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Wednesday, August 14

Ultrasound Interventions of the Spine and Masqueraders Bio-Skills Lab

Onsite Precourse (Additional Fee Required)

8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Rhinelander Gallery, 2nd Floor

For pre- and post-course information, click here.

Accreditation in Evidence-Based Medicine: Part I Assessing Studies of Treatment
Discussion Session (Prerequisite: Completion of Online SpineNet EBM Course)
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Hudson, 4th Floor

Accreditation in Evidence-Based Medicine: Part II Assessing Studies of Diagnostic Tests and Strategies
Discussion Session (Prerequisite: Completion of Online SpineNet EBM Course)
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Midtown, 4th Floor

Registration Open
5:00–7:30 p.m.
West Promenade, 3rd Floor

CME Research Poster Presentations With Authors
6:00–7:00 p.m.
West Promenade, 3rd Floor

Meet the poster abstract authors as they showcase their research during an interactive 1-hour CME session. Although posters will be on display during the entire Annual Meeting, to be awarded CME credit, you must attend this session.

Welcome Reception
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Americas Hall I, 3rd Floor

Your first networking opportunity during the Annual Meeting, the Welcome Reception is the perfect way to make new acquaintances and rekindle old relationships with your peers.

President’s Dinner (By Invitation Only)
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Thursday, August 15

Registration Open
7:30 a.m.–5:40 p.m.
West Promenade, 3rd Floor

Industry-Sponsored Research Posters in Exhibit Hall
8:00 a.m.
Americas Hall I, 3rd Floor

Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8:00-8:45 a.m.
Americas Hall I, 3rd Floor

Welcome Remarks
8:40–8:45 a.m.
Speaker: Annual Meeting Chair Vinil Shah, MD

From Science to Practice: Where We Are Headed
8:45-9:45 a.m.
Moderator: Marzena Buzanowska, MD
Speaker: Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD

Consider treatment targets that address the mechanisms rather than simply the symptoms of discogenic low back pain and leverage multiple regenerative medicine modalities in the hostile intervertebral disc environment that may improve the safety and efficacy of intradiscal biologics.

8:45 - Using Biology to Define Treatments for Low Back Pain

Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD

9:25 - Challenges Facing Intradiscal Biologics
Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD


Presidential Address

9:45-10:00 a.m.
SIS President: Timothy Maus, MD

Fundraising Committee Update
10:00-10:05 a.m.
Speaker: Fred DeFrancesch, MD

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:05-10:35 a.m.
Americas Hall I, 3rd Floor

Evidence Analysis Committee Meeting (By Invitation Only)
10:05-10:35 a.m.
Mercury Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Regenerative Medicine: Clinical Practice
10:35 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Alison Stout, DO
Speakers: Wenchun Qu, MD, PhD; Gerard A. Malanga, MD; Libi Galmer, DO

Hear about new advances in regenerative medicine and intra-articular regenerative therapies.

10:35 - Historical Perspective and New Advances in Regenerative Medicine
Wenchun Qu, MD, PhD

11:05 - Musculoskeletal Regenerative Therapies in Clinical Practice
Gerard A. Malanga, MD

11:25 - Ethics, Regulatory Issues, and the Future of Regenerative Therapies
Libi Galmer, DO

11:45 - Discussion

AVANOS Medical Lunch and Presentation: Making Bigger Better - How Lesion Physiology Translates to Clinical Benefit: Research Updates on Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation (Non-CME)
12:00-1:20 p.m.
Grand Ballroom West, 3rd Floor

Health Policy Division Meeting (By Invitation Only)
12:00-1:20 p.m.
Petit Trianon, 3rd Floor

Research Division Meeting (By Invitation Only)
12:00-1:20 p.m.
Mercury Ballroom, 3rd Floor

SpineNet Committee Meeting (By Invitation Only)
12:00-1:20 p.m.
Rendezvous Trianon, 3rd Floor

Fluoroscopy: Image Interpretation and Novel Technologies
1:20-2:50 p.m.
Milan P. Stojanovic, MD
Timothy Maus, MD; Jatinder Gill, MD; Greta Liebo, MD; John A. Carrino, MD, MPH

Explore the correlation of cross-sectional imaging with fluoroscopic landmarks and review new ways to access the epidural space and interpret contrast flow patterns. The session will also introduce 3-D X-ray imaging technology as a novel approach for future spinal interventions.

