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CURRICULUM VITAE

LEONARDO LUSTGARTEN MILLER
NEUROLOGICAL SURGEON

MEDICAL AND NEUROSURGICAL EDUCATION
-Faculty of Medicine, “Jose Maria Vargas” School of Medicine.Central University of Venezuela. (August 1981- December 1987)
Credentials granted: December 11, 1987. Diploma: July 29, 1988.
Position of graduating class: 2nd (of 108 students).
-“Teaching Instructor on Physiology” by Contest, at the Physiology lecture room of the “Jose Maria Vargas” school of Medicine. October 1984-April 1987.
(First place obtained in a University contest).
-Neurosurgical Training Program at the “Hospital Miguel Perez Carreno”, Venezuelan Institute of Social Security (IVS S).Central University of Venezuela.
(December 1990-December 1995)
Position obtained in the University contest: First.
-Neurosurgical Training Program at the Neurosurgical Department, “The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, UK, under the ODTS (Overseas Doctors Training Scheme) sponsored by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the General Medical Council. (Royal College of Surgeons REF-VEN 0002) (1995-1998)
-Postgraduate Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Oxford (1995-1998)
-Visiting Academic Fellow- Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, The Neurological Institute of New York 1998

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY AND CLINICAL TRAINING IN NEUROSURGERY
-Resident in Neurosurgery at Hospital Vargas of the Central University of Venezuela.
December 1988-December 1989
-Resident in Neurosurgery by contest at the “Hospital Miguel Perez Carreno”, Venezuelan Institute of Social Security (IVSS), Central University of Venezuela.
December 1990- December 1995.
-Chief Resident in Neurosurgery at the “Hospital Miguel Perez Carreno”, Venezuelan Institute of Social Security (IVSS), Central University of Venezuela.
November 1994- December 1995.
-Neurosurgical Specialist Registrar at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Department of Neurosurgery, Oxford, UK (1995- 1997)
-Visiting Fellow- Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, The Neurological Institute of New York (1998)

INTERNATIONAL NEUROSURGICAL CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION

-POPUMET- Course on safety of Radiological Procedures. Oxford, April 1996.
-The Oxford Neuroradiology Review. Oxford, May 1997
-Neuroendoscopy Workshop. St Louis, USA, November 1997
-Skull base surgery: Anatomy and Approaches. Hands-on Workshop. University of Miami School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, USA. June 15-17, 1998.
-Review course in Neurological Surgery. Rush-Presbyterian. St-Luke’s Medical Center. Chicago, USA. January 29-Fbruary 7, 1999
-Microsurgical Approaches to the Brain, Ventricles and Skull Base. Hands-on Workshop. February 14-18,2000. Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville. USA
-Advanced pneumatic instrumentation for Neurosurgeons by Medtronic Midas Rex. September 27, 28/ 2001. San Diego-California, USA.
-Instructional Course on the use of the American OsteoMedix Controlled Delivery for Osteoplasty System. August 10, 2002. Baltimore-Maryland, USA
– LINAC Radiosurgery 2004 Scientific course. December 8-12, 2004. Lake Buena Vista, Florida. University of Iowa Carver Collage of Medicine.
-Varian Medical systems. Training course of Fastplan & Eclipse SRS/SRT Treatment planning and procedures for Radiosurgery. January 29-31, Mobile, Alabama, 2007
– Osteotech Think Tank. March 2-4. New York, 2007
-Principles and Practice of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Special emphasis on Perfexion Training. University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburg. July6-10, 2009
-Course on Theoretical, technical and practice Radiosurgery Treatment Procedure with Brainlab Radiosurgical system in Clinica Abreu. April 26-30, 2010 Clinica Abreu, Santo Domingo Dominican Republic.
-90th BLA MUC: Treatment planning and Physics, Radiotherapy training. Brain Lab June 28-July 1, 2010 Berlin, Germany

