NCS Roundup

NCS Roundup
  • By Kelly A. Rath ACNP Section Chair: Megan Brissie, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CEN Section Co-Chair: Liz Fox, MSN, ACNS, AG-ACNP, FAHA   The NCS Advanced Practice Providers (APP) Section is pleased to announce the release of two APP educational products. First, the APP Neuroanatomy and Neuroradiology Series is a four-part webinar series covering neuroanatomy, lesion localization and neuroimaging. This product provides an in-depth overview of cortical and brainstem anatomy, and is an ideal resource for APPs, or other clinicians, to build a basic neuroanatomy ...

  • By Yasser B. Abulhasan, MBChB, FRCPC Chairman, Neurocritical Care-MENA Chapter of IPACCMS It was a pleasure organizing the 1 st Neurocritical Care Regional Meeting in the Middle East/Africa in conjunction with the 15 th edition of the Emirates Critical Care Conference (ECCC). This demonstrated the evolving strong partnership between the International Pan Arab Critical Care Medicine Society (IPACCMS) and the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS). It was a true bilateral effort, and we believe it will continue to be so to advance the education ...

  • By Christa O’Hana S. Nobleza, MD, MSCI, (left) and Diana Greene-Chandos, MD, FNCS (right) The Women in Neurocritical Care (WINCC) recently announced the creation of the WINCC Mentorship Subsection headed by Christa O’Hana S. Nobleza, MD, MSCI. This Subsection is composed by a multidisciplinary group of women members including Christa Swisher, Stacey Bennett, Salia Farrokh and Julia Durrant. There are currently several projects ongoing under this Subsection. The most recently launched program is the WINCC Speakers Program . If you are someone in ...

  • By Currents Editor   Fostering research that advances the field of neurocritical care is one of NCS’ top strategic priorities. The NCS Research Committee reviews survey requests and grants approval for surveys to be sent to NCS members. Below, you will find the latest approved surveys. Please take a few minutes to complete surveys if the target audience applies to you. Survey completion helps fellow NCS members in their research endeavors. Thank you for your time and consideration. Milrinone and SAH Survey Survey of milrinone use in patients ...

  • By Sasha Yakhkind (left) and Christa O’Hana S. Nobleza, MD, MSCI (right) Do you have questions regarding your professional life? Is there a conundrum at work that requires an outside perspective? The Trainee Section and Women in Neurocritical Care (WINCC) Section have teamed up to publish a new column in Currents to serve your professional advice needs.   Submit questions to info@neurocriticalcare.org , and we will get them answered by a seasoned advisor . We believe in lifelong learning and mentorship, and this column, along with our ...

  • Dovile Svirupskaite, Section Administrator By Ariane Lewis The Neurocritical Care Society Ethics Committee has created an Ethics Section to allow all members of the Society to pose ethical questions and debate about ethical topics.  This is the Society’s twelfth Section (it joins the list of other Sections, including those for for Advanced Practice Providers, Fellowship Directors, Global Members, NCS Members, Non-Neurologists, Nurses, Pediatric Neurocritical Care, Pharmacists, Physicians, Trainees and Women in Neurocritical Care).  Participation ...

  • By Jody Manners, MD  Diana Greene-Chandos, MD, was born in Canton, Ohio, but grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. She began her medical training at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1992, taking a year off in the middle of medical school for a research fellowship funded by the Howard Hughes Institute, during which time she worked in a neurosurgical research laboratory at the University of Washington studying neuronal plasticity. After medical school, she completed a neurology residency at Washington University in St. Louis in 2001, and did ...

  • By Maha Aljuaid, RN, BSN, MSN, acute-care CNS, nurse specialist, Neurocritical Care Unit, King Abdulaziz Medical City, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Faisal Al-Suwaidan MBBS, SBN, SFCCM, consultant of adult neurology, critical care medicine, neurological and neurosurgical critical care, chairman Neurocritical Care Department, National Neuroscience Institute, King Fahad Medical City, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Historical Background Medicine ...

