24th Annual Scientific Meeting General Session


Navigating the Changing Landscape in Spine Care

July 27-30, 2016

New Orleans Marriott

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Wednesday, July 27

Registration Open
5:00–8:30 p.m.

Poster Presentations
6:30–8:00 p.m.

Meet the authors as they showcase their research during this 1.5 hour CME interactive time. Poster Presentations will be on display during the entire ASM. To be awarded CME credit, attendees must attend this session.


Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall
6:30–8:30 p.m.

Your first networking opportunity during the ASM, the Welcome Reception is the perfect way to get your bearings as you begin your journey to navigate the changing landscape of spine care.

Thursday, July 28

Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8:00–8:50 a.m.

Registration Open
8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Welcome Remarks
8:50–9:00 a.m.

Speaker: Kieran Slevin, MBChB, MD


Our Treatments vs. Their Treatments - Lumbar Radicular Pain
9:00–10:00 a.m.

Speakers: Nikolai Bogduk, MD, PhD; D.J. Kennedy, MD

The paths physicians travel to reduce lumbar radicular pain are many. In this session, Drs. Bogduk and Kennedy will explore the efficacy of varying treatment approaches against minimally invasive intervention techniques. You’ll discover what the evidence-base suggests is the optimal path to navigate the landscape of lumbar radicular pain, in the latest version of the highly-rated SIS “Ours vs. Theirs” sessions.

North Star vs. Southern Cross – An SI Joint Debate
10:00–10:30 a.m.

Moderator: Kieran Slevin, MBChB, MD
Speakers: John MacVicar, MBChB; Jeffrey Summers, MD

Depending on which side of the equator you stand, you may be enjoying a crisp winter or long summer days, the topography of the moon may appear inverted, and for spine interventionists, your approach to sacroiliac joint blocks may be different. In this session, you’ll be part of a moderated debate that highlights those differences. See what you can take back to your side of the equator when SIS explores the differences and merits of SI injection blocks from a global perspective.

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:30-11:15 a.m.

FactFinders Presents:

Systemic Effects of Corticosteroid Injection

11:15–11:22 a.m.

Routine Intravenous Access for Epidural Steroid Injections Without Sedation

11:22–11:30 a.m.

SIS FactFinders help you navigate the speedbumps of important and emerging issues of patient safety. FactFinders debunk myths surrounding patient safety issues, and provide you with tips to help you mitigate risks and stay on-course towards optimal outcomes.

Local Anesthetic and Steroid Doses: Mechanism of Action, Duration, and Appropriate Dosage
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Andrew Engel, MD
Speakers: John MacVicar, MBChB; Wade King, MBBS, MMed (Pain); Stephan Klessinger, MD; Anil Sharma, MD

In this session you’ll explore the intersection of local anesthetics and steroids in interventional pain management. Specifically, you’ll learn how local anesthetics and steroids work, how long their beneficial effects last, and which ones are best suited for your patients. Let the evidence-base steer your patient recommendations for optimal pain relief.

Patient Variability and the Dynamic Nature of Pain: Customizing Therapy with Multiple Waveform Options
Presentation and Lunch Provided by Boston Scientific
12:30–1:45 p.m.

Risks and Benefits of Continuing or Discontinuing Anticoagulants in Patients Undergoing Common Interventional Pain Procedures
1:45–2:45 p.m.

Moderator: Stephen Endres, MD, DABPM
Speakers: Nikolai Bogduk, MD, PhD, Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH

When your patients arrive for a consult with a medication box full of anticoagulants, how do you proceed? Let Dr. Endres help you understand how to navigate the delicate balance between your needle and your patients’ medications, to mitigate as much risk as possible.

My Most Challenging Case
2:45–3:30 p.m.

Moderator: John MacVicar, MBChB
Speakers: Ray Baker, MD; Michael Furman, MD, MS; Jeffrey Summers, MD    

The evidence-base does not often reveal its path without struggles. The waypoints in navigating the changing landscape in spine care are frequently set through our most difficult cases. Let these master clinicians share with you the teachable moments they traversed when their abilities were stretched to the limit.

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:30–4:15 p.m.

Research Division Update
4:15–4:30 p.m.