NATIONAL MEETINGS ATTENDED
– Latin American Congress on Stereotactic Neurosurgery. Caracas, September 1989
– VI Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery. Valencia, Venezuela. May 15-18, 1991.
– Congress of Neuroendocrinology. Caracas, Venezuela. July 17-18,1992.
-VII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery. Caracas, Venezuela. May19-22, 1993.
-VIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery. Maracay, Venezuela. May 17-20, 1995.
-ITU Scientific events. Hospital CAMP. Barquisimeto, Venezuela. July 1995
-X Scientific update “Lic Josefina Clavier”. Pto La Cruz, Venezuela. May 21-23,1998.
-X Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery. Caracas, Venezuela. May 19-22, 1999
-IX Venezuelan Society of Oncology Meeting . Maracaibo, Octubre 11-14, 2000. Palacio de eventos de Venezuela, Maracaibo.
-XI Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery. Margarita, Venezuela. May 22-26, 1999
-IV Congress of Paediatric Neurology. Caracas, Venezuela , July 17-19, 2002
-XIV Scientific meeting. Hospital Ricardo Baquero Gonzalez. Caracas, Venezuela.
November 17,18,19, 2004.
-Lumbar section- Pedicular fixation workshop. Hospital de Clinicas Caracas. October 2, 2004
-Neurooncology symposium Scientific sessions – XX anniversary, Hospital Clinicas Caracas- March- April 2005
– XIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery. Merida, Venezuela. May 23-28, 2006
-Intensive Care Unit: Updates in critical neurology- Caracas October 28, 2006
-XIV Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery. Maracaibo, Venezuela. May 26-31, 2008
-XIII Venezuelan Congress of Clinical Oncology-VII Venezuelan congress of radiation oncology Joint meeting. Caracas, October 8-11, 2008
-XXVII ENT Venezuelan Congress. October 28-31, 2009. Caracas, Venezuela.
-Skull base surgery and Functional neurosurgery. November 28-29, 2009. Caracas, Venezuela
-XV Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery. Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. May 23-28, 2010
-VIII Meeting of the Venezuelan Society of Radiotion Oncology. V Jornadas de la Catedra de Radioterapia y Medicina Nuclear. III Curso de Fisica Medica. Caracas 27-29 July, 2010
-XXV Aniversary Scientific Meeting of the Hospital de Clinicas Caracas, Venezuela. Octubre 27-30 , 2010.
XXV Meeting of the Venezuelan Society of Maxilo-facial surgery. July 20-23, 2011. Hotel Eurobuilding, Caracas, Venezuela.
-XVI Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery. Valencia, Venezuela. May 22-25, 2012
-XV Venezuelan National Congress of Clinical Oncology. Caracas, Venezuela. July 4-7 , 2012
-New trends in Neurooncology, Caracas, Venezuela. July 27, 2012
– XXX Aniversary Workshop. Hospital de Clinicas Caracas. 9-15 March, 2015
-Regional course for physicians and physicists in Special techniques (Radiosurgery, Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Corporal Stereotactic Radiosurgery). July 13-17, 2015. Caracas, Venezuela. Organized by the Internacional Organism for Atomic Energy (OIEA) and the University Hospital of Caracas.

INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS ATTENDED
-44 th Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Chicago ,USA.
October 1-6, 1994.
-XXVI Latin American Congress of Neurosurgery. Cartagena, Colombia.
October 16-21, 1994.
-Neurosurgical National Study Day. Oxford, UK. November 23, 1996.
-Meeting of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS). Cambridge, UK. April 1997.
-The Oxford Neuroradiology Review. Oxford, UK. May 1997
-Meeting of the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons (WFNS). Amsterdam, Holland.
July 6-11, 1997
-The XXIII Meeting of the European Society of Neuroradiology. Oxford, UK.
September, 1997.
-I Pan American Neurosurgical Update congress. June18-21, 1998. Miami, USA
-49 th Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston ,USA.
October 30-November 4, 1999.
-50th Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Antonio, Texas, USA. September 23-28, 2000.
– Total Spine: Advanced Concepts and Constructs. Cancun, Mexico, March 15-18, 2001
-51st Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Diego, California, USA. September 29-October 4, 2001
-Annual Conference of the Carribbean Association of Neurological Surgeons. San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 12-16, 2001
-Annual Conference of the Carribbean Association of Neurological Surgeons. Panama city, Panama. November 13-15, 2002
–53 rd Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Denver, Colorado, USA. -October, 2003
-Society of British Neurological surgeons, Spring Meeting Oxford April 21-23, 2004
-54 rd Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Francisco, USA. -October, 2004
-Linac Radiosurgery 2004 conference. December 8-12, 2004
Lake Buena Vista- Orlando, Florida.
-55-th Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston, USA. -October, 2005
– LINAC Radiosurgery 2004 Scientific course. December 8-12, 2004. Lake Buena Vista, Florida. University of Iowa Carver Collage of Medicine.
-Varian Medical systems. Training course of Fastplan & Eclipse SRS/SRT Treatment planning and procedures for Radiosurgery. January 29-31, Mobile, Alabama, 2007. -Osteotech Think Tank. March 2-4. New York, 2007
-5 th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium (CANS) January 26 & 27, 2007. Montego Bay, Jamaica
-Johnson & Johnson Latin American Forum Round Table in Intracranial Pressure Monitoring, January 13-15, 2008, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
-Growth & development in Craniofacial anomalies: Controversies in surgical correction and management. New York, New York. November 21-23, 2008
-Principles and Practice of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Special emphasis on Perfexion Training. University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburg. July6-10, 2009

-Course on Theoretical, technical and practice Radiosurgery Treatment Procedure with Brainlab Radiosurgical system in Clinica Abreu. April 26-30, 2010 Clinica Abreu, Santo Domingo Dominican Republic.

