Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery Course 2024

Course# MOR25009
UCSF Pediatric and Adult Spine Course

Dates: July 17 - 20, 2024
Moana Surfrider - Honolulu, HI

Registration Information



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. Participants will review 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.

Surgeons, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents and fellows wanting to broaden their hands-on experience will have the opportunity to improve skills in clinical evaluation, preoperative planning, and surgical techniques

Course Chairs

Lionel Metz, MD
Associate Professor,
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Lee Tan, MD
Associate Professor,
Department of Neurosurgery

Kyle Mitsunaga, MD
Medical Director,
Spine Clinic Orthopedic Surgery

Honored Speakers

Kuniyoshi Abumi, MD
Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD

Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhD

Call for Abstracts

The UCSF Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery Course is seeking short (5 minute) scientific papers of research or clinical interest for presentation. If you would like your work to be considered for presentation, please submit a 200-word abstract (without illustrations or citations) by May 31, 2024. This is a firm deadline. The Program Committee will review the abstracts for appropriateness, clarity, and applicability to the program objectives.

Please submit your abstract in MS Word format (see example), including the author(s) name(s). You may send these documents in an e-mail to [email protected]

In addition, please complete and submit your disclosure form online:

This is required of anyone submitting an abstract. If you have questions or issues with the online disclosure form or your submission, please contact Lori Justice at [email protected]


Objectives should be based on learning needs described above and/or the desired outcomes described below.

  • Understand the indications, applications and surgical techniques for posterior column osteotomies, interbody fusion techniques, transpedicular osteotomy, and corpectomy techniques for spinal reconstruction.
  • Interpret and apply current, best available evidence to assess sagittal alignment in the adult and pediatric deformity patient.
  • Understand the options for interbody fixation and fusion, and techniques to achieve optimal arthrodesis.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the appropriate application of “minimally invasive” surgical techniques.
  • Evaluate and treat pain related to spinal disorders in a cost-effective and reliable manner based on recently published guidelines.
  • Understand appropriate indications for surgery to treat various spinal pathology including degenerative disorders, spinal deformities, and tumors and deploy suitable surgical approaches to achieve goals of care.
  • Evaluate and treat lumbar degenerative disease and deformity in a cost-effective manner based on an evidence based approach and understand how to mitigate morbidity and 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.
  • Compare techniques and outcomes of procedures involving the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine disorders and spinal tumors.
  • Gain experience in the anatomical and technical subtleties of complex cervical, thoracic, and lumbar surgical procedures in a hands-on proctored cadaver lab experience with state of the art instruments and technology available to the participant.
  • Understand the subtleties of patient selection for various procedures to optimize efficacy and safety in access to and instrumentation of all areas of the spine in both adult and pediatric patients.
  • Correlate radiographic findings to surgical anatomy as they pertain to the approach and techniques for minimizing complications
  • Refine and optimize preoperative and operative treatment planning for adult and pediatric patients