Cleveland Spine Review:
Hands-On Course 2012

Presented by Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health


A comprehensive approach for Neurosurgeons,
Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Nurses

July 11-17, 2012

Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital
Hyatt Regency at the Arcade
Cleveland, OH

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Cleveland Spine Review: Hands-On 2012 is a comprehensive course utilizing the cadaver laboratory and didactic sessions with ample time for discussion. This intensive course emphasizes the fundamentals of spine surgery, particularly biomechanical considerations, and the surgery decision-making process.

Through intensive, hands-on sessions utilizing cadavers, participants study surgical techniques and strategies for a range of procedures including occipitocervical, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar fixation techniques.Complex surgical exposures in all regions of the spine are emphasized.

Led by experienced faculty, the course examines the multiple adjuncts to surgery, including soft tissue and bone retractors and distractors, minimally invasive surgical techniques, spinal implants (from multiple vendors), and dissection tools. Non-operative strategies are also emphasized. Significant time is dedicated to operative indication discussions. The problem-based decision-making process is introduced and emphasized during these very interactive discussions.

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Upon completion of the Cleveland Spine Review, the participant will be able to:

  • Utilize problem-based decision-making to develop logical algorithms for solving complex problems.
  • Employ physiological and surgical principles to spinal fusion and instrumentation.
  • Apply anatomic and physiologic principles to the variety of surgical approaches available to access all regions of the spine.
  • Recognize the fundamental skills required to perform the most appropriate operation for any given clinical pathology, and to recognize one’s own limitations in this regard.
  • Evaluate available instrumentation systems and appreciate the advantages of each, as well as the relative indications for their use.

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Target Audience

Neurosurgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Nurses, and Physician Assistants.

Why Should Nurses Attend?
Nurses have the unique opportunity to learn side by side, in didactic sessions as well as a cadaver laboratory, with surgeons in a relaxed, collegial atmosphere. Additionally, a special nursing seminar is held at noon the first day to meet fellow attendees and prepare for the content to be presented throughout the remainder of the course. A variety of nursing breakout sessions and a cadaver dedicated to nursing attendees gives participants a multifaceted learning experience. Social functions complete an extremely memorable course.

The Ohio Board of Nursing will accept at face value the number of contact hours awarded for a continuing education activity that has been approved by a nationally recognized accreditation system of continuing education approval. Therefore 35.25 physician AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ will be accepted for nursing credits. Nurses from other states should contact their State Board of Nursing.

RN Special Lectures

Please note: RNs attend the same lectures as the physicians. They also begin with a 3-hour pre-course session on the first day. Special, nurses-only lectures include:

  • Functional Anatomy and Physiology of the Spine, Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nerves
  • Cervical Spine Pathology and Correlative Neuro Assessment
  • Radiology Fundamentals
  • Biomechanics Fundamentals
  • Spinal Column Pathology and Medical Decision-Making: The Surgeon's Perspective
  • Outcomes Assessment
  • Lumbar Spine Pathology and Correlative Neuro Assessment
  • Pre- and Post-Operative Nursing Care Considerations
  • Interactive Cervical and Lumbar Case Discussions

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Comments from the past course evaluation forms…

This was a one of a kind course! It was wonderful dealing with a very friendly group of people. Everyone was so helpful and willing to teach. The course was intense during the day and the social activities were a great way to unwind from the day. The lectures followed by labs enhanced the learning process.

Another great conference. A+ for the course!

I feel that this was an excellent course, truly one of a kind. Faculty was great. There was a wealth of knowledge and everyone was friendly and did not mind explaining or talking to you.

This is by far the best course I have attended. The topics covered are all pertinent and the course is the right length. The interaction with the faculty during dissections was very valuable. The hike is a great break and occurred at the right time. It would be hard to improve the course.

Happy to work in a small group especially in the lab. Thank you for offering special nursing topics.

This is the best course ever. Great conference and social events.


Honored Guest

John G. Heller, MD
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Emory Healthcare
Atlanta, GA  

John G. Heller received his Biochemistry degree from Harvard University (1979) and a doctor of medicine degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1983). He served as a resident in orthopaedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University and subsequently as a fellow in spinal surgery at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Heller joined the Emory University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1989. Prior to accepting his appointment as the inaugural Baur Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, he served as professor of orthopaedic surgery since 1999. Dr. Heller's primary clinical and research interests concern disorders of the cervical spine and reconstructive surgical techniques, especially those which preseve spinal motion. He has published over 50 papers in leading peer reviewed journals, including Spine, Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery and Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques. He has lectured throughout the Americas, Western Europe and Asia. He is the Director of the Emory Spine Fellowship program and the immediate past president of the Cervical Spine Research Society.