  • By Masao Nagayama, MD, PhD, FACP, FAAN, FNCS; professor, Department of Neurology, International University of Health and Welfare Graduate School of Medicine; chair, Annual Meeting of the NCS Asian and Oceanian Chapter 2019 On behalf of the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) Asian and Oceanian Chapter and the Japan Society of Neurological Emergencies and Critical Care (JNE), a global partner of the NCS, we are pleased and honored to host the Second Regional Meeting of the NCS Asian and Oceanian Chapter in Japan on June 8-9, 2019 in Kyoto and Osaka. ...

  • By Lauren Koffman, DO, MS   This is the second installment in a Currents series featuring neurocritical researchers who have been awarded K awards. Each person was asked to describe their research background, experience with the application process and a bit about their research project. The recurrent advice of these successful researchers is to establish a supportive network of mentorship, and collaborate within and outside of your department/institutions. Thank you again for your insight and participation in this series. Susanne Muehlschlegel, ...

  • By Brian Gilbert, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Wesley Medical Center, Wichita KS Coagulopathies in neurocritical illness is common. Traumatic brain injury (TBI), subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), and acute ischemic stroke (AIS) each pose unique practice dilemmas for identifying optimal regimens for neuroresuscitation. Thromboelastography (TEG), first introduced approximately 70 years ago, is a method to test viscoelastic properties of whole blood and associated coagulopathies. 1 ...

  • By Michael L. “Luke” James, MD Since 2007, the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) has been the recognized certification and accreditation body for Neurocritical Care (NCC). UCNS now accredits 69 NCC training programs and certifies 1,337 diplomates. The measures of expertise for certification of the diplomates and the standards for training program excellence have been established by respected representatives nominated by the sponsoring organizations: the Neurocritical Care Society and the American Academy of Neurology’s Critical Care ...

  • By Jacob Manske, MD, and Teresa Lee, MD The University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia, is the largest hospital in the country. With over 1,600 beds, it serves as the main referral hospital and trains many of Zambia’s medical students, residents and nurses. Through a partnership with several American neurologists working at UTH, Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) in Chicago began sending two neurology residents per year to work for a month at UTH in 2017. Drs. Jacob Manske and Teresa Lee, currently fourth year neurology residents at Rush, ...

  • By Jensen Ng, MBBS, MMed Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) was founded in 1844 and is the second largest hospital in Singapore with a capacity exceeding 1,500 beds. It is strategically located in Central Singapore, at the intersection of two major highways. The Neuroscience ICU (NICU) of TTSH has been in operation since the official opening of the current hospital premises in 2000. Since then, it has expanded to its current capacity of 14 Level 3 beds and four Level 2 Beds. The NICU functions as a single unit under the leadership of the NICU Director ...

  • By Catrice Nakamura, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, SCRN, and Diana Serondo, RN, NVRN-BC Mechanical thrombectomy in the setting of a large vessel occlusion has become a standard of care in the management of acute ischemic stroke. Despite the ample literature available to support care before and during these procedures, few publications focus on the details surrounding care of these patients in the immediate post-operative period. As mechanical thrombectomies are becoming more common, the argument could be easily be made for increased nursing education on the care ...

  • By Peter J. Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC The last number of months has brought the issue of violence and sexual harassment into the news cycle. Employers and universities have rolled out programs to address discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. Health professionals and support staff are not immune from this issue. Media are full of reports of highly trained and educated healthcare workers assaulting each other, rising reports of sexual harassment and gender issues and assaults by patients and families on their health providers. The reasons ...

  • By Yasser B. Abulhasan, Chairman, Neurocritical Care-MENA Chapter of IPACCMS, and Hussain N. Al Rahma, President, IPACCMS It is a great pleasure to welcome you all to the first Regional Neurocritical Care Meeting in the Middle East and Africa, which was developed in partnership between the International Pan Arab Critical Care Medicine Society and the Neurocritical Care Society as part of the 15th Emirates Critical Care Conference (ECCC) on April 4-6, 2019, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (www.eccc-dubai.com). There will be a highlighted full day neurocritical ...

