Targeted Techniques for Vertebral Compression Fractures and Metastatic Spinal Tumors
Learn the demographics, diagnoses and most current clinical evidence regarding minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of pathologic vertebral fractures and spine tumor ablation. The course includes didactic presentations followed by hands-on training with anatomic spine models, as well as cadavers under the guidance of a C-arm.
The Think Interventional Spine master class includes a Friday dinner and didactic presentation followed by a hands-on training session on Saturday. The hands-on training includes two options for physicians to select from based on the experience level of the physician—Principles in Vertebral Augmentation or Advanced Concepts in Vertebral Augmentation and Targeted Radiofrequency Ablation.
Welcome Reception & Dinner Lecture: Closing the Performance Gaps in OVCF Management The Think Interventional Spine program begins with a dinner and lecture series which will focus on the pre, intra and postoperative aspect of caring for the patient with Osteoporotic Vetebral Compression Fracture (VCF).
Principles in Vertebral Augmentation This course is intended for the new Vertebral Augmentation user who is currently or recently graduated in neuro residency or an interventional or surgical spine fellowship. This course will cover vertebroplasty and vertebral augmentation principles, clinical outcomes and procedural technique. Additionally, attendees will participate in an advanced hands-on cadaveric lab that focuses on:
Deployment of navigable channel, cavity creating devices and PMMA options
Advanced Concepts in Vertebral Augmentation and Targeted Radiofrequency Ablation This course is specifically tailored to the experienced vertebral augmentation and Radiofrequency ablation user. Presented in a round table symposium format with open discussion of clinical outcomes, best practices and advanced case presentations. Additionally, attendees will participate in an advanced hands-on cadaveric lab that focuses on:
Upper thoracic, extra and parapedicular approaches;
Targeted RF ablation;
Articulating and navigable channel and cavity creating devices.
Custom Training Courses
The Think Interventional Spine custom training course delivers on-demand, local training that meets hospital credentialing requirements. Courses can be tailored to the needs of the staff and will employ use of the imaging equipment onsite.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The course is designed for experienced Interventional Radiologists, Neurointerventional Radiologists, Interventional Oncologists, Neurosurgeons, Orthopedic Spine Surgeons and Interventional Pain Management Physicians who have had prior training in interventional spine procedures during residency and/or fellowship, and are interested in further training on vertebral augmentation for vertebral compression fractures and radiofrequency ablation of spinal tumors.
Courses are limited in size to preserve the quality of the hands-on experience. To be added to the list of interest for any of the below programs, please select a date and a Merit Medical representative will contact you to discuss course availability. Don’t see a date that meets your needs? We may be able to help place you in another opportunity.
President, Inland Imaging, Spokane, WA FORMER Chief of Staff, Providence Holy Family Hospital Co-lead, Providence Health System’s Diagnostic Imaging Council Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Dr. Brower is an interventional radiologist whose main area of focus is interventional oncology. He is current President of Inland Imaging in Spokane, WA and practices at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital. He has served as faculty for multiple physician education programs focused on vertebral augmentation and spine ablation. A graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1999, Dr. Brower was an early adopter of spine ablation technology, utilizing the STAR™ Tumor Ablation System. He was a principal investigator and co-authored the first prospective clinical study to evaluate the STAR Tumor Ablation System which is entitled “Multicenter Prospective Clinical Series Evaluating RFA in the Treatment of Painful Spine Metastases” and is available on PubMed. Dr. Brower has been voted to Spokane’s “Best Doctor” list consecutively since 2010 and developed a successful, fully-integrated, liver-directed program.