1:20 - Correlation of Cross-Sectional Imaging and Fluoroscopic Landmarks
Timothy Maus, MD

1:40 - Epidural Access: Technical Update and 3D Comprehension
Jatinder Gill, MD

2:00 - Contrast Flow Patterns
Greta Liebo, MD

2:20 - Frontiers in Fluoroscopy: Digital 3-D X-ray Imaging
John A. Carrino, MD, MPH

2:40 - Discussion

A Critical Review of the Influential Papers of 2018
2:50-3:50 p.m.
Moderator: Nathaniel M. Schuster, MD:

Experience a critical assessment of the methods, findings, and potential impact on your practice from last year's  most influential interventional spine papers as selected by the SIS Research Division.

2:50 - Presented By Anthony Schwarzer, MD, PhD:

Fischgrund et al. (2018). Intraosseous Basivertebral Nerve Ablation for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Prospective Randomized Double-blind Sham-controlled Multi-center Study. European Spine Journal.

Kennedy et al. (2018). Corticosteroid Injections Into Lumbar Facet Joints: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

3:05 - Presented By Patricia Zheng, MD:

Cohen et al. (2018). Effectiveness of Lumbar Facet Joint Blocks and Predictive Value before Radiofrequency Denervation: The Facet Treatment Study (FACTS), a Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial. Anesthesiology.

Furman and Johnson. (2018). Induced Lumbosacral Radicular Symptom Referral Patterns: A Descriptive Study. The Spine Journal.

3:20 - Presented By W. Evan Rivers, DO:

Wahezi et al. (2018). Cervical Medial Branch Block Volume Dependent Dispersion Patterns as a Predictor for Ablation Success: A Cadaveric Study. PM&R.

Roberts et al. (2018). Anatomical Comparison of Radiofrequency Ablation Techniques for Sacroiliac Joint Pain.Pain Medicine. and Stout et al. (2018). Proposed Optimal Fluoroscopic Targets for Cooled Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Sacral Lateral Branches to Improve Clinical Outcomes: An Anatomical Study. Pain Medicine.

3:35 - Presented By Nathaniel M. Schuster, MD:

Al Kaisy et al. (2018). Prospective, Randomized, Sham-Control, Double Blind, Crossover Trial of Subthreshold Spinal Cord Stimulation at Various Kilohertz Frequencies in Subjects Suffering From Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (SCS Frequency Study). Neuromodulation.

3:42 - Discussion

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:50-4:20 p.m.
Americas Hall I, 3rd Floor

CME Committee Meeting (By Invitation Only)
3:50-4:20 p.m.
Rendezvous Trianon, 3rd Floor

Coding Quick Hit: Modifiers
4:20-4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Virtaj Singh, MD

FactFinders Presents: Risks of Precipitate Formation When Combining Corticosteroids with Local Anesthetic for Use During Interventional Pain Procedures
4:30-4:35 p.m.
Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH

Research Division Update
4:35-4:40 p.m.
Speaker: David Levi, MD

Dr. Levi shares the latest developments on Society-funded research studies, research protocols for high-priority topics, online opportunities for members to earn CME credit for journal article review, and other efforts to encourage research in our field.

Top Research Abstract Presentations
4:40-5:40 p.m.
Moderator: David Levi, MD

Learn how the award-winning abstract authors among you are expanding the evidence base of spine intervention procedures.

4:40 - Best Resident Abstract: Validity of Physical Exam Maneuvers in Diagnosis of Sacroiliac Joint Pathology; Are Physical Exams Worth the Time?
Reza Ehsanian, MD, PhD

5:00 - Best Resident Abstract: The Natural History of Cervical Radiculopathy with Soft Disc Herniations and Osteophytes
Iain M. Bailey, MD

5:20 - Best Clinical Abstract: Patient-perceived Duration of Effect of Lidocaine and Bupivacaine Following Diagnostic Medial Branch Blocks: A Multicenter Study
Bryon J. Schneider, MD

Adjourn for the Day 
5:40 p.m.

Relievant Medsystems Reception and Presentation: The Science of Vertebrogenic Pain and Clinical Evidence Supporting the Intracept Procedure (Non-CME)
5:45-6:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom West, 3rd Floor

SIS Fundraiser at Yankee Stadium (Additional Registration Required - Limited Availability)
First Pitch 7:05 p.m.

