7th Annual UCSF Techniques in Complex Spine Surgery Program


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Department: Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery
Course Number: MOR18004
Activity Start Date: November 3, 2017
Activity End Date: November 4, 2017
Location: Vdara Hotel 11/3/17 & MERIN (Medical Education & Research Institute of Nevada) 11/4/17

Early Bird Ends- 10/15/17
Physicians $800
Allied Health Professionals $750.00
Residents/Fellows $650.00
Industry $1,000.00

Regular Fee Begins- 10/16/17
Physicians $900.00
Allied Health Professionals $850.00
Residents/Fellows $750.00
Industry $1,000.00

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


The course will take place at (2) locations- On 11/3/17 there will be a didatic lecture program at the Vdara hotel. On 11/4/17, shuttles will pick the attendees up at the Vdara hotel at 8:00AM and transport attendees to the MERIN facility which will include live sugical techiniques sessions and case presentations for that entire day. At 4:00PM shuttles will take attendees back to the Vdara Hotel or to McCarran International Airport.

SCHEDULED BIOSKILLS LABS ~ Saturday, November 4, 2017

Registrants will be split into two groups and will alternate between Case Presentations and Hands-On Cadaver Lab.

The 2017 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.

Orthopaedists and Neurosurgeons, as well as their clinical support team and surgeons in training in the specialty of spine surgery.

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An attendee completing this course will 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 13.25 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 CreditsTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

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

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

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Course Outline:


7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 Welcome & Overview
Dr. Christopher Ames & Dr. Vedat Deviren

8:05 Anterior Approach for Interbody Fusion: What Might Go Wrong?
Dr. Charles Eichler

8:25 Lateral Approach for Interbody Fusion: What might Go Wrong?
Dr. Rajiv Saigal

8:45 Risk and Complication in MIS Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery
Dr. Eric Klineberg

9:05 Neurologic Complications in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery
Dr Christopher Ames

Dr. Vedat Deviren

9:30 Management of Congenital Scoliosis
Dr. Ahmet Alanay

10:00 Questions and Answers

10:15 Coffee Break

10:35 Sagittal Alignment is Critical Even in Single-level Lumbar Fusion
Dr. Vedat Deviren

10:55 The Role of Plastic Surgeons in Complex Spine Surgery
Dr Scott Hansen

11:20 A New Approach for MIS Deformity Surgical Planning
Dr Neel Anand

11:40 Application of Transpsoas Technique for Deformity Surgery
Dr. Shane Burch

12:00 pm The Use of MIS Surgery for Sagittal Plane Deformities
Dr. Robert Eastlack

12:20 Questions and Answers

12:35 Lunch

2:05 pm MIS TLIF: Techniques and Outcomes
Dr. Aaron Clark

2:25 pm Trends in Costs and Utilization in Adult Spine Surgery
Dr. Corinna Zygourakis

2:45 pm Honored Speaker Introduction
Dr. Chris Ames

2:50 pm Rod Fractures and Non-Unions in Three Column Osteotomies of the Spine. Strategies of Prevention and Treatment
Dr. Pedro Berjano

3:20 pm Role of ALIF with Hyperlordotic Cages Below Long Fusion L4-S1
Dr. Murat Pekmezci

3:40pm Coffee Break

3:55 Neural Complications in Adult Deformity Surgery
Dr. Sigurd Berven

Dr. Vedat Deviren

4:20 Delivering Value and Enhancing Safety in the Care of Spinal Deformity Patients: Lessons from the Seattle Spine Team
Dr. Rajiv Sethi

4:50 Adult Spinal Deformity Long-term Construct Durability
Dr. Munish Gupta

5:10 Update on Biologic Adjuvants in Spinal Deformity
Dr. Kyle Mitsunaga

5:30 Questions and Answers

5:50 pm Adjourn to Course Reception


Shuttles from Vdara depart at 8:00 am.

