JANUARY 24 - 26, 2020


Due to the current circumstances related to COVID-19, we are postponing the January 2021 17th Annual Mazama Spine Summit to the summer of 2021. We will be in touch as our plans develop with a Save-the-Date and more details about the meeting. Thank you all for your continued support and participation in the Mazama Spine Summit.

Welcome and Invitation from the Host

I am very pleased to announce that this year we are celebrating the 16th 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 winter setting. I hope you will make us part of your meeting schedule next year. As many physicians have noted, “This is the best meeting I go to all year.” I invite you to make it yours too.

Best regards,

Richard Wohns, MD

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.

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 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 $300
Residents, Nurses, ARNP's, PA's & Fellows $125

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, Saturday & Sunday Education Sessions
  • Saturday and Sunday breakfasts
  • Saturday Keynote Speaker Session
  • Saturday 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.

Summit dinner and evening sleigh-ride are now limited to attendees who are 18 years old and older.

Cancellation notification must be in writing (email: and received by the close of business on Monday, December 16, 2019. A cancellation fee of $50 will be assessed.

Cancellations received after December 16, 2019 will not receive a refund. No-shows will not receive a refund.


Invited Speakers

  • Richard N.W. Wohns, MD, JD, MBA
    Host of the Spine Summit
  • Moustapha Abou-Samra, MD
  • Richard Adler, JD
    Adler Giersch
  • Steven Anglés, JD
    Adler Giersch
  • Scott Blumenthal, MD
    Texas Back Institute
  • Alison Bradywood, MN, MPH, RN, NEA-BC
    Virginia Mason Health Systems
  • Melissa Carter, JD
    Adler Giersch
  • Richard Chua, MD
    Northwest NeuroSpecialists
  • William Couldwell, MD, PhD, FACS
    University of Utah
  • Robert Dempsey, MD
    Foundation for International Education in Neurosurgery (FIENS)
  • Farrokh Farrokhi, MD
    Virginia Mason Health Systems
  • Tom Jacobs, JD
    Jacobs & Jacobs
  • Marie Long, MD
    Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center-Corvallis
  • Andrew Manista, MD
    Olympia Orthopaedic Associates
  • Alex Mohit, MD, PhD
  • Ali Niyaf, MD
    ADK Hospital, Maldive Islands
  • Ken Nwosu, MD
  • Rod Oskouian, MD
    Swedish Neuroscience Institute
  • Kee Park, MD
    Harvard Medical School
  • Mick Perez-Cruet, MD, MS
    Michigan Head & Spine Institute/Beaumont Hospitals
  • Amit Pradhanang, MD
    Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Scott Rodgers, JD
    Rodriguez, Interiano, Hanson & Rodgers, PLLC
  • Gail Rosseau, MD
    Foundation for International Education in Neurosurgery (FIENS)
  • Kyriacos Spentzos
    Intrinsic Therapeutics
  • Tony Tohmeh, MD
    Multicare Neurosciences
  • Kathy Wang, DO

Keynote Speaker - Art Wolfe

Past Keynote Speakers  ►
Art Wolfe

Over the course of his forty year career, photographer Art Wolfe has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations. His photographs are recognized throughout the world for their mastery of color, composition and perspective. Wolfe's photographic mission is multi-faceted: art, wildlife advocacy, education, and journalism inform his work.

Wolfe is the host of the award-winning television series Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge, an intimate and upbeat series that offers insights on nature, culture, and the realm of digital photography. It now airs worldwide. He was also featured in the 2015 Canon Australia/National Geographic Channel production Tales by Light, now streaming globally on Netflix.

Since his first publication in 1978, Wolfe has released over 100 books in all editions; 2014 saw the release of his magnum opus Earth Is My Witness; this mega project features Wolfe's favorite photos taken so far and is garnering international accolades and awards. It has since been published by National Geographic in France (Hymne à la Terre), Germany and Italy (Eden). In 2016 Photographs from the Edge: A Master Photographer's Insights on Capturing an Extraordinary World was published by Amphoto Books.

Numerous US and international museums and galleries have featured monographs of his work as well his traveling exhibitions, Travels to the Edge, and Beyond the Lens. Earth Is My Witness is now a traveling exhibit in Europe. Wolfe has been a contributor to many group exhibitions.

Education is a major component of Wolfe’s work, whether it is about the environment or about photography. He leads photographic tours worldwide as well as regularly presenting his groundbreaking Photography as Art seminar.

Pigment Study

Wolfe's photographs have appeared in the world’s top magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, GEO, and Terre Sauvage. Magazines all over the world publish his photographs and stories, and his work is licensed for retail products and advertising, as well as products such as USPS stamps, of which he has three, including the latest Forever Stamp commemorating the US National Parks.

Along with his numerous book and television awards, Wolfe is the proud recipient of the Nature's Best Photographer of the Year Award, the North American Nature Photography Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Photographic Society of America’s Progress Medal. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Wolfe maintains his office, stock agency, and production company in Seattle, Washington. His fine art work is available online at and online in Europe at

Extracurricular Activities

Cross Country Skiing

Enjoy a variety of activities: cross country skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and more – or relax in the outdoor hot tubs and visit the spa.

The Methow Valley offers a wide array of groomed trails (200 kilometers) and terrain for the beginner to experts who want to take in the views offered by 4000’ outlooks of the Valley.

To book activities, please call (800) 572-0493 or email

Ground Transportation to Lodge

We will be offering limited transportation to and from the Wenatchee Pangborn Airport and Sun Mountain Lodge this year. Please try to coordinate your arrival and departure around these times:

  • Arrival at Wenatchee on Wednesday, January 22 at 7:05pm, flight #2064
  • Arrival at Wenatchee on Thursday, January 23 at 11:22am, flight #2158
  • Arrival at Wenatchee on Friday, January 24 at 11:22am, flight #2158
  • Departure on Sunday, January 26 from Wenatchee at 12:00pm, flight #2159 AND at 7:45pm, flight #2069
  • Departure Monday, January 27 from Wenatchee at 12:00pm, flight #2159

If you are arriving or departing at a time that is not listed above, you will have to coordinate your own ground transportation. Should you have questions, please contact Linda O'Keefe at 206-650-6018 or


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