Welcome and Invitation from the Hosts
We are very pleased to announce that this year we are celebrating the 18th Annual Mazama Spine Summit! Each year we continue to provide the latest developments in minimally invasive and outpatient spine surgery with the leading physicians in the U.S. and from around the world.
The meeting is designed to provide a setting for thought provoking ideas and discussion in a casual, yet elegant summer setting. We hope you will make us part of your meeting schedule next year. The meeting has been called “The Davos of Spine.” As many physicians have noted, “This is the best meeting I go to all year.” We invite you to make it yours too.
Kenneth Nwosu, MD, MBA
Richard N.W. Wohns, MD, JD, MBA
Mazama has a block of hotel rooms at a special group rate. Call 800-572-0493 to receive this rate, and mention the Spine Summit when you call. Do not book your hotel accommodations online through the Sun Mountain Lodge website.
Kenneth Nwosu, MD, MBA
Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery
As a spine surgeon specializing in neck and lower back pain, Kenneth Nwosu, MD, MBA, is skilled in the cutting-edge techniques to address chronic pain and mobility issues caused by underlying spinal disease or injury. Dr. Nwosu believes in the many benefits that minimally invasive surgical techniques can offer his patients, including minimal hospitalization and expedient pain relief and return to an active lifestyle. He offers a variety of surgical options at his multidisciplinary spine practices in Burien and Puyallup, Washington.
After graduating from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Nwosu completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center followed by a spine surgery fellowship at the Harvard Combined Spine Fellowship Program, affiliated with Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Nwosu is an active member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Nwosu continues to perform extensive research in spinal surgery. He is a published author who also speaks about his surgical research at presentations within the medical community.
Dr. Nwosu’s personal philosophy focuses on working closely with each patient towards developing a tailored treatment plan to ensure the best outcome. His focus on utilizing cutting-edge minimally invasive techniques is paramount in helping patients feel better faster, allowing return to a physically active lifestyle as soon as possible.
Richard N.W. Wohns, MD, JD, MBA
Founder, President & Board Certified Neurosurgeon
Richard Wohns, MD, JD, MBA, is founder and president of NeoSpine which provides comprehensive spine care including surgery, pain management, and imaging, with locations in Seattle and Puyallup. Board certified in Neurological Surgery, Dr. Wohns has been in practice for over 30 years.
After earning degrees from Harvard College, Yale Medical School, and completing his neurosurgery residency at the University of Washington, Dr. Wohns started business school at the University of Washington. As a result of a business plan writing exercise, NeoSpine, a concept for a national network of outpatient spine surgery centers, quickly turned into a reality when it received $20 million in venture capital funding. NeoSpine has continued to be at the forefront of developing and executing innovative outpatient spinal surgery and pain management techniques. Today, Dr. Wohns leads the NeoSpine practice and Microsurgical Spine Center, its partner surgery center, in Washington State.
Prior to NeoSpine, Dr. Wohns organized and co-founded Neurosurgical Consultants of Washington, involving 12 neurosurgeons in the Puget Sound area. He also developed South Sound Gamma Knife Center, a partnership between neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, and St. Joseph Hospital to provide Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for patients in South Puget Sound.
Dr. Wohns is a leader in high altitude medicine and is the former Vice President of the International Society of Mountain Medicine. He has been both a physician and a climber during expeditions on Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest. He served as the Medical Director during the 1984 Ultima Thule Everest Expedition during which time he performed high altitude brain research on Mount Everest. He also performed the first high altitude emergency appendectomy on a porter during an expedition to K2, the second highest mountain in the world.
During the summer of 2013, Dr. Wohns returned to Nepal, this time with one of his four children, a student at Harvard College, to teach minimally invasive spine surgery techniques to the staff at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. During this trip he also performed pro bono surgery with medical implants and instruments graciously donated by leading medical device companies. His enduring commitment to the country, its people, and to the field of medicine has compelled him to continue returning to Nepal and the Maldives as well.
Dr. Wohns is the founder of the Mazama Spine Summit, an annual minimally invasive and outpatient spine surgery conference that brings together top spine surgeons and technique innovators from across the country. Held in Winthrop, WA, the conference consists of educational panel sessions and a keynote speaker and focuses on new developments in minimally invasive and outpatient spine surgery.
