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SIS Will Accept Abstracts for the Following Meetings


SIS 2019 Winter Seminar

Tucson, Arizona
February 16-17, 2019 

Submission Period: August 6 – October 8, 2018


SIS 2019 European Congress

Spring 2019
Location: To Be Announced

Submission Period: November 5, 2018 – February 7, 2019


The SIS Annual Meeting

New York City, New York
August 14-17, 2019

Submission Period: November 12, 2018 – March 4, 2019

 General Information 
  • Original research abstracts may be solicited for podium presentation or poster presentation.
  • Abstracts that are not selected for podium presentation may be accepted as a poster presentation.
  • Case studies may be submitted as abstracts.
  • Preference will be given to original research that has not been presented elsewhere.
  • Due to the ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Standards, SIS cannot display industry-sponsored research posters during any poster session that offers CME credit. Posters from research by commercial interests (defined by the ACCME as "any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients") will be displayed separately.

  • All abstracts selected for presentation from the podium or as a poster at the Annual Meeting will be published in Pain Medicine.
  • Podium and poster presenters will receive a $100 discount on Annual Meeting registration.


 Submitter Requirements

  1. In order to maintain an investigator-driven process, the submitter of the abstract should be the first (primary) author. Staff representatives from industry are not allowed to submit original research abstracts on behalf of an investigator. All abstract correspondence will be sent to the submitter (first/primary author).
  2. If selected for presentation, the presenter need not be the first/primary author but must have been involved in the research. Once identified, SIS staff will communicate directly with the presenter regarding meeting logistics.
  3. All authors must complete the financial disclosure survey by the submission deadline. Submissions without disclosures will not be evaluated.

Poster Presentation Sessions

All events will include a Poster Presentation with Authors session that offers CME credit. This is an opportunity for authors to showcase their research. Presenting authors are expected to attend and present their poster to attendees during this session; if an author accepts the invitation but fails to present his or her poster, that may preclude future submissions.

Annual Meeting - Abstract Awards

All abstracts submitted for the SIS Annual Meeting will be evaluated for recognition as "Best Clinical Abstract" and "Best Basic Science Abstract."

Fellows and residents are especially invited to submit their research for consideration of the Best Fellow Abstract or Best Resident Abstract Awards. To be eligible for these awards, the fellow and resident must be first author of their abstract submissions. Fellows and residents need not be SIS members; however, at least one senior co-author/advisor must be a member in good standing. Winning abstracts will be presented from the podium. Documentation of active participation in a residency or fellowship program is required.

Best Fellow Abstract and Best Resident Abstract Award winners will receive the following assistance from the Society to attend the Annual Meeting:

  • Waived registration fee
  • Two nights' lodging at the meeting hotel
  • Up to $500 toward airfare and ground transportation
  • $40 per day (up to 2 days) meal allowance


Financial Disclosure Requirement

ALL authors must complete the Spine Intervention Society’s Disclosure Survey prior to the submission deadline.

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Abstract Formatting Requirements 

  • Use Times New Roman, 10 pt font.

  • Title: Capitalize appropriate words. Do not enter all words in upper case. 

  • Abstracts must include: summary of background data, objectives, methods, results, and discussions/conclusion.

  • Formatting Guidelines: abstracts must be submitted as a MS Word document; no figures, photos, or tables please.

  • Abstracts must be 300 words or less, with a maximum of 3 references; the title, author names and affiliations, and references do not count in the 300 word limit.

  • Above the abstract body, list out authors' names and affiliations per the example below.

    Sarah K Scientist, MD, sks@domain.edu1, Neil A. Investigator, MD1, Dana L XXXX, MD1, Angela XXXXX, BA2, (1) Main Street Medical Center, Local University, Science City, CA, (2) State University, New York, NY




