June 28-30, 2024


Welcome and Invitation from the Hosts

We are very pleased to announce that this year we are celebrating the 20th 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.

Best regards,

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.

Mazama Spine Summit Slideshow

General Documents

Conference Links


Upon completion of this educational activity, the participants will be able to:

  1. Assess medical conditions that impact the human spine.
  2. Recommend treatment for their patients.
  3. Acquire a greater understanding of more precise criteria for referring to surgical and non-surgical specialists for more advanced treatment options.
  4. Have a broader awareness of both conservative and surgical treatment options.
  5. Have a broader awareness of new and innovative treatment options.
  6. Have a greater understanding of the outcomes potential for alternative treatment options.


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

Dr. Wohns

Richard Wohns, MD, JD, MBA, is founder and president of NeoSpine which provides comprehensive spine care including surgery, pain management, and imaging, with locations throughout the Puget Sound Region of Washington. 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. 15 years and many centers later, NeoSpine has continued to be at the forefront of developing and executing innovative outpatient spinal surgery and pain management techniques. NeoSpine was acquired by Symbion which was in turn acquired by Surgical Partners, Inc. 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 co-founded U.S. Radiosurgery to develop additional radiosurgical centers nationwide with either CyberKnife or Gamma Knife technology. Alliance Oncology acquired U.S. Radiosurgery in 2015.

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 Nepalto 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 return annually to continue lecturing and leading spine surgery workshops in Kathmandu, where he is now Visiting Professor of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Wohns has established the Nepal Spine Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, to promote neurosurgery education and care for indigent patients in Nepal. Dr. Wohns also has lectured and operated in the Maldives and performed several “firsts” including cervical disc replacement, lumbar disc replacement, anterior lumbar interbody fusion and sacroiliac joint fusion.

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. May 2022 marked the 18th anniversary of this important educational event.

Dr. Wohns was also Chief Medical Officer for angelMD, a technology platform and marketplace that connects leading medical startups from all over the world with life science investors, industry and physicians/scientists, creating a more efficient path from start to funding to exit and de-risking investments in the process. He was Director on the Board of Aqueduct Critical Care, Director on the Board of SeaMed, and also on the Scientific Advisory Board of Ranier Technology. Dr. Wohns was recently appointed by Governor Jay Inslee of Washington to be a Commissioner on the Washington Medical Commission.

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 both the Ethics Committee and the Professional Conduct Committee for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and 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 textbooks. 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 $400
Residents, Nurses, ARNP's, PA's & Fellows $200

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 $75

Registration Fees Include:

  • Friday Opening Reception
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday Education Sessions
  • Saturday & Sunday Breakfasts
  • Keynote Speaker(s)
  • Saturday Summit Dinner

NOTE: Referring a first time Summit attendee? Receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Please be sure to have your referral note this in their registration!


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: and received by the close of business on Friday, May 31, 2024. 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 Friday, May 31, 2024 will NOT receive a refund. No-shows will not receive a refund.


Invited Speakers

  • Kenneth Nwosu, MD, MBA
    Co-host of the Spine Summit
  • Richard N.W. Wohns, MD, JD, MBA
    Co-host of the Spine Summit
  • Richard Adler, JD, Adler Giersch
    Seattle, WA
  • Steven Angles, JD
    Seattle, WA
  • Adedayo Ashana, MD
    Raleigh, NC
  • David Auyong, MD
    Seattle, WA
  • Scott Becker, JD
    Chicago, IL
  • Scott Blumenthal, MD
    Plano, TX
  • Jens Chapman, MD
    Seattle, WA
  • Benjamin Chen, MD
    Puyallup, WA
  • John Chen, MD
  • Rick Chua, MD
    Tucson, AZ
  • Caroline Harstroem, MD
    Seattle, WA
  • Daniel Kang, MD
    Tacoma, WA
  • Roland Kent, MD
    Hayden, ID
  • Russell Kinder, MD
    Seattle, WA
  • Sanjay Konakondla, MD
    Danville, PA
  • Katie Lakstins, PhD
    Woodland Park, CO
  • Philip Louie, MD
    Seattle, WA
  • Robert Masson, MD
    Orlando, FL
  • Eric Muehlbauer, JD, MBA
    Willowbroook, IL
  • John Prunskis, MD
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Andre Shaffer, MD
    Seattle, WA
  • Jennifer Veal, JD
    Tacoma, WA
  • David Wohns, MD, MBA
    Grand Rapids, MI
  • Sage Wohns, MBA
    New York, NY

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Richard Wohns, MD, JD, MBA

Past Keynote Speakers  ►
Dr. Richard Wohns, MD, JD, MBA Dr. Richard Wohns, MD, JD, MBA

Our very own esteemed Dr. Richard Wohns, MD, JD, MBA, will be the 2024 Keynote Speaker. He will be speaking about his 40 years in Neurosurgery.

Dr. Wohns is not only the founder of the Mazama Spine Summit, he is also founder and medical director of NeoSpine, which provides comprehensive spine care including surgery, pain management, and imaging. He is board certified in Neurological Surgery. Dr. Wohns is the Director and President of the Nepal Spine Foundation, a non-profit that assists Nepalese spine patients through medical care and education.

Dr. Wohns is an alumnus of Harvard University, Yale University Medical School, Seattle University School of Law and University of Washington Business School.

For more about Dr. Wohns, please visit:

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Summer Activities

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

View from Cascade Byway

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

Speakers, exhibitors & general information: Michi Wohns at (206) 369-7770 or