teresa England, PT, MPT
Facial Issues: William H. Slattery, III, MD
Facial Reconstruction Issues: Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS
Family Members/Caregivers: Mary Anne Hattemer, RN; Rebecca Ferguson, RN
Hearing Loss: Richard J. Wiet, MD, FACS
Microsurgery: Andrew T. Parsa, MD, PhD
Newly Diagnosed: Making a Decision: Derald E. Brackmann, MD; Marc Schwartz, MD
Radiosurgery: Novalis, CyberKnife, Gamma Knife, Triology: David W. Andrews, MD; Ajay Niranjan, MD, MBA
Tinnitus: Monica Andriacchi, AuD
Watch-and-Wait: John W. House, MD; Michael J. Link, MD


Saturday, August 10, 2013

8:00 am—9:00 am
    

Networking Continental Breakfast plus time with Exhibitors

General Sessions (CART)*
9:00 am—9:10 am
Welcome and Introductions, Rick A. Friedman, MD, PhD; William H. Slattery, III, MD; Marc Schwartz, MD

9:10 am—9:40 am
New Treatment Frontiers, Marco Giovannini, MD, PhD

9:40 am—10:10 am
Hearing Restoration Research, Sigfrid Soli, PhD; Neil Segil, PhD

10:10 am—10:40 am
Epidemiology – What Causes Nerve Sheath Tumors? Elizabeth Claus, PhD, MD

10:40 am—11:10 am    
Networking Break plus time with Exhibitors

11:10 am—11:35 am
Surgical Treatment Options, Eric Wilkinson, MD; John Goddard, MD

11:35 am—12:00 pm
Radiation Treatment Options, David W. Andrews, MD; David Huang, MD

12:00 pm—12:25 pm
Outcomes with Surgery, Radiation and Natural History, Michael J. Link, MD; William H. Slattery, III, MD

12:30 pm—1:30 pm     
Networking Lunch plus time with Exhibitors

1:30 pm—1:45 pm
Radiation Risks, David W. Andrews, MD; Ajay Niranjan, MD, MBA

1:45 pm—2:15 pm
Surgical Risks, Andrew T. Parsa, MD, PhD; William H. Slattery, III, MD

2:15 pm—3:15 pm
Case Presentations and Panel Discussion
Moderator: William H. Slattery, III, MD
Panel: Derald E. Brackmann, MD; Ajay Niranjan, MD, MBA; Andrew T. Parsa, MD, PhD;
Rick A. Friedman MD, PhD

3:15 pm—4:00 pm    
Networking Break plus time with Exhibitors

4:00 pm—5:00 pm
Workshop – Breakout Session C
C1. Surgical Treatment for Facial Reanimation, Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS
Various surgical techniques have been developed to deal with obtaining full facial symmetry and function after facial nerve damage. Selecting the type of treatment, patient selection, timing of surgery and details of surgical technique will be discussed.

C2. Hearing Loss and Devices (CART)*, William Luxford, MD; John K. Niparko, MD
Discussion will center on options for hearing devices to deal with hearing loss, including those for patients with partial hearing loss and single-sided deafness.

C3. Tinnitus, Richard J. Wiet, MD, FACS; Monica Andriacchi, AuD; John W. House, MD
This workshop will cover the causes of tinnitus and management options, including the importance of tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) for acoustic neuroma patients.

C4. Hearing and Balance Testing: The Basics, John Goddard, MD
This session is designed to educate patients about the testing that is done on the hearing and balance organs pre- and post-treatment.

C5. Headaches, Maureen Moriarty, DPN, APRN
Advances in the management of headaches occurring post acoustic neuroma treatment have been made and will be reviewed, including the nature of these headaches, their impact on the patient’s life and suggested therapies.

C6. CyberKnife, Gamma Knife, Novalis and Trilogy, David W. Andrews MD; Ajay Niranjan, MD, MBA
This workshop will explore the different technologies available for delivering radiation, along with the pros and cons of each.

6:00 pm—7:00 pm    
Reception

7:00 pm—9:30 pm   
Gala Banquet with Inspirational Speaker

Deborah R. Walls, MSW, LCSW, CDVC
ANA Board of Directors
Local Support Group Leader

In 1987 Deborah was diagnosed with a large Acoustic Neuroma, which she had removed with retrosigmoid/sub-occipDeb Walls2ital surgery.  Although the surgery was a success, it took 18 hours, after which she developed meningitis and a Cerebral Spinal Fluid leak.  Her stay in the hospital lasted three months and left her with many complications.  In 2000, she was diagnosed with another CSF leak which was repaired without complications.  She had a static sling on the right side of her face and a gold weight added to her right eye in 2003.  Last year, Deborah underwent a 15 hour operation for facial reconstruction (including implantation of a new platinum weight, free muscle transfer, etc.) as well as a Baha implant.

