Location: Medical City Dallas, 7777 Forest Lane, City Hall Conference Room, Dallas, TX 75230
Time: 6:00 PM Registration/Meet and Greet
7:00 PM Lectures
Expert Speakers and Topics:
Chiari and Syringomyelia Basics
Ian Heger, MD – Pediatric Neurosurgical Specialists
Chiari and Craniofacial abnormalities
David Sacco, MD – Pediatric Neurosurgical Specialists
Headache Management for Chiari Malformations
Andrew Hurd, MD – Texas Child Neurology
Dr. Ian M. Heger is a board-certified pediatric neurosurgeon with a vast amount of experience in clinical practice and academia. Dr. Heger earned his doctor of medicine and served as a resident of neurosurgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He completed his fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Heger was previously an associate professor in the department of neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia/Augusta University and section chief of pediatric neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Prior to that, he was on the faculty in the department of neurosurgery at the University of Florida-Jacksonville as an assistant professor. He also served as the assistant director of development and clinical services of the pediatric neurosurgery center at Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville.
Dr. Heger was named as part of America’s Top Surgeons in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, and 2015 and “Super Doctor” South Florida edition in 2008 and 2009. He has also been named in “America’s Top Doctors from 2013-2019. He serves on several prestigious healthcare committees and is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Sacco started Pediatric Neurosurgical specialists in 2015 after practicing pediatric neurosurgery in Texas and Arizona for 13 years. The practice started with the mission of combining technical expertise and a personal approach to provide an exceptional experience and excellent outcomes. That mission has been successful and has led to a thriving practice and a global patient population.
Dr. Sacco has an international reputation for expertise in complex craniosynostosis care and is the only pediatric neurosurgeon performing fetal surgery in North Texas. He practices minimally invasive techniques when appropriate including endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus cauterization for neonatal hydrocephalus as well as Cyberknife radiosurgery. Dr. Sacco has published journal articles and book chapters on topics ranging from tumors, craniofacial disorders, spinal instrumentation and Chiari malformations.
Ultimately, the relationship with the patients and their families is the most important thing. The idea of seeing a neurosurgeon for your child can be a frightening prospect. Dr. Sacco takes pride in discussing the diagnosis and reviewing the appropriate imaging in a way that children and families can understand. Following that, an appropriate plan of care is decided with the patient and family that may or may not include surgical intervention. If surgery is required you can be confident that Dr. Sacco has the talent, training and experience to facilitate the best outcomes.
Dr. Hurd grew up in Plano, Texas where he then moved to Austin to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. From there, Dr. Hurd then completed his Medical Degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. He developed a desire to become a child neurologist while completing a pediatrics residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Hurd decided to come back to his beloved Texas and train in child neurology at the University of Texas at Southwestern in Dallas. There he learned to care for children with several different neurologic conditions such as epilepsy, autism, developmental delay and cerebral palsy.
From 2017-2018, Dr. Hurd completed a specialty fellowship in treating more chronic symptoms related to headache and concussion. He is now proficient in performing Botox injections for chronic migraine treatment as well as nerve blocks to help relieve other kinds of head pain.