In one weekend you'll identify symptomologies, assess imaging, and get hands-on lab time practicing evidence-based techniques on cadavers. Learn evidence-based radiofrequency neurotomy techniques for the lumbar and cervical regions. You will experience 8.5 hours of hands-on lab instruction, 6.5 hours of lecture and breakout sessions, and one hour of discussion with your instructors.

Receive Hands-on Training in Radiofrequency Neurotomy For The:

  • L3-4 Medial Branch
  • L5 Primary Dorsal Ramus
  • Third Occipital Nerve (TON
  • C3-6 Medial Branch
  • C7 Medial Branch

Lectures and Breakouts

  • Anatomy of Lumbar and Cervical Posterior Columns
  • Lumbar and Cervical Medial Branch Blocks
  • Radiofrequency Neurotomy Principles
  • Lumbar and Cervical Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar and Cervical Case Management
  • Coding and Billing


The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Rodney Jones, MD
Wichita, Kansas

Aaron Calodney, MD
Tyler, Texas

Graf Hilgenhurst, MD
Smyrna, Tennessee

Timothy Houden, MD
Ogden, Utah

Milton H. Landers, DO, PhD
Wichita, Kansas

Kevin Martinez, MD
New Orleans, Louisiana

Joshua Rittenberg, MD
Oakland, California

Louis Saeger, MD
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Patrick H. Waring, MD
New Orleans, Louisiana



Friday, January 17

Registration / Box Lunch
12:00-12:20 p.m.

Introduction: Welcome and Expectations
12:20-12:30 p.m.

Lecture: Posterior Column Anatomy and Medial Branch Block Lumbar
12:30-1:15 p.m.

Lecture: Posterior Column Anatomy and Medial Branch Block Cervical
1:15-2:00 p.m.

Lecture: Radiofrequency Neurotomy Principles
2:00-2:45 p.m.

2:45-3:15 p.m.

Lecture: Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy
3:15-4:00 p.m.

Lecture: Cervical Radiofrequency Neurotomy
4:00-4:45 p.m.

Lecture: Coding and Billing
4:45-5:00 p.m.C

5:00-5:30 p.m.

Adjourn for the Day
5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception at the Westin Phoenix Downtown
5:45-6:45 p.m.

Saturday, January 18

Shuttle Departs from the Westin Phoenix Downtown to Science Care
7:00 a.m.
7:15-8:00 a.m.

Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 90-Minute Rotations

8:00-9:30 a.m. - Rotation 1

9:30-11:00 a.m. - Rotation 2

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 90-Minute Rotation

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Rotation 3

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 90-Minute Rotations

2:00-3:30 p.m. - Rotation 4

3:30-5:00 p.m. - Rotation 5

Adjourn for the Day - Shuttle Departs from Science Care to the Westin Phoenix Downtown
5:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 19

Shuttle Departs from the Westin Phoenix Downtown the Science Care
7:00 a.m.

7:15-8:00 a.m.

Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 75-Minute Rotations

8:00-9:30 a.m. - Rotation 6

9:30-11:00 a.m. - Rotation 7

Attendee Choice Practice Time
11:00-11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Course Adjourns
12:00 p.m.
Shuttle Departs Science Care for Phoenix International Airport (PHX)
12:10 p.m.

Registration and Hotel Details

Special Registration Rate Before Saturday, November 23, 2019

Physician Members - $3,295
After Friday, November 22, 2019 - $3,495
After Friday, December 20, 2019 - $3,695

Due to the advanced nature of this course, prior to registering, Fellow and Resident members must contact the SIS office at or 630.203.2252, extension 102, for a credentials review prior to registering.

Hotel Venue/Friday Lectures and Networking Reception
The Westin Phoenix Downtown is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix across from the Light Rail stop, with over 30 restaurants in walking distance. Contemporary guestrooms and suites offer floor to ceiling windows which flood the space with natural light, while deluxe amenities, thoughtful essentials and Westin Heavenly® beds will fulfill your relaxation needs. The hotel’s extensive suite collection is comprised of upscale executive suites boasting 744 square feet of luxury. Corner views of the city offer a more panoramic feel from both the guest room and the deep soaking tub. After a full day, rejuvenate with a soothing in-room massage or exhilarating swim in the refreshing Lapis Terrace Pool.

