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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 8, 2004

photos: Vincent Traynelis, M.D., left; Arnold Menezes, M.D., right

UI Physicians Headline U.S. Gathering Of Neurosurgeons

Two neurosurgeons from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will play especially prominent roles at an international gathering of neurosurgery specialists that begins Saturday, Oct. 16 and continues through Thursday, Oct. 21 in San Francisco, Calif.

Vincent Traynelis, M.D, the organization's current president, will chair the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, while Arnold Menezes, M.D., will be the meeting's Honored Guest. Both are professors of neurosurgery in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. They will share top billing at the Congress with Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel Prize winner and former president of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Traynelis, a UI faculty member since 1989, specializes in all types of spinal surgery, with an emphasis on cervical disorders, neuro-oncology and skull base surgery. He is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Because of his significant contributions to clinical neurosurgery, Menezes was chosen this year's Honored Guest. Since coming to Iowa as a resident surgeon in 1969, he has become internationally known for his creation of a unique patient database that has contributed invaluable information about the complex problems of skull base abnormalities. Menezes has clinical expertise in neurosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery, skull base surgery, and cervical spine pathology.

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons promotes the advancement of neurosurgery through education, research, and scientific knowledge. Founded in 1951, the organization's membership exceeds 5,200, including 786 senior members.

For more information about this year's Congress of Neurological Surgeons, visit online at For information about neurosurgery at UI Hospitals and Clinics, see

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STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACT: CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,; Writer: Michael Sondergard