SIS 2020 Virtual Meeting
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8/6/2020 to 8/8/2020
When: August 6-8, 2020
Where: United States

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To honor our annual tradition of bringing SIS members and supporters together around our common bond of interventional pain education, research, and advocacy, we are excited to bring you the SIS 2020 Virtual Meeting—Expanding Your Interventional Practice.

Sessions will become available to stream on August 3rd, plus live Q&A webinars will be held over August 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Do not miss out on this great opportunity to access all the educational content without any time away from your practice. Register now.

Already Registered? 
Access your SIS 2020 Virtual Meeting experience today. You can now watch all but three of the meeting's sessions. The remaining three sessions will be part of the special live Q&A sessions, and will also be made available for streaming following the webinars. Follow these directions to access the program.

  1. Log in to your account on
  2. Once logged in, visit and select, the 'Log In' button on this page.
  3. Click on the dashboard, locate the 'SIS 2020 Virtual Meeting,' and select it to start your learning experience.
  4. At the conclusion of each video, you will complete an evaluation and then be granted CME credit for that session.
  5. Your complete transcript can be viewed on the dashboard, locate the dashboard, at

Virtual Meeting Features for 2020


  • Learn with new scientific sessions on expanding your practice with Artificial Intelligence, Focused Ultrasound, and Medical Marijuana
  • Share Your Virtual 5K Experience and support research with our new exclusive Virtual 5K Fun Run/Walk for Research online community, only for registered attendees
  • Stream hours of educational content and participate in live Q&A sessions

The full virtual offering will provide 18.0 CME credits and will be available for viewing for 90 days beginning August 3, 2020



Live Q&A Webinars - As noted, each session below will be conducted twice for the benefit of viewers outside North America. Attendees are free to choose either or both sessions. Can't make it live? The presentation portions of these three sessions will also be available for streaming following the webinar.

  • Unusual Imaging Manifestations of Common Spinal Pathology - Presenters: Felix E. Diehn, MD and Timothy Maus, MD
    • Thursday, August 6th 7-8:30 PM (CDT) (UTC -5)
    • Friday, August 7th 1:00-2:30 AM (CDT) (UTC -5)
  • Fluoroscopic Procedural Techniques and Contrast Spread Patterns: How to Stay Out of Trouble - Moderator: Milan P. Stojanovic
    • Transforaminal Flow Patterns: Epidural, Subarachnoid, Intradural, Intravascular - Greta B. Liebo, MD
    • Contralateral Oblique View: Its Utility and Efficacy in Interventional Spine Procedures - Michael B. Furman, MD, MS
    • A Proposed Nomenclature for Spine Location Reporting: A New Lexicon - Jatinder Gill, MD
    • Friday, August 7th 7-8:30 PM (CDT) (UTC -5)
    • Saturday, August 8th 8-9:30 AM (CDT) (UTC -5)
  • SIS/NANS Collaborative Session: Neurostimulation - Moderator: Aaron Calodney, MD with Co-moderators: Fred DeFrancesch MD and Rodney Jones, MD
    • Closed Loop Spinal Cord Stimulation - Nagy Mekhail, MD, PhD
    • Targeted Drug Delivery in Your Armamentarium for Treating Back Pain - Salim Hayek, MD
    • Advancement of Neuromodulation: The Evidence for Charge Density, SCS Parameters, and Waveforms - David Provenzano, MD
    • Spinal Cord Stimulation for Non-Surgical Back Pain - Adnan Al-Kaisy, MB ChB

    • Saturday, August 8th 10-11:30 AM (CDT) (UTC -5)
      Saturday, August 8th 7:00-8:30 PM (CDT) (UTC -5)