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in the Bronx while you support SIS advocacy, education, and research.

Friday, August 16

Annual Meeting Program Committee Meeting (By Invitation Only)
7:30-8:30 a.m.
Rendezvous Trianon, 3rd Floor

Standards Division Meeting (By Invitation Only)
7:30-8:30 a.m.
Mercury Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8:00-8:45 a.m.
Americas Hall I, 3rd Floor

Registration Open
8:00 a.m.–5:50 p.m.
West Promenade, 3rd Floor

Discogenic Pain
8:45-10:15 a.m.
Moderator: David Levi, MD
Speakers: Mehul J. Desai, MD, MPH; Byron J. Schneider, MD; Vance Lehman, MD; David Levi, MD; Matthew Smuck, MD

How effective is biacuplasty treatment? Are there actual long-term risks associated with performing provocation discography? Can MRI findings or elements in a patient’s history predict positive discography? As we discover more about the importance of the endplate as a source of pain, could basivertebral nerve ablation be an effective treatment option?

8:45 - Biacuplasty for Discogenic Low Back Pain
Mehul J. Desai, MD, MPH

9:05 - Why I Wouldn't Recommend Biacuplasty for My Patients
Byron J. Schneider, MD

9:10 -  Dr. Desai's Rebuttal
Mehul J. Desai, MD, MPH

9:15 - Provocation Discography: Are There Long Term Risks?
Vance Lehman, MD

9:25 - Is Episodic Low Back Pain Discogenic?
David Levi, MD

9:35 - Imaging Correlates of Discogenic Pain
Vance Lehman, MD

9:50 - Basivertebral Nerve Ablation for Endplate Pain
Matthew Smuck, MD

10:05 - Discussion

Coding Quick Hit: Orphan Procedures and Regenerative Injections
10:15-10:25 a.m.
Richard G. Chang, MD, MPH

FactFinders Presents: Ultrasound Guided Injections
10:25-10:30 a.m.
Byron J. Schneider, MD

SIS Business Meeting (Members Only)
10:30-10:45 a.m.
Speakers: Timothy Maus, MD; Matthew Smuck, MD; Joshua Rittenberg, MD

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:45-11:15 a.m.
Americas Hall I, 3rd Floor

Imaging Part 1
11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Speakers: Timothy Maus, MD; Felix Diehn, MD

Advanced imaging is essential for planning safe and effective interventional spine procedures. This imaging session will utilize full imaging datasets to consider common challenges when planning lumbar epidural steroid injections, selective nerve blocks, and intra-articular facet access procedures. The presentations will also explore preparing for optimal approaches, as well as fallback strategies when observed flow patterns are not ideal.

Fundraising Committee Update

12:00-12:05 p.m.
Speaker: Fred DeFrancesch, MD

Nevro Lunch and Presentation: New Therapeutic Insights and Groudbreaking Data in MORE Pain Areas (Non-CME)
12:05-1:20 p.m.
Grand Ballroom West, 3rd Floor

Education Division Meeting (By Invitation Only)
12:05-1:20 p.m.
Rendezvous Trianon, 3rd Floor

Membership Committee Meeting (By Invitation Only)
12:05-1:20 p.m.
Petit Trianon, 3rd Floor

Patient Safety Committee Meeting (By Invitation Only)
12:05-1:20 p.m.
Mercury Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Facet Joint Pain
1:20-2:45 p.m.
Moderator: Byron J. Schneider, MD
Speakers: Byron J. Schneider, MD; David J. "D.J." Kennedy, MD; Steven P. Cohen, MD

Review the most recent evidence on intra-articular injections of both corticosteroids and other agents into the zygapophyseal joints. The differences between the diagnostic and prognostic validity of medial branch blocks will be covered, with discussion on how this pertains to clinical practice.

1:20 - Zygapophyseal Joint Injections
Byron J. Schneider, MD

1:45 - Medial Branch Blocks: Diagnostic Validity and Optimizing Scientific Rigor
David J. "D.J." Kennedy, MD

2:10 - The Prognostic and Clinical Interpretation of Medial Branch Blocks: Optimizing Outcomes in Clinical Practice
Steven P. Cohen, MD

2:35 - Discussion

Coding Quick Hit: Billing for Facet Procedures
2:45-2:55 p.m.
Josh Levin, MD

FactFinders Presents: Anticoagulants and Antiplatelets for Lumbar Medial Branch Interventions
2:55-3:00 p.m.
Adrian Popescu, MD

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:00-3:30 p.m.
Americas Hall I, 3rd Floor

Education Division Update
3:30-3:35 p.m.
Education Division Chair: Alison Stout, DO

Dr. Stout, the SIS Education Division Chair, shares the latest developments related to the Division’s education initiatives.