  • By Jamil R. Dibu, MD, Section Head, Neurologic Critical Care Unit, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Why is Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi? As a direct expansion of the Cleveland Clinic model of care, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi builds on almost 100 years of excellence at Cleveland Clinic, aligning its services to meet the specific needs of the United Arab Emirates population. The hospital is the result of an agreement signed in 2006 between Mubadala Investment Company and U.S.-based Cleveland Clinic, in support of the Abu Dhabi government’s ...

  • By Sara Hocker, MD; Shraddha Mainali, MD; and Andrew Naidech, MD The fifth Neurocritical Care Research Conference, “The Future of Neurocritical Care Research: Looking for a Blue Ocean,” was held in Boca Raton, Florida, on Sept. 25, 2018. The primary aim of this interdisciplinary scientific symposium was to bring together scientists and healthcare professionals from diverse fields with a common interest in understanding and advancing research in neurocritical care and to set the agenda for the future direction of the Neurocritical Care Research Network ...

  • By Wren Sherrill, MSN, ACNP, and Alexis Steinberg, MD, on behalf of the NCS Trainee Committee Mentorship is a time-honored practice of developing an individual’s skills, talents and experience. It refers to a special relationship in which someone with more experience helps guide a less experienced individual. A mentor refers to someone who positively impacts a protégé by providing guidance, fostering insight and encouraging growth. Mentorships can be formal or informal and can be found in academia, the medical field and corporations. Often, people ...

  • By Sang-Bae Ko, MD, PhD The Korean Neurocritical Care Society (KNCS) held the first regional Asian Chapter Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) Meeting in conjunction with KNCS Winter Symposium on Dec. 14-15, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. The original idea for boosting quality of neurocritical care in Asia had been discussed with Dr. Gene Sung, and KNCS are lucky to have a chance to host the first Asian Chapter meeting in Seoul with a full support from Asian neighbors including Japan, Philippines, Nepal, India, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. All Asian ...

  • By Andrew Cheng, MD How do you measure neurological outcome after acute brain injury? What is the optimal dose and duration of targeted temperature management after cardiac arrest? How does this differ in traumatic brain injury? And how can this be best measured and monitored in the neuro-ICU? These were among some of the questions posed, discussed and debated at the recent seventh International Hypothermia and Temperature Management Symposium, held in Sydney, Australia, from Aug. 28-30, 2018. The Sofitel Darling Harbour, next to the new Sydney ...

  • By Jason Makii, PharmD, MBA, FCCM, FNCS, BCPS, BCCCP, Chair, Pharmacy Section Leadership Committee The pharmacy section continues to expand, and we have celebrated numerous successes this past year. Continued recruitment efforts have resulted in over 175 pharmacist members within the section, an increase from last year. Over 65 pharmacists attended the annual meeting in Florida last September with various members presenting their research, moderating sessions and speaking on various topics throughout the annual meeting. I would like to acknowledge ...

  • By Lauren Koffman This is the first installment in a Currents series that will feature neurocritical researchers who have been awarded career development awards, or K awards. Each person was asked to describe their research background, experience with the application process and a bit about their research project. Jonathan Elmer, MD, is at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and says that writing the first draft of the grant was a learning experience but fun. Dusting the application off a year later to revise and respond to the pink sheet ...

  • By Michel Torbey, MD, MPH, FNCS, FAHA, FCCM, FANA, Immediate Past President, NCS; Chair, NCS Global Partners Committee We finally have a Global Members Section! NCS leadership has been working on developing the section concept for the last two years. The new website changes finally made it a reality. Any NCS member can join the Global Member Section community. The goal is to make this a platform to exchange ideas, science and education across the globe. I encourage all members in the United States and internationally to join the section. In June, ...

