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9th Annual Multimodal Treatment of Spinal Tumors Course

April 6, 2019

Seattle Science Foundation
550 17th Avenue, James Tower, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98122

The 9th Annual Multimodal Treatment of Spinal Tumors Course focuses on the diagnosis and multidisciplinary management of patients with metastatic spine tumors.  Experts in neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neuro-oncology, medical oncology, pain management, and radiology will explore the multimodal management of primary and metastatic spinal tumors

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Jens R. Chapman, M.D.
Course Co-Chair
Complex Spine Surgeon
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle, Washington

Robert A. Hart, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle, Washington

Ehud Mendel, M.D., M.B.A., FACS
Course Co-Chair

Professor of Neurosurgery, Oncology & Orthopaedics
Director, Spine Program
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Rod J. Oskouian, Jr., M.D.
Course Co-Chair

Chief of Spine
Director, Spine Fellowship Program
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle, Washington

Jeffrey S. Roh, M.D., M.B.A.
Director, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle, Washington

Amanda B. Steen, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical
Medicine & Rehabilitation
Western University of Health Sciences
Tacoma, Washington

Amir Abdul-Jabbar, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle, Washington

Nicolas Dea, M.D., MSc, FRCSC
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia

Noojan Kazemi, M.D., FACS, FRACS
Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas

David Newell, M.D.
Seattle Neuroscience Institute
Seattle, Washington

Roy Patchell, M.D.
Keynote Speaker
Capitol Health
Trenton, New Jersey

Daniel M. Sciubba, M.D.
Director, Spine Tumor & Spine Deformity Surgery
Professor of Neurosurgery
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Needs Statement

Advances in surgical techniques and radiation delivery modalities have dramatically improved our ability to decrease local tumor recurrence rates, improve pain control, and provide more durable spinal stability. Modern day spine tumor resection and reconstruction techniques have been shown to improve and prolong patients' ability to ambulate, maintain continence, and reduce the need for pain medications. Spinal radiosurgery, the focused delivery of radiation to a target in the spine, has significantly enhanced the ability to provide a high degree of local tumor control in a non-invasive manner, even for tumors that are deemed radioresistant by conventional radiation therapy standards. In most patients, a combination of treatment modalities, including both surgery and radiation, is the mainstay of any comprehensive treatment plan for metastatic spinal tumors.

The literature suggest that providers not only need education, but collaboration in treatment modalities. Words that reappear in the literature suggesting the need for more collaborative education often include: combination, treatment modalities, surgery, comprehensive treatment, in conjunction, minimally invasive surgical techniques, nonsurgical modalities, cross-functional, maximization of treatment options. By optimizing care plans via the most up-to-date education, surgeons and other specialist can work together to create a better quality of life for their patients. 


By attending this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to: 

  • Recommend the most recent diagnostic, surgical, and pathological advances in the  evaluation of patients with metastatic spinal tumors

  • Summarize standard and emerging treatments for patients with metastatic spinal tumors

  • Describe multimodal management of spinal metastases, including surgery, radiation, and pain management

  • Review the diagnosis and treatment of primary and metastatic spinal tumors

  • Discuss the decision framework developed for the treatment of spinal tumors

  • Summarize the radiology, radiation and medical oncology, surgery and pain management treatment options available for patients with spinal tumors 

Intended Audience

The sessions are targeted towards physicians, physician extenders, and nurses in practice and training, in the fields of internal medicine, family practice, palliative care, neurology, medical and radiation oncology, interventional and diagnostic radiology, pain management, physiatry, neurosurgery, and orthopedic surgery who are interested in advancing their understanding of primary and metastatic spinal tumors.

CME Information

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 8.5 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. 


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.  From I-5 (north 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. Please allow five minutes to walk from the garage, through the hospital, to Seattle Science Foundation.

For Further Information

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

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