-90th BLA MUC: Treatment planning and Physics, Radiotherapy training. Brain Lab June 28-July 1, 2010 Berlin, Germany
-XIX Meeting of the Dominican Republic Society of Neurosurgery and Neurology. September 23-26, 2010. Casa de Campo, La Romana. Dominican Republic.
-60 Meeting “Congress of Neurological Surgeons”. San Francisco, California, USA. Octuber 16-20, 2010
-9th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium & Workshop. Montego Bay, Jamaica. January 27-30, 2011
-61st Meeting “Congress of Neurological Surgeons”. Washington DC, Washington. USA. October 1-6, 2011
-2012 Current trends in the management of Malignant Gliomas. Expert Perspectives on Standards of care and Novel Approaches. Buenos Aires, Argentina. March 9-10, 2012

-REDLANO Meeting (Latinoamerican Network of Neurooncology) . Updates in Neurooncology. Panama city, Panama. August 17-18, 2012
-Microsurgical skull base approaches. Fort Worth, Texas, 4-6 February, 2013

-REDLANO(Latinoamerican Network of Neurooncology) . Updates in Neurooncology. Cartagena, Colombia. Agosto 3-6 , 2013
-EANS (European Asociation Neurological surgeons) meeting-Neurooncologia. Tel Aviv, Israel, Noviembre 11-14, 2013

TEACHING ACTIVITIES AND PRESENTATIONS AT NATIONAL MEETINGS

-Invited Lecturer at the Intensive Care Unit of the “Hospital Miguel Perez Carreno”, Central University of Venezuela, to lecture the residents of the Intensive Care Unit on:
a)Neurological examination of the comatose patient
b)Spinal cord injury by trauma
c)Subarachnoid haemorrhage
d)Vasospasm: current concepts and management
e)Head trauma: current concepts and management at the Intensive Care Unit
Lectures a) and b): August 1993.
Lectures a) c) and d) : September-October 1994.
Lectures a) c),d) and e) : November 1995.

-Invited Lecturer by the Department of Paediatrics of the “Hospital Miguel Perez Carreno “, Central University of Venezuela, to lecture the residents of Paediatrics on:
a)Neurological examination of the paediatric comatose patient
b)Head injury in the paediatric patient
c) Spine trauma management in the paediatric patient
d) Hydrocephalus
e) Central Nervous System tumours in the paediatric population
f) Spinal Dysraphism
Lectures a), b),c) d) and e) : January 1994.
Lectures a), b), d) ,e) and f) : January 1995.

-Guest Speaker on: Head Injuries in the Intensive Care Unit. Current concepts and management. Hospital.C.A.M.P ,Barquisimeto, Venezuela. July, 1995
-Guest Speaker at the Neurosurgical National Study Day on:
Intracranial Haematomas. Spontaneous and traumatic. Management.
The Randolph Hotel, Oxford, UK. November 23, 1996.
-Guest Speaker on : “Postgraduate Experience in Neurosurgery at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford”.
National Academy of Medicine of Venezuela. Caracas, February 1998.
-Guest Speaker on:
a) New systems for Intracranial pressure monitoring
b) Neuroendoscopy for the treatment of intracranial lesions.
X Scientific update “Lic Josefina Clavier”. May 21-23, 1998. Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela.
-Guest Speaker on:
a) Head injury. Management in the ICU.
Scientific update for the X aniversary of the ICU in the Hospital de Clinicas Caracas. May: 6,7,8, 1999
-National Guest Lecturer on:
a) Functional Neurosurgery with the CRW stereotactic frame.
X Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery. Caracas, May 19-22, 1999
-Guest Speaker on:
a) Head injury in children. Management.
Paediatric Meeting on Accidents in childhood. XXVII class of Paediatricians of the Hospital Miguel Perez Carreno. Auditorium of the Hospital de Clinicas Caracas. May 22, 1999
-Guest Speaker on:
a)Basic anatomy of the Central Nervous system
Study Day on Migraine by Merck Sharp & Dohme, Caracas, May 28, 1999
-National Guest Lecturer on :
a) Surgical treatment of brain tumours
IX Venezuelan Society of Oncology Meeting . Maracaibo, Octubre 11-14, 2000. Palacio de eventos de Venezuela, Maracaibo.
-National Guest Lecturer on:
a) Diagnosis and management of Craniosynostosis
XI Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery. Margarita Island, Venezuela. May 22-26, 2001
-National Guest Lecturer on:
a) Management of Craniosynostosis
IV Venezuelan Congress of Paediatric Neurology. Centro Medico Docente La Trinidad, Caracas, Venezuela. July 17-19, 2002
-Guest Speaker at the Neurosurgical Trainees Teaching Session on
Head and Neck lesions and the neurosurgeon. Oncological margin.Its concept and implications
Society of British Neurological surgeons, Oxford April 21-23, 2004
-Guest Speaker at the Training Agenda for the use of Bioglue.
a)Neurosurgical anatomy and physiology
b)Clinical use of Bioglue in neurosurgery
CryoLife. Kennesaw, Georgia. September 26-29, 2004

