2nd Rhoton Society Meeting and
8th International Symposium on Microneurosurgical Anatomy

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the urgent need to continue to flatten the curve, our meeting has been cancelled for August 2020 and will be rescheduled for 2021.

We will update everyone once we've identified a date. Be sure to check our event website for updates.

Paid registrations have been issued a full refund today. Please allow a few days for the credit to show up in your account.  

We send our very best wishes for everyone to remain safe and well!

Aug 4 - Aug 8
Tue - Sat

5-Day Event including 3D Surgical Neuroanatomy, 3D Operative Videos & Technical Nuances in Skull Base, Cerebrovascular & Complex Brain Tumor Surgery


Li Ka Shing Center, Berg Hall
291 Campus Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

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Li Ka Shing Center, Berg Hall

291 Campus Drive
Stanford CA, 94305
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with great enthusiasm that we invite you to participate in the 2nd Rhoton Society meeting and the 8th International Symposium on Microsurgical Neuroanatomy to be celebrated between August 3rd to 8th, 2020, at Stanford Medicine Campus, Palo Alto, California.

The Rhoton Society was founded in 2018 in Tianjin, China, by a group of Prof. Rhoton fellows with the goals of honoring and celebrating his life and legacy, and to “keep working” to ensure that the field of microneurosurgical anatomy is embraced by the next generation of neurosurgeons: “We study microsurgical anatomy to make what is a delicate, fateful, awesome experience for our patients, more accurate, gentle, and safe”

The topic of the meeting is Tradition & Innovation, reflecting the importance of adhering to the classic principles of microneurosurgery and at the same time encouraging advancement and progress in our field.

The meeting is structured replicating Prof. Rhoton’s classical week-long events, starting on August 3rd with complimentary Live-Surgery, continuing with a 3-day Hands-On Course with 24 microscopic/endoscopic stations, and culminating with a 2-day Symposium where fellows will teach 3D microsurgical neuroanatomy and masters will illustrate their surgical skills and challenges with HD and 3D video case presentations.

The Rhoton Society aims to transcend its origins and emerge as an international forum for the field of microsurgical neuroanatomy and technique. With this in mind, there will be 4 special lectures honoring 4 Universal Masters and Schools from 4 different regions of the World that have influenced us all: The Rhoton Lecture, The Evandro de Oliveira Lecture, The Kamiyama Lecture, and The Yasargil Lecture.

In addition to the exciting scientific program we plan to have a terrific time with the greater Rhoton family of friends, fellows and colleagues. Stanford is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities, with an outstanding campus located in the heart of Silicon Valley, just a 30-minute drive from San Francisco International Airport and in driving distance from some of the most iconic places in North America: San Francisco city, Carmel and Monterey Bay, Napa Valley, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, among others.

We truly hope to have you join us for this one-in-a-lifetime event and become part of the Rhoton Society! With best wishes,

Scientific Committee

Jacques Marcos, MD, FRCS, FAANS
Professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery
University of Miami Health System

Ugur Ture, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery
Yeditepe University Hospitals, Turkey

Atur Goel, MD

Xiaoguang Tong, MD

Toshio Matsushima, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurosurgery

Shigeaki Kobayashi, MD, PhD

Hiroshi Abe, MD, PhD
Fukuoka University, Japan

Carolina Martins, MD, PhD

Hung Tzu Wen, MD

Pablo Rubino, MD

Jeffrey M. Sorenson, MD
Neurosurgeon and Medical Director of Gamma Knife Center
Semmes Murphy Clinic - Memphis, Tennesse

Juan C. Fernandez-Miranda, MD, FACS
Professor of Neurosurgery, and by Courtesy, of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Co-Director, Stanford Skull Base Surgery Program

Program: Pre-Meeting Course

Skull Base: Endonasal Approaches

8:00 AM Welcome and Introduction
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Principles of Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery: Learning Curve, Surgical Technique, and Selection fo Approaches
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Suprasellar and Retrochiasmatic Regions
 - 3D Surgical Anatomy
 - Case Illustrations
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Transition to Laboratory
9:15 AM - 12:00 PM Hands-on Dissection
 - Nasoseptal flap harvesting (optional)
 - Endonasal approach to sellar region: bilateral sphenoidotomy
 - Posterior ethmoidectomy, drilling of tuberculum, prechiasmatic sulcus, and planum sphenoidale
 - Optic canal decompression and paraclinoidal artery exposure
 - Suprasellar infrachiasmatic approach
 - Suprasellar retrochiasmatic approach
 - Transellar (pituitary transposition) approach to retrochiasmatic space
 - Comparison with transcranial approaches
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Transition to Lecture Hall
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch and Lecture: Endoscopic Endonasal Transclival Approaches
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Cavernous Sinus
 - 3D Surgical Anatomy
 - Case Illustrations
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM Transition to Laboratory
1:45 PM - 5:30 PM Hands-on Dissection
 - Middle transclival approach with paraclival carotid skeletonization
 - Nasopharyngectomy and inferior transclival approach
 - Transpterygoid approach, vidian canal, and foramen lacerum exposure
 - Anterior cavernous sinus access: compartments of the cavernous sinus and posterior clinoidectomy
 - Comparison with transcranial approaches

Program: Symposium

Complex Brain and Cerebrovascular Surgery

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Welcome and Introduction 
Dr. Fernandez-Miranda
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM TBD
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Presidential Address: The Rhoton Society
Dr. Kobayashi
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Complex Brain Surgery

9:00-10:00 3D Surgical Anatomy

-9:00-9:15  Association Fiber Tracts
-9:15-9:30  Insular Region & Medial Temporal lobe
-9:30-9:45  Thalamus and Ventricles
-9:45-10:00 Brainstem: tracts, nuclei, and entry zones

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-12:00 3D Technical Nuances for Complex Brain Tumor Surgery

-10:30-10:45 Hemispheric tumors in highly functional areas
-10:45-11:00 Insular gliomas
-11:00-11:15 Medial temporal lobe gliomas
-11:15-11:30 Thalamic tumors
-11:30-11:45 Intraventricular lesions
-11:45-12:00 Brainstem lesions

11:30-12:00 Special Lecture: EVANDRO DE OLIVEIRA Lecture

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch & Workshop with Industry: The Art of Crafting Microsurgical Instruments
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM Cerebrovascular Surgery

1:00-2:00 3D Surgical Anatomy

-1:00-1:15 Paraclinoidal Region
-1:15-1:30 Anterior Circulation
-1:30-1:45 Posterior Circulation
-1:45-2:00 Cerebral revascularization

2:00-3:00 3D Technical Nuances for Complex Aneurysm Surgery

3:00-3:30 Coffee Break

3:30-5:30 3D Technical Nuances for AVMs and Cerebral Revascularization

5:00-5:30 Special Lecture: KAMIYAMA Lecture

7:00 PM Dinner Event