2nd Annual SpineFirst Symposium: Ensuring our Patients Finish First!

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*Registration payment includes Credit Cards and Interfund Transfers ONLY.

Target Audience

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


Registration for this event will close on Thursday morning, September 28th at 8AM to allow time to complete conference materials and send out registration reminders. We will be re-open the day of the event for onsite registrations.

Come join us for the 2nd Annual SpineFirst Symposium: Ensuring our Patients Finish First! This interdisciplinary symposium will focus on supporting our community partners by providing education on spinal care best practices from prevention through post-surgical care.

The sessions will enhance the audience's understanding of nonsurgical and surgical patient management. It will explore multidisciplinary partners' roles in evaluating patients and critical elements of care coordination to facilitate a patient-centered treatment regimen. The content will cover new modernizations in spine care, such as enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), advancements in outpatient surgery, and surgical techniques and innovations within the operating room.

The symposium will provide an educational opportunity for professionals focusing on the medical management and rehabilitative treatment interventions. The event includes a multidisciplinary partnership with faculty from Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates (CNSA), Atrium Health, and special guests from Atrium Health OneHealth and Scope Anesthesia!

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  • Tim Adamson, MD
  • Byron Branch, MD
  • Joseph Cheatle, MD
  • Domagoj Coric, MD
  • Graham Claytor, PT
  • Jennifer Cline, PT, DHSc, MS
  • Jim D'Amico, PT
  • Michael Dove, MD
  • E. Hunter Dyer, MD
  • Martin Henegar, MD
  • Ashley Higgins, MSN
  • Christopher Holland, MD, PhD
  • Michael Hrycelak, MD
  • Paul Kim, MD
  • Sanjiv Lakhia, DO
  • Daniel Leas, MD
  • Matthew McGirt, MD
  • Matthew Naegel, PA-C
  • Andrew Nance, MD
  • Mark Pustaver, DC
  • Vincent Rossi, MD
  • Mark Smith, MD
  • Siddarth Thakur, MD
  • Lauren Waldron, PA-C
  • John Welshofer, MD
  • Christopher Zagar, MD

    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 7.0 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 7.0 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).

    Nurses: This educational activity with 7.0 hours can be applied towards continuing competence plan for maintaining current licensure with the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

    This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology for 7.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1043602; Expiration Date 9/29/2023.

    6.25 Athletic Trainer Contact Hours
    NC Area Health Education Center (BOC AP#: P3459) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for a maximum of 6.25 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

    6.0 NCBPTE Contact Hours
    South Piedmont 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.

    Policy on Faculty and Sponsor Disclosure
    In accordance with the Standards 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.


    • Discuss the importance of partnering with our community care providers to ensure that patients achieve and maintain optimal health status to ensure the best outcomes throughout their spine care journey in the nonsurgical and surgical settings.
    • Discuss the patient journey starting with prevention through potential postsurgical care and the roles of the care teams involved to ensure that patient needs are met and patient satisfaction is achieved.
    • Discuss recent innovations in surgical spine care and the appropriate transition of inpatient cases to the outpatient setting.


    Tamara Smith-Tillman BS


    Sep 29, 2023
    7:45 AM - 4:20 PM
    Emmet Dyer MD
    Sep 29, 2023
    7:45 AM - 4:20 PM
    Check-In Time
    7:15 AM
    0.70 - CEU
    6.00 - NCBPTE Contact Hours
    6.25 - BOC CEUs for Athletic Trainers
    7.00 - AANA
    7.00 - Contact Hours
    7.00 - CME for Physician Assistants
    7.00 - AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    NASCAR Hall of Fame
  • Details
    Sep 29, 2023
    7:30 AM - 4:20 PM
    NASCAR Hall of Fame
    Residents, Fellows, and Patient Advocates
    Faculty and Waived Staff
    APPs, Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals
    CNSA / AH MSKI MD/DO Registration Fees
    CNSA / AH MSKI Allied Health Professionals Registration Fees
    NCBPTE Contact Hours
    BOC CEUs for Athletic Trainers
    Contact Hours
    CME for Physician Assistants
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™