Issue 3

Spine surgery performed through a 16-mm tube

Less is More: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Delivers Big Results

With less tissue damage and shorter recovery times, minimally invasive procedures have revolutionized the field of spine surgery. From herniated discs to degnerative disease, UCSF spine surgeons are treating an increasing variety of pathologies with these state-of-the-art procedures, and patients can often go home the same day. 



Reviews of the UCSF Spine Symposium

Best of the 12th Annual UCSF Spine Symposium

The UCSF Spine Symposium is an annual two-day event emphasizing trends in diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for patients suffering from spinal disorders. Health care providers from a wide variety of disciplines traveled from across the country for a comprehensive update on operative and non-operative care and shared what they were most excited about this year. 




New Faculty: Lee Tan, MD

Lee Tan recently joined the UCSF Spine Center after completing an Adult and Pediatric Comprehensive Spine Fellowship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. His clinical focus includes spinal deformities, cervical spine pathologies, and degenerative lumbar spine pathologies. He also has expertise in motion-preservation techniques, such as artificial disc replacement and laminoplasty.



Reviews of the UCSF Spine Symposium

Register for the 2018 UCSF Spine Symposium

Register now for the 13th Annual UCSF Spine Symposium on June 1-2, 2018. (Early-bird rates available at through February 28, 2018).