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Cleveland Spine Review: Hands-On 2024 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.

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, Advanced Practice Providers, Nurses, and Physician Assistants.

Why Should Non-Surgeons Attend?

Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, physicians 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 2024

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

Eric O. Klineberg, MD, MS

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

Eric O. Klineberg, MD, MS, is a Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UTHealth Houston. He serves as Chief of Orthopedic Spine Surgery and also holds the Milton “Chip” Routt Endowed Chair of Spinal Surgery.

World-renowned in his field, Dr. Klineberg was a Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopedics, at the University of California, Davis, where he was for 16 years. He was also the Chief of the Spine service and the Co-Director of the Spine Center. Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Klineberg clinically cared for complex adult spinal deformity patients at UC Davis and complex pediatric patients at Shriners Hospital for Northern California.

Dr. Klineberg has been academically productive through collaboration both locally and nationally. He has over 290 publications and 20 book chapters as well as the book editor for “Adult Lumbar Scoliosis, A Clinical Guide to Diagnosis and Management.” He has developed a national and international reputation in Spinal Deformity surgery through research, teaching, and clinical activity. Dr. Klineberg serves on the executive committee of the International Spine Study Group and collaborates with researchers around the globe. He is a principal or co-principal investigator for more than a half-dozen clinical studies and has received numerous medical and educational grants.

Nationally, Dr. Klineberg is active in the Scoliosis Research Society as a Board Member and is the Chair-Elect for the 31st International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques in San Diego. He is also an active member of AO Spine, he has served as the Chair of the AOSNA spine fellowship committee and is the Chair-elect of AO Spine North America.

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.