Speaker: Shihab Ahmed, MD, MPH

Dr. Ahmed, the SIS Research Division Chair, will share the latest developments on active Society-funded research projects.

Top Research Presentations
4:30–5:30 p.m.

Moderator: Shihab Ahmed, MD, MPH

Learn how the award-winning abstract authors are broadening your horizons and charting new paths in minimally invasive spine intervention procedures.

Friday, July 29

Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8:00–8:45 a.m.

Registration Open
8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Imaging Review – Lumbar and Cervical
8:45–10:15 a.m.

Speakers: Felix Diehn, MD; Timothy Maus, MD

While the landscape for spine care constantly changes, imaging advances are providing us with a greater three-dimensional understanding of the lumbar and delicate cervical structures we target with interventional spine procedures. Let Drs. Diehn and Maus guide you on how imaging can help you chart a path to success in this ASM-attendee favorite session.


Presidential Address
10:15–10:30 a.m.

SIS President: John MacVicar, MBChB

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:30–11:15 a.m.

Own The Bone®
11:15–11:45 a.m.

Speakers: Paul Anderson, MD, MS; Doug Beall, MD

SIS has invited our partners from the American Orthopaedic Association to inform you about the importance of counseling patients about the prevention of secondary fractures. In today’s outcome-driven landscape, you’ll learn how a holistic approach can be mutually beneficial, and where to guide your patients to learn about fracture prevention programs.

Emerging Technologies
11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Scott Horn, DO
Speakers: D. Scott Kreiner, MD; David Levi, MD; Yi Zhang, MD, PhD

Emerging technologies have a rapidly expanding influence on most human endeavors, disrupting the status quo. Learn how the latest technologies, including intradiscal platelet-rich plasma treatments, sacroiliac fusion, and improved imaging of inflammation are reshaping the spine intervention landscape of today and tomorrow and improving quality-of-life.

Innovation in Spinal Cord Stimulation Through Superior Clinical Evidence: HF10 Therapy
Presentation and Lunch Provided by Nevro
12:30–1:45 p.m.

FactFinders Presents:
Are Gadolinium-Based Contrast Media Safe Alternatives for Spine Procedures?
1:45–1:52 p.m.

Anesthetic Test Dose and Seizure Risk with Cervical Transforaminal ESI
1:52–2:00 p.m.

SIS FactFinders help you navigate the speedbumps of important and emerging issues of patient safety. FactFinders debunk myths surrounding patient safety issues, and provide you with tips to help you mitigate risks and stay on-course towards optimal outcomes.

Upper Cervical Neuroanatomy/Headache/Third Occipital Nerve Data
2:00–3:15 p.m.

Moderator: Alison Stout, DO
Speakers: Katrina Lewis, MD; Adrian Popescu, MD; Frank Willard, PhD

Interventionalists traveling the treatment path for upper cervical spine conditions will surely encounter headaches. In this session, you’ll learn relevant anatomical considerations, clinical presentations and interventions, and how to distinguish between actual headache disorders and pain that can masquerade as cervicogenic headaches.

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:15–4:00 p.m.

Health Policy Division Update
4:00–4:15 p.m.

Speaker: Scott Horn, DO

Dr. Horn, the SIS Health Policy Division Chair, will share the latest developments of SIS’ advocacy efforts for preserving appropriate patient access to quality spine interventions. You’ll learn how SIS members work with private payers; government, legislative, and regulatory entities; as well as other medical societies, in order to assure proper level of reimbursement, appropriate coverage criteria, and the optimal practice environment for qualified practicing physicians.

Health Policy and Reimbursement Update
4:15–5:00 p.m.

Moderator: Kieran Slevin, MBChB, MD
Speakers: David O'Brien, Jr., MD; Richard Rosenquist, MD; Milan Stojanovic, MD, FIPP

In this session you’ll discover the issues that threaten reimbursement for spine intervention, and how you can help stem the tide. You’ll also learn how to push back against encroachment by states and mid-level providers, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Plus, you’ll learn to appreciate the importance of basic data collection models which provide the pertinent evidence we need to support our work.


Saturday, July 30

Registration Open
8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

3rd Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk for Research
6:00–8:00 a.m.

