Resnick Serves as First Jannetta Lecturer

Pittsburgh, April 5, 2018 -- Daniel Resnick, MD, professor of neurological surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, served as the inaugural Peter J. Jannetta lecturer, April 4 at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery, providing a lecture entitled "Patient Heterogeneity and Quality Measurement in Spondylolisthesis."

Daniel Resnick with Pitt neurosurgery chairman and residents
Inaugural Peter J. Jannetta Lecturer Daniel Resnick (middle wearing red tie) with department chairman Robert Friedlander and department residents.

The Peter J. Jannetta Lecture will be held annually in honor of the innovative former chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery who passed away in April of 2016. Dr. Jannetta served as chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery for 25 years beginning in 1971. He was internationally acclaimed for his development of microvascular decompression (MVD), an innovative procedure that moved blood vessels away from the trigeminal nerve, alleviating chronic pain and spasms in facial muscles. The procedure became commonly known as the ‘Jannetta Procedure’ and brought relief to thousands.

The Jannetta Lecture follows the highly successful Jannetta Symposium that was held in Pittsburgh in April of 2017. The day-long event featured over two-dozen lectures from international leaders in the field of neurosurgery and was attended by more than 120 neurosurgeons and residents.

A 1998 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s neurosurgery residency program, Dr. Resnick specializes in disorders of the spine and has particular expertise in minimally-incisional surgery, spinal tumors and degenerative disorders of the spine. He is currently president of the North American Spine Society, past chair of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and past president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Following his lecture, Dr. Resnick was the guest of honor later in the evening at a special dinner and reception held at the Pittsburgh Golf Club where he also provided an informal talk on his time with Dr. Jannetta and his experience with the University of Pittsburgh neurosurgery residency program.