12th Annual UCSF Spine Symposium


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Department: Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery
Course Number: MOR17003
Activity Start Date: June 2, 2017
Activity End Date: June 3, 2017
Location: Hilton Financial District
San Francisco, CA
Fees: Early Bird Ends 2/28/17
Physicians $390.00
Allied Health Professionals $300.00
Residents/Fellows $300.00

Regular Fee Begins 3/1/17
Physicians $425.00
Allied Health Professionals $325.00
Residents/Fellows $325.00

On Site Fee
Physicians $475.00
Allied Health Professionals $375.00
Residents/Fellows $375.00


The UCSF Spine Symposium is an annual two day event emphasizing pioneering trends in diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for patients suffering from spinal disorders. This course is designed to be interactive with talks given by leaders in the spine community. All lectures are followed by case discussions aimed at highlighting key issues in breakthrough treatments. The course is designed for neurosurgeons, orthopedists, nurses, physical therapists, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, pain specialists as well as primary care providers.

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The purpose of this course is to increase competence and improve clinical practice in the management of patients with spinal pathologies. Attendees will be better equipped to:

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The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) 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 12.75 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.

Pain Management and End-of-Life Care
The approved credits shown above include a maximum of 5.75 credits toward meeting the requirement under California Assembly Bill 487, Pain Management and End-of-Life Care.

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

Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts category 1 credit from AOACCME, Prescribed Credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

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Course Outline:

Friday June 2, 2017

7:15 am


Registration and Continental Breakfast



7:55 am


Welcome and Greeting


Shane Burch, MD /
Praveen Mummaneni, MD

8:00 am


Role of the Endplates in Pain and Disc Nutrition


Aaron Fields, PhD-01

8:15 am


Lumbar Spine Arachnoiditis


John Engstrom, MD-02

8:30 am


Guest Lecture Introduction


Conor O’Neill, MD

8:35 am


Neuroscience Supports Exercise as a Treatment for Back Pain (and Almost Everything Else That Ails Us!)


James Rainville, MD-03

9:05 am


Spinal Pain: What a Therapist Can Offer?


Stephen Baxter, PT, DPT-04

9:20 am


Clinical Trials in Spinal Cord Injury


Sanjay Dhall, MD -05

9:35 am


Prescription Opioid Epidemic: New FDA Guidelines?


Melanie Henry, MD-06

9:50 am


Imaging Biomarkers for Facet Pain


Vinil Shah, MD-07

10:05 am


Question and Answer Session



10:20 am


Coffee Break



10:35 am


Cervicogenic Headache and Their Pain Management Strategies


Robert Gamburd, MD-08

10:50 am


Medical Cannabis and Spine Pain, Inflammation, and Surgical Recovery


Michael Moskowitz, MD -09

11:05 am


Chronic Postsurgical Pain: Risk Factors and Prevention


Jeremy Lieberman, MD-10

11:20 am


Intrathecal Drug Delivery for Chronic Spinal Pain


David J. Lee, MD-11

11:35 am


How We Manage FBSS Patients When Conventional SCS Fails to Provide Effective Pain Control


Lines Jacques, MD-12

11:50 am


Guest Lecture Introduction


Shane Burch, MD

11:55 am


Bending the Value Curve of Spine Care:  Initial Pain to Surgery


Thomas E. Mroz, MD-13

12:25 am


Question and Answer Session



12:45 pm


Boxed Lunch in Exhibit Hall



1:45 pm


Case Presentations by Faculty and Fellows


Moderator: Joel Saal, MD and Leslie Gillum, MD- 14

2:45 pm


Guest Lecture Introduction


Praveen Mummaneni, MD

2:50 pm


The Quality Outcomes Database for Spine Surgery: Why It Matters and What We’ve Learned


Kevin T. Foley, MD-15

3:20 pm


Bundling Low Back Pain


Conor O’Neill, MD-16

3:35 pm


The Spine Surgical Home: Optimization of Care Along the Continuum Including Risk Stratification and Pain/Function Optimization.


Sigurd Berven, MD-17

3:50 pm


Costs of Surgery for Painful Degenerative Spinal Conditions: Variation across Payment Groups


S. Samuel Bederman, MD-18

4:05 pm


Spondylolisthesis and the Quality Outcomes Database


Michael Virk, MD-19

4:20 pm


Question and Answer Session



4:45 pm





4:45 pm


Wine Tasting Reception in Exhibit Hall





Saturday June 3, 2017

7:30 am


Registration and Continental Breakfast



8:00 am


Evaluation and Treatment of Complex Pediatric Spinal Deformities


Lionel Metz, MD-20

8:15 am


Controversies in Adult Deformity Surgery


Dean Chou, MD-21

8:30 am


MIS Deformity Update


Praveen Mummaneni, MD-22

8:45 am


Guest Lecture Introduction


Praveen Mummaneni, MD

8:50 am


Reduction of High Grade Spondylolisthesis


David W. Polly, Jr., MD-23

9:20 am


Deformity Case Discussion


Lionel Metz, MD-24

10:20 am


Coffee Break



10:40 am


Cervical Foraminotomy vs ACDF  for the Treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy


