Dr. Christopher Winfree Featured at 2023 Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting

October 11, 2023

Columbia Neurosurgery continues its role on the field's global stage with our own Dr. Christopher Winfree featured last month at the 2023 Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting, which was held at the Sheraton Grand Mirage in Port Douglas in the tropical far north of Queensland, Australia. This annual conference brings together neurosurgeons worldwide to discuss the latest cutting-edge neurosurgical topics, including endoscopic fusion, robotic navigation, and lessons from challenging cases. Dr. Winfree was invited by Mark Dexter, Director of Neurosurgery at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, Australia, to provide expertise in peripheral nerve surgery and pain neurosurgery.

During the “Advances in the Management of Chronic Pain” session, Dr. Winfree discussed some of the new neurosurgical approaches we currently offer at Columbia Neurosurgery for pain and nerve disorders, including advanced waveforms in spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, high cervical intrathecal ziconotide for facial pain, and peripheral nerve allograft reconstruction for painful neuromas.

Later in the program, Dr. Winfree also presented on "Complications of Peripheral Nerve Surgery: Tips and Traps for General Neurosurgeons," where he discussed the problems that can be encountered by providers treating patients with common nerve entrapments, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve entrapment, and peroneal nerve entrapment. The talk emphasized the value of surgical training and experience and the use of advanced nerve imaging techniques to optimize patient outcomes.

Finally, Dr. Winfree was featured in the program's case discussions during the “Pain/Peripheral Nerve Case” section, where he shared findings related to a patient with a complex nerve injury and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Dr. Vanessa Sammonds, Dr. Ricardo Komotar (former Columbia Neurosurgery resident), Dr. Chris Winfree and Dr. Mark Dexter in Port Douglas, Australia.

Said Dr. Winfree of his recent visit, "It is an honor to share lessons and new techniques with international audiences such as the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. Though our colleagues on the other side of the world are far away, we all share the same desire to help patients, develop our skills, and advance the field of neurosurgery. Experiencing our shared interests and different treatment approaches allows us to improve all our patient care efforts collaboratively."

At Columbia Neurosurgery, Dr. Winfree's world-class expertise in peripheral nerve and chronic pain conditions continues to distinguish our program as global destination for these cutting-edge pain and nerve disorders.