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Spine surgeon Praveen Mummaneni performs awake spine surgeryAwake Spine Surgery Now at UCSF

Using a new spinal anesthetic similar to an epidural, patients can now remain awake without pain while undergoing minimally invasive fusion and decompression procedures. UCSF is one of the first medical centers in the U.S. to offer this option, which shortens surgery time and avoids side effects of general anesthesia.



Spine Surgery for Elderly PatientsSpecialized Spine Care at the New Berkeley Outpatient Center

John Muir Health and UCSF Health have opened their first joint medical center for primary and specialty care. The Berkeley Outpatient Centerprovidespatients in Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville and the surrounding areas with evaluations by UCSF neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons.



Tiffany Pong, PA-CMeet the New Faces of the UCSF Spine Center

Three new faculty members joined the Spine Center in 2018: Neurosurgeon Catherine Miller, MD, orthopaedic surgeon Alekos Theologis, MD, and pain specialist Peter Wu, MD, PhD add to the Center's multidisciplinary expertise.


UCSF Spine Surgery CME CoursesUCSF Pediatric and Adult Spine Course, February 27 - March 1, 2019

The UCSF Pediatric and Adult Spine Course in Honolulu, HI is a two and a half day event emphasizing pioneering trends in pediatric and adult spinal surgery. For a complete list of upcoming CME courses, visit: