Evidence-Based Spine Interventions Seminar - Bonita Springs, Florida
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2/3/2018 to 2/4/2018
When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Where: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa
Bonita Springs, Florida 
United States

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The SIS Evidence-Based Spine Interventions Seminar offers you a warm, waterfront, winter getaway in Florida where you can earn 11.5 CME credits attending lectures presented by members of the SIS Board of Directors. Plus, on Friday, February 2, 2018, take advantage of a unique networking opportunity with SIS’s top leadersparticipate in the SIS 2018 Golf Tournament at the Raptor Bay Golf Course. Support SIS’s mission and play alongside SIS's Board of Directors on a Raymond Floyd-designed course, in a scramble format that will mix experienced and inexperienced playersallowing everyone to have fun in this fundraising event, even if you’ve never played golf before! Green fees, cart, and lunch are included for a $199 fee, with proceeds benefiting SIS. Reserve your spot when you register for the Seminar.


View a Sneak Peek of the lecture, "Planning Lumbar TFESI based on Imaging Anatomy" from the Lumbar Radiculopathy session.


Connect With Your Fellow Attendees

Owing to its origin as the Society’s Winter Board meeting, the SIS Evidence-Based Spine Interventions Seminar provides you opportunities to connect with the Society's leadership. Start building those connections right now on the SIS Seminar and Golf Tournament event posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Agenda/Moderators and Speakers


Saturday, February 3

Moderators and Speakers

7:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast/Poster Presentations


Welcome Remarks

David J. Kennedy, MD


Cervicogenic Headache

Learn why pain of upper cervical spine origin is perceived in the head. The anatomy, techniques, and the evidence for pain interventions in the upper cervical spine are reviewed, with particular emphasis on the C1-2 and C2-3 levels.

John MacVicar, MB ChB



John MacVicar, MB ChB


Mechanisms of Cervicogenic Headache

Yakov Vorobeychik, MD, PhD


C1-2 Lateral Articulation

Timothy Maus, MD


TON Blocks and RF

John MacVicar, MB ChB




Cervical Radiculopathy

Explore a clinical and radiographic analysis of cervical radicular pain and examine the evidence for application of cervical epidural steroid injections. The session concludes with a research presentation describing the results of a study comparing cervical epidural steroids with and without the use of a catheter.

Joshua Rittenberg, MD


Overview: Anatomy, Prevalence, and Clinical Evaluation

Joshua Rittenberg, MD



Timothy Maus, MD


Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection Review

Scott Horn, DO


Preventing Complications

Zachary McCormick, MD




Networking Break


Diagnosis and Interventional Treatment of Chronic Thoracic Posterior Element Pain

Learn the anatomical features of the thoracic spine, application of thoracic medial branch blocks, and thoracic medial branch neurotomy in clinical practice.

Yakov Vorobeychik, MD, PhD


Point-Counterpoint Debate

Yakov Vorobeychik, MD, PhD
Richard Derby, MD



11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lumbar Radiculopathy

Review the current evidence on the treatment of lumbar radiculopathy, from non-invasive treatments, to the nuances of epidural injection planning and predictors of epidural injection success.

Matthew Smuck, MD


Evidence of Non-Interventional Treatments for Low Back Pain

David J. Kennedy, MD


Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections: Predictors of Success

Matthew Smuck, MD


Planning Lumbar TFESI based on Imaging Anatomy

Timothy Maus, MD




Lunch on Your Own


Lumbar Spine Controversies

Learn the common controversies in the management of spine pain, including: the role of conservative therapy, the ideal number and role of diagnostic blocks needed prior to a therapeutic procedure, peri-procedure anticoagulation management, and injections with concurrent infections.

David J. Kennedy, MD


Pulsed Radiofrequency as a Therapeutic Intervention: Is It Real?

Timothy Maus, MD


Sytemic Steroids: How Real Are The Effects?

Alison Stout, DO


Role for Discography

Richard Derby, MD


Scope of Practice Issues: Protecting Physician-Led Specialty Care

Kieran Slevin, MD




Networking Break


Regenerative Medicine for Discogenic Low Back Pain: Hope or Hype?

David Levi, MD


Show Me The Money! Updates in Health Policy and Coding for 2018

Are you up to speed on the coding and reimbursement changes in store for 2018? Do you know what to expect for 2020 and beyond? Have you mastered your alphabet: MACRA, MIPS, QPP, APM? If you’ve answered “no” to any of these questions then you need to be part of this session. It will be critical to stay informed as the next chapter of the U.S. health care system takes shape and determines how spine intervention coverage, and reimbursement will impact your bottom-line.

Scott Horn, DO


Adjourn for the Day


Networking Reception

Sunday, February 4

Moderators and Speakers

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


New Technologies

Hear from leading experts about new technologies that are poised to change interventional spine care, including: new injectable therapies, novel imaging techniques, and wearable technologies.

Matthew Smuck, MD


Gene Therapy: DRG, Intra-Articular, MRgFUS

Timothy Maus, MD


Mobile Technology and Functional Outcomes

Matthew Smuck, MD




Advanced Procedural Details

Learn the advanced procedural details that frequently become necessary in the routine practice of interventional spine care. Learn to recognize abnormal or dangerous contrast flow patterns, understand appropriate medication choices, and explore pre-procedural planning based on 3-D imaging.

David J. Kennedy, MD


Differentiating Subdural vs. Intrathecal Flow

Timothy Maus, MD


FactFinder: Are Gadolinium-Based Contrast Media Safe Alternatives for Spine Procedures?