-MRI and Syringomielia.
Oral presentation at the VI Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Valencia, Venezuela. May 1991.
-Cerebral abscesses: Experience with the management of 44 cases at the Hospital “Miguel
Perez Carreno”.
Oral presentation at the VI Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Valencia, Venezuela. May 1991.
-Arterial Intracranial aneurysms in infancy-adolescence. A different clinical entity. Clinical presentation of 17 cases.
Oral presentation presentation at the VII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Caracas,Venezuela. May 1993.
-Neurovascular decompression. Experience in the management of Trigeminal Neuralgia and Hemifacial spasm
Oral presentation presentation at the VII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Caracas, Venezuela. May 1993.
-Intraventricular Ganglioglioma. Case report and review of the literature.
Poster presentation at the VII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Caracas, Venezuela. May 1993.
-Cerebellar Hemangioblastoma in Von-Hippel Lindau’s disease.
Poster presentation at the VII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Caracas, Venezuela. May 1993
-The treatment of aneurysms associated with arteriovenous malformations.
A therapeutical dilemma. Presentation of a clinical series.
Oral presentation at the VIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Maracay, Venezuela. May 1995
-Intracranial Vascular Malformations in the first two decades of life. Review of a clinical series.
Oral presentation at the VIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Maracay, Venezuela. May 1995
-5 year experience with the management of gunshot wounds to the head. A presentation of 287 cases.
Oral presentation at the VIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Maracay, Venezuela. May 1995.
-Diastematomyelia. The review of 7 patients.
Oral presentation at the VIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Maracay, Venezuela. May 1995
-Vascular microsurgery of the Cavernous Sinus. Presentation of 10 C-C fistulas and 12 aneurysms with direct surgical approach.
Oral presentation at the VIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Maracay, Venezuela. May 1995
-Pharmacological kinetics of an aminoglycosid (Netilmicine) in cerebrospinal fluid in hydrocephalus .
Oral presentation at the VIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Maracay, Venezuela. May 1995.
-Osseous tumour of the petrous apex causing Trigeminal Neuralgia. Case report and
review of the literature.
Poster presentation at the VIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Maracay, Venezuela May 1995.
-Subarachnoid Haemorrhage. Continuos monitoring of CSF lactic acid.
Presented as a Research Thesis (December 1, 1995) to The Faculty of Medicine,
Department of Postgraduate Studies, Neurological Surgery, Central University of Venezuela as a University requirement for obtaining the Title of Specialist in “Neurological Surgery”.
-Double cavity subdural haematoma. Case report and review of the literature.
Oral presentation at the IX Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Maracaibo, Venezuela. May 1997.
-The use of Twist drill in Neurosurgery. Lessons learnt in 595 cases.
Oral presentation at the X Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Caracas, Venezuela. May 1999
-Natural history of oculomotor nerve palsies due to Pcom aneurysms following GDC embolisation.
Oral presentation at the X Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Caracas, Venezuela. May 1999
-The surgical retrieval of Guglielmi detachable coils in previously embolised aneurysms. Neurosurgical complications of embolisation
Oral presentation at the X Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Caracas,Venezuela. May 1999
-Functional Neurosurgery with the CRW stereotactic frame.
*Presented as Guest Lecture at the X Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Caracas, Venezuela. May 1999
-Surgical treatment of brain tumours.
*Presented as Guest Lecture at the IX th Meeting of the Venezuelan Society of Oncology . Maracaibo, Octubre 11-14, 2000. Palacio de eventos de Venezuela, Maracaibo.
-Stereotactic neurosurgery and twist-drills: minimally invasive approach to the cranium.
*Presented as Guest Lecture at the Scientific Symposium for the XVI th anniversary of the
Hospital de Clinicas Caracas, March 12-16, 2001, Caracas, Venezuela
– Programable infusion pumps for intrathecal delivery of morphine.
*Presented as Guest Lecture at the Scientific Symposium for the XVI th anniversary of the
Hospital de Clinicas Caracas, March 12-16, 2001, Caracas, Venezuela
– Diagnosis and management of Craniosynostosis
Presented as Guest Lecture at the XI Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Margarita, Venezuela. May 22-26 2001
– Surgical management of Craniosynostosis
Presented as Guest Lecture at the IV Congress of Paediatric Neurology. Caracas, Venezuela , July 17-19, 2002
-Use of a vertical Trapecius muscle flap in the reconstruction of a huge scalp defect.
Poster presentation at the X Venezuelan Congress of oncology. October 10-12, 2002. Caracas, Venezuela
– Patient positioning and Lumbar decompressive techniques.Guest Lecture
Lumbar section- Pedicular fixation workshop. Hospital de Clinicas Caracas. October 2, 2004
-Head injury: Management. Guest Lecture.
XIV Scientific meeting. Hospital Ricardo Baquero Gonzalez. November 17,18,19, 2004.
-Surgical alternatives for the treatment of Primary malignant brain tumours.
*Presented as Guest Lecture at the XX th Anniversary Meeting of the Hospital Clinicas Caracas- Neuro-oncology Symposium. April 22 2005. Caracas, Venezuela
-Vertebroplasty. Complications in a learning experience curve. *Presented as oral presentation at the XIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Caracas, Venezuela. May 2006
Sancevic R, Lustgarten L, Abadi JR
– Extramedullary intradural cyst. Barony Type III causing Syringomyelia.
Poster presentation at the XIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Caracas, Venezuela. May 2006 Sancevic R, Lustgarten L, Abadi JR.
(Awarded best Poster at the XIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Caracas, Venezuela. May 2006)
-Recipient of the “National Award of Neurosurgery” by the Venezuelan Society of Neurosurgery for his presentation: “Head and Neck tumors. Complete surgical resection and reconstruction with free flaps and biological sealants”. Lustgarten L, Abadi JR, Sancevic R,.
(Merida, Venezuela, May 2006)
-Neurosurgical management of severe head injury. *Presented as Guest Lecture at the – Intensive Care Unit Symposium: Updates in critical neurology”. Hospital Clinicas Caracas. October 28, 2006. Caracas, Venezuela
-XIII Venezuelan Congress of Clinical Oncology-VII Venezuelan congress of radiation oncology Joint meeting. Caracas, October 8-11, 2008
Guest Speaker: 1) New frontiers in the surgical treatment of CNS tumors. 2)Principles and Indications of Stereotactic Radiosurgery
-XXVII ENT Venezuelan Congress. October 28-31, 2009. Caracas, Venezuela.
Guest Speaker: Neuronavegation: Principles and Indications
-Skull base surgery and Functional neurosurgery. November 28-29, 2009. Centro Medico Docente La Trinidad. Caracas, Venezuela
Guest Speaker: Neuronavegation in skull base surgery

