The road to recovery after shunt surgery is not always straight and narrow. While most adults who receive shunts for hydrocephalus can look forward to good outcomes, it's important to know what to expect after a shunt is placed and what can go wrong. In this session, two clinical experts in Neurology and Neurosurgery will share their collective experience in the management of shunts from the time of placement through long-term follow-up. The discussion will cover the expected time course of recovery, the most common side effects, best practices for promoting good outcomes and future directions in shunt management.
Norman Relkin, MD, PhD
Mark G. Hamilton, MDCM, FRCSC
Mark G. Hamilton
Dr. Mark Hamilton is the Director of the Adult Hydrocephalus Program at the University of Calgary and the Chairman of the Adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (AHCRN). He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1979 and his medical degree from McGill University in 1983.
Dr. Hamilton is very committed to hydrocephalus and the work of the association. As a founding member of the AHCRN and the current chair, he has volunteered his time to advance the development of the network. He is passionate about adult hydrocephalus and brings extensive expertise in adult
hydrocephalus and normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) as well as his clinical and scientific experience as a neurosurgeon and a researcher. He started his career as a pediatric
neurosurgeon, which has fueled a strong commitment to serving the transitioning population of teenagers moving to adult medical care.
Dr. Norman Relkin is a Neurologist and Neuroscientist with over 25 years of clinical experience and currently works as an independent medical consultant. He has authored over 110 publications, including many on adult hydrocephalus. He has given over 500 invited lectures worldwide and is a Co-Founder of the Adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network.