Westin Phoenix Downtown
333 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Room Rate: $189
Cut-off: Friday, December 27, 2019, subject to availability
Click HERE for online reservations
Call 800.937.8461 and mention "Spine Intervention Society"

Science Care®
3836 East Watkins Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034


If flying to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), please arrange your own ground transportation to The Westin Phoenix Downtown. Ride shares and rental cars are readily available at Sky Harbor. Public transportation is available via the PHX Sky Train® to the 44th St./Washington Valley Metro Rail station. From there 19th Ave/Dunlap light rail will bring you to within a .2 mile walk to the hotel.

On Sunday at 12:10 p.m., after the completion of the course, SIS provides transportation to Sky Harbor directly from the Science Care® facility. Please make flight arrangements after 2:00 p.m. SIS does not provide transportation to the airport prior to that time, or transportation back to the hotel.

Educational Objectives/CME Credits

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:


  • Analyze the imaging depiction of the relevant anatomy;
  • Relate patient history and physical exam findings with imaging to achieve a likely diagnosis of the spinal pathology causing the patient’s pain or dysfunction;
  • Describe the literature support for the efficacy of the procedures;
  • Identify the risks and benefits of each procedure, as well as assessment, prevention, and treatment of potential complications;
  • Apply technically correct performance of the spinal procedures using safe fluoroscopic guidance with minimal tissue injury or discomfort.

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 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The American Medical Association has determined that physicians not licensed in the US to participate in this CME activity are eligible for 
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The Spine Intervention Society advises participants to continue to obtain proctoring, mentoring, and additional experience prior to treating patients.

Target Audience
This live activity has been designed for physicians who perform spine intervention procedures.

The Spine Intervention Society strongly advises that members are proficient in the lumbar spine before progressing to cervical techniques and other advanced interventional procedures. 

Who May Attend
Registration is open to Spine Intervention Society members who are board-certified or in the examination process for certification in: Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, or Orthopedic Surgery. 

Members who are not board-certified or eligible for certification in these specialties must have either completed or be currently enrolled in a pain fellowship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and begin education with SIS with the Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab. 

Requirements for Fellow and Resident Members
Fellow and Resident members who wish to take this course must be board-eligible in one of the above six specialties and are required to have previously taken the SIS Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab. Fellow and Resident members who are currently board-certified in one of the above six specialties may submit a waiver request to start instruction with this course. Waiver requests must include a statement from a Program Director attesting to the member’s skill level. Waiver requests must be submitted via email to:

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 Wednesday, December 18, 2019 to

Attendee Preparation
You can expect an email from the Society at least one week before the course. This message will contain educational and logistical information that we encourage you to review prior to attending. Upon completion of the course, you will also receive access to the final versions of the lectures that were presented.

Everyone attending our courses should be familiar with the SIS Practice Guidelines—the comprehensive compendium on evidence-based spine intervention. A print-only publication available by mail-order, the book includes detailed, illustrated depictions of needle placement and injectate flow patterns for cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral procedures.

During lab time, attendees should dress in casual attire or scrubs and closed-toed shoes. Leaded aprons and thyroid shields will be provided; please bring your own protective eyewear.

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 course 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 disclosure policy requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest to the provider. The ACCME defines “‘relevant’ financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

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, or its 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.

In-Kind Commercial Support
Fluoroscopic C-Arm(s) provided by Ziehm Imaging, Inc.


Disposable supplies provided by Avanos Medical

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.

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct
SIS does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment including, but not limited to: inappropriate comments on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, gender identity, or gender expression; the display of inappropriate or sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recordings; sustained disruption of presentations or other events; inappropriate physical contact or unwelcome sexual attention. 

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, staff, and volunteers at Society activities are required to agree to uphold this code of conduct during the event, in activity-related social events at on-site or off-site locations, and in related online communities and social media. 

To report a violation of our Code of Conduct, please send an email to SIS senior staff at

Reports will be investigated, and appropriate action will be taken.

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