BWH Contemporary Treatment Strategies for Spinal Pathology

Westborough, MA US
May 28, 2019

Spine surgery have evolved tremendously in the last decade. New tools, techniques, and concepts in the management of craniospinal pathology has revolutionized patient care by refining surgical indications, reducing surgical morbidity and accelerating postoperative recovery. This activity will serve to inform the general medical community regarding recent innovations, including minimally invasive spine surgery, intraoperative navigation and comprehensive pain management paradigms. The event will utilize speakers who are experts in the field of traditional and minimally invasive surgery providing evidence from recent literature as well as surgical video demonstrations to emphasize salient clinical and technical pearls.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, researchers, nurses, physician assistants, social workers and rehabilitation medicine specialists.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Outline the history of traditional surgical treatment paradigms for management of spinal disease.
  2. Review challenges caregivers face in caring for patients with spine pathology
  3. Identify and implement appropriate conservative management options, as well as the role of surgical intervention.
  4. Discuss the advantages and indications for minimally invasive spine surgery, including endoscopic surgery.
  5. Discuss the advantages and indications for minimally invasive spine surgery, including intraoperative navigation, tubular retraction, percutaneous techniques.
  6. Discuss the optimal treatment strategies in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care for patients with spine disease

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Brigham & Women's Hospital - Department of Neurosurgery, and Partners HealthCare System

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.75 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/28/2019 - 6:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
05/28/2019 - 8:30pm EDT

Arturo's Ristorante
54 E Main Street
Westborough, MA 01581
United States

Michael W. Groff, MD

Vice-Chair, Neurosurgery
Director, Spinal Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Comprehensive Spine Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Michael W. Groff, M.D. is the Vice-Chairman and Director of Spinal Neurosurgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He earned his MD at the University of Pittsburgh and then went on to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York for internship and residency training in Neurological Surgery. He completed his training at the Medical College of Wisconsin with a fellowship in Spinal Surgery. Dr. Groff is actively involved in national neurosurgical societies. He is a past-Chairman of the AANS/CNS Joint Section of the Spine and Peripheral nerves, the national neurosurgical spine organization. He is also active in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF). He serves on the Editorial board for the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, as well as Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, and Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. Dr. Groff’s research interests have focused on spinal biomechanics, health services research, and evidence based medicine. The common thread has been trying to improve the outcome of individual patients. His clinical focus has been on Complex Cervical Spine surgery, Spinal Oncology, intradural spinal cord tumors, and minimally invasive surgery. He was awarded board certification in 2005 and was first selected as one of the Best Doctors in America in 2007. Dr. Groff is committed to ensuring that every patient receives personalized care that is responsive to their goals and concerns. Although we recognize that the vast armamentarium of a world-class tertiary care medical center can deliver miracles, the one-to-one relationship of a patient and caregiver is the most important aspect of the healthcare we deliver.

Yi Lu, MD, PhD

Director, Neurological Trauma
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Lu is the Director of Neurosurgical Trauma, a spine surgeon, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. He always puts patients first, and treats them as he would for family members. Dr. Lu's clinical practice is focused on minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal deformity and scoliosis correction, spinal tumors (primary and metastasis), and spinal trauma. His research involves spinal cord injury, namely the axon regeneration and locomotion recovery after injury.

Danielle L. Sarno, MD

Chair, Wellness Committee, Department of Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Interventional Pain Simulation Center
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Danielle Sarno is an Instructor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, Chair of the Wellness Committee in the Department of Neurosurgery, and Co-Director of the Harvard Interventional Pain Simulation Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is double board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. Dr. Sarno utilizes a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach in her treatment of spine disorders, with a focus on optimizing function and improving quality of life. Dr. Sarno’s research interests include simulation for interventional pain education, radiation safety, therapeutic neuroscience education, and clinical innovations to enhance the experience for patients with chronic pain.

Hasan A. Zaidi, MD

Director, Spine Research at Computational Neurosurgical Outcomes Center
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Zaidi is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and director of spine research at the Computational Neurosurgical Outcomes Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Given the complex nature of spine diseases, Dr. Zaidi believes in tailoring surgical techniques and individualizing care to treat each patient’s unique set of circumstances. He strongly adheres to the philosophy of caring for his patients as if they were his own family members. Dr. Zaidi believes that developing a surgical plan depends on a thoughtful conversation with his patients and their families and tailoring surgery to meet the patient’s goals and specific needs. Fascinated by the complexity of spinal disorders and the ability of spine surgery to restore function and improve the quality of a patient’s life, he pursued a specialized fellowship in complex spine surgery, adult spinal deformity surgery, as well as endoscopic surgery. He integrates novel, minimally invasive techniques and modern technological innovations to treat a variety of spinal pathologies. Dr. Zaidi’s clinical practice is focused on the treatment of global spinal imbalance among patients with degenerative spine disease, tumors and scoliosis; by restoring the natural curvature of the spine, surgery can reduce pain and improve function. His research focuses on developing novel surgical tools to improve the safety and efficacy of surgery, as well as analyzing surgical outcomes in order to improve surgical outcomes.

Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM . Physicians should claim only the credit commesurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.75 Participation


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