The Future of Molecular Treatments
3:35-4:35 p.m.
Timothy Maus, MD
Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD; Timothy Maus, MD

The first generation of interventional pain procedures relied on limited classes of drugs (local anesthetics, corticosteroids) and selected patients based on a synthesis of often imprecise imaging and clinical data. Going forward, there will be opportunities to more precisely interrupt the nociceptive pathway with molecularly specific agents, retard the degenerative cascade, and select patients with greater precision.

3:35 - Improved Phenotyping to Facilitate Patient Selection for Spine Treatments
Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD

3:55 - A Dual Selective Analgesic Strategy
Timothy Maus, MD

4:25 - Discussion

Sex and Gender Differences in Pain
4:35-5:50 p.m.
Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd
Anne Z. Murphy, PhD; Patricia Zheng, MD; Andrea L. Nicol, MD, MSc

Sex and gender differences in chronic spinal and non-spinal pain are an emerging area of research. It is clear from animal and human data that pain and how it is managed differs between men and women, as well as in those who identify as transgender. This session will cover current animal data that describe the impact of biological sex on pain and its modulation by opioids, gender-specific spine anatomy variation that may predispose to different responses to spinal interventions, and clinical pathways for treating pain based upon gender and sex and influences.

4:35 - Sex Differences in Pain Management in Rodent Models
Anne Z. Murphy, PhD

4:55 - Gender Variation in Spine Anatomy and Biomechanics
Patricia Zheng, MD

5:15 - Gender and Sex Influence in the Clinical Treatment of Pain
Andrea L. Nicol, MD, MSc

5:35 - Discussion

Adjourn for the Day
5:50 p.m.

EBM Journal Club (By Invitation Only)
6:00-7:30 p.m.
New York, 4th Floor


Saturday, August 17

6th Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk for Research (Additional registration required)
6:00-8:00 a.m.
Meet in the Hotel Main Lobby

Have an unforgettable Central Park experience with colleagues and family at the 6th Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk for Research. This year, choose between running the 5K or finding your zen in a new Power Walk & Stretch. Click here for details.

Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:00 a.m.
West Promenade, 3rd Floor

Registration Open
8:00 a.m.-5:50 p.m.
West Promenade, 3rd Floor

Pearls from the Masters of Interventional Techniques
9:00-10:10 a.m.
Moderator: Adrian Popescu, MD
Speakers: John MacVicar, MB ChB; Richard Derby, MD; Joshua Rittenberg, MD

Discover clinical, technical, and procedural pearls from these master-level interventional spine physicians' most challenging cases.

9:00 - Cervical Radiofrequency Neurotomy
John MacVicar, MB ChB

9:20 - Technical Pearls for the Future: Planning is Everything
Richard Derby, MD

9:40 - This is Different: Would You Abort the Case?
Joshua Rittenberg, MD

10:00 - Discussion  

Health Policy Division Update
10:10-10:15 a.m.
Health Policy Division Chair:
Scott Horn, DO

Dr. Horn, the SIS Health Policy Division Chair, summarizes efforts to advocate for access to quality spine interventions, an optimal practice environment for qualified physicians, and appropriate reimbursement.

Networking Break
10:15-10:45 a.m.
West Promenade, 3rd Floor

Meet the Leaders (By Invitation Only)
10:15-10:45 a.m.
Petit Trianon, 3rd Floor

Peripheral Nerve Entrapments
10:45-11:55 a.m.
Moderator: Vinil Shah, MD
Speakers: Ligia V. Onofrei, MD; Jeffrey A. Strakowski, MD; John A. Carrino, MD, MPH

Review the clinical manifestations of common peripheral nerve entrapments with an emphasis on the correlation of relevant clinical information with imaging studies to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. The role of imaging in guiding treatment and monitoring treatment response will also be discussed.

