AANS/ASTRO Stereotactic Radiosurgery Course for Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology Residents

The course is designed for mid to upper level neurosurgical and radiation oncology residents interested in learning about stereotactic radiosurgery. Topics to be covered include the following: indications for intracranial radiosurgery; indications for spinal radiosurgery; complications management and avoidance; and the role of the neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist in the radiosurgical team.

Thirty (30) residents will be nominated by program directors from across the United States neurosurgical and radiation oncology training programs. The course will afford didactic sessions and hands-on dose planning as well as access to a wide variety of radiosurgical platforms.

Number of Attendees (2017): 30

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Outline the basic radiobiologic principles of radiosurgery.
  • Demonstrate current indications, technologies, and outcomes of head, brain, and neck radiosurgery.
  • Distinguish current indications, technologies, and outcomes of spinal radiosurgery.
  • Calculate dose planning using available radiosurgical platforms through a “hands-on” experience.
  • Discuss complication avoidance and management in the setting of radiosurgical patients.
  • Define the role of the neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist in the radiosurgery team.

Course Co-directors

  • John H. Suh, MD
  • Jason P. Sheehan, MD, PhD, FAANS
  • Brian Kavanagh, MD, MPH (local host)

Local Host

  • Brian Kavanagh, MD, MPH

2017 Faculty Members

  • Lilyana Angelov, Cleveland Clinic
  • Gene Barnett, Cleveland Clinic
  • Mark Bilsky, Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Steven Chang, Stanford University
  • Samuel Chao, Cleveland Clinic
  • Johnathan Engh, University of Pittsburgh
  • John Flickinger, University of Pittsburgh
  • Robert Friedlander, University of Pittsburgh
  • Peter Gerszten, University of Pittsburgh
  • Brian Kavanagh, University of Colorado

  • Philip Lee, University of Pittsburgh
  • L. Dade Lunsford, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ajay Niranjan, University of Pittsburgh
  • Edward Monaco, University of Pittsburgh
  • Michael Schulder, North Shore University Hospital
  • David Schlesinger, University of Virginia
  • Jason Sheehan, University of Virginia
  • John Suh, Cleveland Clinic
  • Josh Yamada, Memorial Sloan Kettering


University of Colorado, Denver, Colo.


February 5-7, 2021

Industry Partners

The NREF gratefully acknowledges the following companies for their support of the 2017 Stereotactic Radiosurgery Course for Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology Residents course:

  • Accuray
  • Brainlab
  • Medtronic
  • Monteris
  • Varian Medical Systems
  • Novocure

NOTE: Agenda and Faculty Members subject to change.

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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