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Course Directors

Edward C. Benzel, MD
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Marc E. Eichler, MD
Newton Centre, MA
Doug Orr, MD
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Richard Schlenk MD
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Gregory R. Trost, MD
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


Nursing Directors

Ann Harrington, MSN, RN, CNS
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Andrea Strayer, MS, A/G NP, CNRN
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

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Guest Faculty

Basheal Agrawal, MD
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

James Anderson, MD
MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH

Andrew Bauer, MD
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Frank Bishop, MD
Kalispell Regional Medical Center
Kalispell, MT

Nathaniel Brooks, MD
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Samuel Critides, MD
Walter Reed National Military
Medical Center
Bethesda, MD

Todd Francis, MD, PhD
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

Eldad Hadar, MD
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

David Hart, MD
University Hospitals
Cleveland, OH

Alex Jones, MD
Hudson Valley Neurosurgical
Associates, LLC
Goshen, NY

Desmond Kwok, MD
Hamilton General Hospital
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Jorge Lastra-Power, MD
Dorado, Puerto Rico

Vincent Miele, MD
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

Timothy Moore, MD
Metrohealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH

Denise Niklasch, DNP, ANP-BC, CNRN, MSN, CS, RN
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Jose Ordonez, MD
Norfolk, VA

Rakesh Patel, MD
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Konstatinos Paterakis, MD
University of Thessaly
Volos, Greece

Rick Placide, MD
Westend Orthopaedic Clinic
Richmond, VA

Ioannis Polythodorakis, MD
University of Crete
Arta, Greece

Sharad Rajpal, MD
Boulder Neurosurgical Associates
Boulder, CO

Raja Rampersaud, MD
Toronto Western Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Brandon Rocque, MD
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Mario Alberto Rott, MD
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Abdelfattah Saoud, MD, PhD
Ain Shams University
Cairo, Egypt

Shelly Schmoller, PA-C
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

John Shin, MD
Massachusettes General Hospital
Boston, MA

Michael Steinmetz, MD
MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH

Kene Ugokwe, MD
Youngstown Neurologic Associates
Poland, OH

Lucas Vasconcellos
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Madison, WI

Andrew Wakefield, MD
Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT

Steven Will
South Suburban Neurosurgical Associates
S. Weymouth, MA

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Cleveland Clinic Faculty

Jeremy Amps, MD
Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health

Lilyana Angelov, MD
Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center

Toomas Anton, MD
Cleveland Clinic East region

Adam Bartsch, PhD
Center for Spine Health

Gordon Bell, MD
Center for Spine Health

Deb Bhowmick, MD
Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health

Matthew Bunyard, MD
Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease

Robb Colbrunn
Center for Spine Health

Iain Kalfas, MD
Center for Spine Health

Ajit Krishnaney, MD
Center for Spine Health

James Liu, MD
Cleveland Clinic Department of Neurosurgery

Prasath Mageswaran
Center for Spine Health

Eric Mayer, MD
Center for Spine Health

Daniel Mazanec, MD
Center for Spine Health

Robert McLain, MD
Center for Spine Health

Farzana Meyers, PA-C
Center for Spine Health

Alfred Melillo, PA-C
Center for Spine Health

Thomas Mroz, MD
Center for Spine Health

Paul Ruggieri, MD

Judith Scheman, PhD
Chronic Pain Rehabilitation
Center for Spine Health

Richard Schlenk, MD
Center for Spine Health

Gandhivarma Subramaniam, MD
Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health