Guest Speaker: Neuronavegation: Principles and Indications in Neurosurgery
XV Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery. Pto La Cruz, Venezuela. May 25-28 , 2010.

– Guest Speaker: Neuronavegation: A new operating tool.
VIII Meeting of the Venezuelan Society of Radiation Oncology. Caracas 27-29 July, 2010

– Guest Speaker: Radiosurgery for brain metastasis. Current state and controversies.
XXV Aniversary Scientific Meeting Hospital de Clinicas Caracas, Venezuela. Octuber 27-30 , 2010.

-Guest Speaker:
Craniosynostosis. Concepts and surgical management for Maxilofacial surgery.
XXV Meeting of the Venezuelan Society of Maxilo-facial surgery. July 20-23, 2011. Hotel Eurobuilding, Caracas, Venezuela.

-Guest Speaker:
a)Cerebral Stereotactic Radiosurgery for non-radiosurgeons. Concepts and indications.
b) Current management of brain metastasis. When to operate and when to irradiate.
-XVI Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery. Valencia, Venezuela. Mayo 22-25, 2012

-Guest Speaker:
Surgical considerations of poorly differentiated brain tumors in children. (Pediatric Oncology Module)
-XV National Meeting of the Venezuelan Society of Oncology. Caracas, Venezuela. July 4-7. 2012

Meeting Coordinator and Guest Speaker:
a) Surgery, technological advancements and future options in the treatment of malignant brain tumors.
b) Basic Stereotactic Radiosurgery for clinical oncologists.
c) Radiosurgery for cerebral metastasis. Current status.
-New trends in Neurooncology, Caracas, Venezuela. July 27, 2012 (Merck-Sharp-Dohme)

– XXX Aniversary Workshop. Hospital de Clinicas Caracas. 9-15 March, 2015
Radiosurgery workshop Meeting Coordinator and Guest Speaker:
a)Radiosurgery for type II Schwanomas
b)Radiosurgery for cerebral metastasis

-Regional course for physicians and physicists in Special techniques (Radiosurgery, Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Corporal Stereotactic Radiosurgery). July 13-17, 2015. Caracas, Venezuela. Organized by the Internacional Organism for Atomic Energy (OIEA) and the University Hospital of Caracas.
Guest Speaker Radiosurgery for cerebral arteriovenous malformations. General knowledge, indications, treatment modalities, local control.

