UCSF Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery Course

March 18 - 21, 2020 at Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu, HI

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UCSF Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery Course 2020, will take place at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii, on March 18-21, 2020. Watch this video to learn more. 

Course overview and objectives

The UCSF Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery Course is a three-and-a-half day event emphasizing pioneering trends in pediatric and adult spinal surgery. This course is designed to be interactive with didactic lectures given by leaders in the spine community as well as a hands-on bioskills lab. Participants will review and practice surgical principles and techniques in the treatment of complex spinal disorders. Expert lecturers will describe the state-of-the-art treatment for a variety of Pediatric and Adult Spinal Disorders. Interactive case presentations will allow learners to apply knowledge to improve decision making for complex spine pathology. Register now!


Target audience

Residents, fellows, and surgeons wanting to broaden their hands-on experience will have the opportunity to improve skills in evaluating, case planning, and performing techniques to address various pediatric and adult spine pathologies.


Course planning committee


Lionel N. Metz, MDAssistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

Kyle A. Mitsunaga, MDAssistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Hawaii; Medical Director, Spine Surgery, Queens Medical Center

Lee Tan, MDAssistant Professor in Residence, UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery


Vedat Deviren, MD

Munish Gupta, MD

David L. Skaggs, MD, MMM

Course objectives

An attendee completing this course will be able to:

• Interpret and apply current, best available evidence to assess sagittal alignment in the adult and pediatric deformity patient;

• Evaluate and treat pain related to spinal disorders in a cost-effective and reliable manner based on recently published guidelines;

• Evaluate and treat lumbar degenerative disease and deformity in a cost-effective manner based on an evidence based approach and avoid case-to-morbidity risk;

• Avoid perioperative complications by identifying risk factors that may predispose individuals to perioperative morbidity;

• Determine modifiable risk factors and strategies for effective optimization;

• Diagnose spinal instability related to spinal tumors and formulate surgical treatment plans to address neurological deficits, pain, and instability in spine oncology patients based on published guidelines;

• Correlate radiographic findings to surgical anatomy as they pertain to the approach and techniques for minimizing complications;

• Refine and optimize treatment planning for adult and pediatric patients.

Course location

The Royal Hawaiian, 2259 Kalakaua Ave Honolulu, HI 96815 (Map)

(808) 923-7311, https://www.royal-hawaiian.com

A block of guestrooms has been reserved at special UCSF conference rates*:

Historic Ocean View $369/night

Historic Room $289/night

Daily resort fee: $15

* Room Rates shown do not include room tax, resort fee or gratuities. You are urged to make your reservations early. The cut off date is February 28, 2020, or until the group room block is filled. To make your reservation, please call (800) 782-9488 and please identify yourself as a member of this UCSF conference to receive the special rate.