11th Annual UCSF Techniques in Complex Spine Surgery Program

Vegas Spine 2022
November 4 - 5, 2022
Vdara Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

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November 4 - 5, 2022
Vdara Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Course# MOR23004

Registration Fees

Early Bird (Register By 9/4/22)
Physicians $825
Allied Health Professionals $775
Residents/Fellows $695
Industry $1,500

Regular Fee (Register After 9/4/22)
Physicians $925
Allied Health Professionals $875
Residents/Fellows $795
Industry $1,500

Cancellations received in writing before November 1, 2022 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 2022 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.


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

  • Identify the indications, applications and surgical techniques for posterior column osteotomies, interbody fusion techniques, and transpedicular osteotomy and corpectomy techniques for spinal reconstruction;
  • Evaluate and treat pain related to spinal disorders in a cost-effective and reliable manner based on recently published guidelines;
  • Evaluate and treat lumbar degenerative disease and deformity in a cost-effective manner based on an evidence based approach. and avoid case to morbidity risk;
  • Identify 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;
  • Correlate radiographic findings to surgical anatomy as they pertain to the approach and techniques for minimizing complications.


    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 CreditsTMissued 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

      Course Outline

      Download 2022 Agenda



      Course Chairs

      Christopher P. Ames, MD
      Professor of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery
      Director of Spinal Deformity & Spine Tumor Surgery
      Co-director, Spinal Surgery and UCSF Spine Center
      Director, California Deformity Institute
      Director, Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory

      Vedat Deviren, MD
      Professor, Clinical Orthopaedic
      UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

      Honored Faculty

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

      Wende N Gibbs, MD, MA
      Associate Professor of Radiology
      Director of Spine Imaging and Intervention
      Barrow Neurological Institute



      (University of California, San Francisco unless indicated)

      Daniel Cavanaugh, MD
      Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
      Director of Spine Surgery,
      University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake
      Baltimore, MD

      Aaron Clark, MD, PhD
      Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
      San Francisco, CA

      Kevork Hindoyan, MD
      Spine Surgeon
      Congress Orthopaedics
      Pasadena, CA

      Michael Kelly, MD
      Director of Scoliosis and Spinal Deformities
      Division of Orthopedics & Scoliosis at Rady Children's Hospital
      San Diego, CA

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

      Eric Klineberg, MD
      Professor, Vice Chair
      Co-Director Spine Center
      University of California, Davis
      Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

      Darryl Lau, MD
      Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
      Director of Complex Spine and Adult Spinal Deformity
      Director of Spinal Neurosurgery Research
      NYU Langone Medical Center
      New York University

      Bryan S. Lee, MD
      Department of Neurosurgery
      Barrow Neurological Institute

      Isaac Moss, MDCM, MASc, FRCSC
      Chair and Associate Professor
      Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
      UConn Health

      Rajiv Sethi, MD
      Clinical Professor, Health Systems and
      Population Health
      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

      John H. Shin, MD
      Chief of Spine Neurosurgery
      Massachusetts General Hospital
      Harvard Medical School
      Boston, MA

      Lee Tan, MD
      Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
      UCSF Medical Center
      San Francisco, CA

      Alekos Theologis, MD
      Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
      Spine Surgeon
      San Francisco, CA

      Michael Venezia, MD
      Spine Surgeon
      Clearwater Spine Florida

      Michael Venezia, DO
      Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
      University of South Florida
      Orthopedic Spine Surgeon
      Clearwater, FL

      Michael H. Weber, MD,PhD,FRCSC
      Spine Surgeon and Associate Professor
      Combined Orthopedic and Neurosurgery
      Spine Program
      McGill University Health Centre
      Montreal, QC


      Travel & Lodging

      Vdara Hotel
      2600 W. Harmon Ave.
      Las Vegas NV, 89158
      Hotel Phone: 702-590-2111  /  Reservations: 866-745-7767
      Cutoff Date: October 3, 2022

      $195/night - Thursday 11/3 and Friday 11/4   
      $225/night - Saturday 11/5  
      Plus $45/night resort fee

      Website:   www.vdara.com

      Vdara Hotel

      Reserve your room online here


      Exhibit Fee: $5,000
      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.