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Insights & Innovations 2019 

Thank you for your interest in the Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California Insights & Innovations 2019 CME Symposium.

Innovations within neuroscience are leading to new treatment opportunities. Interdisciplinary medical providers require an update to provide modern care for patients suffering from clinical neuroscience problems.  Within this all-encompassing conference you’ll learn about the latest advancements in identifying and managing common as well as uncommon but important disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), cervical spondylotic myelopathy, dementia, and stem cell transplantation therapies. 

2019 Event Details 

Registration is now closed.

April 6, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L. Street 
Sacramento, CA 95814  

7:30 a.m. Registration, breakfast, and networking
8:00 a.m. Welcome
1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks/Adjourn


Our featured presentations will include:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Peter Skaff, MD
Neurology & Neurophysiology, Dignity Health

Parkinson's Disease Update
Ehsan Hadi, MD
Movement Disorders & Neurology, Dignity Health

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Ryan Armour, DO
Teleneurology, Dignity Health

Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
Joshua Lucas, MD
Neurosurgery, Dignity Health

Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia
Peter Ljubenkov, MD
Assistant Adjunct Professor Neurology, UCSF Memory and Aging Center

Stem Cell Transplantation: Multiple Sclerosis as a Neurological Model
James D. Bowen, MD
Clinical Associate Professor Neurology, University of Washington

Moderated by: John Schafer, MD

At the conclusion of this program participants should be able to implement the following changes in their professional practice:

  • Assess symptomatic patients with carpal tunnel syndrome for accurate diagnosis and treatment options
  • Recognize the range of Parkinson’s Disease related symptoms and apply comprehensive management strategies and treatment options
  • Identify patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis earlier and counsel patients for optimal management
  • Recognize Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy to accurately identifyappropriate treatment options
  • Distinguish mild cognitive impairment or dementia and initiate the appropriate medical work up and treatment for a person with dementia
  • Discuss validity of stem cell transplantation therapies with patients

As a provider accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association, we must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of our sponsored educational activities. We at Dignity Health Sacramento Office of Continuing Medical Education adhere to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.

The following speakers have indicated an affiliation with organizations which have interests related to the content of this program. Per Dignity Health Sacramento CME office policy, these potential conflicts of interest have been resolved.

  • Dr. Bowen receives honoraria as a speaker for Acorda Therapeutics and Teva Neuroscience, and as a consultant and speaker for EMD Serono. Receives research funding as an investigator for Alexion, Alkermes, Celgene, Genzyme, and TG Therapeutics. Receives honoraria and research funding as a consultant, speaker, and investigator as Biogen IDEC, Genentech, and Novartis  
  • Dr. Hadi receives honoraria as a speaker for Allergen and US World. Receives consulting fees for evolve pharmacy solution.

The potential conflicts of interest have been resolved and determined the presentations are without bias.

Dr. Armour, Dr. Ljubenkov, Dr. Lucas, Dr. Skaff, Dignity Health Sacramento CME committee members, and all other planners involved and able to influence the content of this presentation have reported no relevant financial relationships/interest with any commercial entities that may have ties to this presentation.

Conference Chairperson: 

John Schafer, MD

Neurologist, Dignity Health

Director, Mercy Multiple Sclerosis Center

Medical Director Mercy MS Achievement Center



Peter Skaff, MD

Neurology & Neurophysiology

Dignity Health

Ehsan Hadi, MD

Movement Disorders & Neurology

Dignity Health

Ryan Armour, DO


Dignity Health

Joshua Lucas, MD


Dignity Health

Peter Ljubenkov, MD

Assistant Adjunct Professor, Neurology

UCSF Memory and Aging Center

James Bowen, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology

University of Washington

Accreditation Statement:

Dignity Health Sacramento is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Dignity Health Sacramento designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.