Spinal Deformity for Residents

This is an invitation-only, advanced hands-on cadaver course for senior-level (PGY4+) neurosurgical residents interested in learning additional techniques for treating deformities of the spine.

Topics to be covered include: indications for performing spinal deformity surgeries; techniques used for correcting spinal deformities and the biomechanics as it relates to the correction of spinal deformities. An emphasis is placed on sacropelvic parameters in surgical decision making.

A recording of the didactic portion this course is available to view online.

Number of Attendees (2019): 32

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the indications for spinal deformity surgery
  • Apply techniques for correction of spinal deformity
  • Discuss spinal biomechanics as it relates to correction of spinal deformity

Course Co-directors

  • Daniel M. Sciubba, MD, FAANS
  • Justin S. Smith, MD, PhD, FAANS

2019 Faculty Members

  • Dr. Ali A. Baaj
  • Dr. Dean Chou
  • Dr. Isaac Obiri Karikari
  • Dr. Paul Park
  • Dr. Amer Samdani

  • Dr. Vincent Traynelis
  • Dr. Juan Uribe
  • Dr. Timothy Witham


Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI), Phoenix


February 28 – March 1, 2020

Industry Partners

The NREF gratefully acknowledges the following companies for their support of the 2018 Spinal Deformity for Residents course:

  • DePuy Synthes
  • Globus
  • K2M
  • Zimmer Biomet

Note: Agenda and Faculty Members subject to change.

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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