Sonntag Spine Symposium

2nd Annual Sonntag Spine Symposium

Who Should Attend

Neurological and orthopedic spine surgeons in training and in practice.

Course Learning Objectives

The annual Sonntag Spine Symposium focuses on delivering education regarding the novel, innovative technologies within minimally invasive spine surgery.

The main goal of this event is to educate and train the next generation of neurosurgeons. At this symposium, attendees will become fully immersed in the world of minimally invasive spine surgery. In addition to case presentations, course faculty will discuss topics including adult spinal deformity, single position surgery, and technology. This environment establishes the opportunity to learn new minimally invasive spine surgery techniques with surgeons, fellows, and residents by creating a mutually beneficial bidirectional educational setting.

Registration Information

Attendee Typeprice
In-Person General AdmissionFree
Registration is free and includes symposium and program materials.
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Virtual for International Attendees Only
February 17, 2023
7:00 AM – 6:30 PM MST

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Date, Time, and Location

In Person and Virtual
Friday, February 17, 2023
7:00 AM – 6:30 PM MST

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

Speaker Information

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

7:00 AMFriday, February 17, 2023
Lawrence Lenke, MD (7:30 AM)Adult Spinal Deformity: How Did We Get Here, and Where
Are We Going Next?
Alex Vaccaro, MD (8:30 AM)The Business of Spine Surgery. How Did We Get Here, and
Where Are We Going Next? (8:30 AM)
Panel Discussions
Nima Alan, MD (9:20 AM)Topic Introduction
9:25 AMSocial Media: Self Promotion or Educational Resource?
Nima Alan, MD (10:05 AM)Topic Introduction
10:10 AMArtificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Reality or Alice in Wonderland?
Harrison Farber, MD (10:40 AM)Topic Introduction
10:45 AM Virtual and Augmented Reality: Toy or Tool?
James Zhou, MD (11:15 AM)Topic Introduction
11:20 AMNeuromonitoring: When Is It a “Must”?
11:50 AMLunch
Volker K.H. Sonntag, MD, Conversations
Joseph DiDomenico, MD (12:20 PM)Topic Introduction
12:25 PMSingle Position Surgery: What Are We Accomplishing?
James Zhou, MD (1:30 PM)Topic Introduction
1:35 PMShould We Be Adopting Motion Preservation Techniques (Arthroplasty, Laminoplasty, Lumbar Disc Replacement)?
James Zhou, MD (2:05 PM)Topic Introduction
2:10 PMRestorative Techniques for Back Pain: Placebo or Real?
2:40 PMBreak
Nima Alan, MD (3:00 PM)Topic Introduction
3:05 PMAdult Spinal Deformity: When Is MIS No Longer “MIS”?
Harrison Farber, MD (3:35 PM)Topic Introduction
3:40 PMCustom Implants: Is Personalized Medicine the Future?
Joseph DiDomenico, MD (4:10 PM)Topic Introduction
4:15 PMAdult Spinal Deformity: When Should the SI Joint Be Fused?
4:45 PMClosing Remarks/Adjourn
6:30 PMFaculty/Industry Partners Dinner


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.