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Cleveland Spine Review: Hands-On 2023 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

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.

Target Audience

Neurosurgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Medical Spine Specialists, Physician Assistants, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses, and other medical spine specialists.

Why Should Non-Surgeons Attend?

Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, Physiatrists and other medical spine specialists 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 session for non-surgeons is held prior to the start of the Spine Review on the first day to meet fellow attendees and prepare for the content to be presented throughout the remainder of the course.

A variety of non-surgical breakout sessions and a cadaver dedicated to non-surgeons gives participants a multifaceted learning experience. Social functions complete an extremely memorable course.

5 Reasons Not to Miss Cleveland Spine Review 2023

  1. Appropriate for oral board preparation. Emphasis is given to the fundamentals of spine surgery (especially biomechanical considerations) and the surgery decision-making process, but the week-long program also allows for a deep dive into a rich array of subtopics in spine care with more than 50 lectures and daily case review sessions.
  2. A serious devotion to “hands-on.” The course is true to its name by pairing its didactic lectures with eight dedicated hands-on sessions in the cadaver laboratory.
  3. Ample time for discussion and problem-based learning. Participant questions are highly encouraged throughout all portions of the course, and significant time is dedicated to operative indication discussions.
  4. An extensive faculty from across the nation and the globe. Half of the course’s faculty are from or trained at Cleveland Clinic and the remaining half is from US and internationally renowned universities and medical centers.
  5. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, ANCC Contact Hours, and AAPA Category 1 CME Credits with more than 50 credit hours.

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 19, through Monday, July 24.
  • The pre-course non-surgical lectures begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19.
  • Round-trip transportation from the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Arcade to Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital will be provided each day.

Dan Sciubba

The Art Steffee Honored Guest Lecturer
Daniel Sciubba, MD, MBA

Daniel Sciubba, MD, MBA serves as the Lucille and Milton Cohn Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell, the Senior Vice President of Neurosurgery at Northwell Health, and Co- Director of the Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Northwell Health. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

A national leader in spinal neurosurgery, Dr. Sciubba has a particular focus on spine tumors and spinal deformity. He is recognized for his work in complex en bloc surgery for rare tumors such as chordoma, in which a tumor is removed in its entirety in order to reduce the risk of cancer spread. A widely recognized researcher, Dr. Sciubba has authored more than 600 peer-reviewed papers and has edited three medical texts. His research includes mining big data to improve clinical outcomes and using animal models to determine the optimal treatment protocol for individuals based on characteristics of tumor and patient.

In 2015, he was inducted into the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence, the highest clinical distinction at Johns Hopkins University. He has been consistently recognized by Expertscape as among the top ten spine surgeons and spinal oncology clinicians in the world.

Dr. Sciubba received his medical degree from the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University and received a Master of Business Administration degree at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His post- doctoral training included a residency in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and two complex spine fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Arthur D. Steffee, MD

Arthur D. Steffee, MD, practiced in Cleveland, OH from 1967 thru 1998 with a special interest in total joint replacement and spine surgery. He received his B.S. degree from Allegheny College, graduated from McGill University’s medical school and completed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. Throughout his career, he received numerous awards and recognition for his pioneering contributions to medicine. In 1983, Dr. Steffee started AcroMed, a company that produced spinal implants for which he holds many patents. He’s traveled extensively throughout the world for AcroMed, operating in 35 different countries. Dr. Steffee retired from active practice in 1996 but continued to travel and operate until 1998. His company was sold to DePuy and subsequently to Johnson & Johnson.