5th Annual UCSF Techniques in Complex Spine Surgery Program


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Department: Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery
Course Number: MOR16004
Activity Date(s): November 6 - 7, 2015
Location: Vdara Hotel 11/6/15 & MERIN (Medical Education & Research Institute of Nevada) 11/7/15
Las Vegas, NV

By 10/15/15
$675 Physicians
$625 Allied Health Professionals
$1000 Industry

After 10/15/15
$775 Physicians
$725 Allied Health Professionals
$1000 Industry

Residents/Fellows- Applications for scholarships are available. Please contact Courtney Flookes at flookesc@ocme.ucsf.edu



The 2015 UCSF Techniques in Complex Spine Surgery Course is a two-day course emphasizing pioneering trends in spinal surgery. This course is designed to be interactive with didactic lectures given by leaders in the spine community as well as a hands-on bioskills lab portion taking place at the Medical Education and Research Institute in Nevada (MERIN). Designed for neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, residents, and fellows who are interested in complex spine surgery techniques and want to gain both a description of the unique anatomical and clinical aspects of these procedures as well as a hands-on approach to each of these regions on cadaveric preparations that will provide for cervical, thoracic, and lumbar dissection and instrumentation from a diverse faculty of experts in a state of the art facility.

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Participants will review and practice surgical principles and techniques in the treatment of spinal deformities and tumors. As a result of hands-on sessions and case conferences, residents, fellows, and surgeons with less than an advanced level of experience will have improved skills in cases dealing with complex spinal deformities. An attendee completing this course should increase skills and strategies to:

  • Evaluate and treat spinal pain in a cost-effective and reliable manner based on recently published guidelines;
  • Evaluate and treat lumbar degenerative disease and deformity in a cost-effective manner and avoid perioperative complications by identifying risk factors that may predispose cases to morbidity risk;
  • Select patients for these procedures and avoid complications;
  • Utilize a variety of instrumentations and techniques;
  • Describe the surgical techniques in accessing different areas of the spine;
  • Recognize the indications and contraindications for these approaches;
  • Correlate radiographic findings as they pertain to the surgical approach and understand techniques for minimizing complications.

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The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing education and cultural and linguistic competency.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Physician Assistants
The National Commission Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states on certification that AMA PRA Category 1 Credits are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification.

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Course Outline:


7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 Welcome and Announcements
Dr. Christopher Ames & Dr. Vedat Deviren

8:05 Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Dr. Rishi Wadhwa

8:25 Mini-Open Surgery: Can We Achieve the Same Results as Open Surgery with Less Morbidity
Dr Dean Chou

8:45 Technical and Practical Considerations of Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF) in Spinal Deformity Surgery
Dr. Robert Eastlack

9:05 Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Complications and Complications and Avoidance: Lessons Learned
Dr. Juan Uribe

9:25 Anterior Column Realignment (ACR): A Surgery for the Select Few or Technique for the Masses?
Dr. Michael Weber

9:45 Coffee Break

10:00 Oblique (Anterior to psoas) Cage Techniques for Deformity
Dr. Ganesh Swamy

10:20 HONORED GUEST LECTURER: Dr. Jeffrey Wang
Controversies in Biologics for the Spine

10:55 Q & A

11:05 Neurological Monitoring in Spinal Deformity Surgery
Dr. Michael Kelly

11:25 Complication of Cervical Disc Arthroplasty
Dr. Bobby Tay

11:45 Technical Nuances to Resection of Primary Spinal Tumors
Dr. Christopher Ames

12:05 pm Lunch- included with your tuition

1:20 Cost and Value in Adult Spine Surgery: Innovations in Spinal Deformity Surgery- Bending the Cost Curve
Dr. Sigurd Berven

1:40 Complications in Adult Spinal Deformity
Dr. Eric Klineberg

2:00 Preoperative Planning, the Validity of Alignment Targets, and Age Specific Targets of Deformity Correction
Dr. Themistocles Protopsaltis

2:20 Can Patient-specific Pre-operative Planning Reduce the Incidence of Proximal Junctional Kyphosis?
Dr. Virginie Lafage

2:40 HONORED GUEST LECTURER: Psychosocial Effects on Spine Outcomes and Choosing the Right Patient for Surgery
Dr. Michael Daubs

3:15 Proximal Junctional Failure - Avoidance and Management
Dr. Robert Hart

3:35 Q & A

3:45 Coffee Break

4:00 The Influence of Spinal Deformity on Acetabular Orientation in Total Hip Arthroplasty
Dr. Samuel Bederman

4:20 Anterior Exposure to the Lumbar Spine- Lessons Learned and Relearned
Dr. Charles Eichler

4:55 Maximizing Correction and Outcomes in Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomies
Dr. Munish Gupta

5:15 Making Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery Sustainable in the Era of Healthcare Reform
Dr. Rajiv Sethi

5:35 Q&A

5:45 Surgical Debate: Moderators: Dr. Christopher Ames & Dr. Vedat Deviren
Pro: Dr. Murat Pekmezci
Con: Dr. Shane Burch

6:15 pm Course Adjourn

6:15 - 7:15 pm Course Reception


Shuttles from Vdara depart at 8:00 am

8:30 am Arrive at MERIN for Continental Breakfast

9:00 -12:00 pm Session Group One: Lecture and Case Presentations

9:00 -12:00 pm Case Presentations • Presenters: Dr. Michael Kelly and Dr. Ganesh Swami