Jack W. Jennings, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Radiology Director of Musculoskeletal and Spine Interventions Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Siteman Cancer Center Washington University School of Medicine
Dr. Jennings is board-certified diagnostic radiologist practicing in Saint Louis, Missouri. An internationally recognized musculoskeletal interventional radiologist with primary interest in spine and musculoskeletal interventional oncology. His clinical and research interests include minimally invasive treatment of benign and malignant tumors in bone, spine and soft tissues, through vertebral augmentation, radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation. Dr. Jennings is the principal investigator on a number of multicenter studies evaluating musculoskeletal ablative therapy and widely published in the use of multimodality treatment of metastatic spine disease with special emphasis on radiofrequency ablation. Dr. Jennings is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West Country Hospital in West Saint Louis, Missouri, and Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Jennings holds both a MD and a PhD from the University of South Florida College of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship in Saint Louis at Washington University School of Medicine. Consistently listed on the “Best Doctors in America” List by St Louis Magazine, Dr. Jennings serves on the executive committee of the American Society of Spine Radiology.
David Shelley, MD
Chief, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Bingham Memorial Hospital Director, Artery and Vein Specialists of Idaho Chicago Medical School
Dr. David Shelley is board-certified in Vascular and Interventional Radiology and practices in Pocatello and Blackfoot, Idaho. Specializing in kyphoplasty for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures, Peripheral Arterial Disease, and the management of Venous Insufficiency, Dr. Shelley is a member of the American College of Radiology, the Society of Interventional Radiology, the Western Angiographic and Interventional Society, and the American Roentgen Ray Society (the oldest radiology society in the United States).
Dr. Shelley performs minimally invasive surgical procedures using image guidance techniques. He is highly trained in performing complex procedures such as uterine fibroid embolization (alternative treatment to a hysterectomy that treats fibroid tumors without removing the uterus), endovascular aortic stent grafts (placing a tube to reinforce a weak spot in an artery), radiofrequency ablation (localized destruction of tumors with heat), DVT thrombolysis (treatment aimed at dissolving blood clots), kyphoplasty (injection of biocompatible bone cement inside fractured vertebrae), and other interventional radiology procedures.
Affiliated with Bingham Memorial Hospital in Pocatello, Idaho, Dr. Shelley has over 20 years of experience in radiology. He earned his MD from Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, after which he completed residencies in General Surgery and Radiology at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a fellowship at University of Colorado in Vascular and Interventional Radiology.
Robert Kim, MD
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Summit Radiology Services P.C. Mercer University School of Medicine
Dr. Kim is a board-certified Interventional Radiologist specializing in Diagnostic, Vascular, and Interventional Radiology. He works out of several locations northwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Kim provides diagnostic and interventional radiology services to Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, Piedmont Rockdale Hospital, Piedmont Newton Hospital, Cartersville Medical Center, Gordon Hospital, and Fannin Regional Hospital. Dr. Kim received his MD from Mercer University School of Medicine and completed his residency at University of Kentucky Medical Center. He received his fellowship training in Interventional Radiology at University of Florida Health Sciences Center/Shands Medical Center. Dr. Kim has over 20 years of experience and works out of offices in Cartersville and Jasper, Georgia, with Summit Radiology Services.
Clifford Howard Jr, MD
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Assistant Professor of Interventional Radiology
Dr. Howard is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist specializing in Interventional Radiology, specifically radiofrequency ablation of spinal tumors using a STAR procedure. Serving northwestern North Carolina, Dr. Howard is with the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He is highly skilled in a number of treatments and conditions, including STAR, angioplasty and stenting, embolization, thrombolysis, fluid aspiration with ultrasound, breast imaging conditions and treatments, breast abscess, mastitis, bone cancer, chronic venous occlusion, bone and soft tissue biopsy with CT guidance, kyphoplasty, abscess drainage and management, and chemoembolization.
After completing undergraduate work at Howard University in Washington D.C., Dr. Howard was accepted into Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, the top-rated medical school in the state, and was awarded his MD in 2002. He completed his residency at Howard University Hospital and Wake Forest University School of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals and is board certified with the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology. Dr. Howard has an active practice in North Carolina and is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Wake Forest School of Medicine.