Best Abstract Recognition Awards


  • Best Basic Science Abstract: Georg C. Feigl, MD, Wolfgang Stelzer, MD, Rudolf Likar, MD, Christoph Skias - Anatomical Topographical Investigation of the Dorsal Thoracic Branch of the Spinal Nerve: Are There Consequences for Techniques of Thermocoagulation?
  • Best Clinical Abstract/Best Fellow Abstract: Patricia Zheng, MD, Byron Schneider, MD, Joshua Levin, MD, Lisa Huynh, MD, Matthew Smuck, MD, Agnes Ith, BS, David J. Kennedy, MD - Multi-Institutional Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Prospective Study of Intra-articular Lumbar Zygapophysial Joint Corticosteroid Injection(s) as Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain in a Selected Population
  • Best Resident Abstract: Brittany Bickelhaupt, MD, Maxim Eckmann, MD, Jacob Fehl, MD, Jonathan Benfield, DO, Jonathan Curley, MD, Omid Rahimi, PhD; Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd - Cadaveric Study of the Articular Branches of the Shoulder Joint
  • Outstanding Abstract Award: Srinivas Mallempati, MD, Bradly S. Goodman, MD, Erik A. Davis, MD, John Ye, MD, Kewei Yu, MD - Cervical Interlaminar Epidural Flow Patterns: An Analysis of the Varied Patterns Seen Using Contralateral Oblique View


  • Best Basic Science Abstract: Michael DePalma MD, Kasra Amirdelfan MD, Hyun Bae MD, Domagoj Coric MD, Andrew Sumich MD, Tory McJunkin MD, Ken Pettine MD, Hyun Hong MD, Kee Kim MD, William Beckworth, MD, Michael Pullar, MD, Gary Ghiselli, MD, J. Scott Bainbridge, MD, Randall Dryer, MD, Timothy Deer, MD, Roger D. Brown  - A Randomized, Controlled Trial Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of Immunoselected, Allogeneic Mesenchymal Precursor Cells for Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Best Clinical Abstract: Alison Stout DO, Paul Dreyfuss MD, Nathan Swain DO, Shannon Roberts BA, Eldon Loh MD, Anne Agur PhD - Optimal Fluoroscopic Targets for Cooled Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Sacral Lateral Branches: An Anatomical Study
  • Best Fellow AbstractZachary L. McCormick MD, Ariana Nelson MD, Meghan Bhave MD, Sarah Choxi MD, Ali Ebrahimi MD, Mikhail Zhukalin DO, Dost Khan MD, Geeta Nagpal MD, David R. Walega, MD - A Prospective Randomized Comparative Trial of Targeted Steroid Injection via Epidural Catheter versus Standard C7-T1 Interlaminar Approach for the Treatment of Unilateral Cervical Radicular Pain: 1-Month Outcomes
  • Best Resident AbstractRyan Mattie MD, Zachary McCormick MD, Katri Laimi PhD, MD, Mikhail Saltychev PhD, MD - Using Item Response Theory to Determine the Ability of the Numeric Rating Scale to Accurately Discriminate Between Levels of Pain Severity in Patients with Radicular or Musculoskeletal Pain


  • Best Basic Science Abstract: Gaetano Scuderi, MD, Pasquale X Montesano, MD, Jason Cuellar, MD, PhD - Improving Response to Treatment for Patients with DDD by the Use of Molecular Markers
  • Best Clinical Abstract: Allen Burton, MD, Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD, Cong Yu, MD, Matthew W Doust, MD, Bradford E Gliner, MS, Ricardo Vallejo, MD, PhD, B Todd Sitzman, MD, MPH, Kasra Amirdelfan, MD, Donna M Morgan, MD, Lora L Brown, MD, Thomas L Yearwood, MD, PhD, Richard Bundschu, MD, Thomas Yang, MD, Ramsin Benyamin, MD, Abram H. Burgher, MD, for the SENZA-RCT investigators - Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of 10 kHz High Frequency and Traditional Low Frequency Stimulation for the Treatment of Chronic Back and Leg Pain: 18-Month Results
  • Best Fellow Abstract: Nathan Swain, DO, Alison Stout, DO, Paul Dreyfuss, MD, Shannon Roberts, BA, Eldon Loh, MD, Anne Agur, PhD - Determining Optimal Fluoroscopic Imaging and Needle Placement for Cooled RF Neurotomy of Sacral Lateral Branch Nerves: An Anatomical Study
  • Best Resident Abstract: Byron Schneider, MD, Zack McCormick, MD, David J Kennedy, MD - Comparative Effectiveness of Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections With Particulate versus Nonparticulate Corticosteroids for Lumbar Radicular Pain Due to Intervertebral Disc Herniation: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-blind Trial: Preliminary 5 Year Follow Up Data


