9th Annual Symposium on the Pediatric Spine: Best in Class Non Operative Treatment

Hybrid Event / June 1, 2023 / 8:00am - 3:00 pm EST

Join us on June 1st for an update on the latest advances in pediatric spine care.

The 9th Annual Pediatric Spine: Best in Class Non-operative treatment for Scoliosis CME is an opportunity to learn about state of the art, non-operative treatment of scoliosis across the ages. Patients with juvenile and adolescent scoliosis have  many treatment options including physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises and Rigo Cheneau type bracing. Experts from CUIMC Center for the nonoperative treatment of spine and scoliosis and visiting lecturers will share their experience in presentations and will demonstrate best practices. This year’s CME hosts many guest speakers from around the world.

Amongst the many guest speakers we are excited to have:

  • Dr. Manuel Rigo will speak on the advancements surrounding bracing.
  • Dr. James Sanders will speak regarding the Sanders score and other growth markers
  • Meghan Glahn, CPO returns to discuss the importance of social support around bracing compliance.
  • Kathryn Bacigalupo, DPT speak about the role connective tissue disorders such as EDS plays in this population.
  • Grant Wood, CPO who will talk about the role of adult bracing.
  • Hagit Berdishevsky, DPT will discuss her her latest work surrounding developing BPG for PSSE and adults with scoliosis and pain.
  • Kelly Grimes, speaking on behalf of SOSORT and the benefits of joining the rapidly growing scientific society
  • Leah Stoltz returns to speak on #notadeformity movement and Curvy Girls new book

CUIMC faculty will also be discussing the advancements in tethering and its role for this population, the role of nighttime bracing, other non-operative interventional procedures for pain management, the role and benefits of prehab for improved post-op recovery, how motivational interviewing can add valuable insight into your patients overall psyche and mental health, the role of group class and incorporating yoga and pilates into your practice, and the latest research available surrounding PSSE and bracing.

All healthcare providers treating the pediatric population are encouraged to attend this interactive live program

Course Fees

In-Person Attendance

Held at the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center, 173 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032

  • Physicians - $150.00
  • Other Health Professionals - $100.00
  • CUIMC/NYP Physicians - $75.00
  • Patients/Families - $75.00
  • Students - $75.00
  • CUIMC/NYP Other Health Professionals - $50.00

Virtual Attendance

  • Physicians - $150.00
  • Other Health Professionals - $100.00
  • CUIMC/NYP Physicians - $75.00
  • Patients/Families - $75.00
  • Students - $75.00
  • CUIMC/NYP Other Health Professionals - $50.00

The fee includes both the pre-recorded videos and the live sessions. All registrants will be sent an electronic course syllabus and access to the lectures for three months upon conclusion of the event.


Register here

Course Directors


Breakfast and Sign In  -  8:00-9:00am

Introduction  -  9:00 am

Welcome and Introduction: Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH


Moderator: Benjamin Roye, MD

  • 9:05am - Casting in EOS - Benjamin Roye, MD
  • 9:16am - Is tethering the answer? The truth versus fiction - Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH
  • 9:27am - The importance of the sagittal plane - Manuel Rigo, MD, PhD (taped talk)
  • 9:38am - The impact of knowing growth markers - James Sanders, MD
  • 9:49am - Non-Surgical management of adult scoliosis - Paul Haffey, DO
  • 10:00am - What is SOSORT and have you joined SOSORT yet? - Kelly Grimes, DPT
  • 10:15 am - Questions and Discussion


Moderator: Michael Vitale, MD, MPH

  • 10:30am - Part time bracing in JIS - Benjamin Roye, MD
  • 10:41am - Strap system updates on NYRC bracing - John Tunney, CPO
  • 10:52am - Bracing in adults with scoliosis and pain - Grant Wood, MS, CPO
  • 11:03am - The Role of mentorship in brace compliance - Meghan Glahn, CPO
  • 11:14am - Questions and Discussion

Lunch  -  11am – 12:15pm


Moderator: Prachi Bakarania, DPT

  • 12:15pm - Updates on Research on bracing and PSSE - Abigail Smul, DPT
  • 12:26pm - Best Practice for Idiopathic scoliosis and Ehler Dahlos Syndrome/hypermobility syndrome - Kathryn Bacigalupo, DPT
  • 12:36pm - Pre-op PT – Does it matter on a patient’s overall physical functioning prior to surgery? - Prachi Bakarania, DPT
  • 12:47pm - Benefits of breathing together:  incorporating yoga, core strength, and mindful movements to the Schroth method in a group setting - Trella Allen, DPT and Rebekah Wallach, DPT 
  • 1:03pm - Best Practice Fitness Exercise guideline for patients with adult spinal deformity - Hagit Berdishevsky, DPT
  • 1:19pm - Questions and Discussion

Coffee Break  -  1:36 - 1:52pm

Big Picture

Moderator: Amber Sentell, PA-C

  • 1:52pm - Motivational Interviewing – Psychosocial assessment for the healthcare provider - Ameeka George, NP
  • 2:03pm - #notadeformity and new book - Leah Stolz, Curvy Girls
  • 2:19pm - Case Studies 
  • 2:50pm - Questions and Discussion

Conclusion of Program  -  3:00pm

Accreditation Information

The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physical Therapy Accreditation

The Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy is approved by the New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions as a sponsor of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. This activity is approved for 4 CEU’s.

Program Description & Objectives

Participants will emerge with a renewed appreciation of the three-dimensional aspects of scoliosis and the full gamut of modern treatment options. The faculty and speakers are the most experienced in the field, bringing expertise in bracing, casting, and therapy for childhood scoliosis. We will also address concerns about scoliosis after skeletal maturity. This activity is designed for providers who are treating patients with scoliosis and would like to assess the risk versus benefits of surgical treatments and non-operative treatments. Physical therapists, orthotists and physicians are strongly encouraged to attend.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

  • Discuss the role of tethering in this population
  • Describe growth markers and the role they play
  • Discuss how EDS and hypermobility can affect your treatment plan for this population
  • Identify the role of bracing for this population
  • Promote and appreciate the patient initiated #notadeformity movement
  • Discuss surrounding evidence of PSSE and bracing

Program Faculty