Donna Sustar, RN
Perioperative Education

Fernando Techy, MD
Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health

Suzanne Tharin
Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health

Santhosh Thomas, DO, MBA
Center for Spine Health

Stephen Tolhurst
Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health

Dang-Hai Zhang
Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health

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Course Overview

Day 1 Highlights Day 2 Highlights Day 3 Highlights
Day 4 Highlights Day 5 Highlights Day 6 Highlights
Day 7 Highlights    
Unique Features of the Course
  • Interactive Small Group Case Presentations – Participants are encouraged to bring cases for discussion
  • Collegial Atmosphere with Ample Opportunity to Pose Questions to the Faculty and Honored Guest One-on-One and During Lectures
Course Schedule
  • The program runs from Wednesday, July 11 through Tuesday, July 17.
  • On July 12, 13, 15 & 16, the course begins at 6:45 am and ends at 5:30 pm. On July 14, the course begins at 8:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm.
  • The physician program begins at 3 pm on July 11 and ends at 10:15 am on July 17.
  • The pre-course RN lectures begin at 12 noon on July 11 and end at 10:15 am on July 17.
  • Round-trip transportation from the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Arcade to Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital will be provided each day.
  • Lab sessions are Non-CME.
Day 1 Highlights
  • Pain Management
  • Mimics of Spinal Pathology
  • PT Selection
  • Psychology of Pain
  • Inflammatory Spondyloarthropathies
  • Interventional Techniques to Guide Surgery
Day 2 Highlights
  • Biomechanics 101
  • Craniocervical Pathologies and Approaches
  • Craniocervical Stabilization
  • Trans Oral and Whitesides Approach Lab*
  • Subaxial Cervical Spondylosis Diagnosis and Surgical Decision Making
  • Ventral Approaches and Techniques/Tricks
  • Cirvical Arthroplasty Options and Evidence
  • Complications and Avoidance in Cervical Spine
  • Ventral Cervical Exposures and Instrumentation Lab*
Day 3 Highlights
  • Biomechanics 201
  • Evidence and Outcomes - Making Sense of the Literature
  • Subaxial Dorsal Approaches and Techniques
  • Subaxial Dorsal Fixation
  • Dorsal Lab Exposure and Instrumentation*
  • Biomechanics 301
  • Cervical Subaxial Trauma
  • Cervical Deformity Evaluation and Treatment
  • Cervical Deformity Lab*
Day 4 Highlights
  • Intraoperative Spinal Imaging/Radiation Exposure
  • Image Guidance Perils/Pitfalls/Tricks of the Trade
  • Surgery of the Geriatric Spine
  • Spine Bowl I
Day 5 Highlights
  • Spine Tumor Work-up and Treatment Options
  • Spine Infections TB Epidural Abscess, Discitis
  • Exposures and Techniques Cervicothoracic Junction
  • Dorsal Thoracic Instrumentation
  • Dorsal Thoracic Exposures and Instrumentation Lab*
  • Thoracolumbar Spondylosis Diagnosis and Decision Making
  • Lumbar Complications Avoidance and Treatment
  • Ventral Exposures and Techniques Thoracolumbar Spine
  • Ventral Fixation Techniques/Interbody Fusion
  • Ventral Exposures and Instrumentation
  • Spine Bowl II
Day 6 Highlights
  • Thoracolumbar Trauma
  • Scoliosis Diagnosis and Decision Making
  • Degenerative and Iatrogenic Deformity Diagnosis and Decision Making
  • Techniques of Deformity Correction
  • Lumbosacral Fixation Techniques
  • Deformity Lab*
  • Spine Bowl Finale
  • MIS Decompression Techniques
  • MIS Fusion Techniques
  • MIS in Deformity ans Trauma
  • Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty
  • MIS Lab*
Day 7 Highlights
  • Post-op Surgical Infections
  • Cost Effectiveness of Spinal Surgery
  • Spinal Radiosurgery
  • Bone and Bone Substitutes
  • Assessment and Treatment of Failed Back

* Non-CME session.

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Lectures and Labs – Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital:
1730 W. 25th Street, Cleveland
Lodging – Hyatt Regency Cleveland Hotel at the Arcade

(Note: The opening lectures on Wednesday, July 11, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland Hotel. All other lectures from Thursday through Tuesday will take place at Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital.)

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Hotel Reservations

Hotel reservations are separate from the course registration and are the responsibility of the participant. Rooms have been blocked for attendees at the following hotel:

Hyatt Regency Cleveland Hotel at the Arcade
420 East Superior Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, USA 44114
$91 plus tax, per night
Telephone: 216.575.1234

The cut-off date for the special rate is Monday, June 25, 2012.

The Hyatt Regency Cleveland Hotel is located 12 miles NE from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Public transportation through the RTA is available from the airport to Tower City. The hotel is attached to Tower City.

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Registration/Refund Policy

Register at The course size is limited. The registration deadline is Friday, July 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM EST, or until all available slots have been taken. To register after July 6, please contact Martha Tobin at 216-445-3449 or

In case of cancellation, a $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. Written notification of your cancellation is required in order to process your refund. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER JULY 6, but registration is transferable through JULY 17, 2012.

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The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 35.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

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Faculty Disclosure

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education has implemented a policy to comply with the current Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards for Commercial Support requiring resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest. Faculty declaring a relevant commercial interest will be identified in the activity syllabus.

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Special Needs

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education fully intends to comply with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need assistance, please notify Monet Smith at 216.444.9380 at least two weeks prior to the activity.

For additional information: Ms. Martha Tobin - 800-223-2273 ext. 53449
(e-mail) / (fax) 216-445-4527

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Online Registration/Fees

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Course fee includes registration materials, continental breakfasts and lunches, Opening Reception, Crawfish Boil, and Bowling Night.
Category Full Event Fees
Surgeons $3,750.00
Residents/Fellows $2,500.00
Nurses $1,500.00
Cleveland Clinic Alumni $2,940.00
CCHS Physician $3,750.00
CCHS Employees complimentary
CCF Physician complimentary
CCF Employee complimentary

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