Zachary McCormick, MD


When Not to Inject: When Imaging Warns You of Excess Risk

Timothy Maus, MD




Networking Break


The Sacroiliac Joint

The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is a controversial topic, with evolving technologies and diagnostic challenges. We will describe the anatomy and biomechanics of the SIJ, present the clinical features and physical exam findings, and assess the evidence for injection and radiofrequency treatment for sacroiliac pain.

Joshua Rittenberg, MD


Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Imaging

Timothy Maus, MD


Diagnosis and Prevalence of Sacroiliac Joint Mediated Pain

Joshua Rittenberg, MD


Intra-articular Injections

John MacVicar, MB ChB


Radiofrequency Neurotomy

Joshua Rittenberg, MD



11:40 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Ask the Experts

This session features an expert panel of nationally recognized leaders in interventional spine care from a variety of medical specialities who will discuss current topics in spine, as well as trends in national health policy.

David J. Kennedy, MD

SIS Board Members


Seminar Adjourns


Your Warm, Waterfront, Winter Getaway

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

5001 Coconut Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Group Rate: $299 single/double

Located on 26 beautifully landscaped acres overlooking Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa offers a relaxed environment for networking and learning. Bring the family and enjoy the coastal, resort-style hotel near Naples, Florida that will make the winter months seem like a distant memory. Book your room in the group block to receive the discounted resort fee of $10 per night, a savings of $20 per night. Click here to make your room reservation or call  888.421.1442 and mention “SIS Winter Seminar” to receive the discounted rate. The SIS room rate expires on Thursday, January 11, 2018, subject to availability.



Seminar Registration Fees -Before December 8, 2017

Physician Members - $625
Non-member Physicians - $975

Your Mid-Level Team Members (Allied Health Professionals) - $325

Military Physicians, Fellows, Residents, and Medical Student Members -$275


Register early and save. All Seminar rates increase by $100 on December 8, 2017, and again on January 12, 2018.


2018 Golf Tournament Entry Fee - $199

Includes green fees, cart rental, and lunch with proceeds benefiting SIS



The nearest airport is Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), 14 miles from the resort. Please arrange your own ground transportation to and from the resort. Overnight self-parking is available at the hotel and included in the discounted resort fee. Valet parking with in/out privileges is $25 per day.

Plan to arrive for the SIS 2018 Golf Tournament, which begins in the early afternoon of Friday, February 2, 2018. The General Session of the Seminar begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018.


Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify best practices to ensure patient safety during interventional spine procedures;
  • Describe how strict diagnostic criteria and anatomically validated technique can improve outcomes;
  • Review spine interventional procedures from the cervical to the sacral regions to identify predictors of success and common controversies.
  • Discuss advanced procedural details that can increase patient safety;
  • Assess new technologies and discuss how they are poised to change interventional spine care.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The Spine Intervention Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Spine Intervention Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Special Accommodations
SIS only contracts with facilities that are in compliance with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and also strives to meet the needs of all diets with food provided to participants during the course. All ADA accommodations and/or dietary requests should be submitted by Thursday, January 11, 2018 to registration@SpineIntervention.org.


Registration Information
Registration is required and accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registrants will be confirmed via email. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the office. Do not book hotel accommodations or airfare until you are confirmed for the course.

Cancellation Policy
The Spine Intervention Society requires cancellation at least 21 days prior to the Seminar to receive a refund less a $150 administrative fee. Cancellation less than 21 days prior will result in forfeiture of all fees. SIS reserves the right to cancel this event due to circumstances beyond its control. The Society assumes no financial obligation to registrants for possible costs incurred.

Disclosure Policy
SIS plans and implements educational activities in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. As an ACCME-accredited provider, the Society’s policy requires program speakers, moderators, committee chairs, committee members, planners, and staff to disclose all financial relationships they may have or have had within the last twelve (12) months with commercial interests whose products or services may impact their presentation.

The Instructor Development Committee Chair reviews all disclosures prior to presentation and has a process of resolution that, if not satisfied, results in the removal of the speaker. The intent of this policy is not to prevent expert speakers with relevant relationship(s), with commercial interest(s), or other interests from involvement in CME but rather to ensure that the Society’s CME activities promote quality and safety, are effective in improving medical practice, are based on valid content, and are independent from commercial interests and free of commercial bias. Disclosure information will be made available to all participants at this meeting. Speakers are also required to disclose this information to the participants verbally and on the introductory slide at the beginning of each presentation.

To ensure the integrity of members, volunteers, and leaders, and to maintain public confidence, SIS has adopted a policy of uniform disclosure of financial relationships. Any individual participating in a sponsored activity must disclose to the audience any financial relationship in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g. stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities for which remuneration is received or expected.

Commercial Support Disclosure
The Society fully complies with all ACCME requirements for commercial support and maintains a separation of promotion from education. The content or format of SIS CME activities and related materials promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest. The Spine Intervention Society is a non-profit medical society. Revenues from this and all courses are used for future research and educational endeavors.


Photography Authorization
Attendees agree to hold harmless and indemnify the Society from any and all claims involving the use of their picture or likeness. The Society reserves the right to use any photographs or videos taken at SIS events without the expressed written permission of those included within. The Society may record your likeness, image, voice, sound effects, interview, and performance and edit and incorporate such recording into formats, including but not limited to, educational, literary, and/or promotional materials such as advertising, website, and social media content with or without the participant’s name.

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Course Materials Copyright
Materials presented at this course have been made available by the Spine Intervention Society for educational purposes only. No distribution or reproductions of any kind, including audio and video recordings, may be made of the presentations. We reserve all rights to such material.


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