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Sonntag Spine Symposium

3rd Annual Sonntag Spine Symposium

Who Should Attend

Neurological and orthopedic spine surgeons in training and in practice.

Course Learning Objectives

The Sonntag Spine Symposium, held annually, is dedicated to providing education on the latest and innovative technologies in minimally invasive spine surgery.

The primary objective of this event is to impart knowledge and training to the upcoming generation of neurosurgeons. Attendees at the symposium will have the chance to deeply engage in the realm of minimally invasive spine surgery. Alongside case presentations, the course faculty will delve into topics such as adult spinal deformity, single position surgery, and technology. This setting not only facilitates learning new techniques but also fosters a mutually beneficial bidirectional educational exchange among surgeons, fellows, and residents.

Registration Information

Attendee Typeprice
In-Person General AdmissionFree
Zoom Admission$25
Registration is free and includes symposium and program materials.
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Virtual for International Attendees Only
March 22, 2024
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM MST

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Date, Time, and Location

In Person and Virtual
Friday, March 22, 2024
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM MST

Sonntag Pavilion
Barrow Neurological Institute
2910 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Speaker Information

All times refer to Arizona time (Mountain Standard Time).

7:30 AMFriday, March 22, 2024
Regis Haid, MDGrand Rounds – Finding True North
Fayyadh Yusuf, PhD (8:30 AM)Grand Rounds – “And the Oscar for Best Spine Surgeon Goes to…” How to
Create a Chair-Worthy Character
9:20 AMBreak
9:45 AMWill Spinal Endoscopy Become The Next Vertebroplasty? Who Will Own It: Proceduralists or Surgeons?
10:20 AMSingle-Position Circumferential MIS Surgery – A True Breakthrough or Just Clever Marketing?
10:55 AMMeeting Madness: How Many Societies and Conferences do
We Actually Need?
11:30 AMThe Progressive Challenges Faced by Physician-Owned
Practices. Will Independent Physician Owned Groups Remain
an Employment Option in the Emerging Corporate Healthcare
12:00 PMLunch (Dr. Volker KH Sonntag Lunch Conversation)
12:45 PMT10-Pelvis Open With Interbody Fusions vs. Posterolateral Fusion Alone: Separating Fact From Fiction
1:20 PMIdeal Sagittal Alignment Targets: Why So Many Conflicting Concepts and How Close Are We To A Universally Accepted Definition?
1:55 PMBalancing Act in Deformity Surgery: MIS Approaches – When Less Invasive Means More Morbidity, Where Do We Draw the Line?
2:25 PMBreak
2:55 PMWhen To Say No To The “Less-Than-Ideal” Surgical Candidate: Osteoporosis, Frailty, Surgical Invasiveness
3:30 PMPedicle Screw Placement: Free Hand/Fluoro vs. Navigated/Robotic – Unraveling Legal Implications and Liability in 2024
4:05 PMSpine Surgery and Social Media: Going Viral For the Wrong
5:00 PMAdjourn


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.