UCSF CME: 9th Annual UCSF Techniques in Complex Spine Surgery Program 2019


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Course Number: MOR20004
Activity Start Date: November 8, 2019
Activity End Date: November 9, 2019
Location: Vdara Hotel
Las Vegas NV
Fees: Early Bird Ends- 10/15/19
Physicians $825
Allied Health Professionals $775
Residents/Fellows $675
Industry $1,000

Regular Fee Begin- 10/16/19
Physicians $925
Allied Health Professionals $875
Residents/Fellows $775
Industry $1,000


The 2019 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. 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.

Orthopaedic 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 13.75 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.

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 and Overview
Drs. Christopher Ames and Vedat Deviren

8:05 Material and Surface Technologies
Dr. Robert Eastlack

8:25 Techniques to Optimize Coronal Balance in Spinal Reconstructions
Dr. Han Jo Kim

8:45 Predictive Analytics in Spine Surgery
Dr. Christopher Ames

9:05 Considerations for Deformity Surgery in the Young Adult
Dr. Lionel Metz

Dr. Vedat Deviren

9:30 Alternatives to VCR in Major Deformity Correction
Dr. Kenneth MC Cheung

10:00 Questions and Answers

10:15 Coffee Break

10:35 Sagittal Balance and Lateral Single Position Surgery for Complex Cases to Address the Lumbar Spine
Dr. Fabrice Kuelling

10:55 Appropriate Use of Surgery for Deformity in the Elderly Patients
Dr. Sigurd Berven

Dr. Vedat Deviren

11:20 Fixation & Reconstruction Across the Lumbar Sacro-Junction and Pelvis
Dr. Francis Hornicek

11:50 Questions and Answers

12:05 pm Lunch

1:35 Management Strategies and Surgical Techniques for Complex Cervical Spine Pathology
Dr. Lee Tan

1:55 Complications in Spinal Deformity
Dr. Eric Klineberg

Dr. Christopher Ames

2:20 PJK vs PJF
Dr. Frank Kleinstück

2:50 Three-Column Osteotomies vs Interbody for Major Sagittal Malalignment
Dr. Justin Smith

3:10 Coffee Break

3:30 VCR for Tumor and Infection
Dr. Aaron Clark

3:50 Teaching Complex Spine Fellows. How Do We Ensure Safety and Value and Educate at the Same Time?
Dr. Rajiv Sethi

4:10 A to X-What Are the Risks for the LIF Exposures?
Dr. Charles Eichler

4:30 Cervicothoracic Deformities
Dr. Alekos Theologis

4:50 Is Neuromuscular Spine Deformity- With an Emphasis on Spasticity/Cerebral Palsy
Dr. Ozgur Dede

5:10 3-D Technology and Complex Spinal Surgery
Dr. James J. Lynch

5:30 Questions and Answers

6:00 pm Adjourn



8:30 am Continental Breakfast

Session Group A

9:00 Bioskills Session

Session Group B
Moderators: Dr. Eric Klineberg, Dr. Aaron Clark and Dr. Bobby Tay

9:00 Lecture and Case Presentations

12:00 pm Lunch

Session Group A
Moderators: Dr. Shane Burch, Dr. Alekos Theologis and Dr. Lionel Metz

1:00 Lecture and Case Presentations

Session Group B

1:00 Bioskills Session

4:00 pm Adjourn

Bioskills 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 Neurological Surgery
UCSF Spine Center

Vedat Deviren, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
UCSF Spine Center

Lionel N. Metz, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic
Surgery, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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(University of California, San Francisco unless indicated)

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

Aaron Clark, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurological
Surgery, UCSF Spine Center

Ozgur Dede, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic
Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center Children's Hospital,
Pittsburgh, PA

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

Han Jo Kim, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic
Surgery; Spine Fellowship Director,
Hospital for Special Surgery,
New York, NY


Kenneth MC Cheung, MBBS, MD,
Chair Professor and Head of
Department; Jessie Ho Professorin Spine Surgery;
Clinical Professor and Honorary Consultant
Orthopaedic Surgeon
The University of Hong Kong

Francis J. Hornicek, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles

Frank Kleinstück, MD
Chief Physician Spine Surgery
Spine Center Division
Department of Orthopedics and
Neurosurgery, Schulthess Klinik, Zurich, Switzerland

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Travel & Lodging:

Vdara Hotel
2600 W. Harmon Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89158
Hotel Phone: 702-590-2111
Reservations: 866-745-7767
Website: www.vdara.com

$170/night- Thursday 11/7
$229/night- Fri 11/8 and Sat 11/9
Plus $35/night resort fee

ONLINE Reservations
Cutoff Date: October 7, 2019 or once room block is filled

Hertz is pleased to offer discounts for our course attendees. Please click on the link below to make a reservation:
Hertz Convention Code Discount Link

You can also reserve by calling Hertz at 800-654-3131 and referencing CV Code: 03BW0138


UCSF has negotiated special fares with United Airlines for our course attendees.
Download Online Booking Instructions (.pdf)

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Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing before November 5, 2019 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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