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Pituitary Disorders: Advances in Diagnosis and Management

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Department: Neurological Surgery
Course Number: MNS08002
Start: Saturday, March 15, 2008
End: Saturday, March 15, 2008
Location: San Francisco, California
Mission Bay Conference Center

$295 MD, DO
$195 Allied Health, Residents

On-site registration will be an additional $25.

UCSF Association of Clinical Faculty Vouchers are accepted for this course. For more information please call the Office of Continuing Medical Education at 415-476-4251. 
Credit: 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

The California Center for Pituitary Disorders within the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, invites you to attend its first annual course on Pituitary Disorders: Advances in Diagnosis and Management. This course will be held at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in the Robertson Auditorium on March 15, 2008. The program endeavors to provide the latest updates and recent advances regarding pituitary tumors and related disorders. Endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, primary care providers, trainees in these fields, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and other allied health professionals can benefit from this program in diagnosis and management of pituitary tumors and disorders of pituitary function.

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An attendee completing this course should be able to:

• Approach the differential diagnosis of sellar and parasellar masses;
• Conduct bedside examinations and interpret results of neurophthalmolgical evaluations of patients with pituitary disorders;
• Analyze the benefits and risks of endonasal transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary tumors;
• Discuss novel approaches in surgical pathology as applied to the evaluation of pituitary tumors;
• Describe indications, risks, and benefits for stereotactic and conventional radiotherapy for residual pituitary tumors after surgery;
• Develop an approach to the evaluation and management of patients with residual and recurrent Cushing’s disease;
• Diagnose and treat Growth Hormone deficiency;
• Explain the data pertaining to dopamine agonists and valvular heart disease and incorporate this information in their practices;
• Develop a strategy for the medical management of patients with residual and recurrent acromegaly;
• Manage hyponatremia with AVP receptor Antagonists.

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The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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Course Outline:

8:00 AM Registration/Continental Breakfast


8:30 Introduction

Lewis S. Blevins, Jr.


8:45 Differential Diagnosis of Pituitary and Hypothalamic Disease Processes

Sandeep Kunwar


9:15 Radiology of Pituitary Disorders

William P. Dillon


9:45 Neuroophthalmology of Pituitary and Parasellar Disorders

Jonathan Horton


10:15 Coffee Break


10:30 Neurosurgical Management of Patients with Sellar and Parasellar Tumors

Sandeep Kunwar


11:00 Clinically Relevant Advances in Pituitary Neuropathology

Tarik Tihan


11:30 Radiotherapy in the Management of Pituitary Tumors

Penny K. Sneed


12:00 PM Lunch (included with tuition)


1:00 Evaluation and Management of Patients with Cushing’s Disease Who Have Failed Surgery

Lewis S. Blevins, Jr.


1:30 Growth Hormone Deficiency

Jessica K. Devin


2:00 Medical Management of Prolactinomas

Blake Tyrell


2:30 Coffee Break


2:45 Medical Management of Acromegaly

David Clemmons


3:30 Advances in the Management of Hyponatremia

Lewis S. Blevins, Jr.


4:00 Pituitary Cases

Panel Moderated by Lewis S. Blevins, Jr.


4:50 Closing Remarks

Sandeep Kunwar


5:00 PM Adjourn/Evaluations/CME Certificates


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Lewis S. Blevins, Jr., MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Neurological
Surgery; Medical Director, California Center for
Pituitary Disorders at UCSF

Sandeep Kunwar, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Neurological
Surgery; Surgical Director, California Center for
Pituitary Disorders at UCSF

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(University of California,
San Francisco unless indicated)

David Clemmons, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division
of Endocrinology; Sarah Graham
Kenan Professor of Medicine;
Chief, Division of Endocrinology
and Metabolism, Carolina
Cardiovascular Biology Center,
University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill

William P. Dillon, MD
Professor of Radiology; Chief of
Neuroradiology, Department of

Jessica K. Devin, MD
Assistant Professor, Department
of Endocrine Neoplasia and
Hormonal Disorders, University
of Texas MD Anderson Cancer
Center, Houston, TX

Jonathan Horton, MD, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology

Penny K. Sneed, MD
Professor in Residence,
Department of Radiation

Tarik Tihan, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology

Blake Tyrell, MD
Clinical Professor of
Endocrinology and Metabolism

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Travel & Lodging:

Meeting is being held at the
Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA  94158

For your convenience, a courtesy block of rooms has been set up at the following hotels. These are not guaranteed rooms and are subject to availability. Please be sure to mention this UCSF conference to obtain the reduced rate.

Westin San Francisco Market Street
$239 per night
50 Third Street San Francisco, CA
Reservations (888) 627-8561
Website http://www.westinsf.com/

Club Quarters in San Francisco
$109- $234 per night
424 Clay Street San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 392-7400

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Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received in writing by March 15, 2008, will be refunded, less a $75 administrative fee.  No refunds will be made on requests received after March 15, 2008.

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