Dr. Wohns is an alumnus of the Seattle University School of Law and utilizes his legal knowledge as an expert witness in the realms of patent litigation, credentialing, and medical negligence. He has held positions at professional societies including serving on the Ethics Committee for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and being Vice President and President of the Western Neurosurgical Society. Dr. Wohns is a member of multiple medical and climbing associations, an expert consultant to several organizations, and has authored many articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals plus chapters in medical books. Several of the articles include “firsts” in outpatient spine surgery. In February 2011, he was rated one of the 100 Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America and in February 2010, one of the 50 Best Spine Specialists in the United States by Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review. In 2014, Dr. Wohns was listed as one of the “40 Smartest People in Healthcare.” Dr. Wohns has taken his expertise worldwide, sharing knowledge with fellow physicians and helping thousands of patients to return to their daily life and activities throughout his career in spine surgery.
|Physicians, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists & Attorneys
|Residents, Nurses, ARNP's, PA's & Fellows
Social Guest 13 & Over
Guest registration includes the Friday Welcome Reception, Summit Dinner, and all social events/activites. (Note age restrictions below.)
|Social Guest 12 & Under
Registration Fees Include:
- Sunday Opening Reception
- Sunday, Monday & Tuesday Education Sessions
- Monday & Tuesday Breakfasts
- Monday Keynote Speaker Session
- Monday Summit Dinner
Each conference attendee and exhibit representative must complete a separate registration and their own hotel reservation. Please register BEFORE you make your room reservation. Company representatives MUST exhibit in order to attend. Guests are intended to be social guests only.
Cancellation notification must be in writing (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and received by the close of business on Friday, April 22, 2022. A cancellation fee of $50 will be assessed.
Should the Summit be cancelled due to Covid-19, registrations will be refunded. If the Summit proceeds as planned, cancellations received after April 22, 2022 will NOT receive a refund. No-shows will not receive a refund.
- Kenneth Nwosu, MD, MBA
Co-host of the Spine Summit
- Richard N.W. Wohns, MD, JD, MBA
Co-host of the Spine Summit
- Amir Abdul-Jabbar, MD
- Moustapha Abousamra, MD
- Richard Adler, JD
- Todd Alamin, MD
Redwood City, CA
- Steven Anglés, JD
- Dayo Ashana, MD
- Amandeep Bhalla, MD
Los Angeles, CA
- Sam Browd, MD, PhD
Seattle Children's Hospital
- Jens Chapman, MD
- Rick Chua, MD
- Brian Gantwerker, MD
Los Angeles, CA
- Roland Kent, MD
Post Falls, ID
- Jeffery Larson, MD
Coeur d'Alene, ID
- Andrew Manista, MD
- AJ Rush, MD
Forth Worth, TX
- Tony Tohmeh, MD
Past Keynote Speakers ►
Robert Lee Satcher, Jr., MD, PhD is recognized for his varied career interests and notable
successes, from his training as a chemical engineer, to his practice as an orthopaedic surgeon in
oncology, and service as a mission specialist astronaut for NASA. Dr. Satcher flew on the Space
Shuttle Atlantis, STS-129, in November 2009, during which he performed two spacewalks
totaling over 12 hours of extravehicular activity.
Dr. Satcher earned his BS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1994. His
postgraduate training included postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of California
(Berkeley and San Francisco); a residency in orthopaedic surgery, also at the University of
California San Francisco; as well as an orthopaedic oncology fellowship at the University of
Florida, Gainesville. He is currently an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Oncology at MD
Anderson Cancer Center. Most recently, Dr. Satcher led the initiation of virtual care at MD
Anderson Cancer Center that will extend MD Anderson’s specialized expertise to cancer
survivors, follow up patients, underserved communities, and facilitate the accessibility of
cancer care to additional patients. Dr. Satcher’s research has focused on understanding how
cancer spreads to the skeleton, with a focus on renal cell bone metastasis.
Dr. Satcher is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American
Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, National Comprehensive
Cancer Network, to name a few. He is also a member of several boards, including CSTEM, Teach
for America, Space Center Houston, and Voorhees College (current Chair) (Denmark, SC). He
has been involved in efforts to introduce racial equality in academia throughout his career
through committee memberships and scholarly work.
Enjoy a variety of activities including: mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, swimming, 2 outdoor pools, volleyball, kayaking, and paddleboarding – or relax in the outdoor hot tubs and visit the spa.
To book activities, please call (800) 572-0493 or email email@example.com.
Ground Transportation to Lodge
We encourage you to drive from Seattle to the Methow Valley. The North Cascades Scenic Byway will be open and it is truly a beautiful drive. Depending on traffic, the drive will take approximately 4 hours from Seattle to Sun Mountain Lodge.
If you are flying into Wenatchee, advanced rental car reservations are needed as Pangborn is a small airport.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.
Transportation, lodging, & activities: Linda O'Keefe at (206) 650-6018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speakers, exhibitors & general information: Michi Wohns at (206) 369-7770 or email@example.com.