PRESENTATIONS AT INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS
-Arterial Intracranial aneurysms in infancy-adolescence. A different clinical entity. Clinical presentation of 17 cases.
*Presented as oral presentation at the XXVI Latin American Congress of Neurosurgery, Cartagena, Colombia. October 16-21,1994.
-Pharmacological kinetics of an aminoglycosid: netilmicine) in cerebrospinal fluid in hydrocephalus .
*Presented as oral presentation at the XXVI Latin American Congress of Neurosurgery, Cartagena, Colombia. October 16-21,1994.
-Neuroepidemiology of Brain tumours in a University Hospital. Review of a series.
*Presented as oral presentation at the XXVI Latin American Congress of Neurosurgery, Cartagena, Colombia. October 16-21,1994
-The use of temporary artery occlusion for intracranial aneurysm surgery. A clinical series.
*Presented as oral presentation at the XXVI Latin American Congress of Neurosurgery, Cartagena, Colombia. October 16-21,1994.
-Neurosurgical complications of embolisation of aneurysms. A look at a series of coil retrievals.
*Presented as oral presentation at the XXIII Congress of the European Society of Neuroradiology. Oxford, UK, September 1997.
-The Radionics Contour-Flex valves: clinical assessment of its safety and efficacy.
*Presented as Poster at the XXV Anual Meeting of the International Society of Paediatric Neurosurgery. Verona, Italy. September 1997.
– Do oculomotor nerve palsies due to posterior communicating artery aneurysms improve after Guglielmi Deatachable coil embolisation?
*Presented as oral presentation at the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS). Brighton, UK. September 1998.
-How safe is the Twist drill craniostomy?
* Presented as oral presentation at the 49 th Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston ,USA.
October 30-November 4, 1999.
-Curvularia Lunata and sinusitis: Report of a clinical case
*Presented (as Poster) at the 27th PanAmerican Congress of Otorhinolaryngology , Head and Neck Surgery. November 8-11, 2000, Lima-Peru
Henriquez O, Lustgarten L
-Spinal metastases of Glioblastoma multiforme. Report of two cases.
*Presented (as a Poster) for the 51 st Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Diego, California, USA. September 29-October 4, 2001
-Craniosynostosis: Diagnosis and management. A surgical series with cranial remodeling techniques.
* Presented as oral presentation at the -Annual Conference of the Carribbean Association of Neurological Surgeons. San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 12-16, 2001
-Head and neck lesions and the neurosurgeon: The combined surgical approach and the concept of the oncological margin.
* Presented as oral presentation at the -Annual Conference of the Carribbean Association of Neurological Surgeons. San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 12-16, 2001
-Twist drill microcraniectomy: a technique for quick access to the cranium. Experience with 500 cases.
* Presented as oral presentation at the -Annual Conference of the Carribbean Association of Neurological Surgeons. San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 12-16, 2001
-The Ommaya reservoir: oncological and non-oncological applications.
* Presented as oral presentation at the -Annual Conference of the Carribbean Association of Neurological Surgeons. San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 12-16, 2001
-Meningiomas in the first two decades of life: review of a clinical series
* Presented as oral presentation at the -Annual Conference of the Carribbean Association of Neurological Surgeons. Panama city, Panama. November 13-15, 2002
-Pure arterial intracranial aneurysms in infancy and adolescence.
* Presented as oral presentation at the -Annual Conference of the Carribbean Association of Neurological Surgeons. Panama city, Panama. November 13-15, 2002
-An overview of different grotesque lesions involving the central nervous system. Do we have a role as neurosurgeons?
* Presented as oral presentation at the -Annual Conference of the Carribbean Association of Neurological Surgeons. Panama city, Panama. November 13-15, 2002
-Bilateral remodeling techniques for unilateral sutural synostosis. Presentation of a series and results.
* Presented as oral presentation at the -Annual Conference of the Carribbean Association of Neurological Surgeons. Panama city, Panama. November 13-15, 2002
-Head and Neck lesions and the neurosurgeon. Oncological margin. Its concept and implications.
Guest Lecture at the Society of British Neurological surgeons, Oxford April 21-23, 2004
-Use of a Protein-Based Tissue Adhesive as an Aid for the
Surgical Reconstruction of Advanced and Recurrent Skin Cancer Tumours to the
Head and Neck. Presented as Digital Poster at the the 55 th Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston, USA. October 2005
– Universal Clinical application of a collagen matrix as a dural substitute in cranial-spinal procedures. Initial multi-center evaluation in 53 patients.
Presented as Digital poster at the the 55 th Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston, USA. October 2005
-The role of dural substitutes in neurosurgery.. Guest speaker at the 5 th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium (CANS) January 26 & 27, 2007. Montego Bay, Jamaica
-.Craniosynostosis with complete cranial reconstruction. Guest speaker at the 5 th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium (CANS) January 26 & 27, 2007. Montego Bay, Jamaica
-.Head and neck tumors and the neurosurgeon. Guest speaker at the 5 th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium (CANS) January 26 & 27, 2007. Montego Bay, Jamaica
– Intracranial pressure monitoring. Round table
Guest. Moderator-. Johnson and Johnson Medical. ELAF, January 14, 2008 Buenos Aires Argentina
-Guest speaker Cerebral Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Basic principles and indications.. XIX International Meeting of the Dominican Society of Neurology and Neurosurgery. La Romana, Dominican Republic. September 23-26, 2010
-Guest speaker: Radiosurgery for the non-radiosurgeon at the 9 th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium (CANS) January 27-30, 2011. Montego Bay, Jamaica
-Guest speaker: Radiosurgery for cerebral metastasis. Current thinking and controversies. at the 9 th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium (CANS) January 27-30, 2011. Montego Bay, Jamaica

