2nd Annual Montefiore Spine Center Symposium: Diagnosis and Management of Spinal Disease

April 7, 2019, 7:00 am - 4:30 pm


Presented by the Departments of Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Radiology

Symposium Chairmen

  • Allan Brook, MD
  • Woojin Cho, MD, PhD
  • Andrew Gitkind, MD
  • Reza Yassari, MD, MS

Statement of Need

Spinal disease is one of the most prevalent pathologies affecting virtually everyone at some time during their life. Low back pain and neck pain specifically are the highest ranked reasons for seeking consultation with a physician or a visit to the ER. They are costly in terms of medical treatment, lost productivity and non-monetary costs, including a decreased quality of life. For primary care physicians, patients with back pain often use a significant amount of office time and resources. In addition, spinal conditions may generate anxiety from physicians when there is fear that a missed diagnosis could lead to permanent neurological damage, including paralysis or bowel, bladder or sexual dysfunction.

Activity Goals

The course reviews the clinical presentation, natural history and diagnostic workup for common spinal disorders, including spinal deformity, degenerative, traumatic, oncological and age-related diseases of the spinal axis. An emphasis is placed on differentiating trivial radiographic findings from those of serious importance and consequences. Non-operative treatment modalities are reviewed, and the newest pharmacological options are investigated. Practical considerations are made of the indications and outcome of surgical interventions, including minimally-invasive surgery. The format consists of didactic lectures and practical case presentations interspersed with opportunities for questions and answers. Controversies regarding treatment options are frankly discussed, including the economics of spinal care. Audience participation is strongly encouraged.

Learning Objectives

After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define and recognize the signs, symptoms and natural history of degenerative, neoplastic, traumatic diseases of the spine, including deformity.
  • Distinguish the available treatment options including surgical and non-surgical therapies.
  • Identify the tools needed to diagnose, evaluate and manage spinal disease in an office setting, including the collaboration with surgeons and interventionists.

Intended Audience

This activity is specifically designed for neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons, internists, radiologists, family medicine physicians, emergency medicine physicians, rheumatologists, oncologists, physical therapists and allied health professionals who are involved in the management and treatment of diseases of the spine.

Credit Designation

Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Two Easy Ways to Register 
Online: www.mecme.org 
Phone: (718) 920-6674

Additional Information
For additional information, contact the Center for Continuing Medical Education. Call (718) 920-6674.

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