Ronald J. Donaldson Neuroscience Symposium

The following information was for the 2016 symposium. The 2017 symposium information is not posted yet. Please check back at a future time for information about the 2017 Ronald J. Donaldson Neuroscience Symposium.

Friday, April 7, 2017
ETMC Pavilion in Tyler
801 Clinic Dr.
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The neuroscience symposium is named in honor of Dr. Ronald J. Donaldson, founder of Tyler Neurosurgical Associates, in association with ETMC.


This educational activity will provide information on advanced treatments and techniques in neuroscience available for conditions such as: epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, sleep apnea, meningitis, critical care of the neuro patient and Parkinson’s disease.

Target audience

This program is designed for physicians specializing in family medicine, general practice, internal medicine, orthopedics, general surgery, vascular surgery, neurology, neurosurgery and other specialties, as well as nurses and other allied healthcare professionals who have an interest in current techniques in neuroscience care.


  1. Identify newest evidence based practice modalities in the treatment of subarachnoid hemorrhages.
  2. Describe evidence based clinical practice guidelines in the treatment of epilepsy.
  3. Explain the newest treatment modalities for patients with migraine headaches.
  4. Describe the newest research to improve stroke rehabilitation outcomes.
  5. Identify tools used to accurately diagnose post traumatic stress disorder in a clinical environment.
  6. Describe the impact neuro modulation on improved outcomes in patients with Parkinson’s disease.


7:30 - 8:00 a.m.Registration
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.Cerebral aneurysmsDr. Stephen Nalbach
Tyler Neurosurgical Associates
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.Epilepsy in East TexasDr. Gina Jetter
Northeast Texas Neurology Associates

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.Surgical intervention for medically intractable epilepsyDr. Alexander M. Papanastassiou
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.MigrainesDr. Alison Hennigan
Northeast Texas Neurology Associates
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.Developing novel treatments for improving outcome after stroke and TBI: targeting white matter recoverySteven H. Grahm, MD, PhD
University of Pittsburg, Vice Chairman for Research
Director, Geriatric Research Educational and Clinical Center
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.PTSD treatment: Where psychology and neurology interactDr. Daniel Williams
ETMC Behavioral Health Center
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.Neuro modulation and the quest for immortalityDr. George Plotkin
Neurologist, ETMC Movement Disorders Center
4:00 p.m.Wrap-up and evaluation


The East Texas Medical Center is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The East Texas Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ETMC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s commission on accreditation.


Lisa Hutchison

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