UPMC Hamot 2020 Neuroscience Conference

Erie, PA US
November 6, 2020

This annual activity will focus on the neurosciences, including stroke and other disorders of the brain, as well as foster networking and collaboration among clinical disciplines within the region. Both current and future treatment options will be addressed, along with management issues and prevention of possible complications. 

Target Audience

Primary care physicians, internists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants; physical, occupational, and speech therapists; and other advanced practice providers will benefit from attendance at this activity.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participants should be able to:

  • Review the evolution of stroke treatment in the past quarter century
  • Discuss current clinical trials in stroke treatment
  • Assess potential future of stroke treatment           
  • Identify types of rapidly progressing dementia
  • Describe assessment and differential diagnosis for rapidly progressing dementia
  • Assess treatment options for rapidly progressing dementia
  • Identify long-term post-stroke complications
  • Discuss treatment options for stroke complications
  • Describe challenges in treatment and prevention of secondary stroke
  • Discuss differential diagnosis of headache
  • Review traditional treatment options used for headache
  • Discuss new calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) treatment option
  • Identify atypical causes of stroke
  • Discuss unique challenges presented by atypical stroke
  • Review differences in treatment options and considerations or indications for atypical stroke
  • Review the process of stem cell transplant candidacy
  • Describe pre & post stem cell transplant challenges
  • Consider the patient perspective of the stem cell transplant process
  • Identify utilization of consumer automated devisce that will assist SCI patients in eADLs
  • Review devices that would minimize the effects of SCI secondary complications
  • Discuss accessible computer and console gaming for patients with fine motor deficits
  • Examine interplay of comorbidities on management of Parkinson’s  
  • Describe strategies for management of complex Parkinson’s patient
  • Explain considerations for management of multiple medications for Parkinson’s disease
  • Discuss differential diagnosis of seizures and pseudo seizures
  • Review updated and current practice guidelines for seizures 
  • Describe treatment of patients with dual diagnosis of seizures and pseudo seizures
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 0.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/06/2020 - 7:00am
Event ends: 
11/06/2020 - 5:00pm

7:30 – 8

Registration/Continental Breakfast

8 – 8:05

Opening Remarks

Tammy Kordes, PhD, Trevor Phinney, DO

8:05 – 8:50

DeMatteis Commemorative Talk:        Where We Started and Where We’re Going*

Ann Sokoloff, BSN, CNRN, Trevor Phinney, DO

8:50 – 9:35

Rapidly Progressing Dementia

Nykole Gonzalez, MA

9:35 – 9:50

Refreshment Break

9:50 – 10:20

Post Stroke Complications*         

Trevor Phinney, DO

10:20 – 11:05

When is a Headache Just a Headache and When to be Concerned?

Karen Bellini, DO

11:05 – 11:50

How to Manage Atypical Stroke*

Josh Smith, DO

11:50 – 12:35

Lunch and Networking

12:35 – 1:05

Patient Perspective: Stem Cell Transplant

Kelly Tapper

1:05 – 2:05

E-Independence: Use of Automated Personal Assistive Smart Home Technology After Spinal Cord Injury*

Randall Huzinec, PT

2:05 – 2:20

Refreshment Break

2:20 – 3:05


Dimitrios Nacopoulos, MD

3:05 – 3:50

Seizures/Pseudo Seizures

Lazarus Mayoglou, DO



*Approved for Stroke Credit

Ambassador Center
7794 Peach St.
Erie, PA 16509
United States
+1 (814) 866-9999

The Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center in Erie is attached to the Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn.


Attire for the seminar is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort levels vary, it is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the conference.

Special Needs

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs (i.e. gluten free or vegan meal, private room for nursing mothers, handicap accessibility) will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling UPMC Hamot’s CME office at 800-352-2553 or 814-877-5691.


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Tammy Kordes, Ph.D.


Northshore Neurosciences

Dr. Trevor A Phinney, DO - Erie, PA - Neurology

Trevor Phinney, DO


UPMC Northshore Neurology


Karen Bellini, DO


Nykole Gonzalez, MA

Doctoral Intern

Northshore Neurosciences

Randall Huzinec, PT

Physical Therapy Senior

Spinal Cord Injury Program

UPMC Mercy

Lazarus Mayoglou, DO


UPMC Northshore Neurology

Dimitrios Nacopoulos, MD


UPMC Northshore Neurology

Trevor Phinney, DO


UPMC Northshore Neurology

Josh Smith, DO 

Graduate Medical Resident

UPMC Northshore Neurology

Ann Sokoloff, BSN, CNRN

Clinical Director, Ortho/Neuro Services

UPMC Hamot

Kelly Tapper

Patient Speaker


In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 6.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. 


A maximum of 6.5 nursing contact hours will be awarded. Participants will be able to claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the program.


Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.


AOA Category 1-A Credit

ASHA Credit

PT Credit

OT Credit

Stroke Hours

Available Credit

  • 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 0.00 Attendance
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Registration opening summer of 2020



Early Registration
Postmarked on or before Oct.23, 2020

Postmarked after Oct.23, 2020




Advanced Practice Providers



Nurses and Health Care Professionals




Residents, students, and other trainees



Cancellation policy

Tuition for cancellations postmarked or date stamped before October 23, 2020, will be completely refunded. After October 23, 2020, a $30 administration fee will be assessed. No refunds will be made after November 5, 2020. However, substitutes are welcome. Please notify UPMC Hamot’s CME Department of substitutions and cancellations, via email to ham_cme@upmc.edu or by telephone at 814-877-4011, or via USPS mail to: UPMC Hamot CME Department, 201 State St., Erie, PA 16550.