Hands-on Surgical Techniques Course

July 20 – 22, 2023

Indiana Spine Group, Medical Academic Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

Learn from experienced, world renowned, Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) members a the 2023 Hands-on Surgical Techniques Course! This course is intended for residents and fellows, first year surgeons may also apply. 

Course Information

Cost: $1,595
Full course scholarships, including travel, are available for US based senior residents and fellows.

Applications are now closed



All session and presentation times are listed in the Eastern Time Zone (EDT) and subject to change.

Final Program



Vincent Traynelis, MD
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Paul Anderson, MD
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Andrew Dailey, MD, FAANS
University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT

Frank Eismont, MD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

John M. Rhee, MD
Emory Spine Center
Atlanta, GA

Thomas Zdeblick
University of Wisconsin
​Madison, WI

Rick Sasso, MD
Indiana Spine Group
Carmel, IN

Bradford Currier, MD
Mayo Clinic
La Jolla, CA

Bruce Darden, II, MD
Orthocarolina Spine Center
Charlotte, NC

James Harrop, MD
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

Christopher Shaffrey, MD
Duke Clinics (South)
Durham, NC


The course will cover the latest advances and techniques of the cervical spine including:

  • Understanding the intricate anatomy of the uncinate process, nerve roots, the vertebral artery, foramen and identify their relationship to each other
  • Discuss surgical indications and complication management for cervical spine procedures
  • Review and perform the following cervical spine procedures on cadaveric tissue:
    • ​Anterior and posterior surgical approaches including: laminotomy, foraminotomy, laminoplasty, laminectomy, and facetectomy
    • Fusion techniques including: occipital-cervical constructs, C1-2 fixation, subaxial screw and rod constructs
    • Anterior decompression techniques including: disectomy, foraminotomy, corpectomy 
    • Anterior fusion techniques including: interbody and corpectomy grafting, as well as subaxial plate, odontoid fixation and cages
    • Transoral approach to dens resection

Key Dates

January 11, 2022 Application opens
February 11, 2022 Application closes
March 1, 2022 Application decisions are sent to applicants
July 21, 2022 Hands-on Surgical Techniques Course begins
July 23, 2022 Hands-on Surgical Techniques Course concludes


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