  • By Yasser B. Abulhasan, MBChB, FRCPC, Chairman, Neurocritical Care-MENA Chapter of IPACCMS The International Pan Arab Critical Care Medicine Society (IPACCMS) and the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) are partnering to develop the First Regional Neurocritical Care Meeting in the Middle East and Africa in conjunction with the upcoming 15th Emirates Critical Care Conference (ECCC) April 4-6, 2019, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This step was initially conceived during the 2018 ECCC because of the fruitful collaboration since 2011 and the success of ...

  • By Dheeraj Khurana, MD 1 (left); Kiran Jangra, MD 2 (center); and Gagandeep Singh, MD, DM 3 (right) Department of Neurology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Department of Neuroanesthesia, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Department of Neurology, Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana Neurocritical care is a vast specialty that covers various subspecialities, including neurology, neurosurgery, neuroanaesthesiology and interventional neuroradiology. In India, this field is most developed ...

  • By Gentle Sunder Shrestha, MD, FACC, EDIC, FCCP, Neurointensivist, Assistant Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal Nepal is a landlocked South Asian nation, bordered by China on the north and India in the south, east and west. Nepal has the population of around 26.4 million, with the land area of 147,181 km2. The GDP of Nepal is USD 837 per capita. Countries like Nepal and other low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have a high burden of neurological emergencies. The burden ...

  • By Masao Nagayama, MD, PhD, FACP, FAAN, FNCS, Professor, Department of Neurology, International University of Health and Welfare Graduate School of Medicine I am pleased to announce that the Japanese subsession titled “From Terrorism to Complementary Medicine,” will be held at the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) 16th Annual Meeting. This session was made possible by Gretchen M. Brophy, president of NCS, and Jose I. Suarez, chair of the annual meeting, the theme of which is “Neurocritical Care Without Borders.” In this session, diverse topics are ...

  • By Pouya Ameli, MD-MS (left) ; Alexis Steinberg, MD (center); and Winnie Lau, MD (right) This year, the Resident and Fellow Committee (RFC) has organized several events for the 16th Annual Meeting in Boca Raton. Our committee’s goal is to help neurocritical care trainees with career advancement, including residents, fellows, junior attendings, APPs and pharmacists. To this end, we hope you find our events at the annual meeting helpful. All trainees and junior attendings are welcome to attend RFC events, which are summarized below, along with several ...

  • By Jennifer Kim, MD, PhD (left); and Michael Diringer, MD (right) Publishing is often a major part of advancement in an academic career. Clinicianscientists, including nursing and pharmacy, work throughout their careers to bring their research to the world through publications such as the Neurocritical Care journal. The peerreview process often seems daunting and clouded in mystery. However, as one begins to advance in their career, they may find they are now asked to serve as a reviewer themselves. Most do not undergo any formal training to take on ...

  • By PJ Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC Over the last decade, I have observed the rapid growth of our society as we have progressed into a worldwide professional organization advocating for state-of-the-art care of critically ill patients suffering from neurological conditions. This growth has led to the widespread availability of neuro- ICUs staffed by dedicated professionals in many communities. However, often rapid growth leads to confusion in the community regarding exactly what it is we do. How have we added to the care of patients, and what has the ...

  • By Shaheryar Hafeez, MD 1 (left); Michel T. Torbey, MD, MPH, FNCS, FAHA, FCCM, FANA 2,3 (center); and Diana Greene-Chandos, MD 2,3 (right) Department of Neurosurgery, UT Health Science Center San Antonio Department of Neurology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine The aim of neurocritical care fellowship training, as outlined by the UCNS, is to “prepare the physician for the independent practice of Neurocritical Care 1 .” The way to achieve this objective is ...

