Quarterly News Magazine
Neurocritical Care Society
Volume 13 - Number 1
Saef Izzy, MD
Jose Suarez, MD
Wade Smith, MD, PhD
San Francisco, CA
Masao NAGAYAMA, MD, Ph.D.,
Aimee Aysenne, MD
New Orleans, LA
Kyle Hobbs, MD
Palo Alto, CA
Audrey Paulson, DNP
San Jose, CA
Fawaz Al-Mufti, MD
New York, NY
Jennifer Kim, MD, PhD
Raimund Helbok, MD, PD
Peter J. Papadakos, M.D.
Ciro Ramos-Estebanez MD., Ph.D.
Michael Reznik, MD
Michael J. Schneck, MD,
Lauren Koffman, DO, MS
Note from the Editor
I would like to welcome you to the first issue of 2018 of Currents, the official
quarterly news magazine of NCS. This issue contains informative and exciting
news articles and features that are sure to educate and entertain you, our
In 2018, our Currents team is planning to continue the mission of expanding
this quarterly magazine with a focus on actively growing our national and
international readership. At the international level, our team is aiming to launch the first Spanish
and Portuguese version of Currents, which targets our readers in South America and will be release
during the joint NCS meeting in Brazil in May 2018. Our plan for 2018 is to carry on the global
newsletter success, maintain its valuable, scientific and educational content. Remember, it’s all
about teamwork, so please stay involved!
In this issue, I would like to introduce Michael J. Schneck, MD, FAHA, FAAN, FACP, the medical
director of the neurosciences ICU at Loyola University Medical Center who joined our Currents
editorial team. Michael will be editing the Ethics Column, so please share any interesting ethicsrelated
publications with him at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like also to introduce Kyle Hobbs,
MD, who is currently a neurocritical care attending at Stanford University Medical Center and will
be editing News Review with Aimee Aysenne.
I would to seize this opportunity to thank Chitra Venkatasubramanian and Michael Rubin for
their outstanding contribution to Currents. Chitra and Michael have been very effective members
of our editorial team, who helped developing News Review and the Ethics Column and making
their content as stimulating and informative the way they are now.
In addition to our regular columns, this issue of Currents features many motivating news articles
that I highly recommend, including the informative “Guidelines Development Within NCS” by
Mona Kumar and Molly McNett, the exciting INTREPID Grant Announcement and the multiple
educational pharmacy articles.
To improve your bedside ultrasound skills, check out the Point of Care Ultrasonography “POCUS”
article, which described an illustrative case pearl in neurocritical care.
Don’t miss out the opportunity to learn more about the neurocritical care experience in Philippines
and Jose Suarez’s article “Neurocritical Care Without Borders in 2018,” which I found
I hope you enjoy this issue. As always, if you have ideas on improving Currents or wish to
contribute, please email me at email@example.com. I’m also on the lookout for future Currents
cover page artwork, so send me photos that you would like to see proudly displayed in an
On the cover: The cover art was submitted by Lauren Koffman, DO, MS, a neurointensivist at Rush
University Medical Center in Chicago. The picture was taken from Koh Poda Island in Southern
Thailand and shows a traditional longtail boat with a limestone cliff in the background.
Saef Izzy, MD