MANUSCRIPTS PUBLISHED

– Benign Intracerebral cysts with ependymal lining. Clinical and radiological features.
L Lustgarten, V Papanastasiou, B McDonald, R SC Kerr.
British Journal of Neurosurgery (1997); 11(5):393-397
– Neurosurgical complications of embolisation of aneurysms. A look at a series of coil retrievals.
N Maartens, L Lustgarten, RSC Kerr, A Molineaux, J Byrne, PJ Teddy
(Neuroradiology, Vol 39, supplement 1, September 1997)
-Neural Transplantation. An update.
L Lustgarten, F Kerdel Vegas
Published: Gaceta Medica de Caracas,Volume 105 (4), 454-459.Octubre-Diciembre 1997.
-Cerebral abscesses: Experience with the management of 44 cases at the Hospital “Miguel
Perez Carreno”.
P Salazar, L Lustgarten, M Diaz, J Moscoso, S Krivoy. Venezuelan Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery. Vol 5, No1, January-June, 1991
-Epilepsy surgery in children and adults. General considerations, indications, and techniques.
L Lustgarten
Clinica Medica HCC. Vol III, No 1, 40-45. January-April 1998.
-Paediatric intracranial aneurysms. Results of a surgical series and literature review on GDC embolisation.
L Lustgarten, T John, R Lopez, I Walzer, R SC Kerr, J Byrne, A J Molineaux
Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 6 (2), 133-137, 1999
-Surgery for Parkinson’s disease. The new face of an old coin. Comments on currrent techniques in functional neurosurgery (Thalamotomies and Pallidotomies) and experience with 65 patients.
L Lustgarten, V Papanastassiou, J Rowe, L Davies, T Aziz.
Clinica Medica HCC. Vol III, No2, 105-111 May-Aug 1998.
-Chemotherapy for primary Central Nervous System Tumours. Validity in current practice.
L Lustgarten, S Daryanani
Clinica Medica HCC. Vol III, No 3, 147-152, September-December 1998.
-Do occulomotor nerve palsies due to posterior communicating artery aneurysms improve after Guglielmi Detachable coil embolisation?.
L Lustgarten, N Maartens, J Byrne, A Molineaux
(Published in Procceedings of the SBNS, Brighton, UK ,September 1998 and to be published in Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry)
– Complications in the neurosurgical treatment of movement disorders.
L Lustgarten, J G Rowe, L E Davies, T Aziz
Clinica Medica HCC. Vol IV, No 1, 47-50 , January-April 1999
-Arterial intracranial aneurysms in childhood. A brief review.
L Lustgarten, Maartens NF, Kamel RA
Clinica Medica HCC. Vol IV, No 2, 107-109 , May-August 1999
– Pallidotomy for treatment of movement disorders in Parkinson’s disease: the controversy still continues.
L Lustgarten, CB Carroll, R Scott, R Gregory, J Stein, L Davies, C Joint, T Aziz
Gaceta Medica de Caracas 1999; 107(4);486-490
-How safe is twist drill craniostomy?
N F Maartens, L Lustgarten, V Josan, T Aziz
British Journal of Neurosurgery; 16 (3): 291-294, 2002
-Leptomeningeal spinal spread of glioblastoma multiforme. Report of two cases and review of the literature. L Lustgarten, V Papanastassiou, R Sancevic
Clinica Medica HCC. Vol VII, No 3, 121-124 , Sept-Dec 2002
-Incidence of Cerebral tumours at the Hospital Clinicas Caracas- A 5 year review of a local series. Dempaire MA, L Lustgarten, Garcia D, Lunar de Uribe M
Clinica Medica HCC. Vol VIII, No 2, 54-57 , May-Dec 2003
-Treatment of multiple intracranial aneurysms. Should they all be treated at the same surgery?
Clinica Medica HCC. Vol IX, No 2, 43-53 , May-Aug 2004
Sancevic R, Walzer I, Lustgarten L, Chalita J
-Central Neurocytomas. A clinical series of three cases. Variety of approaches.
Lustgarten L, Abadi J R, Sancevic R
Clinica Medica HCC. Vol X, No 2, May-August 2005
-Editorial: What would have Aesculap said …
Lustgarten, L. Clinica Medica HCC. Vol XI, No 3, Sept-Dec 2006
-Use of a protein-based tissue adhesive as an aid for the
surgical reconstruction of advanced and recurrent skin cancer tumours to the
head and neck region: a technical report.
Lustgarten L, Abadi JR, Sancevic R, Meneses P, Perez-Morrel A, Lugo J
Surgical Neurology 68 (2007) 53-59

-Letter to the Editor (Otology and Neurotology).
– Universal Clinical application of a collagen matrix as a dural substitute in cranial-spinal procedures. Initial multi-center evaluation in 53 patients. Lustgarten L, Bruce C, Aponte O, Vargas G, Warf B, Gill J (submitted to Journal of Biomedical materials)
-The impact of Stereotactic Radiosurgery in the management of Neurofibromatosis type 2 related vestibular schwannomas. Lustgarten L. Surgical Neurology International, May 2013
-Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension Following a Yoga Class: A Case Report. Blumer V, Rosemberg D, Kaswan E, Lustgarten L. American Journal of Medical Case Reports, 2015, Vol. 3, No. 10, 314-318. August 2015

