Intrathecal Therapy: Case-Based Learning and Hands-On Skill Training Featured

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday, January 13

Intrathecal drug delivery is a well-established intervention for chronic pain and severe spasticity with over 3 decades of clinical use. Safe and effective utilization of this technique requires solid cognitive and technical skills. The purpose of this course will be to instruct clinicians on these techniques though a case-based scenarios and hands-on learning stations. Strategies to improve patient selection, trialing, implantation, post-implantation management, troubleshooting, and therapy optimization will be discussed. Multiple medical specialists would find this course of interest including neurology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology and physical medicine and rehabilitation. This course will also be of interest to many allied health professionals such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, pharmacy, case management and bioengineering.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the indications and contraindications for intrathecal therapy
  • Describe management strategies for intrathecal therapy optimization and troubleshooting
  • Demonstrate technical skills that are commonly employed in the management of patients with intrathecal drug delivery systems




Hemant Kalia, MD MPH

Shivani Gupta

Gladstone McDowell, MD

Mehul J. Desai, MD

Kimberly Heckert

Course Directors:

Michael F. Saulino, MD PhD

Erik Shaw, DO