Any healthcare professional with an interest in the care of
neurosurgical patients is welcome to attend and participate in the
annual meeting of the Neurosurgical Society of the Virginias.
The meeting takes place at one of the premiere resorts of Virginia or West Virginia each January. Our Honored Guest this year will be Dr. Ali Rezai. Dr. Rezai is the Associate Dean of Neuroscience at West Virginia University (WVU) and executive chair and director of the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI).
The event will include Resident presentations in the morning where the top 6 resident abstracts (3 clinical and 3 basic sciences) will be given awards. Dr. Rezai will provide two Honored Guest lectures along with Attending neurosurgeon talks from the regional private practices and academic centers.
Registration includes admission to the meeting, one year membership in the Society, and CME certification. Residents and medical students can register free of charge. Midlevel providers can attend free or pay $100 to get CME.
Ali Rezai, MD, is a functional neurosurgeon whose career has been
dedicated to advancing the care of people with neurological and mental
health conditions. Dr. Rezai is the Associate Dean of Neuroscience at
West Virginia University (WVU) and executive chair and director of the
WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI). Since its inception in
2018, Rezai has developed the RNI into a world-class patient care,
education, and research institute with 230 faculty in five departments,
and over 1,500 professionals providing neurological and mental health
care for 250,000 patients annually. After graduating from UCLA, Dr.
Rezai earned his medical degree with honors from the University of
Southern California, underwent neurosurgical training at New York
University, and completed functional neurosurgery fellowship training at
the University of Toronto. He began his academic career at New York
University as the director of the Center for Functional Neurosurgery. He
was then recruited to the Cleveland Clinic to direct the functional
neurosurgery program, was appointed the Seidman Chair, and founded the
Center for Neurological Restoration. Prior to the RNI, he was the Ross
Chair in Neuromodulation and inaugural director of the Ohio State
University Neurological Institute. A board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr.
Rezai’s clinical practice focuses on neuromodulation for movement
disorders, chronic pain, nervous system injury, and neurobehavioral
disorders. He has been named one of the best doctors in America in
Castle Connolly’s Guide to America’s Top Doctors for 21 consecutive
years from 2001-2022. His research focuses on rapid cycle innovation and
application of new neuromodulation technologies in Parkinson’s,
brain/spinal cord injury, addiction, Alzheimer’s, and other conditions.
Holder of 60 US patents, Dr. Rezai facilitates partnerships with
academic, government, and industry leaders collaborating on development
and deployment of neuromodulation technology for patient care.
Author of over 200 scientific publications with a h-index of 89, including Nature, JAMA Neurology, Lancet Neurology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Rezai has served on the editorial board of multiple scientific journals. He is the co-editor of the three-volume textbook Neuromodulation as well as Surgery for Psychiatric Disorders. Dr. Rezai has been the principal/co-investigator on seven NIH grants. He has trained over 50 neurosurgical fellows and delivered more than 500 lectures internationally. He is a sought-after speaker at medical conferences as well as popular tech venues including Collision, SXSW, TED, and Web Summit. Dr. Rezai was invited to present his research to the President of the United States, as well as to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives on Capitol Hill and four state governors. Dr. Rezai is the past president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), and the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN). Dr. Rezai has received numerous awards including being named the Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University innovator of the year and received the NANS Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Rezai’s neuromodulation research is frequently featured in a range of prominent media including The Washington Post, BBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Good Morning America, Harper’s, NBC Nightly News, Today, Discovery Channel, Scientific American, Financial Times, TechCrunch, MIT Technology Review, among others.
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