Quarterly News Magazine
Neurocritical Care Society
Volume 13 - Number 3
Saef Izzy, MD
Jose Suarez, MD
Wade Smith, MD, PhD
San Francisco, CA
Masao Nagayama, MD, PhD,
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, MD
Ciro Ramos-Estebanez MD, PhD
Michael Reznik, MD
Michael J. Schneck, MD, FAHA,
Lauren Koffman, DO, MS
Yasser B. Abulhasan, MBChB,
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Note from the Editor
I would like to welcome you to the September issue of Currents, the official
quarterly magazine of NCS. On behalf of NCS, I would like to welcome all of
you to NCS’ 16th Annual Meeting, which takes place in Boca Raton, Florida,
from Sept. 25-28, 2018. The theme of the 2018 annual NCS meeting will
emphasize the cultural diversity of our members. For the first time, speakers
will have the freedom to communicate their thoughts in their native languages
as we will have sessions in various languages, including Portuguese, Japanese
and Spanish. I wish all of you attending the conference a wonderful time!
This issue of Currents contains informative and exciting news articles and features that are sure to
educate and entertain you. This issue is available in multiple formats for the NCS Annual Meeting,
including the online magazine and the full-color print, which you may or may not be reading at
As we continue the mission of expanding this quarterly magazine with a focus on actively
growing our national and international readership, in this issue we covered many neurocritical
care international experiences: “International Column” by Michel Torbey; “Current Status of
Neurocritical Care in India” by Dheeraj Khurana; and “Emergency Neurological Life Support
Courses in Nepal” by Gentle Shrestha.
Mark your calendar! The International Pan-Arab Critical Care Medicine Society and the
Neurocritical Care Society are partnering to develop the First Regional Neurocritical Care Meeting
in the Middle East and Africa in conjunction with the upcoming 15th Emirates Critical Care
Conference (ECCC) on April 4-6, 2019, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
In addition to our regular columns, this issue of Currents features many exciting news articles that
I highly recommend, including the featured NeuroCardiac Comprehensive Care Clinic by Sachin
Agarwa; “Utility of Transesophageal Echocardiography in Cardiac Arrest” by Chandrika Garner;
and “Neurocritical Care Fellowship Alumni Where are they now” by Lauren Koffman.
Don’t miss out on this issue’s Story of Hope! Michael Reznik, the editor of this column, is on the
lookout for your stories. Please send Michael your articles at firstname.lastname@example.org and
make the voices of your patients inspire all of us!
Aimee Aysenne and Kyle Hobbs, the editors of News Review column, highlighted two kidney
injury related studies that investigated the effect of aggressive blood pressure control in acute
spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage on renal function and kidney protection strategies in
patients undergoing angiography.
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. Any NCS member who would like to
participate in Currents is encouraged to contact me.
On the cover: The cover art of this issue was taken by me at the 2015 “Back to the Future”
Neurocritical Care meeting at Scottsdale, Arizona.
We are so excited to celebrate the 16th anniversary of NCS and hope that we will be seeing you