August 24 Aug 24
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday Sat

8th Annual Navigating Spine Care

Fisher Conference Center at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford, CA

A Continuing Medical Education Conference presented by the Departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Statement of Need

The 8th Annual Navigating Spine Care is a one-day course highlighting best practices and innovations in spine care.  This interprofessional and interdisciplinary CME activity is designed for primary care physicians, family medicine physicians, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, pain specialists, and physical therapists.  Stanford faculty and guest speakers will discuss diagnostic principles, approaches to management, therapeutic treatments, surgical techniques, and additional topics relevant to patients presenting with complex spinal disorders.  Participants will learn about evidenced-based options and the latest technological advances in spine care through an engaging curriculum that incorporates didactic lectures, a hands-on demonstration, breakout sessions, panel discussions, and a Q&A with experts in the field. 

Target Audience

This national conference is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians specializing in:

  • Family Practice
  • Primary Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Physiatry

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate, diagnose, counsel, manage and/or, when appropriate, refer patients who present with spine conditions.
  • Interpret and apply current evidence-based treatment options for spinal conditions.
  • Order and interpret diagnostic imaging for patients with spinal conditions.
  • Discuss innovative techniques and approaches to caring for patients with spinal-related complaints.
  • Describe appropriate pain management strategies for patients with spine-related pain.

Course Directors

John Ratliff, MD, FACS

Course Director
Professor, Neurosurgery
Professor (By courtesy), Orthopaedic Surgery
Co-Director, Division of Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery
Vice Chair, Operations and Development, Department of Neurosurgery

Serena Hu, MD

Course Director
Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor (By courtesy), Neurosurgery


A Continuing Medical Education Activity

Presented by the Departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine

Conference Contact

For conference related questions please contact

Debbie Aube
CME Conference Coordinator
(650) 724-5318

For general questions, please send us an email or call us
(650) 497-8554

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