Practical Reviews in Neurosurgery

Stay current on the latest advances in Neurosurgery with our unbiased expert reviews from today's leading medical journals.

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Practical Reviews is just that—practical, expert reviews of the most relevant articles from leading medical journals in Neurosurgery.

Connect to Research Summaries from Leading Medical Journals

Our expert medical faculty conduct a comprehensive review of hundreds of articles from current leading medical journals so you don't have to. Our knowledge leaders summarize the most relevant medical research for you to review at your convenience and add commentary with perspective for applying these findings in your own practice.

Connect to Practical Reviews in Neurosurgery and get:

  • 16 articles summarized in each issue, each with an expert audio review
  • Online quizzes and instant pass/fail notification
  • Instant access to our database of Neurosurgery journal reviews
  • 14 issues annually
  • Ability to earn up to 56 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

View our full list of Reviewers, Journals, Accreditation and Media Format information.

Did You Know?

Chief Medical Editor Prentiss Taylor, MD, FACP, a Chicago-based internist, is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Occupational Medicine, and Public Health & General Preventive Medicine.

Articles in each issue of Practical Reviews are selected, vetted and summarized by expert panelists who are some of the leading practitioners and instructors in their fields.

The free Practical Reviews app provides easy search capabilities across 125,000+ articles to aid you in your research needs.

Coordinating Editor

N. Scott Litofsky, MD, FACS

  • Professor and Chief
  • Director, Neuro-Oncology and Radiosurgery
  • Division of Neurological Surgery
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
  • University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics
  • Columbia, MO

Editorial Advisory Board

J. Peter Gruen, MD

  • Associate Professor
  • USC Keck School of Medicine
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, CA

Luc Jasmin, MD, PhD, FRCS(c), FACS

  • Research Scientist
  • Maxillofacial Surgery UCSF
  • San Francisco CA
  • Providence Medford Medical Center
  • Medford OR
  • Asante Ashland Community Hospital
  • Ashland, OR


Amir Kershenovich, MD, MHA

  • Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Geisinger Health System
  • Geisinger Medical Center and Janet Weis Children’s Hospital
  • Danville, PA


  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • New York Medical College
  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • Valhalla, NY

Tomoko Tanaka, MD, FAANS

  • Assistant Professor
  • University of Missouri Health Care
  • Columbia, MO
  • American Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • American Journal of Neuroradiology
  • Annals of Neurology
  • Archives of Neurology
  • Brain
  • British Medical Journal
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Research
  • Cephalalgia
  • Clinical Journal of Pain
  • Clinical Oncology
  • Genes, Chromosomes, & Cancer
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Journal of Cancer Research
  • Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry
  • Journal of Neuro-Oncology
  • Journal of Neurosurgery
  • Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
  • Journal of Vascular Diseases
  • The Lancet
  • Nature
  • Nature Cell
  • Neurology
  • Neuroradiology (European Journal)
  • Neurosurgery
  • The New England Journal of Medicine
  • Oncogene
  • Pain
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Radiology
  • Science
  • Spine
  • Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  • Stroke
  • Surgical Neurology
  • Surgical Oncology

Statement of Need

As is commendable by the ACCME criteria, CME is integrated into the process for improving professional practice with educational strategies implemented to remove, overcome or address barriers to physician change. Physicians are unable to consistently integrate new information into their practices because of the ways new medical knowledge is structured and disseminated and the time it takes to completely scan for new information. Practical Reviews selects and translates peer-reviewed literature for practical use, therefore diminishing the barrier of time.

Intended Audience

Neurosurgeons and others interested in Neurosurgery.

Special Prerequisites for Participants

There are no prerequisites for participants.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Identify evidence of the safety and efficacy of neurosurgical approaches to treatment
  • Examine the most current and clinically useful information available in strategies and advances in diagnosis and treatment in the Neurosurgery care unit
  • Interpret reviews of the latest basic science findings and the impact of these on clinical situations
  • Distinguish current controversies, discuss the medical evidence, advantages and disadvantages of the method in question


Oakstone Publishing, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This product is accepted for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ by the AANS for Neurosurgical Award and Maintenance of Certification.

Credit Designation Per Issue for Practical Reviews

Oakstone Publishing, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is also eligible for 4.0 credit hours in Category 2-B of the Continuing Medical Education Program of the American Osteopathic Association, provided it is completed in its entirety.

Estimated time to complete each issue: 4 hours.

Credit Designation Per Review

Oakstone Publishing, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This material is also eligible for 0.25 credit hours in Category 2-B of the Continuing Medical Education Program of the American Osteopathic Association, provided it is completed in its entirety.

Estimated time to complete each review: 15 minutes

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of Oakstone Publishing, LLC that the faculty and provider disclose real or apparent conflict of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation. Oakstone Publishing, LLC has established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosures will be made in the course handouts.


The opinions and recommendations expressed by the faculty and other experts whose input is included in this program are their own. This enduring material is produced for educational purposes only. Use of Oakstone Publishing, LLC name implies review of educational format design and approach. Please review the complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.