To help celebrate the University of New Mexico School of Medicine's 50th anniversary, Dr. Howard Yonas, chair of  Department of Neurosurgery, will present a community lecture on Monday, Jan. 12. He will discuss fascinating new approaches UNM has developed to care for patients with complex neurological problems. The lecture will be held at Albuquerque Academy’s Simms Auditorium, 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

In addition, Yonas will unveil the new ACCESS Telehealth program, a $15 million federally funded grant to provide instantaneous neurosurgical consultations for patients throughout New Mexico.

Yonas and Dr. Barry Ramo, medical editor for KOAT-TV and a cardiologist at the New Mexico Heart Institute, will discuss a broad spectrum of neurosurgical issues, including a unique approach to treating back pain at the state's only endoscopic back surgery center, new seizure treatments and other innovations. Questions from the audience will also be entertained.

The event is free and open to the public, but register is encourgaed at under the "Community Academy" tab.