She believes in the mission of the ANA and feels blessed that she is able to provide education as well as share experiences with others – either caregivers, patients, or the general public.  She credits her great physicians, health care workers and the wonderful patients she has met along the way with her success.   She continues to be amazed by the resiliency of the human spirit and feels that it is not what you lost but what you have found that gives a sense of fulfillment and belonging.

 


Sunday, August 11, 2013

7:15 am—8:00 am 
   

Interdenominational Worship Service, TBD

8:00 am–9:00 am
General Session (CART)*
Breakfast with Concluding Remarks, Jeffrey D. Barr, ANA Board President; Rick A. Friedman, MD, PhD

9:15 am—10:15 am
Workshop – Breakout Session D
D1. Bilateral Tumors (CART)*, Gregory Lekovic, MD, PhD; Derald E. Brackmann, MD
The treatment of bilateral tumors can be difficult with the potential loss of hearing and deafness. Explore all of the options in this workshop.

D2. Recurrent Tumors, Fred Barker, MD
Acoustic neuroma tumors occasionally may recur after treatment. This workshop will explore the surgical and radiosurgical options for treatment of recurrent tumors.

D3. Clinical Trials, Marco Giovannini, MD, PhD
This session will provide up-to-date information on clinical trials using a variety of chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of vestibular schwannoma.

D4. Caregivers Clinic, Mary Anne Hattemer, RN; Rebecca Ferguson, RN
Discussion will focus on those who are the caregivers for acoustic neuroma patients.

D5. Coping and Beyond with the Emotional Impact of an Acoustic Neuroma, Kate Boswell, MFT
The acoustic neuroma journey can be emotionally challenging. This workshop will review strategies for coping with the diagnosis, treatment, recovery and the emotional impact of all stages.

D6. Balance Issues Pre- and Post-Op, Patrick Shumrick, BS, MHS, DPT
Discussion will center on vestibular rehabilitation and effective strategies and techniques for treating balance, dizziness and walking disorders due to acoustic neuroma or acoustic neuroma treatment.

9:15 am—11:30 am
Individual Information Session with a Medical Professional
Sunday Session
15-minute individual information sessions with a medical professional. All sessions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Final time assignments will be given at registration.

SurgeryRick A. Friedman, MD, PhD; Fred Telischi, MD, FACS; Michael J. Link, MD
Radiation – Ajay Niranjan, MD, MBA; Marc Schwartz, MD
Hearing RestorationWilliam Luxford, MD; John K. Niparko, MD
Eyelid Reanimation and RepositioningRobert E. Levine, MD
Cognitive IssuesMark I. Levine, PhD, Neuropsychology

10:15 am—10:30 am    
Networking Break

10:30 am—11:30 am
Workshop – Breakout Session E
E1. Surgical Management of Paralyzed Eyelids, Robert E. Levine, MD
There are modern techniques for restoring eye closure and blinking using the palpebral spring, and for repositioning the lower lid and mid-face with minimally invasive techniques.  Personal experience with over 2,000 such cases will be discussed.

E2. Plastic Surgery for Facial Weakness, Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS 
Various modalities for facial nerve rehabilitation—both static and dynamic—will be discussed.

E3. Assessment and Rehabilitation of Cognitive Issues, Mark I. Levine, PhD 
This session will address issues related to subtle thinking and other mental functioning issues that sometimes arise after AN treatment.  Ideas regarding resources and strategies for approaching these problems will be discussed.

E4. East-West Medicine, Malcolm B. Taw, MD, FACP
This workshop will discuss the potential benefit of integrative East-West medicine in the management of symptoms from AN.

E5. Headaches, Maureen Moriarty, DPN, APRN
Advances in the management of headaches occurring post acoustic neuroma treatment have been made and will be reviewed, including the nature of these headaches, their impact on the patient’s life and suggested therapies.

E6. NF2 (CART)*, Gregory Lekovic, MD, PhD; Andrew T. Parsa, MD, PhD; William H. Slattery, III, MD
Discussion will center on particular challenges for the patient with acoustic neuroma and NF2, including treatment strategies, the role of surgery and radiation.

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