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Dr. Roger Härtl hosts the Spine Center’s Multi-Disciplinary Spine Series, where experts in the field of spine care and spinal surgery speak on the latest research and surgical breakthroughs related to patient care. The Spine Series is open to the medical community, physicians, nursing staff, and physician assistants.


March 29th, 2017 — Decreasing Wound Morbidity and Improving Surgical Outcomes in Complex Spine Reconstruction
Speaker: Jason Spector, MD, FACS


~ 2016 ~

August 24th, 2016 — New Advances in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain
Speaker: Stephen Josephson, PhD

July 20th, 2016 — Multimodal Treatment for Multimodal Problem: Clinical Implications of Translational Research on Chronic Pain
Speaker: Alla Landa, PhD

June 22nd, 2016 — A Soft Tissue Paradigm Can Improve Low Back Pain Treatment Outcomes
Speaker: Norman Marcus, MD

May 11th, 2016 — Endoscopic Spine Surgery and Beyond
Speaker: Jian Shen, MD

April 13th, 2016 — Limitations in Patient Specific Planning for Adult Deformity Surgery
Speaker: Frank Schwab, MD

March 16, 2016 — Advances in Spine MR Imaging
Speaker: Kambiz Nael, MD

February 17, 2016 — Management of Facet Joint Arthropathy
Speaker: Michael Sein, MD

January 20, 2016 — Speaker: Michael Virk, MD

~ 2015 ~

December 2015 — Cancelled

November 18, 2015 — Lumbar Spinal Stenosis – An Evidence Based Approach
Speaker: Jaspal Ricky Singh, MD

October 21, 2015 — Cervical Osteotomy for Deformity Correction
Speaker: K. Daniel Riew, MD

September 23, 2015 — Speaker: Ali Baaj, MD

August 26, 2015 — I Died in the Line of Duty and Lived to Tell About It
Speaker: Eugene Stolowski

July 15, 2015 — Speaker: Kyle Worell, DC

June 17, 2015 — Cancelled

May 27, 2015 — Biobehavioral and Psychological Approaches to Pain Management
Speaker: Dawn Buse, PhD

April 15, 2015 — Diagnosis and Management of Peripheral Compression Neuropathy
Speaker: Robert N. Hotchkiss, MD

March 18, 2015 — Know Pain, Know Gain: The Neuroscience of Explaining Pain to Patients
Speaker: Dr. Elan Schneider, DPT, MSPT, CYT

February 18, 2015 — Spinal Neurology
Speaker: Dexter Sun, M.D.

January 21, 2015 — Biofeedback for Peak Performance and Injury Rehabilitation
Speaker: Leah Lagos Wallach, PsyD, B.C.B.

~ 2014 ~

December 17, 2014 — Update on Recovery & Rehabilitation after SCI and the Use of Robotic Exoskeletal Orthoses
Speaker: Thomas Bryce, M.D.

November 19, 2014 — Assessment & Screening for Risk Factors in Chronic Pain: Practical Strategies in Historical Context
Speaker: Ronald Kulich, Ph.D.

October 15, 2014 — Psychological Screening of Spine Surgery Candidates: Improving Outcomes, Avoiding Failures
Speaker: Andrew R. Block, Ph.D.

September 10, 2014 — Intradiscal PRP for Internal Disc Disruption
Speaker: Gregory Lutz, M.D.

August 20, 2014 — cancelled

July 16, 2014 — Surgical Treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy/Myelopathy
Speaker: Howard An, M.D.

June 11, 2014 — Making Care Better: The Case of Pediatric Spine Surgery
Speaker: Michael Vitale, M.D.

May 21, 2014 — Outcomes After Spinal Cord Injury
Speaker: Argyios Stampas, M.D.

April 16, 2014 — Integrative Spine Care: Emerging Approaches for Optimizing Results and Creating Value
Speaker: Melissa Nagare Kimura, MAOM, DC, LAc, CCSP

March 19, 2014 — Principles of Acute Management
Speaker: Joseph C. Hung, M.D.

February 19, 2014 — Evolving a Spine Center
Speaker: Vena Akuthota, M.D.

January 15, 2014 — Cancelled

~ 2013 ~

December 18, 2013 — Decision-Making in the Surgical Management of Adult Spinal Deformity
Speaker: Peter D. Angevine, M.D., M.P.H.

November 20, 2013 — Applications of Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Speaker: Paul Issack, MD, PhD

October 16, 2013 — Spine Care at Yale, a New Beginning
Speaker: Khalid Abbed, M.D.

September 18, 2013 — CT-Guided Spine Interventions: A Complementary Modality to Fluoroscopy
Speaker: J. Levi Chazen, MD

August 21, 2013 — Cancelled.

July 17, 2013 — The Outlier Patients with Low Back Pain: Physical Therapy, Pain Science and an Intro to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Speaker: Adrian Miranda, PT, DPT, OCS

Wednesday, May 15, 2013: Minimally Invasive Fusion in Spine Surgery: Advances and Cost Effectiveness Management
Speaker: Maxwell Laurans, M.D.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013: Psychiatric Co-Morbidity in Patients Seeking Surgery for Chronic Low Back Pain
Speaker: Michael Hanna, PhD

Wednesday, March 20, 2013: Integrated Treatment of Chronic Pain Syndrome
Speaker: Steven J. Krause, Ph.D.

Wednesday February 20, 2013
Speaker: Joseph Lane, M.D.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013: A Pedicle Lengthening Osteotomy for the Treatment of Spinal Stenosis
Speaker: D. Greg Anderson, M.D.

~ 2012 ~

Wednesday, November 28, 2012: Intervertebral Disc Injury, Degeneration and Repair
Speaker: James C. Iatridis, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Spine Research
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics
Date: November 28, 2012
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, November 7, 2012: Preliminary Results of a Program to Improve Neurosurgical Care at Bugando Hospital
Speaker: Alvan Malekian
Date: November 7, 2012
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, October 17, 2012: Physical Therapy Management of Patients Post Lumbar Fusion Surgery
Speaker: Tracy Maltz, DPT, OCS
Senior Physical Therapist, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
NY Presbyterian Hospital
Weill Cornell Medical College
Date: October 17, 2012
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, March 14, 2012: Post-Laminectomy Syndromes: A Pain Doctor's Perspective
Speaker: Seth A. Waldman, MD
Director, Division of Musculoskeletal and Interventional Pain Management
Department of Anesthesiology, The Hospital for Special Surgery
Date: March 21, 2012
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, February 15, 2012: "The Role of Acupuncture in Managing Back Pain"
Speaker: Victoria Harrison, MD
Ida and Theo Rossi DiMontelara
Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College