Sessions Available for Streaming (After August 3rd)
  • Artificial Intelligence in Spine Care - Moderator: Joshua Rittenberg, MD
    • Redefining Value-Based Spine Care Through Artificial Intelligence - Thomas Mroz, MD
    • How Digital Biomarkers Will Revolutionize Spine Care - Matthew Smuck, MD
  • "Doctor, I Have a Pain in My Neck!": Evaluation of Cervical Pain Generators - Moderator: Lon J. Lutz, MD
    • The Role of Clinical Exam - Edvin Koshi, MD
    • Cervical Transforaminal vs. Interlaminar Injections - Lisa Huynh, MD
    • Imaging for Cervicogenic Headaches - Vinil Shah, MD
    • Facet Pain and Cervical Radiofrequency Neurotomy - Byron J. Schneider, MD
  • Emerging Technologies - Moderator: Vinil Shah, MD
    • Focused Ultrasound for Treatment of Spinal Pain Generators - Michael Gofeld, MD
  • FactFinders Presents - Moderator: Zachary L. McCormick, MD
    • Anticoagulants/Antiplatelets for Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy - Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH
    • Antibiotics for Spinal Cord Stimulation - Ryan Mattie, MD
    • Antiplatelets for Lumbar Epidurals - David C. Miller, MD
    • Safety of Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation - Zachary L. McCormick, MD
  • "I'm Sorry" Works: Risk Management Strategies – When There Is a Post-Intervention Suboptimal Outcome - Moderator: Yakov Vorobeychik, MD, PhD
    • What To Do After a Maloccurrence - Michael B. Furman, MD,MS
    • Medical Error Disclosure - David M. Sibell, MD
    • Risk Mitigation and the Malpractice Process - Jeffrey Grass, Esq.
  • Imaging Findings in Common Clinical Disease - Presenters: Felix E. Diehn, MD and Timothy Maus, MD
  • Medical Marijuana in Spine Care: What You Need to Know - Moderator: David "D.J." Kennedy, MD
    • What Is Cannabis and How Does It Work in Chronic Pain? - Kasia Rothenberg, MD, PhD
    • The Side Effects and Risks - Marzena Buzanowska, MD
    • Legal Implications - Kush Goyal, MD
  • Orthobiologics in Musculoskeletal/Spine Medicine - Moderator: Scott Naftulin, DO
    • An Update - Wenchun Qu, MD, PhD
  • Peripheral Joint Pain: The Shoulder - Moderator: Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd
    • MRI and Ultrasound Anatomy - Rina Patel, MD
    • Treatment Algorithms - Maxim Echmann, MD
    • Interventional Treatment Options For Shoulder Pain - Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd
  • Procedure Coverage and Denials: Why Is My Procedure Not Covered by Insurance and What Can We Do? - Moderator: Scott Horn, DO
    • From Data to Digits to Dollars to Denials: The Path to Coverage - Scott Horn, DO
    • Can't We All Just Get Along? When Societies Don't Agree - D. Scott Kreiner, MD
    • Coding Quick Hit: Update 2020 - Coding Sacroiliac Joint and Genicular Nerve Procedures - Scott Horn, DO
  • Research Abstract Podium Presentations - Moderator: David Levi, MD
    • A Prospective, Randomized, Multi-Center Study of Intraosseous Basivertebral Nerve Ablation for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: 12 Month Results - Kevin Barrett, MD
    • A Prospective Randomized Comparative Trial of Targeted Steroid Injection Via Epidural Catheter Versus Standard Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for the Treatment of Unilateral Cervical Radicular Pain: Six Month Results - Aaron Conger, DO
    • Surgery Prevention by Transforaminal Injection of Epidural Steroids for Cervical Radicular Pain (SPIES): A Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled Trial - Minh Nguyen, MD, MPH
    • The Effectiveness of Spinal Cord Stimulation for the Treatment of Axial Spine Pain: A Systematic Review - Aaron Conger, DO
    • Does the Contrast Dispersion Pattern During Fluoroscopically-guided Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection Predict Pain and Functional Outcomes? A Secondary Analysis of Prospective Cohort Data - Cole Cheney, MD
    • The Effect of Low-dose Lidocaine on Objective Upper Extremity Strength and Immediate Pain Relief During Cervical Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injection: A Randomized Controlled Trial - Taylor Burnham, DO
    • Normality of Numeric Rating Scale Pain Scores in Patients with Axial Spine Pain Before and After Medial Branch Blocks - Reza Ehsanian, MD, PhD
  • Research Poster Presentations
  • SIS/NASS Collaboration: Metabolism, Nutrition, Bone Health, and Fracture Considerations in Spine Care - Moderator: Alison Stout, DO
    • Obesity - Sanjog Pangarkar, MD
    • Nutrition Considerations - Carrie A. Diulus, MD
    • Bone Density - Allen S. Chen, MD, MPH
    • The Role of Vertebral Augmentation: An Update of the Evidence - D. Scott Kreiner, MD
  • Systematic Reviews - Moderator: Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH
    • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy - Lisa Doan, MD
    • Cervical Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy - Byron J. Schneider, MD
  • Top Research Abstract Presentations - Moderator: David Levi, MD
    • Best Resident Abstract: An Expanded Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation Protocol: A Prospective Pilot Study - Quinn Tate, MD
    • Best Fellow Abstract: What Does the Patient With Back Pain Want? A Comparison of Patient Expectations and Physician Assumptions - Kevin Barrette, MD
    • Best Basic Science Abstract: Precision and Accuracy of the Numeric Rating Scale When Benchmarked Against Patient Reported Reductions in Pain: A Basic Science Study on Measuring Pain - Byron J. Schneider, MD
    • Best Clinical Abstract: The Incidence of Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Complications Associated With Ceasing vs. Maintaining Anticoagulant and /or Antiplatelet Agents for Pain Interventions - Michael B. Furman, MD, MS


Virtual Meeting Registration Fees (Non-refundable)
Physician Members - $399
Military Physicians, Fellows, Residents, and Medical Student Members - $149
Allied Health Professionals - $299
Non-member Physicians - $949


Run or Walk Your Own 5K Course to Support Research

Complete a 5K between now and 6:00 p.m. U.S. Central Time on Friday, August 7th to support SIS research efforts. On a special online community, just for participants, you can post your times, videos, photos, interesting routes, and maybe even issue a time or donation challenge to your colleagues. The fastest times and most engaging content will be shared on the August 8th Virtual Meeting live session.

Individual participant - $50.00
Family - $75.00

Additional donations can be made to the research fund in increments of $50.00. 

SIS 2020 Annual Meeting Program Committee

Chair: Vinil Shah, MD

Vice-Chair: Scott Naftulin, DO

Marzena Buzanowska, MD

Lisa Doan, MD

Scott Kreiner, MD

David C. Miller, MD

Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd

Jaymin Patel, MD

Byron J. Schneider, MD

Virtaj Singh, MD

Alison Stout, DO

Patricia Zheng, MD

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