Leading Neurosurgeons Teach International Cohort at the OMI

Sep 15, 2023

The OMI is honored to partner with neurosurgeons from Weill Cornell Medicine who are universally recognized as the best providers of minimally invasive surgery for the brain in both adult and pediatric patients. The faculty who teach the Salzburg neurosurgery seminars are specialists that receive patients from around the world and treat the full spectrum of neurological diseases. This week, leading neurosurgeons who specialize in brain surgery taught 34 fellows from 29 various countries during the Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Neurosurgery (Brain), which took place from September 10 to 16, 2023 at Schloss Arenberg.

  • 34 fellows
  • 29 countries
  • 2 breakout sessions on tumor and vascular cases

Dr. Jared Knopman, Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology at Weill Cornell Medicine, served as the course director for the OMI’s 10th seminar in neurosurgery (brain). Dr. Claudius Thomé, Professor, Director, and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of Innsbruck, co-led the course, marking his 18th participation in an OMI course. Additional US and Austrian faculty members included Dr. Antonio Bernardo, Dr. Johannes Kerschbaumer, Dr. Daniel Pinggera, Dr. Franziska Schmidt, Dr. Philip E. Stieg, and Dr. Stephanie A. Treichl.

The esteemed faculty conducted a total of 17 lectures, including topics such as Surgery for Meningiomas, Surgery for Cavernous Malformations, CEA versus CAS, Surgical Management of Aneurysms, Posterior Skull Base Surgery, Head Trauma, and more. Additionally, two breakout sessions took place, in which the fellows and faculty could discuss tumor and vascular cases. During the afternoon on Tuesday and Thursday, fellows had the opportunity to present a case from their personal work experience. Such experiences provide fellows a once in a lifetime experience to get feedback and advice from top-of-the-line experts, often resulting in changes of protocols, treatment plans, or diagnoses.

After a full and informative week, the fellows and faculty celebrated the seminar’s conclusion with a graduation dinner and ceremony on Friday evening, in which all could acknowledge how much they had learned and experienced throughout the week. Fellows received their certificates of participation, and everyone enjoyed a three-course meal together.