Sarajevo Symposium in Neurosurgery 2014 – Welcome message

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you so much for your overwhelming response and sending us so far over 30 lecture topics for the Neurosurgical and Spinal Symposium of the Sixth Days of Bosnian-Herzegovian American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS)  that will be held in Bihac, Bosnia, Herzegovina.

Colleagues from Bosnia-Herzegovina, all surrounding countries as well as Germany and USA will attend as usual. It seems that this Symposium will be the largest so far. We will keep the Abstract Submission open for latecomers for several days more prior to printing the Symposium Booklet.

In addition to your lectures, highlights of the Symposium will be 3D Rhoton Anatomy lecture by Professor Jeff Sorensen as well as the Course of the anterior and posterior approaches with the instrumentation to the cervical spine.

Most attendees for Neurosurgical/Spinal Symposium will arrive to Bihac Wednesday afternoon (May, 21). We may organize an informal dinner that evening.

The Neurosurgical and Spinal Symposium will be held on May, 22 (Thursday) as the whole day event. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. In the evening, we will have a Gala Dinner with Live music entertainment.

The Next morning, May 23 (Friday), we plan a Rafting on the River Una with a barbeque lunch to follow.

Adjourn for our neurosurgery/spine colleagues is planned late afternoon on Friday or on Saturday morning.

We will be accommodated to stay and have our Symposium at the Hotel De Luxe, Kostelski Buk, In Bihac, and we have blocked about 30 rooms for your convenience at a discounted price for one and two bed rooms. I enclose their website for you to make your reservations on the “first come first served” basis (

Looking forward for this great neurosurgical opportunity to meet old friends, introduce new ones, and exchange scientific experiences and knowledge.

Best regards and looking forward to see you in Bihac.

Kenan Arnautovic

PS.In addition, please be informed that on Monday and Tuesday, May 19 and 20, in Sarajevo, at the Department of Neurosurgery, University Clinical Center Sarajevo, Professor Daniel Hoit, neurosurgeron from Semmes-Murphey Clinic and Department of Neurosurgery, University of Tennessee, will perform teaching live Pipeline assisted coiling of several patient cases of cerebral aneurysms, as I understand performed first time in the Balkans. Interested colleagues should contact dr Ibrahim Omerhodzic (his e-mail is above) for more details regarding this exciting event and a teaching opportunity for neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neurologists, and other interested colleagues. In addition, Dr Jeff Sorensen will give us additional lectures of 3D Rhoton anatomy We also plan to perform several live surgeries with colleagues from the Sarajevo Neurosurgery on Monday and Tuesday.

For more details you can contact dr Omerhodzic ( who is Bi-Symposium Co-director and he may be able to help should you have any questions about logistic details.

At any rate, we are delighted that you will be coming.