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Next Generation Imaging, Webinar In May 2017
Webinar: Next Generation Imaging, Preoperative Planning and Surgical Navigation
Using 3-D Virtual Reality Guidance for Pituitary Surgery
Presented by: Robert G. Louis, MD
Program Director, Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program
Date: Monday, May 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Webinar Objectives:

  1. Understand the latest developements in imaging and navigation technology as they relate to pituitary and skull base surgery.
  2. Describe the differences between Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality as it pertains to neurosurgery.
  3. Understand the integration of these advanced technologies throughout the continuum of care.

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Sixth-graders get a lesson in brain surgery using virtual reality headsets
For the sixth-grade class at Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa, the science lesson for the day means keeping textbooks and notebooks on the shelves while the students pull out virtual reality viewers by Google Cardboard and their smartphones preloaded with 3D videos found on YouTube.

As they peer through the lenses, Dr. Robert Louis, program director of the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program at Hoag Neurosciences Institute, guides them through the type of virtual reality “fly-through” he views prior to performing brain surgery on patients at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach.

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Dr. R Louis In Costa Mesa School - Los Angeles Times Report
Three classes of sixth graders at Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa were treated to a whole new look during their science class. The middle school students received a virtual-reality tour of the brain using their phones and cardboard goggles.

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New CNS Guidlines For Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenomas
The Congress of Neurosurgical Surgeons has recently published a new set of evidence-based guidelines for evaluation and treatment of Non-Functioning Pituitary Adenomas (NFPAs). The complete set of new guidelines are available on the Congress of Neurological Surgeons website. An executive summary of the entire guidelines along with executive summaries for each individual chapter appear in the October issue of Neurosurgery.
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Revolutionary Way for Brain Surgeons
Fighter pilots invented a revolutionary way for surgeons to peer inside people’s skulls. Hoag has been using SNAP since December of 2015. In that seven-month period, Dr. Louis and his team have used the technology on every patient they’ve seen. “It’s really making a big impact on the way we do things,” he says. … Read More »

*Article and Photos courtesy of Tech Insider.

The Current - Surgical Theater
One month after successful brain surgery, the Irvine resident sat in an operating room at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach and was handed a pair of virtual reality goggles … Read More »

*Article and Photos courtesy of The Current.

Orange County Register Local - Dr R. Louis
Screen or wear Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles to do a “fly-through” of the precedure. Hoaf became the first nonacademic medical institution on the West Coast to use the technology.
Dr. Robert Louis, a neurosurgeon who performed Barnes’ surgery, said he’d planned to access the tumor through Barnes’ eyebrow. But when he looked at the tumor using the 3D model, Louis realized that … Read More »

*Article and Photos courtesy of Orange County Register.

Orange County Business Journal - Feb 22, 2016
Dr. Robert Louis, a Hoag neurosurgeon who directs the hospital’s skull base and pituitary tumor program: “lets us perform an actual virtual reality ‘fly-through’ before we ever lay hands on our patients. This dramatically increases the margin of safety for our patients”… Read More »

*Article and Photos courtesy of Orange County Business Journal.


Nueroscience Nursing Conference

2016 Neurosciemce Nursing Conference
Neuroscience Nursing Conference
Brain Tumors and Gliomas: Surgical Management in 2016
Robert G. Louis, MD
Program Director, Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program
Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 9:15 – 10:00 am
Venue: Hoag Hospital Conference Center in Newport Beach, California
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Monday, September 26, 2016 – Virtual Reality: Clinical Applications & Value in Neurosurgery

Hoag Pituitary Surgery and Brain Tumor
  • Sunday, Sept 25
    • 11AM – Practice/Run-Through – Live Planning Session (Hardrock Hotel, RM TBD)
    • I understand you won’t be coming into San Diego until later in afternoon.  Do you have an hour time period you can meet with myself and Michael to run through the event?
  • Monday, Sept 26
    • 9AM-10AM – VR Voyage (ST Booth #715)
      • Presentation will begin between 915-930AM, please arrive at 9AM to obtain your microphone.
      • Link to your 360 video VR Fly-Through Case
      • Link to the 360 video montage that follows each case presentation (you may choose to narrate or not, your choosing)
      • Promo handout attached.
    • 1PM-145PM – Live Planning Session (Live Surgery Stage, Main Exhibition Floor)
      • Presentation will begin 1:15PM, please arrive at 1PM to obtain your microphone.
      • We will be setting up starting at 11:45AM.
      • Presentation slides provided by Michael Conditt, feedback/edits appreciated.
      • Promo handout attached.
    • 5PM-8PM – VR Ambassador Reception (VR VIP Suite, Hardrock Hotel, Rm 1101)
      • Six ambassadors (including yourself) are confirmed: UCLA, Hoag, NYU, Stanford, University Hospitals, Spectrum Health
      • We may ask of you at some point in the evening to share a thought or two about the clinical utilization and value the ST technology has brought to your patients/practice.
      • A SNAP, EndoSNAP, Vive, and a few future VR/AR prototypes will be available to demo
      • Confirmed attendees include representatives from Boston Children’s, Barrow, Texas Children’s, Northshore Hospital, Northwest Community, Spectrum Health, and more to come.
      • VR VIP SUITE invitation attached.

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – Outcome-Driven Pituitary Surgery and Brain Tumor

CNS 2016
Event: Outcome-Driven Pituitary Surgery and Brain Tumor
What: Talks on the valuable interplay of technology, technique and experience in pituitary and brain tumor surgeries. Sponsored by the Hoag Neurosciences Institute & Hoag Family Cancer Institute.
Course Director: Robert Louis, MD (Program Director, Hoag Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program) and Christopher Duma, MD (Program Director, Hoag Brain Tumor Program)
Target Audience: Primary Care, Endocrinology, and Neurology
Credits Offered: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ – 1.00
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM for Presentation, 7:00 PM for Dinner Presentation
Venue: Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, 26772 Avery Prkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

*Registration is required. For RSVP, please log on to www.hoag.org/events.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 – Outcome-Driven Pituitary Surgery and Brain Tumor

Hoag Pituitary Surgery and Brain Tumor
Event: Outcome-Driven Pituitary Surgery and Brain Tumor
What: Talks on the valuable interplay of technology, technique and experience in pituitary and brain tumor surgeries. Sponsored by the Hoag Neurosciences Institute & Hoag Family Cancer Institute
Course Director: Robert Louis, MD (Program Director, Hoag Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program) and Christopher Duma, MD (Program Director, Hoag Brain Tumor Program)
Target Audience: Primary Care, Endocrinology, and Neurology
Credits Offered: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ – 1.00
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM for Presentation, 7:00 PM for Dinner Presentation
Venue: 2100 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA, 92806

*Registration is required. For RSVP, please log on to www.hoag.org/events.