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Minimally Invasive and Emerging Techniques for Complex Spine Surgery

Who Should Attend

Spine surgeons in training and in practice.

Course Learning Objectives

This symposium will discuss current techniques and the future of spine surgery.

Registration Information

Attendee Typeprice
In-Person General AdmissionFree
Registration is fee and includes symposium and program materials.
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Date, Time, and Location

In Person
Friday, February 11, 2022
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM MST

Goldman Auditorium
Barrow Neurological Institute
2910 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Speaker Information

All times refer to Arizona time (Pacific Daylight Time).

Chris Shaffrey, MDOrganized Spine Surgery Today and Tomorrow (7:30 – 8:00 AM)
David Polly, MDHow I Envision the Future of Surgical Treatment of Adult Spinal Deformity (8:15 – 8:45 AM)
Regis Haid, MDSurgeons Can Work with Industry and Provide Exceptional Care (9:00 – 9:30 AM)
Mini Open TLIF – The Workhorse
FellowCase Presentation (9:30 – 9:40 AM)
Roger Hartl, MDNavigated TLIF Should Be the Gold Standard (9:40 – 10:00 AM)
Luis Tumialán, MDNo Need for Navigation or Robotics. We Need Efficiency and Affordable Health Care (10:00 – 10:20 AM)
Michael Wang, MDHow I Do It and Why I am Looking for Smaller Footprint TLIF (10:20 – 10:40 AM)
Praveen Mummaneni, MDDiscussion (10:40 – 11:00 AM)
Single Position Surgery
FellowCase Presentation (11:00 – 11:10 AM)
Adam Kanter, MDLLIF: Lateral Single Position (11:10 – 11:30 AM)
Juan Uribe, MDLLIF: Prone Lateral Single Position (11:30 – 11:50 AM)
Greg Mundis, MDDiscussion (11:50 AM – 12:10 PM)
Volker K. H. Sonntag, MDWorking Lunch: When and How to Retire (12:10 – 12:50 PM)
Adult Spinal Deformity
FellowCase Presentation (12:50 – 1:00 PM)
Neel Anand, MDMIS Is Not for Everyone, But When Indicated It Is Superior (1:20 – 1:40 PM)
Jay Turner, MDWhat You Can and Can’t Do with MIS Today (1:40 – 2:00 PM)
David Polly, MDDiscussion (2:00 – 2:20 PM)
Enabling Technologies
FellowCase Presentation (2:20 – 2:30 PM)
Paul Park, MDNavigation-assisted Robotic “Real” Applications (2:30 – 2:50 PM)
Michael Virk, MDWhat is Next on Enabling Technologies (2:50 – 3:10 PM)
Laura Snyder, MDHow to Train Competent Spine Surgeons in the Era of “Enabling Technologies”? (3:10 – 3:30 PM)
Regis Haid, MDHow to Convince your Hospital Administrators that Capital Purchases and Emerging Technology is the Right Thing to Do (3:30 – 3:45 PM)
Jack Knightly, MDRegistry in Spine Surgery (4:00 – 4:15 PM)
Putting it All Together: Case Discussion
Jay Turner, MDAdult Deformity Case (4:15 – 5:00 PM)
Open team:
Chris Shaffrey, MD
Greg Mundis, MD

MIS team:
Michael Wang, MD
Paul Park, MD
Roger Hartl, MD
Neel Anand, MD

Jay Turner, MD
Kumar Kakarla, MD
Praveen Mummaneni, MD
Adam Kanter, MD
Laura Snyder, MD
Open vs MIS Teams Discussion 
MIS vs Open
Long vs Short
SI fusion
L5/S1 (ALIF vs TLIF vs No Interbody)
Multiple rods and materials (Ti vs CoCr)
AllFaculty dinner, free night for participants (6:30 PM)


It is the policy of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational programs. All those in control of content will disclose all relevant relationships with commercial interests. Detailed disclosures will be made in the activity handout materials.




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