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Tim Roberts Annual Keynote Address | 8:30am – 9:45am
Eric Potterat, Ph.D. – Performance Psychologist for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Learned Excellence:  The Key Performance Optimization Factors of High Performing Individuals and Teams
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Being able to successfully perform under pressure is a learned skill--we are not born with this ability.

Eric Potterat, Ph.D., is a high performance, sports clinical psychologist and a retired U.S. Navy Commander who worked directly with U.S. Navy SEALS during the last 10 years of his naval career. He will introduce NERVES to the 4 main attributes and characteristics that differentiate the most elite performers in the world from the non-elite.

Dr. Potterat has spent his career researching and working for some of the most exclusive organizations on the planet. Learn the what, the why, and the how behind techniques that research tells us are the best to deploy when trying to function optimally in high stress, high performance occupations.  Whether it's the battlefield, the sport field, a medical practice, or the boardroom - grit, mindset, adversity tolerance and balance are incredibly important ingredients to the success of individuals and organizations.  Join us to hear from Dr. Potterat and learn from these well-researched techniques that most high performers use to maintain excellence.

General Session | 10:15am – 11:15am
Katie Orrico, Senior Vice President, Health Policy and Advocacy, AANS
Washington Update

Is your practice ready for 2023? This year’s Washington Update presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the health policy and advocacy activities of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Be aware of the public policy priorities of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the status of advocacy efforts, including a recap of 2022 and what’s in store for the future.
  2. Be familiar with the results of the AANS/CNS prior authorization and AMA surveys and efforts to improve PA processes.
  3. Understand the scope of efforts to address surprise medical bills.

General Session | 11:30am – 12:30pm  

Jeff Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Reaching Beyond COVID:  How the Post-COVID Economy will Affect Medical Practice and Healthcare
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This session, NERVES participants will hear Jeff Goldsmith, Ph.D. President of Health Futures, Inc. present how the US health system dealt with the COVID pandemic, what we learned about clinical practice from the experience, financially how strained our healthcare system stands, and how the care system and neurosurgical practitioners will cope with post-pandemic stresses and within the wide array of political challenges. 

General Session | 1:45pm – 2:30pm 

Session TBD 

Breakouts 3:00pm – 4:00pm & 4:10pm – 5:10pm (repeating)

  • 100/200 – Cyber Attack: It’s Not If, It’s When
     This breakout session will discuss how a private practice neurosurgery group, Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine in Indianapolis, IN, coped with a ransomware cyberattack in the summer of 2022.  Derek Cantrell, CEO and Rebecca Ruegg Cowan, COO will provide insight into preparing for the inevitable cyberattack.
    • What happened?
    • Operational response
    • Things we wished we knew
    • Practical Toolkit
    • Right and Wrong: Dealing with risk in private practice
    • Q & A
  • 101/201 - TBD
  • 102/202 - TBD


General Session – 8:30am- 9:30am

Alex Banayan
There’s Always A Way™: How to Cultivate Resilient, Focused, and Energized Teams During Uncertain Times
Sponsored by

The pace of change in the business world is faster than ever before.

It has never been more critical to an organization’s survival for teams to cultivate a DNA of resiliency, perseverance, and solution-orientated problem solving. In this empowering keynote, bestselling author Alex Banayan masterfully decodes the most critical and elusive skills needed for any organization to cultivate the mindsets of exponential growth, particularly during times of rapid change and uncertainty.

After interviews with Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, and dozens more of the world’s most innovative leaders, Banayan uncovered that there are fundamental skills that every organization needs—but that most people don’t talk about—to achieve their biggest goals during disruptive times. This keynote covers it all, with lessons including:

  • How do you transform persistence from being an esoteric word to being a living, breathing part of your day-to-day culture?
  • What are the unspoken dangers of over-persistence and how can you prevent them at your organization?
  • Why is the opposite of success not failure—and how does that shift in mindset help your employees take more risks and grow exponentially?
  • What’s the surprising difference between fearlessness and courage—and why does that critical difference lead to consistent breakthroughs in organizations of all sizes?

If you care about elevating your business—if you care about your employees being more resilient, more courageous, and more capable of making smart, innovative decisions—this keynote is what you’ve been waiting for.

General Session – 10:00am – 11:00am

Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD
Building for Everyone

A data-driven look through the lens of a cancer and brain tumor surgeon-scientist of how we build patient care for everyone

General Session – 11:00am – 12:00pm 

Teri Romano, Karen Zupko & Associates
Coding Update