Bobby Tay, MD-25

10:55 am


Treatment of Low Back Pain from the Perspective of a Community Neurosurgeon


Jeffrey S. Mimbs, MD-26

11:10 am


Minimally-invasive TLIF and Post-operative Pain


Aaron Clark, MD, PhD-27

11:25 am


Lumbar Degenerative Spine Pain Treated with Cortical Screw-based Techniques and Antepsoas Lumbar Interbody Fusion


Shane Burch, MD-28

11:40 am


Sacroiliac Joint Surgery for Back Pain


Alan BC Dang, MD-29

11:55 am


Questions and Answer Session


Moderator: Phil Weinstein, MD

12:05 pm





1:15 pm


Case Presentations



1:30 pm


Assessing the Trauma Patient with Spine Pain


Jeremie Larouche, MD-31

1:45 pm


Management of Painful Pathologic Fractures of the Thoracolumbar Spine


Murat Pekmezci, MD-32

2:00 pm


Case Presentations


Valli Mummaneni, MD- 33

3:00 pm


Question and Answer Session


Moderator: Line Jacques, MD

3:15 pm





P = Pain Credit                                   

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Shane Burch, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Director, UCSF Spine Center

Praveen Mummaneni, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Neurological Surgery; Director, UCSF Spine Center

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Kevin T. Foley, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery,
Orthopaedic Surgery, and Biomedical
Engineering, University of Tennessee
Health Science Center; Director,
Complex Spine Surgery, Semmes
Murphey Neurologic & Spine Institute;
Director, Spine Fellowship Program,
University of Tennessee
Department of Neurosurgery;
Medical Director, Medical Education & Research Institute,
Memphis, TN

Thomas E. Mroz, MD
Director, Center for Spine Health,
Director, Spine Surgery Fellowship
Program, Director, Clinical Research,
Neurological Institute, Departments of
Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery,
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

David W. Polly, Jr., MD
James W. Ogilvie Professor and
Chief of Spine Surgery,
Katherine Mills Davis Endowed Chair,
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

James Rainville, MD
Chief of Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation, New England
Baptist Hospital (NEBH);
Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard
Medical School, Boston, MA

(all UCSF unless otherwise noted)

Christopher P. Ames, MD
Professor of Neurological Surgery

Stephen Baxter, PT, MSc, DPT
Assistant Clinical Professor
Dept of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

S. Samuel Bederman, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon at RESTORE
Orthopedics and Spine Center,
Orange, CA

Sigurd Berven, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Cynthia T. Chin, MD
Professor of Radiology and of
Neurosurgery; Director, UCSF
Precision and Peripheral Nerve Center

Dean Chou, MD
Professor of Neurological Surgery

David Chow, MD
Adjunct Clinical Faculty,
Department of Neurological Surgery

Aaron Clark, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of
Neurological Surgery

Alan Dang, MD
Assistant Professor of
Orthopaedic Surgery

Sibel Demir-Deviren, MD
Associate Professor

Vedat Deviren, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Sanjay Dhall, MD
Associate Professor of
Neurological Surgery

John W. Engstrom, MD
Betty Anker Fife Distinguished
Professor; Clinical Chief of Service,
Department of Neurology

Robert Gamburd, MD
Physiatrist, SOAR,
Physiatry Medical Group,
Redwood City, CA

Gregory M. Helbig, MD
Neurosurgeon, Pacific Regional
Neurosurgery, Modesto, CA

Melanie Henry, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesia
and Perioperative Care

Robert Hines, MD
Co-Director, Bay Area Pain Medical
Associates, Mill Valley, CA

Line Jacques, MD
Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery

Jeremie Larouche, MD
Assistant Professor of
Orthopaedic Surgery

David J. Lee, MD
Professor of Anesthesia and
Perioperative Care

Jeremy Lieberman, MD
Professor and Chief,
Division of Spine Anesthesia

Jeffrey C. Lotz, PhD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery;
Vice Chair, Research

Jeffrey S. Mimbs, DO
Neurosurgeon, Northstate
Neurosurgical Associates,
Chico, CA

Ronnie I. Mimran, MD
Neurological Surgeon,
Pacific Brain & Spine Medical Group,
Inc, Danville, CA

Valli Mummaneni, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesia,
Department of Anesthesiology and
Perioperative Care

Conor O’Neill
Pain Management Specialist,
Sutter Health

Murat Pekmezci, MD
Associate Professor of
Orthopaedic Surgery

Joel Saal, MD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physician, Sports, Orthopedic and
Rehabilitation Medicine Associates
(SOAR), Redwood City, CA

Bobby Tay, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Philip Weinstein, MD
Professor of Neurological Surgery

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Travel & Lodging:

Hilton Financial District
750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
San Francisco CA 94108
Hotel Phone: 415-433-6600
Reservations: 800-424-8292
Rates: $219/night
Cutoff Date: May 11, 2017 or once room block is filled

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Hertz is pleased to offer discounts for our course attendees. Please click on the link below to make a reservation:
Hertz UCSF CME Discount
You can also reserve by calling Hertz at 800-654-3131 and referencing Convention Code: 03BW0136


United is pleased to offer special discounts for this program including three days prior to the course date and three days after.

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If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please give them the following information:
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Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing before May 30, 2017 will be refunded, less a $100.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be made on cancellations received after that date.

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

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