9:00 -12:00 pm Session Group Two: Cadaver Lab

12:00 -1:00 Lunch included with tuition

1:00 -1:20 Session Group One: Cadaver Lab

1:20 -4:00 Session Group Two: Lecture and Case Presentations

1:20 -4:00 Case Presentions • Presenters: Dr. Murat Pekmezci and Dr. Michael Keely

4:00 pm Course Adjourn, shuttles return to Vdara and Airport

Cadaver Stations to include:
Anterior Exposure and XLIF • Harms Deformity/C2 Lumbar Screw Placement/
Cervical Osteotomy/T-VCR/T-Screws • TL PSO VCA/Pelvic Fixation/Screws
Sacrectomy/Iliac Fixation/VLIF/Pelvic Fixation/En Bloc Resection
Pedicle Screw Fixation/Post Osteotomy/Screws/Transitional
Percutaneous Screws • PSO/VCR/S2 Screws
Lumbar PSO/Sacrum Fixation/PSO/S2 Screws Thoracic
Cervical Instrumentation/Cervical PSO/Lumbar PSO/VCR

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Course Chairs:

Christopher P. Ames, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery;
Director of Spine Tumor Surgery
Director of Spinal Deformity
University of California
San Francisco, Department of

Vedat Deviren, MD
Professor of Orthopaedics,
University of California
San Francisco, School of Medicine,
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


Michael D. Daubs, MD
Professor and Chief of
Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV

Jeffrey C. Wang, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
and Neurosurgery; Chief,
Orthopaedic Spine Service;
Co-Director USC Spine Center
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

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(all UCSF unless otherwise noted)

Samuel Bederman, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of
Orthopaedic Surgery; University of
California, Irvine, School of
Medicine, Department of
Orthopaedic Surgery
Irvine, CA

Sigurd Berven MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery;
Chief of Spine Service, Department
of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California
San Francisco, School of Medicine,
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Shane Burch, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
in Residence; University of
California; San Francisco, School
of Medicine, Department of
Orthopaedic Surgery

Dean Chou, MD
Associate Professor of Neurological
Surgery; Associate Director,
UCSF Spine Center, University of
California San Francisco,
School of Medicine, Department
of Neurosurgery

Robert Eastlack, MD
Co-Director, San Diego Spine
Fellowship; Complex, Cervical, and
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Scripps Clinic Orthopaedic Surgery
La Jolla, CA

Charles Eichler, MD
Professor of Vascular and
Endovascular Surgery, University of
California, San Francisco, School of
Medicine, Department of Surgery

Munish C. Gupta, MD
Chief of Spine Surgery; Professor of
Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery;
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
School of Medicine, Washington University,
St. Louis, MO

Robert A. Hart, MD, MA
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic
Surgery, Oregon Health & Science
University, Department of
Orthopaedics, Portland, OR

Michael Kelly, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic
and Neurologic Surgery
Adult and Paediatric Spinal
Deformity Washington University
St. Louis, MO

Eric Klineberg, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic
Surgery; Assistant Residency
Director, Spine Fellowship Program
Director; University of California,
Davis, School of Medicine,
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Sacramento, CA

Virginie Lafage, PhD
Director, Spine Research
Hospital for Special Surgery
New York, NY

Praveen Mummaneni, MD
Professor of Neurological Surgery;
University of California, San
Francisco, School of Medicine,
Department of Neurosurgery

Gregory M. Mundis Jr., MD
Medical Director, San Diego
Center for Spinal Disorders;
Co-Director San Diego Spine
Fellowship, Pediatric and Adult
Deformity Surgery; San Diego, CA

Murat Pekmezci, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of
Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
University of California San
Francisco, School of Medicine,
Department of Orthopaedic

Gregory Poulter, MD
Spinal Surgeon, OrthoIndy Spine
Center, Indianapolis, IN

Themistocles Protopsaltis, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of
Orthopaedic Surgery, Department
of Orthopaedic Surgery, New York
University Langone Medical Center
New York, NY

Rajiv Sethi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor,
University of Washington, School
of Public Health, Department of
Health Services; Chair of the
Virginia Mason Neuroscience
Institute; Director of Spine
Research; Director of Complex
Spine Surgery Departments of
Neurosurgery and Orthopaedics,
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Seattle, Washington

Ganesh Swamy, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
University of Calgary
Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Bobby Tay, MD
Professor, Clinical Orthopaedics,
Director Spine Fellowship
Program, Director of Outpatient
Spine Surgery at the Orthopaedic
Institute, Director, Spine Center
Ambulatory Service; Director of
NFL Spine Player Care Program
University of California
San Francisco, School of
Medicine, Department of
Orthopaedic Surgery

Juan S. Uribe, MD
Director of Complex and Minimally
Invasive Spine Surgery
Department of Neurosurgery,
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Rishi Wadhwa, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
of Neurological Surgery;
University of California
San Francisco, School of Medicine,
Department of Neurosurgery

Michael Weber, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic
Surgery, McGill University
Montreal, Quebec Canada

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Travel & Lodging:

Vdara Hotel 11/6/15 & MERIN (Medical Education & Research Institute of Nevada) 11/7/15
Phone number: (702) 590-2111- vDara
Room Reservations: 866.745.7767

Hotel Accommodation
Vdara Hotel
2600 W. Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89158

874 American Pacific Drive, Suite 120
Henderson, NV

(Shuttle Service Provided from vDara)

Hotel Rates
$139.00/night Thursday & $179.00/night- Friday and Saturday
+ $28 Daily Resort Fee

Cutoff Date: 10/6/15 or until room block is filled

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Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing before the first day of the course will be refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be made on cancellations received after that date.

Please email your requests to info@ocme.ucsf.edu.

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