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.

Over a dozen scientific sessions will become available for streaming August 3rd, and three 90-minute live sessions 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.

Virtual Meeting Features for 2020

  • New sessions on expanding your practice with Artificial Intelligence, Focused Ultrasound, and Medical Marijuana
  • Attendee favorite sessions on Imaging, Fluoroscopic Contrast Spread Patterns, and Evaluation of Cervical Pain Generators

The full virtual offering will provide at least 13.0 CME credits.


Session Information (Listed in Alphabetical Order)

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 Generator - 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 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

Fluoroscopic Procedural Imaging and Contrast Spread Patterns: Understand the Imaging and Stay Out of Trouble! - Moderator: Milan P. Stojanovic, MD
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

"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 Malocurrence - Michael B. Furman, MD,MS

Medical Error Disclosure - David M. Sibell, MD

Risk Mitigation and the Malpractice Process - Jeffrey Grass, Esq.

Imaging Session 1: Imaging Findings in Common Clinical Disease
Timothy Maus, MD; Felix E. Diehn, MD

Imaging Session 2: Unusual Imaging Manifestations of Common Spinal Pathology
Timothy Maus, MD; Felix E. Diehn, 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

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/NANS Collaborative Session: Neurostimulation - Moderator: Aaron Calodney, MD with Co-Moderators: Fred DeFrancesch, MD; 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

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

Value-Based Spine Care and Innovative Payment Options: Challenges and Promises
Scott Horn, DO; D. Scott Kreiner, MD

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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