Course Information
2nd Annual UCLA Spinal Cord Injury Symposium

Red Bull Media House
Santa Monica, California
April 27, 2019
*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
A password link will be sent prior to the course.

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Course Description

The UCLA Spinal Cord Injury Symposium is a one-day course that presents contemporary and future strategies in the management of spinal cord injury. The first half of the day emphasizes the clinical management of spinal cord injury ranging from initial patient evaluation through postoperative rehabilitation. The management of both chronic spinal cord injury related to cervical spondylotic myelopathy and acute traumatic spinal cord injury will be discussed in didactic lectures, case presentations, and question and answer sessions. Recent evidence-based studies will be utilized. The second half of the course will be focused on emerging basic science and clinical research, and delves into novel functional restoration and neural repair strategies including neuromodulation, stem cells, and cellular therapies. A patient testimonial regarding life with a spinal cord injury will provide context and meaning to all of the treatment modalities.

Target Audience

The target audience is health care professionals and researchers invested in improving the care for spinal cord injury patients including neurosurgeons, orthopedists, neurologists, intensivists, rehabilitation specialists, physiatrists, pain management physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and spinal cord injury researchers.

Registration Information


To enroll click here.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
2nd Annual UCLA Spinal Cord Injury Symposium
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Course Fees

  • Physicians: $125
  • Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Researchers: $75
  • Fellows, Residents, Students: $25
  • UCLA Fellows, Residents, Students: Free

Complimentary registration for UCLA fellows, residents and students can be arranged by contacting Carrie Bruckner at


Cancellations must be received in writing by Friday, March 29, 2019 and will be subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after that date. If, for any reason, the course must be cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.


Course Directors
Langston T. Holly, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurosurgery*
Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Vice Chair of Research*
Director, Neuromotor Recovery and Rehabilitation Center
A. Nick Shamie, MD
Professor and Chief, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery*
Course Faculty
David N. Alexander, MD
Susan & David Wilstein Endowed Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine
Medical Director, California Rehabilitation Institute
A Cedars/UCLA Health Partnership
Professor*, Department of Neurology

Manuel B. Blanco, MD

V. Reggie Edgerton, PhD
Professor*, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology

Leif A. Havton, MD, PhD
Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology

Luke Macyszyn, MD, MA
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedics*
Department of Neurosurgery

Duncan Q. McBride, MD
Chief, Division of Neurosurgery
Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
Associate Clinical Professor*
UCLA Department of Neurosurgery

Bennett Novitch, PhD
Professor and Ethel Scheibel Chair in Neuroscience*
Department of Neurobiology
Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research
Don Young Park, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor*
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Warwick J. Peacock, MD, FRCS
Professor of Surgery*
Director of the Surgical Science Laboratory

Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD
Associate Professor* and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs
Department of Neurosurgery

Brian Schiefer
Staff Sergeant US Air Force TACP, Retired

Michael V. Sofroniew, MD, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology*
Department of Neurobiology

Paul Vespa, MD
Assistant Dean of Critical Care Medicine (Res)
Gary L . Brinderson Family Chair in Neurocritical Care
Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery*
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

J. Pablo Villablanca, MD, FACR
Professor of Radiological Sciences*
Director of Interventional Spine Service
Medical Director of MRI

Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
* David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Program Agenda

Saturday, April 27, 2019

7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Introduction
Langston T. Holly, MD, and Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD
Session 1: Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
8:05 Cervical Spondylosis and Myelopathy Overview: A Form of Chronic Spinal Cord Injury. When Should We Operate?
Langston T. Holly, MD
8:25 Advances in Imaging for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy - How Can We Better Assess Spinal Cord Injury?
J. Pablo Villablanca, MD, FACR
8:45 Case Presentation and Discussion - Single Level Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy:
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) Is The Way To Go
Duncan Q. McBride, MD
ACDF Is Fine, But Give Me An Artificial Disc
A. Nick Shamie, MD
9:45 The Role of Sagittal Balance and Deformity Parameters in Cervical Spine Surgery
Luke Macyszyn, MD, MA
10:05 Break
Session 2: Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Clinical
10:20 Spinal Cord Injury Classification: Operative vs. Nonoperative Management
Don Young Park, MD
10:40 Nursing Care for the Spinal Cord Injury Patient
11:00 Contemporary ICU Management
Manuel B. Blanco, MD
11:20 Medical Aspects of Rehabilitation after SCI
David N. Alexander, MD
11:40 Case Discussion: Unilateral Facet Fracture: Anterior Surgery, Posterior Surgery, or No Surgery
Panel: Drs. Holly, Lu, Macyszyn, McBride, Park, Shamie
12:00 Lunch
Session 3: Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Research
1:00 Spinal Cord Injury - A Personal Perspective
Brian Schiefer, Staff Sergeant US Air Force TACP, Retired
1:30 Neuromodulation to Improve Upper Extremity Function after Cervical Spinal Cord Injury
Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD
1:50 Functional Recovery of Trunk Control and Standing after SCI with Epidural and Transcutaneous Stimulation and Training
V. Reggie Edgerton, PhD
2:10 Brain-Computer Interfaces: Early Experience in Spinal Cord Injury
Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD
2:30 Break
2:50 Anatomy of the Conus Medullaris and Cauda Equina
Warwick J. Peacock, MD, FRCS
3:10 Cellular Therapies for the Treatment of Conus Medullaris and Cauda Equina Injuries
Leif A. Havton, MD, PhD
3:30 Dissecting Spinal Cord Wound Repair and Regeneration
Michael V. Sofroniew, MD, PhD
3:50 Modeling Central Nervous System Development Using Stem Cells - Implications for Spinal Cord Injury
Bennett Novitch, PhD
4:10 Adjourn


Attendees completing this course will increase skills and knowledge to better:

  • Evaluate and treat both acute and chronic spinal cord injury patients, including operative and nonoperative options, nursing care, and critical care management
  • Contrast the surgical approaches for chronic and traumatic spinal cord injury and distinguish which approaches are the most optimal for a specific clinical presentation
  • Describe the role of sagittal balance and other spinal deformity parameters in the pathogenesis of cervical spondylotic myelopathy and incorporate these measurements into clinical practice
  • Compare traditional and novel rehabilitation strategies following spinal cord injury and formulate individualized treatment plans
  • Identify the areas of controversy in the management of traumatic spinal cord injury based on evidenced-based guidelines
  • Describe the basic science and clinical research strategies that are actively being translated into the treatment for spinal cord injury patients
  • Explore the basic science and clinical research strategies that are likely to be translated into the treatment for spinal cord injury patients in the future


The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.


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Program Location

Red Bull Media House
1740 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Directions and Parking

From the 405 freeway take the 10 freeway West. Exit the freeway at exit 2A and turn left on Centinela Avenue. Turn left on Olympic Blvd. Turn right on Stewart. Turn left into the gated parking lot. Parking is free and you are welcome to park in any open spot. Enter the main entrance from the parking lot. You will be directed to the screening room upon arrival.