Neuroscience Symposium

Brain Scans

Continuing Education: A Free In-Person & Virtual Event

Earn continuing education credits (CME) for this event.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


This program is intended to benefit all providers who care for patients with neuroscience disorders, including primary care providers. It is designed to enhance provider performance and to supply participants with relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills for managing neuroscience patients. This year we have a different variety of topics including stroke, epilepsy, oncology, pain management and neurosurgery.

• Discuss how Sleep Apnea is a risk factor for Stroke.
• Summarize outcomes seen in cultural and ethnic attitudes towards
• Describe treatments used in Radiation Oncology.
• Identify available resources for each neurological and neurosurgical
condition covered in the symposium.
Time Activity Speaker
8:00 a.m. Welcome/Introduction Dr. Matthews
8:10 - 8:40 a.m.
Sleep Apnea: “Snoring your way to stroke”
Dr. Rafiq
8:40 - 9:10 a.m.
Cultural and ethnic differences in attitudes toward epilepsy: Does it affect care and outcomes?
Dr. Matthews
9:10 - 9:40 a.m.
Spinal cord stimulation for diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Dr. Hough
9:40 - 9:50 a.m. Panel discussion/Questions  
9:50 - 10:00 a.m. Break  
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Radiation Oncology Dr. Modin
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Bone Scalpel in Neurosurgery Dr. Rhee
11:00 - 11:30 p.m. Spine Technology Advancements Dr. Herziq
11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Minimally invasive cranial approaches Dr. Tai
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion/Questions Session Dr. Herzig
12:30 p.m. Closing/Wrap-up/How to Obtain CE's  



Gregory Mathews, MD, Medical Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Holy Cross Hospital
Shahid Rafiq, MD, Medical Director, Stroke Program and Neurology, Holy Cross Health
David Herzig, MD, Medical Director, Neurosurgery, Holy Cross Health
Shelia Modin, MD, Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, Holy Cross Health
Jay Rhee, MD, Neurosurgeon, Holy Cross Health
Alex Tai, MD, Neurosurgeon, Holy Cross Health
Stuart Hough, MD, Pain Management, Holy Cross Health


Registration and Fees


An access link and instructions will be provided upon registration via Microsoft Teams.

Conference fees:

FREE - For physicians, physician, assistants, residents, nurses, and allied health professionals

In-Person registration

Virtual registration 

Register by phone



Holy Cross Health's Neuroscience Program

Some of the Brightest Minds in Neuroscience Are Right Here at Holy Cross Hospital and Holy Cross Germantown Hospital


Holy Cross Health Neuroscience CME | November 20, 2021

Holy Cross Health’s highly specialized team of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses is dedicated to caring for patients with disorders of the brain and spine. Collaboration is central to the care we provide – our patients benefit from our truly multidisciplinary approach to treatment, as well as our dedication to coordination with physicians and other partners in our community.

Holy Cross Health offers the most current technologies and a full range of neuroscience capabilities. Our neuroscience experts perform advanced procedures such as deep brain stimulation, endovascular coiling and stenting of brain aneurysms, microsurgery of the brain and spine, stereotactic radiosurgery, MRI-guided laser ablation (Visualase®), and more. Holy Cross Hospital has a dedicated Neuro Critical Care Unit, a bi-plane neuro-interventional suite and a NAEC level 3 Epilepsy Center.

Holy Cross Hospital and Holy Cross Germantown Hospital are both designated as Primary Stroke Centers by the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). In 2021, both hospitals received Get with the Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), and Holy Cross Hospital received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award, from the AHA/ASA.

For more information about Holy Cross Health's Neuroscience Program, contact Sharon Harriston CRNP, MS, CCNS, ACNP-BC, stroke nurse practitioner and coordinator for Holy Cross Hospital's Stroke Program, at 301-754-7529 or