Pediatric and Adult Spine Course 2022

UCSF Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery Course
Wednesday - Saturday
July 13-16, 2022
UCSF Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery Course
Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Honolulu, Hawaii

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July 13 - 16, 2022
Royal Hawaiian Hotel • Honolulu, Hawaii
Course# MOR23009

Registration Fees

Registration Description Early Bird Ends - 5/15/22 Regular Fee Begins - 5/16/22 On Site Fee
Physicians $775 $825 $875
Allied Health Professionals $675 $725 $775
Residents/Fellows $675 $725 $775

Cancellations received in writing before the first day of the course will be refunded, less a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be made on cancellations received after that date. Please email your requests to [email protected]


The UCSF Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery Course is a three-and-a-half day event emphasizing pioneering trends in pediatric and adult 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. Participants will review and practice surgical principles and techniques in the treatment of complex spinal disorders. Expert lecturers will describe the state-of-the-art treatment for a variety of Pediatric and Adult Spinal Disorders. Interactive case presentations will allow learners to apply knowledge to improve decision making for complex spine pathology.

Surgeons, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents and fellows wanting to broaden their hands-on experience will have the opportunity to improve skills in clinical evaluation, preoperative planning, and surgical techniques


Objectives should be based on learning needs described above and/or the desired outcomes described below.

  • Understand the indications, applications and surgical techniques for posterior column osteotomies, interbody fusion techniques, transpedicular osteotomy, and corpectomy techniques for spinal reconstruction.
  • Interpret and apply current, best available evidence to assess sagittal alignment in the adult and pediatric deformity patient.
  • Understand the options for interbody fixation and fusion, and techniques to achieve optimal arthrodesis.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the appropriate application of “minimally invasive” surgical techniques.
  • Evaluate and treat pain related to spinal disorders in a cost-effective and reliable manner based on recently published guidelines.
  • Understand appropriate indications for surgery to treat various spinal pathology including degenerative disorders, spinal deformities, and tumors and deploy suitable surgical approaches to achieve goals of care.
  • Evaluate and treat lumbar degenerative disease and deformity in a cost-effective manner based on an evidence based approach and understand how to mitigate morbidity and risk
  • Avoid perioperative complications by identifying risk factors that may predispose individuals to perioperative morbidity. Determine modifiable risk factors and strategies for effective optimization.
  • Diagnose spinal instability related to spinal tumors and formulate surgical treatment plans to address neurological deficits, pain, and instability in spine oncology patients based on published guidelines.
  • Compare techniques and outcomes of procedures involving the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine disorders and spinal tumors.
  • Gain experience in the anatomical and technical subtleties of complex cervical, thoracic, and lumbar surgical procedures in a hands-on proctored cadaver lab experience with state of the art instruments and technology available to the participant.
  • Understand the subtleties of patient selection for various procedures to optimize efficacy and safety in access to and instrumentation of all areas of the spine in both adult and pediatric patients.
  • Correlate radiographic findings to surgical anatomy as they pertain to the approach and techniques for minimizing complications
  • Refine and optimize preoperative and operative treatment planning for adult and pediatric patients


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 20.50 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.

    Course Outline

    Download 2022 Course Outline

    Course Planning Committee

    Course Directors

    Lionel Metz

    Lionel N. Metz, MD
    Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    University of California, San Francisco

    Kyle Mitsunaga

    Kyle A. Mitsunaga, MD
    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    University of Hawaii; Medical Director, Spine
    Surgery, Queens Medical Center Honolulu, HI

    Lee Tan

    Lee Tan, MD
    Assistant Professor in Residence
    UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery
    San Francisco, CA 


    Honored Speakers

    Dr. Hu

    Serena S. Hu, MD
    Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Stanford University

    Dr. Traynelis

    Vincent C. Traynelis, MD
    Professor, Department of Neurosurgery,
    Rush Medical College

    Dr. Vaccaro

    Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA
    Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chairman, Orthopaedic Surgery President,
    Rothman Orthopaedics at Jefferson Health


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

    Sina Pourtaheri, MD Spine Surgeon Terrebonne General Health System

    Emmanuel Menga, MD Associate Professor, University of Rochester Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Alekos Theologis, MD Assistant Professor, UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Bobby Tay, MD Professor, UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Aaron Clark, MD Associate Professor, UCSF Neurological Surgery

    Alexander Tuchman, MD Spine Surgeon, Cedar Sinai Medical Center

    Vedat Deviren, MD Professor, UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Christopher Ames, MD Professor, UCSF Neurological Surgery

    Praveen Mummaneni, MD Professor, UCSF Neurological Surgery

    Graham Fedorak, MD Spine Surgeon, Hawaii Pacific Health Center

    Thomas Noh, MD Spine Surgeon, Hawaii Pacific Health Center

    Yashar Javidan, MD Associate Professor, UCDavis Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Ricardo Fontes, MD Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Rush Medical College

    Ashraf El Naga, MD Assistant Professor, UCSF/ZSFGH Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Travel & Lodging

    Royal Hawaiian
    2259 Kalakaua Avenue
    Honolulu, HI 96815
    Hotel Phone: (808) 923-7311
    Email: [email protected]

    Reservations: (800) 782-9488
    Rates: $369/night plus $42 resort fee
    Cutoff Date: June 13, 2022

    Reserve your room online

    Royal Hawaiian hotel

    Travel Requirements


    Exhibit Fee: $6,000
    Lab Fee: $13,500
    Email Contact for Exhibits [email protected]

    Exhibit Description

    The exhibit fee includes a 6’ x 30” tabletop, (2) representative attendees/exhibitors, and (1) copy of the course syllabus. 

    Lab Description

    The lab fee includes, (1) Shared Station in cadaver lab, Standard acknowledgement from the podium, Acknowledgement in the course syllabus distributed to each registrant, (2) company representatives in the lab including daily meals

    Exhibit Hours

    (subject to updating)

    Wednesday 7/13/22  
    2:00-3:00 PM Registration
    6:00-7:00 PM Reception in Exhibit Area
    Thursday 7/14/22  
    6:30-7:30 AM Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Area
    10:00-10:30 AM Coffee Break in Exhibit Area
    Friday 7/15/22  
    7:00-8:00 AM Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Area
    10:00-10:30 AM Coffee Break in Exhibit Area
    12:00-1:00 PM Lunch in Exhibit Area
    Saturday 7/16/22  
    6:30-7:30 AM Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Area
    10:00-10:30 AM Coffee Break in Exhibit Area

    Download 2022 Complete Syllabus