6th Annual UCSF Techniques in Complex Spine Surgery Program


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Department: Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery
Course Number: MOR17004
Activity Start Date: November 4, 2016
Activity End Date: November 5, 2016
Location: Vdara Hotel (11/4) and MERIN (11/5)
Las Vegas, NV

Early Bird Ends - 10/15/16
Physicians $775.00
Allied Health Professionals $725.00
Residents/Fellows $625.00
Industry $1,000.00

Regular Fee Begins - 10/16/16
Physicians $875.00
Allied Health Professionals $825.00
Residents/Fellows $725.00
Industry $1,000.00

Residents/Fellows - Applications for scholarships are available. Please contact Lori Justice at Lori.Justice@ucsf.edu



The 2016 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). 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.

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An attendee completing this course should increase skills and strategies to:

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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 am


Course Overview and Introductions


Dr. Christopher Ames and Dr. Vedat Deviren

8:05 am


Value in Deformity Surgery in the Adult


Dr. Sigurd Berven



How to Build A "Center of Excellence" for the Surgical Treatment of Complex Spinal Disorders: The Payor and Patient Perspective


Dr. Rajiv Sethi



Measuring Outcomes/HRQOL and Neuromonitoring


Dr. Michael Kelly



Honored Speaker Introduction


Dr. Vedat Deviren



When Degenerative Problems  Become  Deformity Cases


Dr. Serena Hu



Question and Answer





Coffee Break





Minimally Invasive Surgery Deformity Update


Dr. Praveen Mummaneni



Using LLIF and Percutaneous Fixations for Deformity Correction


Dr. Robert Eastlack



Anterior Exposure to the Lumbar Spine Lessons Learned and Relearned


Dr. Charles Eichler



Honored Speaker Introduction


Dr. Deviren



Latrogenic Sagittal Minimally Invasive Surgery Alignment – Correction by ALIF


Dr. Luis Pimenta



Minimally Invasive TLIF


Dr. Greg Poulter

11:50 pm


Question and Answer



12:00 pm


Lunch included with tuition



1:15 pm


Preoperative Planning, the Validity of Alignment Targets, and Age Specific Targets of Deformity Correction


Dr. Themistocles Protopsaltis

1:35 pm


Psychosocial Effects on Spine Outcomes and
Choosing the Right Patient for Surgery                                                                        


Dr. Michael Daubs

1:55 pm


Managing Osteoporosis in Spine Deformity


Dr. Shane Burch

2:15 pm


Controversies in ADO Surgeries


Dr. Dean Chou

2:35 pm


Adult Deformity Surgery Guidelines An ISSG Update


Dr. Gregory Mundis

2:55 pm


Honored Speaker Introduction


Dr. Christopher Ames

3:00 pm


Risk Stratification and Invasiveness


Dr. Ferran Pellise

3:30 pm


Question and Answer



3:45 pm


Coffee Break



4:00 pm


Proximal Junctional Kyphosis


Dr. Eric Klineberg

4:20 pm


Complication: Cervical Deformity


Dr. Bobby Tay

4:40 pm


Complication in Deformity Surgeries


Dr. Michael Weber

5:00 pm


Use of Navigation in Long MIS Deformity Constructs


Dr. Ganesh Swamy

5:20 pm 


Question and Answer



5:45 pm


Adjourn to Course Reception




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 • Moderators: Dr. Aaron Clark and Dr. Lionel Metz
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. Aaron Clark and Dr. Lionel Metz
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

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

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

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Serena Hu, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery
at the Stanford University Medical
Center; Stanford, CA

Ferran Pellise. MD
Pediatric and Adult Spine
Deformity, Tumor and Trauma;
Chief Spine Unit,
Hospital Vall d'Hebron,
Barcelona, Spain

Luis Pimenta, MD
Clinical Director of the Instituto
de Patologia da Coluna, Brazil –
Department of Minimally-Invasive
Spine Surgery; Associate Professor
of University of California,
San Diego (UCSD) – San Diego, CA


(All UCSF unless otherwise noted)

Sigurd Berven MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery;
Chief of Spine Service

Shane Burch, MD
Associate Professor

Dean Chou, MD
Professor of Neurological Surgery,
Associate Director, UCSF Spine Center

Aaron Clark, MD
Professor of Neurological Surgery

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

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

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

Jean-Christophe Leveque, MD
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center
Department of Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery
Seattle, WA

Lionel Metz, MD
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics Surgery

Praveen Mummaneni, MD
Professor of Neurological Surgery

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

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

Themistocles Protopsaltis, MD
Assistant Professor,
Department of Orthopaedic
Surgery, Depar tment 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, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Bobby Tay, MD
Professor, Clinical Or thopaedics,
Director Spine Fellowship
Program, Director of Outpatient
Spine Surgery at the Orthopaedic
Institute, Director, Spine Center
Ambulator y Service; Director of
NFL Spine Player Care Program

Rishi Wadhwa, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

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

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Travel & Lodging:

Vdara Hotel (11/4) and MERIN (11/5)

Vdara Hotel - 2600 W. Harmon Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89158
MERIN - 874 American Pacific Drive, Suite 120, Henderson, NV (Shuttle Service Provided from vDara)
Vdara Hotel Phone: (702) 590-2111
Reservations: 866.745.7767
Cutoff Date: October 4, 2016 or when room block is filled SOLD OUT

Reserve rooms at the Aria


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: 03BW0135

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Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing before November 1, 2016 will be refunded, less a $75 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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