  • Best Basic Science Abstract: Josef Pleticha, MD, Andreas S Beutler, MD, W Michael Hooten, MD, Timothy P Maus, MD - Interventional Gene Vector Delivery to the Peripheral Nervous System: Preclinical Testing of CT-Guided Procedures in Pigs and Imaging Based Modeling in Humans.
  • Best Clinical Abstract: Janna Friedly, MD, David Sibell, MD, D.J. Kennedy, MD - A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections for Spinal Stenosis
  • Best Poster Submission: Vance T Lehman, MD, Robert C Murphy, MD, Louis A Schenck, MS, Rickey E Carter, PhD, Geoff B Johnson, MD, Amy L Kotsenas, MD, Jonathon M Morris, MD, Mark A Nathan, MD, John T Wald, MD, Timothy P Maus, MD - Comparison of Facet Joint Activity on 99mTc-MDP SPECT/CT with Facet Joint Signal Change on MRI with Fat Suppression
  • Best Fellow Abstract: Lisa Huynh, MD, Matthew Smuck, MD, Ma Agnes Ith, D.J. Kennedy MD - Does Fibronectin Aggrecan Complex Predict Response to Epidural Steroid Injection?
  • Best Resident Abstract: Christine A El-Yahchouchi, MD, Christopher T Plastaras, MD, Timothy P Maus, MD, Carrie M Carr, MD, Zack McCormick, MD, Jennifer R Geske, MS, Matthew Smuck, MD, Matthew J Pingree, MD, D.J. Kennedy, MD - Complication Rates of Transforaminal and Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections: A Multi-Institutional Study


  • Best Basic Science Abstract: Wenchun Qu, MD, Yuexiang Wang, MD, Michael Hooten, Timothy Maus, MD, & Kent Thielen, MD - Positional Dorsal CSF (dCSF) Thickness as Foundation for Adaptive Spinal Cord Stimulation.
  • Best Clinical Abstract: D.J. Kennedy, MD, Christopher Plastaras, MD, Ellen Casey, MD, Christopher Visco, MD, & Matthew Smuck, MD - A Randomized, Double-Blind, Multi-Center, Prospective Study Comparing the Efficacy of Particulate vs Non-Particulate Corticosteroids for Lumbar Radiculitis due to an Acute Herniated Nucleus Pulposus
  • Best Poster Submission: Christine El-Yahchouchi, MD, Timothy P. Maus, MD, & JT Wald, MD - Transforaminal Epidural Steroids Injections: Does Immediate Post-Procedure Response Predict Longer Term Response?
  • Best Fellow Abstract: Susan DiStasio, DO & Boqing Chen, MD, PhD - Vascular Penetration Rate in Kambin's Triangle
  • Best Resident Abstract: Christine El-Yahchouchi, MD & Timothy Maus, MD - Non-inferiority of Dexamethasone in Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections


  • Best Basic Science Abstract: William Jeremy Beckworth, MD, Rajiv Sood, MD, Arin Fredrick Katzer, DO - Anomalous Location of the Vertebral Artery in Relation to the Neural Foramen - Implications for Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Best Clinical Abstract: Ajay Patel, MD, Agnes Martinez-Ith, & Matthew Smuck, MD - A Prospective Analysis of Alternative Needles for Lumbosacral Transforaminal Epidural Injections
  • Best Poster: Chris Reiser, PhD, Farrokh Aghaeepour, MS, & Timothy Stegman, MA - Reducing Lead Migration with the Clik™ Anchor - A Real-World Review
  • Best Fellow Abstract: Scott Hamilton, MD & D.J. Kennedy, MD - Comparison of Live Fluoroscopy and Digital Subtraction Angiography for Detection of Intravascular Injection with Medial Branch Blocks
  • Best Resident Abstract: Casey Fisher, MD, David Fish, MD - Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Spinal Injections (LTFESI) for Lumbar Radiculopathy: Comparing functional outcomes to contrast spread patterns

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