10:45 - Clinical Assessment of Patients with Peripheral Nerve Entrapments
Ligia V. Onofrei, MD

11:05 - The Role of Ultrasound in Assessing Patients with Peripheral Neuropathies
Jeffrey A. Strakowski, MD 

11:25 - Magnetic Resonance Neurography
John A. Carrino, MD, MPH

11:45 - Discussion

Be the Voice in the Wilderness: Your Opportunities to Promote Safe, High Quality Care
11:55 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Scott Horn, DO
Speakers: Scott Horn, DO; David O'Brien, Jr., MD; Ariz R. Mehta, MD; Yusef Sayeed, MD

External forces are threatening our ability to provide safe and appropriate care to our patients. Inappropriate coverage policies restrict patient access to safe and effective procedures and are too often are developed without input from experts. What is SIS doing and what can you do, as an individual, to promote continued access to safe and effective procedures? 

11:55 - Combating Policies Restricting Coverage/Access to Procedures: What SIS is Doing
Scott Horn, DO

12:05 - What Individual Members Can Do: Local/State Level
David O'Brien, Jr., MD

12:15 - What Individual Members Can Do: State/Regional Level
Ariz R. Mehta, MD

12:25 - What Individual Members Can Do: National Level
Yusef Sayeed, MD

12:35 - Discussion

12:45-2:05 p.m.

Research Abstract Podium Presentations
2:05-3:05 p.m.
Moderator: David Levi, MD

Join Dr. Levi as he presents the latest in your peers' research. All abstracts presented today also will be published in Pain Medicine.

2:05 - The Effectiveness of Fluoroscopically-guided Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for the Treatment of Radicular Pain; A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Aaron Conger, DO

2:12 - Modification of the Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Approach Using the Superior Articular Process Angle Measurement on Axial MRI to Determine Appropriate Needle Angle Trajectory
David Levi, MD

2:19 - Incidence of "Vertebral Sheath Filling" During Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Injections
Danielle Binler, MD, MS

2:26 - The Effectiveness of Cervical Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Chronic Facetogenic Pain in Patients Selected Using a Practical Paradigm
Taylor Burnham, DO

2:33 - Pseudo-subarachnoid Hemorrhage Due to Gadolinium Extravasation Following Cervical Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injection
Ian D. Dworkin, MD

2:40 - Comparison of 18F-FDG-PET/MRI and Clinical Findings for Assessment of Suspected Lumbar Facet Joint Pain: A Prospective Study to Characterize Candidate Non-Anatomic Imaging Biomarkers and Potential Impact on Management
Vance Lehman, MD

2:47 - Thoracic Zygapophysial Joint Thermal Neurotomy: An Additional Prospective Case Series in a Community Practice
Geoffrey Speldewinde, MB BS

2:54 - A Prospective Consecutive Case Series of 10 kHz For Chronic Pain Conditions in a Real-world Community Practice
Geoffrey Speldewinde, MB BS

3:01 - Discussion

Standards Division Update
3:05-3:10 p.m.
Standards Division Chair:
Yakov Vorobeychik, MD, PhD

Dr. Vorobeychik, the SIS Standards Division Chair, shares the latest developments related to projects that define best practices for the safe performance of interventional spine procedures.

Networking Break
3:10-3:35 p.m.
West Promenade, 3rd Floor

Imaging: Part 2
3:35-4:20 p.m.
Speakers: Timothy Maus, MD; Felix Diehn, MD

Emerging Spine Technologies
4:20-5:50 p.m.
Scott Naftulin, DO
Speakers: Aaron Calodney, MD; Kamyar Assil, MD; George Rappard, MD; Michael Leong, MD

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common degenerative condition associated with neurogenic claudication and functional impairment. Several minimally invasive treatments are now available. This session will review these procedures, including technical aspects and published data.

4:20 - The MIST Guidelines: The Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Consensus Group Guidelines for Minimally Invasive Spine Treatment

Aaron Calodney, MD

4:40 - Interspinous Process Decompression
Kamyar Assil, MD

5:00 - Endoscopic Decompression
George Rappard, MD

5:15 - Percutaneous Decompressive Laminotomy
Michael Leong, MD

5:35 - Discussion

Meeting Adjourns
5:50 p.m.


Sunday, August 18

Neurostimulation Bio-Skills Lab

Offsite Postcourse (Additional Fee Required)

7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Jersey City, New Jersey

For pre- and post-course information, click here.


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