PROGRAM

The 2024 program is set, and we are so excited for this year’s meeting.  There will be two sessions, one on Friday morning and one on Saturday.  Each day has 4 one-hour lecture/discussions carefully designed to help all in attendance the opportunity to grow as individuals as well as within your organizations.
EVENT PROGRAM

BTG SPEAKERS 2024

GREGORY MUNDIS, JR., MD

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On Friday, Dr. Gregory M. Mundis Jr., a professor of orthopedic spine surgery, an avid cyclist, and physician health enthusiast will share about the current state of affairs in the personal care of the surgeon. What are the current obstacles health care providers face that makes taking care of ourselves so difficult. While the focus will be on the surgeon the principles of this session will be broadly applicable to hospital administrators and executive alike.
Next Denise Walt, MD, a well-known Psychiatrist, will share about the stress of spine surgery and lead discussion on how we can engage in more emotionally healthy lives.  Dr. Walt is uniquely positioned to discuss this topic as her spouse is a busy spine surgeon at RUSH University in Chicago, IL.
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DENISE WALT, MD

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AMER KAISSI, PhD

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Amer Kaissi, PhD, author of Humbitious, will usher us into a session that challenges us to lead in a counterculture manner.  Health care is full of big personalities, conflicting interests, and big egos.  Dr. Kaissi will share his research on the power of low ego and high drive leadership.
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To round off the Friday session we are honored to welcome the current Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) president Dr. Marinus De Kleuver.  Dr. de Kleuver practices complex spine surgery in the Netherlands and will share with us the power of building teams.  The operating room is a unique environment for team building as there is a very clear unifying goal of patient care, however, most of the team members are not employed by the leader in the room, the surgeon.  He will share practical applications of team building in environments that are not homogenous.
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MARINUS DE KLEUVER, MD, PhD

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Friday offers the opportunity for golf or other activities in the afternoon.  Our hope is that this active environment will foster an atmosphere that will allow for teams to process the content from the morning sessions and to solidify some of the material covered and energize participants for the following day.

ADAM KANTER, MD

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Saturday is kicked off with Adam Kanter, MD.  Dr. Kanter has had a prolific career at UPMC and recently moved to Southern California to join Hoag Hospital to lead their Neurosurgical spine division.  Over the last 2 years Dr. Kanter has decided to pursue his MBA and will challenge us to keep growing in our profession, and to pursue our passions, as a means of pursuing wellness in our lives.
Next Carrie Cunningham, MD, a former professional tennis player, and now an associate professor of surgery at Harvard medical school, has recently been very vocal about physician wellness and her mental health journey.  Physician’s and executives are prone to mental health disorders including suicide, and Dr. Cunningham will share her experience in the field and paths to recovery and avoidance.
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CARRIE CUNNINGHAM, MD

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BRYAN REEVES

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Next, Bryan Reeves will be focusing on one of the key elements to successfully building teams and leading well, relationship.  Bryan is a world class relationship coach the extensive experience in helping people find meaningful relationships, repair broken ones and strengthen existing relationships.
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Finally, Melinda Rothouse will round out the morning by talking about Fostering a Culture of Creativity and Innovation. This interactive presentation explores best practices for cultivating mindful leadership and fostering organizational innovation. Drawn from her doctoral research and two books on creativity and innovation, Melinda Rothouse shares contemporary research on team creativity and collaboration, along with a mindfulness-based model for creating a culture of innovation.
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MELINDA ROTHOUSE, PhD

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Our hope is that through thoughtful presentations and live interactive dialogue, that your journey toward whole hearted living, deeper relationship at work and home, and improved communication will be more clear and that you will feel encouraged and empowered to lead at home and at work.

