Press Release

For Immediate Release
Oct 12, 2011
Contact : Maureen Gillespie, Public Relations Manager  
732-776-4166
mgillespie@meridianhealth.com

Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Treatment of Paralysis & Reconstructive Nerve Surgery announces Compelling Hope – the second annual global symposium on Innovative Solutions for Spinal Cord Injury, Paralysis and Neuropathy

 

Neptune, NJ - Located at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey, the Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery will host the second annual Compelling Hope Symposium on Saturday, November 5th at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The symposium provides a global forum for the world's most renowned paralysis and nerve surgical specialists to discuss and explore the newest, most innovative approaches to nerve and paralysis injury treatment.  

The symposium, led by Andrew Elkwood, M.D., Course Director, Center for the Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, will expose health care providers to the most advanced new thought processes in evaluating treatment of peripheral nerve injuries, including chronic and catastrophic conditions.  Global expert speakers include Dr. Shaocheng Zhang, M.D. Professor, Chief Surgeon, Department of Orthopedics, Changhai Hospital, The 2nd Military Medical University, China and Wise Young, Ph.D, M.D., W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.  Topics discussed will include:     

  • Current research trends for Spinal Cord Injury treatments that have been presented around the globe.
  • Algorithms that determine the appropriate choice of prosthetic in patients with Spinal Cord Injury, various forms of paralysis and nerve injuries.
  • Secondary treatments for Stroke, Spinal Cord Paralysis, Bells Palsy, Diaphragm Paralysis and Phrenic Nerve Injury and why these neurologic issues are frequently under treated.
  • The importance of interdisciplinary communication between the surgical and non-surgical specialties in helping to improve patient outcomes.  

Additionally, the physicians will reference ground-breaking surgical cases, including the story of Australian Don Bird, 48, who is traveling to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for a pioneering procedure - phrenic nerve transplant – to be performed by Matthew Kaufman, M.D., Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center on November 4th, 2011.  


Located at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey, the Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery is one of the first comprehensive centers of its kind, uniquely combining advanced surgical treatments for paralysis and nerve damage, with rehabilitation, continuum of care and research. The center's world renowned specialists, including Andrew Elkwood, M.D., Michael Rose, M.D., Matthew Kaufman, M.D., Tushar Patel, M.D., Russell Ashinoff M.D., are dedicated to providing innovative surgical treatment and restoring hope to those affected by paralysis and nerve injury.   

The symposium is open to practicing physicians and clinicians, and select media are invited to attend. If you would like more information about the symposium or are interested interviewing one of the featured physicians, please contact Maureen Gillespie at 732.776.4166 or mgillespie@meridianhealth.com. For more information about Compelling Hope and the Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, please visit www.CompellingHope.com.       

 

COMPELLING HOPE SYMPOSIUM AGENDA 

Heldrich Hotel, 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 

Saturday, November 5th, 2011 8:30am – 4:30pm     


8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.          REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST
 

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.:         Opening Remarks, Andrew Elkwood, M.D.  Course Director, Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ  

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.:         Introduction of Invited International Nerve Surgeons, Wise Young, Ph.D., M.D., & Guest Shaocheng Zhang. M.D. Wise Young, Ph.D, M.D., W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ  & Shaocheng Zhang, M.D. Professor, Chief Surgeon, Department of Orthopedics, Changhai Hospital, The 2nd Military Medical University, China  


9:15 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.:      Stem Cells and Spinal Cord Injury, Wise Young, Ph.D., M.D.   


10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.:    Surgical Treatments for Brachial Plexus & Spinal Cord Injury, Andrew Elkwood, M.D.   


11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.:    Coffee Break & Research Update CPRNS, Russell Ashinoff, M.D. Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center   


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:    Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation (PM&R), Michael Armento, M.D. Spinal Cord Rehabilitation, Cerebral Palsy, Neuromuscular Diseases, Children's Specialized Hospital, Mountainside, NJ  


12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.:    LUNCH   


12:45 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.:      Surgical Treatment for Lower Extremity Neuropathy, Michael Rose, M.D. Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center   


1:35 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.:         Surgical Interventions for the Paralyzed Diaphragm, Matthew Kaufman, M.D.  Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center   


2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.:         Prosthetic Rehabilitation after Limb Amputation, Heikki Uustal, M.D.  Director of Prosthetics and Orthotics Team, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, Edison, NJ   


3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.:         Surgical Treatments for Facial Paralysis, Tushar Patel, M.D. Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center  


4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.:         QUESTIONS/ADJOURN     


The symposium is open to practicing physicians and clinicians, and select media are invited to attend. If you would like more information about the symposium or are interested interviewing one of the featured physicians, please contact Maureen Gillespie at 732.776.4166 or mgillespie@meridianhealth.com. For more information about Compelling Hope and the Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, please visit www.CompellingHope.com.