A spectacular educational forum designed to provide the most current information on a variety of topics in neuroscience. This educational activity is intended for nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, occupational therapists and physical therapists.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant will be able to do the following:

  • Recognize common neurological symptoms in various neurological diseases, and treatment options through lecture and case-based learning.
  • Identify both standards of care and innovations, in the management of specific neurological diseases, symptoms and patient populations.
  • Discuss consequences of neurological diseases, trauma and treatment challenges as it relates to quality of life issues.
  • Develop improved management skills and proficiency of neurological critical care patients via lectures and case-based learning.
  • Describe the role of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the recovery process of patients with neurological disease and neurological injury.
  • Recognize work related stress and safety concerns and how to avoid burnout.

Target Audience

Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists.


November 1–2, 2018


Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown
1100 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216.658.6400


Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown for a special rate of $149 plus tax for conference attendees. To obtain this rate, reservations must be made by September 30, 2018. To make your reservation, call the hotel at 216.658.6400 and identify yourself as an attendee of the Innovations in Neuroscience conference.


Self and overnight parking are available at prevailing rates.

Additional Information

For further information about this activity, contact Shana Spade at: 800.223.2273 x49380.

Faculty & Accreditation

Faculty & Accreditation

Cleveland Clinic Conference Directors

Kimberly Hunter, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Associate Chief Nursing Officer – Main Campus
Nursing Director
Neurological and Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institutes

Gail Ditz, BSN, RN
Care Coordinator
Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center

Cindy Sutton, BSN, RN, CRRN
Nurse Manager
Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

CNS for Acute Rehabilitation, Adult Epilepsy, and Orthopaedics
NICHE Co-coordinator and GRN Co-coordinator
Advanced Practice Nursing

Cleveland Clinic Conference Planning Committee

  • Cathy Dobrowski, MSN, ANP-BC
  • Brad Douglas, MSN, ACNP-BC
  • Jackie Janowski
  • Debra Kangisser, PA-C
  • Megan LoBello, MHA, BSN, RN
  • Tina Resser, MSN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CNRN
  • Christa Routh, MSN, RN, SCRN, CNRN
  • Dawn Schultz, MSN, RN, CNOR
  • Jaclyn Shriver, MSN, RN
  • Amy Young, MSN, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN

Guest Speakers

Director Family Systems Psychiatric Mental Health Program
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

Cari Pisano
Author, All in Her Head
Huron, Ohio

Cleveland Clinic Faculty


Application for credit has been filed with the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers (OTPTAT) Board Physical Therapy credits. Determination of credits is pending.

The Occupational Therapy section of the Ohio OTPTAT has approved this course for 14 contact hours.



Thursday, November 1 Conference Agenda
7 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits
7:45 a.m. - 8 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Deep Brain Stimulation for Stroke Recovery
Andre Machado, MD, PhD
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Seizures: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment
Andreas Alexopoulos, MD, MPH
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break/Exhibits
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Stroke: Diagnostics and Decision Making
M. Shazam Hussain, MD, FRCP(C), FAHA
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Guest Speaker
All in Her Head. A Patient’s Journey with Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) Disease

Cari Pisano
1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. (A) Mild TBI and the Role for Cognitive Rehab
Christina Makowski, MA, CCC-SLP

(B) Geriatric Psychiatry – Dementia & Other Timely Topics
Kasia Rothenberg, MD, PhD
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (C) Delirium, Dementia and Depression – Sorting It All Out
Leopoldo Pozuelo, MD

(D) Chronic Pain and Opiate Challenges
Xavier Jimenez, MD
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Refreshment Break/Exhibits
3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (E) An Update on Multiple Sclerosis – Treatment and Research
Marie Namey, APRN, MSCN

(F) Concussion – Recovery and Return to Play
Scott Euype, DPT, MHS, OCS
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (G) The Back Pain Dilemma
R. Douglas Orr, MD

(H) CAM Modalities in Neuro-Rehabilitation
Juliet Hou, MD
4:30 p.m. Adjourn

Friday, November 2 Conference Agenda
7 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits
7:45 a.m. - 8 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Shortening the Distance Between Technology and Healthcare
Peter Rasmussen, MD
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Updates in Endovascular Therapy
Mark Bain, MD, MS, FAANS
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break/Exhibits
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Neuro-Oncology Overview
David Peereboom, MD
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Guest Speaker
Surviving Secondary Stress in Healthcare

1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions: 
(I)* Acute Encephalitis – Diagnosis and Management

Carlos Isada, MD

(J) Neuro Assessment – The Bedside Exam
Kathryn Easley, MSHS, PA-C
Lesia Florencki, BSN, RN

(K) Spine Trauma – From Immobilization to Mobilization Case Studies
Alfred Melillo, MPAS, PA-C
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions: 
(L)* Neuroradiology Review in the Critical Care Setting

Thomas Masaryk, MD

(M) Common Sleep Disorders: Case-Based Review
Robon Vanek, CNP, APN

(N) Neurological Rehab, Right Patient – Right Plan
Deneen Abston, APRN, CNP, MSN
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Refreshment Break/Exhibits
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Neuro-Endocrinology and Quality of Life Decisions
Betul Hatipoglu, MD
4 - 4:30 pm Neuro Challenge Bowl
Planning Committee
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
*Denotes Sessions I and L are Advanced Practice Provider level curriculum. All welcome to attend.


Fee includes: Syllabus, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, and lunches.

Conference Fees Early Bird Fee on or
before Sept 14
After Sept 14 Early Bird Fee on or
before Sept 14
After Sept 14
  Nov 1 or 2 Nov 1 or 2 Nov 1-2 Nov 1-2
RN/LPN $150.00 $175.00 $275.00 $300.00
APRN/PA $150.00 $175.00 $275.00 $300.00
PT/OT $150.00 $175.00 $275.00 $300.00

Registration and Cancellation

Preregistrations are accepted until 5 p.m. (EST), Monday October 29, 2018. Register onsite after this date. In case of cancellation, a full refund will be made if canceled by October 15, 2018. After October 15, 2018, a $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. Email notification of your cancellation by October 15, 2018 is required to process your refund.

For questions concerning registering, email cmeregistration@ccf.org or call 216.448.8710.

Exhibitors & Vendors

Exhibitors & Vendors

We are accepting exhibitors at this time. Click here for display details and costs. Please contact Beth Viscomi at 216.444.7591 or viscomb@ccf.org.