Cranial Conference

2nd Wednesday | 6:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.
4th Wednesday | 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Seattle Science Foundation, James Tower, Suite 600
Swedish Cherry Hill

Course Description

The Seattle Science Foundation Cranial Case Conference Series provides a forum for case presentations and discussions of protocols/care pathways and technology-related issues in the care of patients with cerebrovascular, endovascular, and brain tumor disorders. This series includes discussion of unique and/or challenging prospective cases where participants can contribute recommendations regarding appropriate non-surgical and surgical treatments for cranial conditions.

Needs Statement

In 2013 the Institute of Medicine’s, Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America, concluded that “diagnostic and treatment options are expanding and changing at an accelerating rate, placing new stresses on clinicians and patients, as well as potentially impacting the effectiveness and efficiency of care delivery”. The sheer number of potential diagnoses illustrates this complexity: there are thousands of diseases and related health conditions categorized in the National Library of Medicine’s medical subjects headings system and around 13,000 in International Classification of Diseases, with new conditions and diseases added every year. With the rapidly increasing number of published scientific articles on health, health care professionals have difficulty keeping up with the breadth and depth of knowledge in their specialties.

To manage the increasing complexity in health care and medicine, clinicians need to collaborate effectively and draw on the knowledge and expertise of other health care professionals throughout the treatment process. In recognition that the treatment process is a dynamic team-based activity, health care organizations should ensure that health care providers have the appropriate knowledge, skills, resources and support. Multidisciplinary conferences, such as the Cranial Case Conference Series, bring health care professionals from different disciplines together to consider the diagnosis and treatment of spine based patients. They provide an opportunity for health care professionals to learn how other health care professionals approach medical issues and to interact with health care professionals from different disciplines. Multidisciplinary conferences have been associated with improvements in care quality, shortened length of stays, and enhancements in resident education.

In any health care organization, prioritizing continuous learning is key to improving clinical practice. The Institute of Medicine report Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care In America, concluded that health care organizations focused on continuous learning are able to more “consistently deliver reliable performance, and constantly improve, systematically and seamlessly, with each care experience and transition” than systems who do not practice continuing learning.

Intended Audience 

This symposium is intended for neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, otolaryntologists, advance practice clinicians and other sub-specialists who treat cranial diseases in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California and Alaska.

Learning Objectives:

By attending this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Apply treatment options for a variety of cranial disorders which are commonly seen at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute.

  • Implement protocols related to new research in the management of cranial patients.

  • Discuss treatment outcomes with patient, both surgical and non-surgical.

  • Compare and contrast technological options.

  • Participate in developing guidelines for treating cranial patients that will improve patient care.


2nd & 4th Wednesdays
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Case Presentations
Moderated by Zachary Litvack, M.D.
Continental Breakfast Served

2nd Wednesday Only
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. (No CME Credit)
Featured Presentation


Please note that remote viewing is available for informational purposes only and is not eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

  • In Person
    All are welcome to attend the featured presentations at the Seattle Science Foundation. The live case discussions are restricted to Providence St. Joseph Health Providers.

  • Live Case Discussion
    All Providence St. Joseph Health Providers are welcome to take part in the live case discussions, either as a viewer or as a case presenter.

  • Live on Facebook
    The featured presentations will be available as a live broadcast on Facebook. Click here to view the live presentation.

  • Recorded Presentation
    Click here to view all of our recorded Cranial Conference presentations.

Please note, at times some presenters prefer not be have their presentation recorded or streamed live.  On those such occasions, we will not be able to provide a live broadcast or recording of the presentation.


Accreditation with Commendation
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Swedish Medical Center and Seattle Science Foundation.  Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Each session is designated for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.