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2nd Annual Spinal Navigation, Emerging Technologies and Systems Integration Course

The 2nd Annual Spinal Navigation, Emerging Technologies and Systems Integration Course is an advanced continuing medical education course held for orthopaedic and neurosurgeons who treat spinal conditions.  Nationally recognized speakers will focus on provocative topics and in-depth debates regarding spinal navigation and robotics application in spine surgery.  They will also provide hands-on workshops in state-of-the-art lab facilities.  The design is to gain knowledge and experience of the new modalities in spine surgery, addressing both the guidelines and controversies of the field, as well as attaining hands-on exposure and training in the cadaver lab.  

Topics include:

  • Cost effectiveness of navigation
  • When and why navigation is needed
  • Robotic assistance in spine surgery 
  • Benefits of using a robotics system for surgery
  • Perform cadaveric procedures utilizing both image guidance and robotics




7:30am                        Breakfast & Registration

7:45am  – 7:55am        What is the Seattle Science Foundation?
                                     Rod J. Oskouian, Jr., M.D.

7:55am – 8:10am        Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview and Survey
                                    J. Patrick Johnson, MD and Doniel Drazin, M.D.

Part 1: Image Guided Spine Surgery (Chair: J. Patrick Johnson, M.D.)

8:10am – 8:30am        Cost Effectiveness of Navigation
                                    Doniel Drazin, M.D.

8:30am – 8:50am       Radiation Exposure and the CONS of Image-Guided Spine Surgery
                                   Jens Chapman, M.D.

8:50am – 9:10am        Are Indications Needed or Just Navigate Everything?
                                    J. Patrick Johnson, M.D. 

9:10am – 9:30am        Spine Trauma Navigation: Key Concepts
                                    Terrence Kim, M.D.

9:30am - 9:50am        Navigation in Spinal Deformity: Pearls
                                    David W. Polly, Jr., M.D.

9:50am – 10:10am      Navigating the Cervical Spine: Considerations of the Anatomy
                                   Doniel Drazin, M.D., & Terrence Kim, M.D.

10:10am – 10:20am    Breaks & Exhibits

Part 2: Emerging Technologies (Chair: Rod Oskouian, Jr., M.D.)

 10:20am – 10:35am    Live Demo –  Robotic Exoscope in Spine Surgery
                                    Rod Oskouian, Jr., M.D.

10:35am – 10:55am    Image-Guided Open Navigation Platform For Spinal Surgery
                                   Adetokunbo A. Oyelese, M.D., Ph.D., FAANS

10:55am – 11:15am     Minimally Invasive Techniques Using Image-Guided Surgery (IGS)
                                   Hoan Tran, M.D.

11:15am – 11:35am      Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery
                                   Anand Veeravagu, M.D.

11:35am – 11:55am     Enhancing Intraoperative Efficiencies and Accuracy While Minimizing
                                   Intraoperative Radiation with Patient-Specific 3D Printed Guides
                                   George Frey, M.D.

11:55am- 12:15 pm     Machine-Vision Image Guided Surgery: Cost-Effective, Radiation-Free
                                   Image Guided Surgery
                                   Deep Guha, M.D.

12:15pm – 12:30pm     Break & Pick Up Lunch

 12:30pm – 1:15pm     Awake at the Wound
                                   David Elaimy

Part 3: Systems Integration (Chair: Ken Catchpole, M.D.)

1:15pm – 1:35pm        Human Factors and Systems Integration in Spine Surgery
                                  Ken Catchpole, Ph.D.

1:35pm – 1:55pm        Principles of LEAN and the Toyota Production System to Spine Surgery
                                   Rajiv Sethi, M.D.

Part 4: Hands-on Experience  

1:55pm – 2:15pm      Technology/Lab Station preview
                                  Doniel Drazin, M.D.

2:15pm – 4:30pm       Hands-on BioSkills Lab Rotations (15 minute rotations)

Station 1
Image-Guided Open Navigation Platform
Adetokunbo A. Oyelese, M.D., Ph.D., FAANS

Station 2
Lumbar Navigation
Rod Oskouian, Jr., M.D.

Station 3
Minimally Invasive + Percutaneous + PSIS Pin
Terrence Kim, M.D. & David W. Polly, Jr., M.D.

Station 4
Robotics In Spine Surgery
Anand Veeravagu, M.D.

Station 5
Minimally Invasive + Percutaneous
Hoan Tran, M.D.

Station 6
Exoscopes In Spine Surgery: Robotics & 3D
Doniel Drazin, M.D. & Jordan Amadio, M.D.

Station 7
3D Printed Guide Navigation
George Frey, M.D.

Station 8
Machine-Vision Image Guided Surgery
Deep Guha, M.D.

Station 9
Robotic Applications In Spine Surgery
Michel Lefranc, M.D.

                                          Station 10
                                          Robobotic Applications in Spine Surgery
                                          Jens Chapman, M.D.

4:30pm     Adjourn


Accreditation with Commendation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Swedish Medical Center and the Seattle Science Foundation. Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This symposium is financially supported in part by educational grants in accordance with ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support.  At the time of this printing, a complete listing of commercial supporters was not available.  Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the symposium. 


This course is intended for neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, and allied healthcare professionals who treat surgical spinal conditions.


The Seattle Science Foundation is located at 550 17th Avenue, James Tower, Suite 600 in Seattle, Washington. Parking is available in the garage on 16th Avenue between Cherry and Jefferson at a maximum fee of $16.50.  From I-5 (northbound and southbound), take the James Street exit.  Travel east on James Street.  James will become Cherry Street.  Turn right (south) on 16th Avenue.  Turn right into the main garage entrance.


Phone:      (206) 732-6500
Fax:           (206) 732-6599

Earlier Event: December 8
SNETSI 2017 Pre-Course Reception
Later Event: December 13
Steven Rostad, M.D.