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The Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic and Neurosciences Institute (RONI) believes that teamwork is not just an option – it’s the foundation of practice. Located on the East Campus of the Loma Linda University Medical Center, RONI provides patients with access to integrated care across the specialties of rehabilitation, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery.

Medical teamwork takes expertise and coordination. That’s why the physicians, nurses, staff and therapists work together. The collaboration between physicians and other team members guarantees that patients receive comprehensive care that addresses their physical, psychological and emotional needs.

The Institute also recognizes the importance that a healing environment places in a patient’s recovery. Facilities located in a natural environment to make patients feel at home – not make them feel like patients in a hospital. And, to ensure that recovery continues beyond the Institute, RONI offers outreach programs that provide support, resources, activities, and opportunities, for patients and their families.


RONI Back Pain 2014 Symposium

The RONI Back Pain Symposium is an educational resource for professionals and caretakers of all who suffer from back pain. The purpose of this conference is to expand awareness and understanding of the causes of back pain ranging from benign to malignant and present the most up to date scientific evidence regarding efficacy of both conservative and surgical management choices.

This conference will provide and interdisciplinary approach to topics such:

  • Most common patient presentations and treatment options
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic importance of injection therapy
  • Treatment for disc-o-genic back pain
  • The role of spinal and pelvic alignment
  • Recognizing malignancy
  • Indications for surgical intervention 

Evidence of treatment options and present the protocol for the back pain work up

Your attendance to the conference also provides you access to a variety of vendors and Loma Linda University Medical Center spine professionals who can provide resources and insight that apply to your career path.


Physicians $100
Healthcare Professionals $85
Insurance Adjustors $50
Students $25 

Registration fees include course materials, CME/ CE certificate and lunch buffet. 



Friday, January 31, 2014



Loma Linda Univesity Contennial Complex, Damazo Room

24760 Stewart Steer, Loma Linda, CA 92354 


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  • Describe the four most common patient presentations and identify the treatment options for the patient with low back pain
  • Perform an evaluation for low back pain and identify the most common spinal disorders from benign to life threatening
  • Recognize the diagnostic and therapeutic importance of injection therapy in back pain
  • Identify Schwannomas in the spine
  • Recognize the role of spinal and pelvis alignment in the treatment of low back pain
  • Initiate the treatment for disc-o-genic low back pain
  • Identify lumbar degenerative conditions amenable to surgical interventions. Understand the criteria for minimally invasive
  • Surgical options for the lumbar spine along with their rationale and indications
  • Understand the challenges facing clinicians in the diagnosis and treatments of patients with low back pain and recognize
  • The evidence of treatment options for low back pain
  • Identify reproductive issues in the sickle cell patient


RONI Back Pain 2014 Symposium Schedule

7:30 Registration

8:00 Welcome : Dr. Gary Botimer, MD
RONI Institute Director, Conference Chairman

8:15 Session 1 : Dr. Wayne K. Cheng, MD
Common spinal disorders, diagnosis and treatment

9:00 Session 2: Dr. Olumide A. Danisa, MD
Evaluation of lower back pain

9:45 Break

10:00 Session 3 : Dr. Kamal Ronald McGregor Woods, MD
Painful schwannomas of the spine: album of cases

10:45 Session 4 : Dr. Samer S. Ghostine, MD, MS
Role of spinal and pelvis alignment in the treatment of low back pain

11:30 Lunch

12:30 Session 5 : Mark Bussell, DPT, OCS
Therapeutic treatment options for neural ischemia associated with discogenic low back pain

1:15 Session 6: Dr. Scott R. Strum, MD
Role of injection therapy in the treatment and evaluation of back pain

2:00 Break

2:15 Session 7 : Dr. Farbod Asgarzadie, MD
Minimally invasive surgical options for the lumbar spine

3:00 Session 8 : Dr. Bryan Eric Tsao, MD, FAAN, FANA
Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain an evidence based review

3:45 Closing Remarks

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