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The 9th Annual Safety in Spine Surgery Summit

Friday, May 31, 2024
The Heart Conference Center / New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

Course Chair

  • Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH

Course Co-chairs

  • Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
  • Rajiv Sethi, MD

Course Directors

  • Philip Louie, MD
  • A. Noelle Larson, MD

Join an expert faculty for a fresh look at optimizing safety in spine surgery! We’ll explore new topics such as:

  • How Can Enabling Technologies Improve Outcomes?
  • Avoiding Complications with New Techniques

Plus, bring your whole care team for discussions on:

  • Building and Maintaining an Expert OR Staff
  • Collaborating with the Next Generation

Contact us for group discounts on registration!

Keynote Speaker: Nick Petrie

Petrie Nick-Keynote-SafetyAuthor, researcher, and consultant Nick Petrie specializes in leadership development for senior executives and helping organizations build a healthy, high-performance culture. Co-Author of Work Without Stress, Nick believes that performance and excellence do not have to be synonymous with burnout. Born and raised in New Zealand, he has significant international experience living and working in Japan, Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, and Dubai. Past clients include Google, NASA, Walmart, Deloitte, Red Bull, Kellogg’s, Workday, Qantas and Comcast.

Nick is a proud father to four sons, and a three-time cancer survivor. He and his wife recently returned to New Zealand to raise their family in his beautiful homeland.

Nick holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and undergraduate degrees in business administration and physical education from Otago University in New Zealand. Before beginning his business career, he was a professional rugby player and coach for seven years.

Don’t miss his Keynote Address at the Safety in Spine Surgery Summit, “Stress, Pressure, & Resilience in the Spine Surgeon.”



Course Registration

  • Surgeons: $795
  • Fellows/Residents/Allied Health: $425
  • Healthcare administration, corporate personnel: $795
  • Register by April 30 to get these Early Bird prices! All registration types +$100 after April 30.

Other Details:

  • The program will commence at 7:30 am and adjourn at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 31, 2024.
  • Registration includes breakfast, breaks, lunch, and meeting materials.



Hotel: The Park Lane Hotel New York | 36 Central Park South, New York, New York

Group Rate

Our hotel block at the Park Lane is currently sold out. If you would like to be added to the wait list for a room at the group rate, please contact Alison Matta with your arrival and departure dates.


The Park Lane Hotel New York, an elegant new property just steps from Central Park in Midtown. Explore nearby Central Park, MoMA, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue shopping, and more.

Reservation Details

  • Rate: $379.00 p/night
  • A deposit of one night’s stay required for reservation; allow 3 business days for cancellation—cancellation fewer than 72 hours from check-in will incur a penalty of one night’s room and tax.

Call for Abstracts

Submit your abstract, paper, or project for an opportunity to present from the podium and win the Best Paper Award of $500!

Abstract submissions for the Safety Summit do not need to be formal papers, but rather should present any project that made a difference in spine surgery quality, safety, or value. Submission welcome in any area of spine surgery safety, including:

  • Neuro safety
  • Infection
  • AVB
  • Enabling Technology
  • Host Optimization
  • Systems, Culture, Etc.



Submission Deadline: February 20, 2024

Notifications Sent: March 20, 2024

Presenter Registration Deadline: April 19, 2024

Best Practice Guidelines & Videos
Introduction to Safety in Spine Surgery Month
Safety in Spine Surgery Month—Welcome and Introduction by Michael Vitale, MD NewYork-Presbyterian