COURSE CHAIRS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Marinus de Kleuver, MD, PhD

FACULTY AND SPEAKERS
Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD
Ali Bagheri, MD
Laurel C. Blakemore, MD
James Bruffey, MD
Carrie Cunningham, MD
Robert K. Eastlack, MD
Serena Hu, MD
Adam Kanter, MD
Amer Kaissi, Ph.D.
Michael P. Kelly, MD
Eric Klineberg, MD
Hani Malone, MD
Gregory M. Mundis, Jr., MD
Bryan W. Reeves
Melinda Rothouse, Ph.D.
Rajiv Saigal, MD
Suken Shah, MD
Stephen Stephan, MD
Denise Walt, MD
Burt Yaszay, MD
OVERALL EVENT OBJECTIVES
Following this course, attendees should:
1) Recognize the signs of burnout and steps to take toward a healthier work life balance
2) Know how to recognize and manage the stress of spine surgery
3) To understand the importance of relationship and communication in building a leadership community
4) Understand the impact of non-work-related interests on overall emotional health
5) Learn how to prioritize emotional health within the context of the work environment
6) Facilitating discussion of activities aimed at lowering stress and anxiety by building functional and supportive teams
EVENT SCHEDULE
Check the program for this year’s conference and learn about sessions in store
Park Hyatt Aviara

Welcome Dinner for BTG Faculty

4:00am - 6:00am

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6:30am - 7:30am

Kingfisher

Join us for breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

Avalon

Dr. Gregory M. Mundis Jr., a professor of orthopedic spine surgery, an avid cyclist, and physician health enthusiast will share about the current state of affairs in the personal care of the surgeon. What are the current obstacles health care providers face that makes taking care of ourselves so difficult. While the focus will be on the surgeon the principles of this session will be broadly applicable to hospital administrators and executive alike.

Avalon

Dr. Denise Walt, a well-known Psychiatrist, will share about the stress of spine surgery and lead discussion on how we can engage in more emotionally healthy lives. Dr. Walt is uniquely positioned to discuss this topic as her spouse is a busy spine surgeon at RUSH University in Chicago, IL.

9:30am - 10:00am

Kingfisher

Enjoy a coffee break in the Exhibit Hall

Avalon

Amer Kaissi, PhD, author of Humbitious, will usher us into a session that challenges us to lead in a counterculture manner. Health care is full of big personalities, conflicting interests, and big egos. Dr. Kaissi will share his research on the power of low ego and high drive leadership.

Avalon

Dr. Marinus de Kleuver practices complex spine surgery in the Netherlands and will share with us the power of building teams. The operating room is a unique environment for team building as there is a very clear unifying goal of patient care, however, most of the team members are not employed by the leader in the room, the surgeon. He will share practical applications of team building in environments that are not homogenous.

12:30pm - 6:20pm

Aviara Golf Club

3rd Annual Golf Tournament

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Jacaranda CTYD, Bunker and Pavilion
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7:00am - 8:30am

Kingfisher

Join us for breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

Avalon

Dr. Adam Kanter has had a prolific career at UPMC and recently moved to Southern California to join Hoag Hospital to lead their Neurosurgical spine division. Over the last 2 years Dr. Kanter has decided to pursue his MBA and will challenge us to keep growing in our profession, and to pursue our passions, as a means of pursuing wellness in our lives.

Avalon

Dr. Carrie Cunningham, a former professional tennis player, and now an associate professor of surgery at Harvard medical school, has recently been very vocal about physician wellness and her mental health journey. Physician’s and executives are prone to mental health disorders including suicide, and Dr. Cunningham will share her experience in the field and paths to recovery and avoidance.

10:30am - 11:00am

Kingfisher

Enjoy a coffee break in the Exhibit Hall

Avalon

Bryan Reeves will be focusing on one of the key elements to successfully building teams and leading well, relationship. Bryan is a world class relationship coach the extensive experience in helping people find meaningful relationships, repair broken ones and strengthen existing relationships.

Avalon

Melinda Rothouse will round out the morning by talking about Fostering a Culture of Creativity and Innovation. This interactive presentation explores best practices for cultivating mindful leadership and fostering organizational innovation. Drawn from her doctoral research and two books on creativity and innovation, Melinda Rothouse shares contemporary research on team creativity and collaboration, along with a mindfulness-based model for creating a culture of innovation.

1:00pm

Kingfisher

Enjoy Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Grand Ballroom

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California Salon

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