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Member Spotlight - Learn More About Joe Moreira

Posted By Rich Vogel, Thursday, February 1, 2018

In the Member Spotlight, we periodically introduce individual members of the ASNM to the society-at-large. We try to highlight some of their achievements and ask them interesting questions. We hope this affords members of the ASNM the opportunity to get to know each other. If you would like to recommend someone, including yourself, for the Member Spotlight, please contact Rich Vogel.


In this edition of Member Spotlight, we are shining the light on ASNM President Joseph Moreira, MD.

Background: Neurologist

Position: ASNM President (May 2017 - May 2018)


As usual, we sent some questions to Dr. Moreira so we can learn a little about our President. 

When your term as President ends, what do you hope to name as your greatest achievement?

My goal is to bring ASNM into the mainstream and work with other societies to have one voice and one consolidated set of practice guidelines. I would also like to improve communication in the field and surgeon and patient education. We should be the ones to choose what modalities are used on a given case and not have the surgeon arbitrarily select them.


What obstacles have you faced as President of the ASNM?

Bringing various factions and societies together on a unified front. So far so good but a lot of work left to do. I have worked on this with the current incoming president elects, Jeff Gertch and Rich Vogel and I am confident that as an executive committee going forward we will further the cause.


What predictions do you have about the future of the ASNM?

The ASNM’s member base will grow with all factions being well represented and involved. We will be a driving force amongst other societies and work together. We are the only pure IONM society in the US and need to lead the profession’s growth and education. If we can work with other societies and specialties, then we can flourish and grow.


What would you say is the best thing about attending an ASNM meeting?

The Bar! No … Apart from the educational content, the best part of the live conferences is the networking opportunity. We are all working in a vacuum most of the time, either in the OR doing our own case, or in an office. We rarely have the chance to openly discuss IONM and the industry with anyone. The ASNM meetings give us all the chance to relax, discuss, and learn new concepts. The mix of folks attending and gathering range from the new trainees to the seasoned, well experienced members at all levels


What is the most under-rated, or least known, benefit of being an ASNM member?

The open access to becoming involved. Anyone can join a committee, run for office, etc. This brings with it a new world of experience and accomplishment. We are a very open society to all involved in the field.


A little about you:


If I didn’t become a neurologist, I probably would have been a(n):

Anatomist, I love anatomy and its overall complexity and consistency. A fireman, besides the big trucks and awesome toys, I love to put out fires, that’s probably why I am drawn to IONM. A chef, love to cook.


Greatest technological advancement in neuromonitoring has been:

The development of multi-pulse train stimulation for MEPs is one of my favorites.


The best career advice I’ve ever received is:

Be brief, be bright, be gone!


A great article that everyone in the profession should read is:

Heuristic map of myotomal innervation in humans using direct intraoperative nerve root stimulation. (J Neurosurg Spine. 2011 Jul;15(1):64-70.).

I love this article because it is relevant to our everyday functioning in the OR, and expands on the range of muscles innervated by a specific root.




Litigating Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IOM). (University of Baltimore Law Review. 2016 45(3), #3.).

This is a great 360 degree look at IOM and litigation and how to protect all concerned.


One of my favorite apps is:

Open Table, the quest for great food continues! Mapster, it keeps track of all your favorite places as you travel.


One of my pet peeves is:

Bad Communication!


My favorite film(s) of all time is/are:

Godfather and Blues Brothers.


At the top of my travel bucket-list is:

Mars, however to be realistic Italy, Ireland, Egypt. Favorite so far is Istanbul and Buzios, Brasil.


My favorite hobby is:

Playing the drums and cooking.

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Member Spotlight - Learn More About Gene Balzer

Posted By Richard W. Vogel, Tuesday, September 19, 2017

We are happy to introduce our membership to the new “Member Spotlight” section of the ASNM Blog. In this section, we will periodically introduce individual members to the society-at-large, highlight some of their achievements and ask them interesting questions. We hope this affords members of the ASNM the opportunity to get to know each other. If you would like to recommend someone, including yourself, for the member spotlight, please contact Rich Vogel.

For our inaugural Member Spotlight, we chose Gene Balzer, PhD, FASNM.

Dr. Balzer, as he hates to be called, was the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Richard Brown Award. Gene has been monitoring cases continuously since 1982. He is a founding member of ASNM and was also a founding ABNM board member. Dr. Balzer has over 100 publications, book chapters and presentations. His contributions to the ASNM, and the field of IONM at-large, are extensive. We sent Gene a bunch of statements and asked him to complete the sentence. His responses are posted below:

The greatest technological advancement in neuromonitoring has been: 

Nice question to ask the oldest guy in the bunch. First, it would be the miniaturization of the computers (keep in mind, my first machine weighed 684 lbs.). Second, it would be the internet, so I wasn’t solo in the OR (more below). Third, it would be the TcMEP. 

The best career advice I’ve ever received is: 

FLAP – Finish, Like A Pro(fessional). My dad would always tell us, "If you finish everything with the same vigor as you start, you will be amazed how many times you are successful." And, to go with that, he’d tell us, "You don’t get a chance to re-play the down (as in a down in football), so give your best effort all the way thru the play". 

A great article that everyone in the profession should read is:

Everything you can get your hands on, and everything that comes out. Everything, well beyond the IONM literature alone, is a building block to recognizing impact on patient care and improving outcomes. And, keep in mind, unlike when I started (I would push the machine into the room and a carry a 3 ring binder full of articles related to anything to do with the case), now, you have full access to your library, and the world’s library, at your fingertips. But, my best answer remains to read, read and read. Nothing is a constant. 

The best thing about attending an ASNM meeting is:

Truthfully, drawing on a bar napkin! The best thing about our Society, and profession, is the group is so small and everyone is so approachable. Sitting down with someone and asking questions and getting information, opinions and advice is readily available to every attendee. So, take advantage of it. 

One of my favorite apps is: 

Seriously, I am just happy when my phone rings and the person on the other end says “hello”!  But, I would have to say, I do enjoy the TED talks app and getting snapchats from my kids, although I have no clue how to send one!

A common misconception about _________ is: _________.

A common misconception about life is that it is easy and fair. Life will throw you curve balls, sometimes sharp and difficult to handle; relax and deal with it. You can only be the best person you can be. 

My favorite film(s) of all time is/are: 

Well it would have to be Pretty Woman... “Hollywood, city of dreams, everyone has one, what’s yours”.

At the top of my travel bucket-list is:

Anytime I get to leave North Dakota in the Winter! Snow and cold are fun when your 10 years old, not some much when you have to shovel it.

My favorite hobby is:

Farming: helping plants and people grow and develop into something wonderful. Helping someone develop as a clinician, manager, leader is like growing great tomatoes. 

One of my pet peeves is:

Lack of accountability, not finishing like a pro… 

If I didn’t become a neurophysiologist, I probably would have been a(n): 

Truthfully, I don’t really know, I started doing this when I was 19 years old, doing ABR’s in the Neonatal nursery, and I have no regrets. I have met, befriended and learned from 3 generations of people passionate about this patient care activity. 

If you would like to contact Gene Balzer, he can be found in the Membership Directory at the top of this page. 

That concludes our inaugural Member Spotlight. Please be sure to subscribe to this blog so you can stay up-to-date on communications from the ASNM!

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