Have an unforgettable French Quarter experience with your colleagues and family at the 3rd Annual Fun Run/Walk for Research at the Annual Scientific Meeting. 100% of all registration fees go to the Society’s Research efforts, helping address important questions in interventional spine care today. All participants receive a commemorative T-shirt to wear with pride; the perfect souvenir of your journey.

Separate registration is required for the Fun Run. Click here for details.


Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8:00–9:00 a.m.

Business Meeting
9:00–9:15 a.m.

SIS President: John MacVicar, MBChB

Education Division Update
9:15–9:30 a.m.

Speaker: Joshua Rittenberg, MD

Dr. Rittenberg will inform you of the SIS Education Division’s exciting 2016 plans to present renowned ACCME-accredited SIS Bio-Skills labs and didactic courses, and online CME activities and services through SIS’ new learning management system.

Ask the Experts/Advanced Procedural Pearls
9:30–10:15 a.m.

Moderator: D.J. Kennedy, MD
Panelists: Michael Furman, MD, MS; Timothy Maus, MD; David O'Brien, Jr., MD; Jeffrey Summers, MD; Yakov Vorobeychik, MD, PhD

An attendee-favorite returns with master clinicians debating topical issues in a convivial and frank session.

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:15–10:45 a.m.

COMBI–Outcome Measurement in Your Practice
10:45–11:15 a.m.

Moderator: E. Kano Mayer, MD

You may regard outcome assessment tools like the Clinical Outcome Measurement Brief Instrument (COMBI) as something of interest only to academics undertaking research studies, but in the ever changing landscape of spine care, tools like this are critical in quantifying the life-changing results your work delivers. With encouragement and guidance from Dr. Mayer, you’ll be recording and scoring data that can demonstrate the impact of your interventions on your patients’ lives.


Research Presentations
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Moderator: Matthew Smuck, MD

SIS research presentations fill in the blank spots on the map of the landscape of spine care. Join Dr. Smuck as he shows you the latest in your peers’ research, and how it can improve your outcomes.


Lunch on Your Own
12:15–1:30 p.m.

Standards Division Update
1:30–1:45 p.m.

Speaker: Yakov Vorobeychik, MD, PhD

Dr. Vorobeychik, the SIS Standards Division chair, will provide an update on the development of guidelines, systematic reviews, and appropriate use criteria; responses to external guidelines, technology assessments, and publications; and efforts to promote the safest care for patients.

Neurostimulation Technology Update
1:45–2:30 p.m.

Moderator: Shihab Ahmed, MD, MPH
Speaker: Mark Bicket, MD; Yun Guan, MD, PhD

An understanding of the landscape of spine care requires knowledge of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy for the treatment of refractory spine pain. With technological advances, along with evidence of efficacy, the role of SCS therapy is expected to grow. This session will bring experts to present clinical data on SCS therapy to assist our most challenging spine pain patients.

Moderator: Fred DeFrancesch, MD
Andrew Engel, MD; Kyle Kirsch

The session will assist in the illustration of how physicians and attorneys utilize the Guidelines not only for defining good practice, but also how the Guidelines can be used to either assist you in a legal defense of your practices or in a medical legal dissection of questionable practices from the point of view of a medical expert witness.

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:15–4:00 p.m.

The Global Interventional Pain Landscape
4:00–5:00 p.m.

Moderator: Timothy Maus, MD
Speakers: Edvin Koshi, MD; Michiel Schepers, MD; Stephen Ward, MBBS, FRCA; Christopher Wells, MD

Dr. Maus will moderate and host a number of international speakers, including some members of SIS, to discuss a variety of issues pertaining to the global interventional pain landscape. You’ll glimpse a roadmap to coalescing our society’s efforts to achieve optimal patient outcomes; hear how to maximize our impact both with government and commercial payers; and you’ll review landmark international data including the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines on cervical RF and epidural steroid injections.

Thoracic Pain – Posterior Elements
5:00–5:30 p.m.

Speaker: Nikolai Bogduk, MD, PhD

Dr. Bogduk, the internationally renowned and respected expert in clinical anatomy and spine pain, will moderate a discussion of thoracic pain generators. Learn directly from the editor of Practice Guidelines for Spinal Diagnostic & Treatment Procedures, 2nd Edition the comprehensive compendium on spine interventions.

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