  • By Lauren Koffman, DO, MS Natalie Kreitzer completed an emergency medicine residency and neurocritical care fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. Her fellowship was a combined stroke/ research/neurocritical care T32 fellowship. After training, she stayed at the University of Cincinnati as faculty with a combined role in working in emergency medicine and neurocritical care. In her free time, she stays busy with her two sons, Jackson and Tyler. She is now working on developing a research-oriented career, specifically in helping guide care ...

  • The NCS Pharmacy Committee is excited to receive applications for the Invited Clinical Pharmacist (ICP) Program annually starting this November. The purpose of this program is to promote and increase the practice of neurocritical care pharmacy by sending qualified neurocritical care pharmacists to selected institutions that wish to expand or initiate neurocritical care pharmacy services. The invited clinical pharmacist is expected to interact with the pharmacy and neuro-ICU teams, provide lectures, attend rounds or perform other relevant activities that ...

  • The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) adopted a new Neurocritical Care (NCC) Subspecialty involving the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), American Board of Anesthesia (ABA), American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and American Board of Neurosurgery (ABNS). The new NCC subspecialty will allow for uniformity in the training and skill sets of  neurointensivists  through ACGME-accredited fellowship training. 1. How did this certification come about? The NCS first reached out to the ABPN in late 2016 about the possibility ...

  • By Stefanie Amelung, RPh, Dipl.-Pharm. 1,2  (left), and Carina Hohmann, RPh, PhD 3  (right) Affiliations: 1 Pharmacy Department, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany 2 Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacoepidemiology, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany 3 Department of Pharmacy, Klinikum Fulda gAG, Fulda, Germany Clinical Pharmacy Practice in Germany Drug therapy of patients is becoming more complex, thus making drug prescribing more challenging. In clinical practice, a wide range of drug-related ...

  • By Faheem Sheriff, MD, and Hamisi K. Shabani, MD The Muhimbili National Hospital is the largest referral hospital in Tanzania, handling a broad spectrum of pathology, including critically ill neurologic and neurosurgical cases of the highest complexity. It is affiliated with the Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute (MOI), which is the only tertiary center for neurosurgery and orthopedics in Tanzania. The World Health Organization recommends that all countries have one neurosurgeon for each 100,000 residents. In Tanzania, the ratio is 1 to 13 million. ...

  • By Halinder S. Mangat, MD My wife and I both lived in Africa at different stages of our lives, so there was no hesitation when opportunity arose via the Global Health Department at Weill Cornell Medicine to return to this enigmatic continent. In addition to teaching the curriculum in neurology at the second biggest university hospital, Weill Bugando Medical Center, Mwanza, from 2012, I joined an international collaborative effort in neurotrauma, led by Dr. Roger Härtl, professor of neurosurgery at Weill Cornell. The neurotrauma project includes ...

  • By Joanne B. Robles, MD and Geraldine Siena L. Mariano, MD (pictured) In the Philippines, cerebrovascular diseases rank as the second most common cause of mortality in the National Statistics Office epidemiological reports in 2017. Other neurological diseases that require intensive care management like status epilepticus and traumatic brain injury are unfortunately underreported leading to a lack of epidemiologic data. As technological advances moved us further into discovering more efficient and expedient means of preventing and protecting the injured ...

  • By Yasser B. Abulhasan, MBChB, FRCPC, Chairman, Neurocritical Care-MENA Chapter of IPACCMS The International Pan Arab Critical Care Medicine Society (IPACCMS) and the AsianAfrican Conference of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM) conduct their annual meeting in conjunction with the Emirates Critical Care Conference (ECCC) around the first weekend of April in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since 2011, the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) has endorsed and participated in the full day neurocritical care track ...

  • By Lauren Koffman and Starane Shepherd Drs. Starane Shepherd and Lauren Koffman, neurointensivists, from Rush University Medical Center, located in Chicago, Illinois, recently spent several days in the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, kicking off a series of educational conferences being offered to local physicians and trainees. The Global Health Department at Rush Medical College has a longestablished relationship with a local nonprofit organization, Community Empowerment, in providing healthcare to those in need in the Dominican ...

