Ronald J. Donaldson Neuroscience Symposium

The information posted is for the 2017 Neuroscience Symposium

Information on the 2018 symposium will be posted as soon as it is available.

Friday, April 7, 2017
ETMC Pavilion in Tyler
801 Clinic Dr.
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 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. Describe newest treatment options for patients exhibiting delirium.
  2. Identify essential criteria associated with diagnosis of brain death.
  3. Explain new standard of care for the use of thrombolytics.
  4. Describe the new scientific evidence in clinical management of increase intracerebral pressure.
  5. Describe the newest treatment options to improve prognostic outcomes for patients with brain injuries.
  6. Identify new treatment options for patients with back pain.
  7. Describe new treatment guidelines for functional dissociative neurological gait disorders.


7:30 - 8:00 a.m.Registration
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.Why is my patient seeing purple squirrels?Dr. Alison Hennigan
Northeast Texas Neurology Associates
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.Death by neurological criteriaDr. Gina Jetter
Northeast Texas Neurology Associates

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.Cerebrovascular treatment: A paradigm shiftDr. Galen Henderson
Brigham and Women's Hospital
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.ICP management strategies after traumatic brain injuryDr. Stephen Gale
ETMC Trauma Services
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.Predicting outcomes in brain injuryDr. Nicholas Andrade
Tyler Neurosurgical Associates
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.Back pain! Is it always a herniated disc?Dr. Adrian David Olvera
ETMC Pain Management
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.Disorders of gaitDr. George Plotkin
Neurologist, ETMC Movement Disorders Center
4:00 - 4:30 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 7 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses: Sign in with a unique identifier. Certificates of completion will be provided after verification of attendance of the entire educational activity and completion of the evaluation tool in Survey Monkey. An email invitation will be sent to the provided email address. Upon verification of the completed evaluation tool in Survey Monkey, a certificate will be sent to your email address.


Lisa Hutchison

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