-Is there room for Stereotactic Radiosurgery as an option for third ventricular colloid cysts in patients refusing surgery? A case report and some therapeutic considerations.
Lustgarten L. Surgical Neurology International, September 2015
-Malformación y deformación craneal en los primeros dos años de vida. Experiencia personal y lecciones aprendidas en 418 casos. Lustgarten L. Gaceta Medica de Caracas . 2015;123(4):1-15. Octubre 2015
-Jose Gregorio Hernandez“ award of the Venezuelan Academy at Pembroke College, Oxford University. Kerdel Vegas F, Plaza MI, Carvallo PI, Lustgarten L. Glob Dermatol Volume S(1):29-33. November 2015

-Use of unusual points for LINAC Radiosurgical image fusion with Zplan. Experience with 130 cases. L Lustgarten (in preparation)

-Initial Venezuelan experience with the Brain Lab Vector Vision neuronavigation system.
L Lustgarten, Hurtado A, Henriquez O (in preparation)

CHAPTERS OF BOOKS
-Patient positioning in Neurosurgery.
L Lustgarten, PJ Teddy
Operative Neurosurgery. Chapter 4, p 45-48. Editors: Peter Black- Andrew Kaye. Churchill-Livingstone. 2000

-Posttraumatic Syringomyelia.
PJ Teddy, L Lustgarten
Operative Neurosurgery. Chapter 161, p 1981-1994. Editors: Peter Black- Andrew Kaye.
Churchill-Livingstone. 2000

BOOKS
Neurosurgery for non neurosurgeons
Lustgarten L (in preparation)

NATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
-Member of the Venezuelan Medical Council, Federal District,Caracas, # 13159.
(December, 1987).
-Venezuelan Health Ministry Registration # 30631 (December 1987)
-Member of the Venezuelan Society of Neurological Surgeons (December 16,1995).

INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
-Member of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons- SBNS (April 1997)
-Member of the Oxford Society of Neurosurgical Trainees- OSNT (October 1997)
-Postgraduate Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Oxford. (December 1995)
-Member of “The International Development Subcommittee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons”. (1992) USA.
-Member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons .USA (1998)
-Member of the Caribbean Association of Neurological surgeons (November 2001)

CURRENT POSITIONS
-Consultant Neurosurgeon. Hospital de Clinicas Caracas (1998- )
-Consultant Neurosurgeon. Centro Medico Docente La Trinidad. (1998- )
-Neurosurgeon/Radiosurgeon . Gammaknife Unit CDD Las Mercedes, Caracas (2010- ). (Gammaknife 4c)
-Neurosurgeon/Radiosurgeon . Radiation oncology Department Hospital de Clinicas Caracas (2005-). (Trilogy sistem by Varian)
-Lead Consultant Neurosurgeon. Oncological Hospital “Padre Machado”. Department of Neurosurgery- Neuro-oncology and Head and Neck. (1998-2003)
-Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal: Clinica Medica HCC. Official Journal to the
Medical Society of the Hospital de Clinicas Caracas.
-Member of the Academic Committee . Hospital de Clinicas Caracas (1999-2008)
-Member of the “Ethics” Commmittee. Hospital Clinicas Caracas (2003-)
-Editor Acta Neuroquirurgica Venezolana: the Official Journal for the Venezuelan Society of Neurological Surgeons.(2001)
-Secretary of the Medical Society of the Hospital Clinicas Caracas . 2004-2006.
– Vicepresident of the Medical Society of the Hospital Clinicas Caracas 2006-2008
– President of the Medical Society of the Hospital Clinicas Caracas 2009-2011

LANGUAGES

-Spanish (native language)
-English (equivalent to native language)
-French (basic knowledge. Alliance Francaise course taken).

SPECIAL AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Awarded the “Jose Gregorio Hernandez” scholarship in Pembroke College, Oxford (England) by the “National Academy of Medicine of Venezuela” for the years 1990 and 1994.

Postgraduate Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Oxford. December 1995-1997.

Recipient of the “National Award of Neurosurgery” by the Venezuelan Society of Neurosurgery for the presentation: “Head and Neck tumors. Complete surgical resection and reconstruction with free flaps and biological sealants”. Lustgarten L, Abadi JR, Sancevic R,.
(Presented at the XIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery Merida, Venezuela, May 2006)

Recipient of the “Best Poster presentation” by the Venezuelan Society of Neurosurgery for the work: “Extramedullary intradural cyst. Barony Type III causing Syringomyelia.
Presented at the XIII Venezuelan Congress of Neurosurgery, Caracas, Venezuela. May 2006
Sancevic R, Lustgarten L, Abadi JR.

-Medal for “ Honor to Merit” in its only Class by the Governor for Miranda State, Venezuela . March 21, 2011

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