  • By Andrew Udy, BHB, MB, ChB, PGCert(AME), FCICM, PhD A History of Intensive Care Training in Australasia  The body responsible for vocational training in intensive care medicine in Australia and New Zealand is the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM). CICM was established in 2008 and formally took over the responsibility for training and certification of intensive care specialists from the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine on Jan. 1, 2001. Prior to 2001, two training programs in intensive care medicine were available in Australia and ...

  • By Michel Torbey, MD, MPH, FNCS, FAHA, FCCM, FANA; Immediate Past President, NCS; Chair, Global Partners Committee Neurocritical Care Society continues to work on promoting education with our global partners. Dr. Katja Wartenberg directed our second ENLS course in Dubai. The course was part of the 14th International Pan Arab Critical Care Medicine Society Meeting. During the meeting, neurocritical care was well represented. Faculty included: Gene Sung, Kiwon Lee, Gretchen Brophy, Michel Torbey, Susan Yeager, Katja Wartenberg and Yasser Abulhassen. ...

  • By Shraddha Mainali (left), Sara Hocker (center), Andrew Naidech (right), NCS Research Operations Sub-Committee We recently asked the NCS Research Training Fellowship Grant recipients Dr. David Hwang (2015) and Dr. Edilberto Amorim De Cerqueira Filho (2016) to share their experience regarding the fellowship grant. How did you learn about the grant? Dr. David Hwang (DH) : NCS did a great job advertising this grant via emails. Dr. Edilberto Amorim De Cerqueira Filho (EA) : I found out about the grant when Dr. David Hwang received the award ...

  • By Kassi Kronfeld (left) and Alexis Steinberg (right) The Neurocritical Care Society made a strong showing once again at this year’s AAN Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, with several events and lectures featuring NCS members. The Resident and Fellow Committee, in conjunction with the support of the executive board and Drs. David Hwang and David Freeman, helped to coordinate and publicize these events, allowing for the strong neurocritical care presence at AAN. The highlighted NCS sponsored event at the AAN was the Neurocritical Care Society Mentorship ...

  • By Jennifer A. Kim While career advice is often geared toward the training and early job stages, the roadmap to success throughout the remainder of one’s career is often not much clearer. Here, Dr. Wendy Wright, director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Emory University and chair of the Fellow of Neurocritical Care Committee, provides insight into making the most of your mid-career, getting promoted, taking on leadership roles and becoming a Fellow of Neurocritical Care (FNCS). Even for those of us early in our careers, Dr. Wright provides ...

  • By Jennifer A. Kim Securing one’s first job as an attending is an exciting time! The first few years of being an attending form a crucial foundation for success throughout the remainder of your career. For those who choose to enter academics, we interviewed Dr. Thomas Bleck, founding chair of the Neurocritical Care Society and director of clinical neurophysiology at Rush University Medical Center; Dr. Jonathan Rosand, chief of neurocritical care and emergency neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital; and Dr. Jose Suarez, director of neurosciences ...

  • By Jennifer A. Kim After putting in so many years of studying, then blood, sweat and tears into residency and fellowship, it’s finally time to apply for a job! But, having only experienced life transitions in applications and matches, the job search process is daunting. Despite having extensive training, the logistics and “business” of job hunting can feel mysterious. To help alleviate those anxieties, Dr. Karen Hirsch, medical director of neurocritiacal care at Stanford, shares her advice. (Note: The interview has been paraphrased for brevity.) ...

  • By Anand Venkatraman and Alexis Steinberg Applying for your fellowship can be one of the most stressful times during residency. If it weren’t hard enough to have to navigate a busy program, family life and keeping up with your reading, now you have to send out emails, set up interviews and book flights around the country. The process of fellowship applications has certainly become easier since NCC joined SF Match. A match provides structure, while also taking out the stress of deciding when to accept an offer. That said, it is still a process that ...