Register: 16th Annual UCSF Spine Symposium (May 20-21, 2022 in San Francisco)

Learn more about our annual Spine Symposium.

SAN FRANCISCO (April 19,2022) -- The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is pleased to announce the 16th Annual UCSF Spine Symposium, a two-day LIVE event that emphasizes pioneering trends in diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for patients suffering from spinal disorders. 

Hosted by the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery, the conference will be held Friday and Saturday, May  20 - 21, 2022 at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District, 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108Register now.

The course is designed for neurosurgeons, orthopedists, nurses, physical therapists, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, pain specialists as well as primary care providers.

The purpose of this course is to increase competence and improve clinical practice in the management of patients with spinal pathologies. 

Attendees will be better equipped to:

  • Evaluate and treat spinal pain in a cost effective and reliable manner based on recently published guidelines;
  • Identify appropriate indications for surgery of the painful, degenerated spine and identify the appropriate surgical approach based on recently published guidelines;
  • Evaluate and treat lumbar degenerative disease and deformity in a cost effective manner and avoid perioperative complications by identifying risk factors that may predispose to morbidity;
  • Determine pain management strategies for patients with spine-related pain;
  • Increase utilization and competence with NASS spinal stenosis guidelines and the AANS-CNS cervical spine guidelines;
  • Provide physical exams that include a process to identify lower extremity pain that dissipates while sitting and exacerbates with standing or walking;
  • Identify spinal instability related to spinal tumors and formulate surgical treatment plans to deal with neurological deficits and pain in spine oncology patients based on recently published guidelines.

UCSF Course Directors

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

Praveen Mummaneni, MD, MBA
Professor and Vice Chair of Neurological
Surgery; Director, UCSF Spine Center

Conor O’Neill, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Special Guest Faculty

Richard Derby, MD
Spinal Diagnostics & Treatment Center
Daly City, CA

James S. Harrop, MD
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
Philadelphia, PA

Juan Uribe, MD
Barrow Neurological Institute
Phoenix, AZ

James N. Weinstein, MD
Senior Vice President
Microsoft Healthcare
Lyme, NH

For course information and online registration, please visit (Course# MOR22003). UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.