8:30 am Arrive at MERIN

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

9:00 -12:00 pm Session Group B: Lecture and Case Presentations
Moderators: Dr. Eric Klineberg, Dr. Aaron Clark, and Dr. Bobby Tay

12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch included with tuition

1:00 - 4:00 pm Session Group A: Lecture and Case Presentations
Moderators: Dr. Dean Chou, Dr. Rishi Wadhwa, and Dr. Lionel Metz

1:00 - 4:00 pm Session Group B: Cadaver Lab

4:00 pm Course Adjourns; shuttles return to Vdara and Airport.

Cadaver stations to include:
Anterior exposure and LIF/ Lateral and Oblique Interbody Fusion

C1-C2 Screw Placement/Cervical Osteotomy

TL PSO VCR/ Thoracolumbar PSO/VCR

Pelvic Fixation/En Bloc Resection Techniques

Posterior Pedicle Screw Fixation/Post Osteotomy/Screws

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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

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Ahmet Alanay, MD
Professor of Orthopaedics and
Traumatology; Pediatric and
Adult Spinal Disorders;
Acibadem University School of
Medicine, Department of
Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Comprehensive Spine Center
Acibadem Maslak Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey

Pedro Berjano, MD
Head, GSpine4 Spine Division at
IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi
Milan, Italy

Rajiv Sethi, MD
Associate Professor
Chair of the Neuroscience Institute
Departments of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery Virginia Mason
Medical Center Department of
Health Services Program in Health Economics and
Outcomes Methodology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

(all UCSF unless otherwise noted)

Neel Anand, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Spine Trauma, Minimally invasive Spine Surgery Spine Center
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Sigurd Berven MD
Professor of Orthopaedics
Chief of Spine Service UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery

Shane Burch, MD
Associate Professor in Residence

Aaron Clark, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

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

Jeffrey E. Deckey, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopaedic Specialty
Institute Medical Group of Orange County
Orange, CA

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

Charles Eichler, MD
Professor of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Munish Gupta, MD
Mildred B. Simon Distinguished
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Chief of Pediatric and Adult Spinal
Surgery; Co-director of Pediatric and Adult Spinal Deformity Service
Washington University
St. Louis, MO

Scott Hansen, MD
Associate Professor of Plastic,
Reconstructive & Orthopedic Surgery
Chief, Hand and Microvascular
Surgery, UCSF
Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery, Zuckerberg San Francisco
General Hospital
Co-Director, UCSF Center for Reconstructive Microsurgery
Director, Plastic Surgery
Residency Program
Director, UCSF Microsurgery Fellowship

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

Lionel Metz, MD
Assistant Professor
Clinical Orthopaedics

Kyle Mitsunaga, MD
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
The Queen's Medical Center
Shriner's Hospitals for Children
Honolulu, Hawaii

Murat Pekmezci, MD
HS Associate Clinical Professor
in Orthopaedic, Trauma Surgery
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Rajiv Saigal, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Bobby Tay, MD
Professor of Orthopaedics
Director Spine Fellowship
Program; Director of Outpatient
Spine Surgery Orthopaedic
Institute; Director of NFL Spine
Player Care Program

Rishi Wadhwa, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
University of California,
San Francisco

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Travel & Lodging:

Location of CME Activity
Vdara Hotel 11/3/17 & MERIN (Medical Education & Research Institute of Nevada) 11/4/17

Hotel Accommodations

Vdara Hotel
2600 W. Harmon Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89158
Phone number: (702) 590-2111- vDara
Room Reservations: (866)745.7767
Hotel Rates: $152.00/night Thursday & $209.00/night- Friday and Saturday
+ $28 Daily Resort Fee
Cutoff Date: 10/3/17 or once room block is filled

For ONLINE reservations, please visit this link

MERIN (The Medical Education and Research Institute of Nevada)
874 American Pacific Drive, Suite 120, Henderson, NV
(Shuttle Service Provided from vDara)


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.
You may book online at www.united.com and enter your Offer Code ZY6G767022 in the Offer Code box when searching for your flights.

If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please give them the following information:
Agreement Code: 767022
Z Code: ZY6G

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Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing before November 1, 2017 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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