3rd Annual Spine Symposium 2019: Updates on Contemporary Management of Spinal Disorders - October 3, 2019

This symposium will present a multidisciplinary approach needed for the care and treatment of patients with neurological spinal diseases in order to educate and inform healthcare providers about best current practices and future treatment and rehabilitation directions.
When Oct 03, 2019
from 07:40 AM to 03:30 PM
Where Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40207
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-588-2578
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Target Audience

Neurosurgeons, Physiatrists, Primary Care Physicians, and all other community healthcare professionals interested in learning the latest treatments and care options for neurological spinal diseases.

Thursday, October 3, 2019
7:40 - 8:00 am
Registration & Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 am
Welcome & Introduction by Dr. Boakye

8:15 – 9:05 am
Are Steroids Effective for Low Back Pain
Dr. David Kennedy

9:05 – 9:15 am

9:20 – 10:10 am
Predictive Analytics: the Role of A.I. in Making Adult Deformity Surgery Sustainable
Dr. Chris Ames

10:10 – 10:20 am

10:20-10:30 am

10:30 – 11:20 am
Predictors of Serious Low Back Pain Illness in Military and Civilian Population
Dr. Eugene Carraggee

11:20 – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

12:00 – 12:50 pm
Spine Surgery and the Therapeutic Illusion
Dr. Ed Benzel

12:50 – 1:00 pm

1:00 – 1:50 pm
Update on the Quality Outcomes Database (QOD) - Lessons Learned, Conclusions about Effectiveness of Spine Surgery and Who Should be Operated On
Dr. Mohamad Bydon

1:50 – 2:00 pm

2:00 – 2:10 pm

2:10 – 3:00 pm
Improving Complex Adult Spine Care While Embracing the Value Equation
Dr. Rajiv Sethi

3:00 – 3:10 pm

3:10 – 3:30 pm

Course Director
Maxwell Boakye, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS
Professor: UofL Department of Neurological Surgery
Ole A., Mabel Wise & Wilma Wise Nelson Endowed Research Chair
Chief of Spinal Neurosurgery
Director: Spine Fellowship
Clinical Director: KSCIC

Participating Faculty
Christopher P. Ames, MD
Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery
San Francisco, CA

Edward C. Benzel, MD
Neurosurgeon and Chairman
Department of Neurosurgery
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Mohamad Bydon, MD  
Associate Professor
Department of Neurologic Surgery
Joint Appointments Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Health Services Research
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science  
Rochester, MN

Eugene Carragee, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, CA

D.J. Kennedy, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Rajiv K. Sethi MD
Director of the Neuroscience Institute
Director of Complex Spine Surgery and Spine Center of Excellence Programs
Director of Complex Spine Clinical and Research Fellowships
Departments of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Clinical Professor of Health Services Research
Department of Health Services
Comparative Health Systems Effectiveness Research (CHASE)
Program in Health Economics and Outcomes Methodology (PHENOM)
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this activity, the participants should be able to:

1. Identify the best care and treatment options for patients with neurological spinal diseases to increase quality of life.
2. Recognize surgical and postoperative care techniques for complex spinal neurosurgery cases.
3. Define treatment of spinal disorders and rehabilitative medicine for adult spinal diseases.

Continuing Education Credit
Physician Credit
- The University of Louisville Continuing Medical Education office designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses - This program has been approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing for 7.2 continuing education credits through University of Louisville Hospital, provider number 4-0068-7-20-1121. The Kentucky Board of Nursing approval of an individual nursing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content. Completion criteria to obtain CE's: Attend entire session and complete the evaluation.

The University of Louisville School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


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Registration Fees:

There is no fee to attend this course. Advance registration is required to allow for event planning.

CLICK HERE to Register for the Live Conference

Map and Venue Directions
To view a map to the Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40207 and receive directions CLICK HERE


We thank our supporting and exhibiting companies for their participation in the conference! A final listing of supporters and exhibitors will be available at the meeting.