SpineFirst Symposium - Paving the Road to Recovery

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Target Audience

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nursing, Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists and Other Allied Health Professionals.


* Registration for this event is closed. The event is at capacity so we will not be able to take on-site registrations *

Come join us for the inaugural SpineFirst Symposium! This interdisciplinary symposium will focus on supporting clinicians in understanding the pathways to care for patients through acute and chronic spine episodes.

The sessions will support the audience in the evaluation and diagnosis of neck and back pain or symptomatology. It will explore the roles that multidisciplinary partners have in the evaluation of patients, and critical elements of care coordination to facilitate a patient-centered treatment regimen. The content will cover non-surgical treatment options and how best to support and evaluate surgical candidates.

The symposium will provide an educational opportunity for professionals focusing on the medical management and rehabilitative treatment interventions. Clinical faculty for the event include: Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates (CNSA) surgeons; CNSA and Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute physiatrists; and so many more multidisciplinary partners!


  • When Back Pain Walks in Your Office
  • Eyes Wide Open: Typical and Atypical Presentations of Red Flags
  • No Scalpels: Therapies for the Spine Patient
  • MVAs: More to Fix Than a Car
  • Smoking & Surgery Don't Mix: Optimization and Partnership Before the Hospital
  • When Back Pain Isn't Just Back Pain: Myelopathy & Mimics
  • Prevention: Athletes & Weekend Warriors
  • Debate: Bracing - Necessary or Fallacy?

  • Click Here to view Full Agenda.

    Canopy by Hilton Charlotte, SouthPark Towers

    Accreditation Statement
    Atrium Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Credit Designation Statement
    Atrium Health designates this Live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

    AAPA accepts certificate of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 6.5 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

    ANCC and the North Carolina Board of Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from the organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

    Physical Therapist
    The Charlotte Area Health Education Center designates this continuing education program as fulfilling the requirements for .7 CEUs, representing 6.5 contact hours of continuing education. Charlotte AHEC, as part of the NC AHEC system, is an approved provider by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners with regard to activities directly related to physical therapy for continued competence.

    NC Area Health Education Center is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education (CE) to Certified Athletic Trainers.

    Policy on Faculty and Sponsor Disclosure
    In accordance with the Standards for for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education established by the ACCME, faculty, abstract reviewers, paper presenters/authors, planning committee members, staff and any others involved in planning the educational content must disclose any relationship they or their co-authors have with ineligible companies which may be related to their content.

    ADA Statement
    If you need any auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to attend this conference, please contact Tamara Smith-Tillman by email tamara.tillman@atriumhealth.org.


    • Identify red flag spine symptoms for acute triage
    • Discuss non-surgical treatment options for spine patients
    • Identify patient optimization priorities prior to surgery


    Tamara Smith-Tillman BS


    Sep 30 - 22, 2022
    7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Tim Adamson MD, Puneet Aggarwal MD, Michael Bohl MD, Jennifer Brady MD, Justin Brooks PA-C, Leigh Ann Caldwell , Graham Claytor PT, MPT. CSCS, Domagoj Coric MD, James D'Amico , Vinay Deshmukh MD, Emmet Dyer MD, Emmet Dyer MD, Christopher Holland MD PhD, Paul Kim MD, Daniel Leas MD, Joshua Patt MD, MPH, Vignesh Rajan , Andrew Sumich MD, Siddarth Thakur MD, Deepu Ushakumari MD MHCDS FASA CPE, Eric Warren MD, John Welshofer MD, Joseph Zuhosky MD
    Sep 30 - 22, 2022
    Check-In Time
    7:00 AM
    0.70 - CEU
    6.50 - Contact Hours
    6.50 - BOC CEUs for Athletic Trainers
    6.50 - AANA
    6.50 - NCBPTE Contact Hours
    6.50 - AAPA
    6.50 - AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    Canopy by Hilton Charlotte
    Sep 30, 2022
    7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Canopy by Hilton Charlotte
    APPs, Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals
    CNSA / AH MSKI MD/DO Registration Fees
    CNSA / AH MSKI Allied Health Professionals Registration Fees
    Contact Hours
    BOC CEUs for Athletic Trainers
    NCBPTE Contact Hours
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™