Clinical Breakout Session Speakers Announced for 2018 NEQCA Annual Forum

September 14, 2018

Five Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children Specialists are the clinical breakout session speakers for the October 24 NEQCA Annual Forum and will lead presentations ranging from minimally invasive spine surgery to the financial challenges of cancer care and headache diagnoses in the pediatric population.

Ron Riesenburger, MD, a Tufts Medical Center neurosurgeon and Jeffrey Zarin, MD, Chief of the Division of Arthroplasty in the Department of Orthopedics at Tufts Medical Center, will discuss new innovations in orthopedic and spine surgery. Dr. Riesenburger’s expertise lies in the treatment of patients with spinal conditions and degenerative spinal diseases, such as spinal stenosis, disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, “pinched nerves,” and scoliosis. His co-presenter, Dr. Zarin, specializes in joint replacement of the hip and knee. Their breakout session will explore the risks and benefits of robotic joint replacement surgery and minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion.

John K Erban, MD is Clinical Director and Associate Director for Clinical Science at Tufts Medical Center and an internationally-renowned expert in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. A board certified oncologist and hematologist, Dr. Erban has authored approximately 50 original articles, reviews, chapters and editorials. At the Annual Forum, he will share his insight into the financial challenges that come with cancer care. He’ll also discuss major trends in breast cancer care and research as well as the consequences, both positive and negative, for the patient. 

Jesse Winer, MD, Chief Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Floating Hospital for Children and pediatric neurologist Niyati Mehta will lead the final breakout session. Dr, Mehta, who holds a board certification in psychiatry and neurology with a special qualification in child neurology, has a clinical focus in neurological intensive care and neurological complications of medical disease and stroke. Her co-presenter, Dr. Winer, has aligned his focus on pediatric neurosurgery with his research interests of cerebral development, traumatic brain injury, and neuro-restoration. Together, Dr. Winer and Dr. Mehta will delve into a common yet often misdiagnosed complaint in the pediatric population: Headaches. The session will cover how to evaluate and manage headaches in children and how to identify which types of headaches may be red flags as to prompt referral to a specialist.

The NEQCA Annual Forum will take place on October 24 at the Westin Waltham Boston. If you are a NEQCA Affiliate, register and choose your breakout session today by visiting