19–21 October, Milan, Italy

Scientific Programme

Ames, Christopher

Dr. Christopher P. Ames is a Professor of Neurological and Orthopaedic surgery in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF. Dr. Ames is the director of spinal deformity and spine tumor surgery and co-director of the combined high risk spine service, the Neurospinal Disorders Program, and the UCSF Spine Center. He is board certified in neurosurgery. His tumor practice focuses on en bloc tumor resection for chordoma, chondrosarcoma, giant cell tumor, soft tissue sarcoma, sacral tumors, and other primary and metastatic tumors. While at UCSF, Dr. Ames developed and published the transpedicular approach to previously unresectable cervical and cervical thoracic tumors. He serves as Spine Section Lead editor for Operative Neurosurgery.

Dr. Ames serves as the UCSF site director for the International Spinal Deformity Study Group and the AO Scoli-Risk Study. He also directs the neurosurgical spinal deformity service, which performs over 200 cases per year for correction of scoliosis, kyphosis, flat back, and chin-on-chest deformity in ankylosing spondylitis. His research work in spinal deformity has won the prestigious Hibbs award, as well as the Moe award, the Goldstein award, and Whitecloud awards from the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Ames developed and published the first ever classification for cervical spine deformity and cervical osteotomy with the international spine study group.

He is internationally recognized for his work in spine tumor, deformity, scoliosis and cervical kyphosis and has published over 550 peer-reviewed publications. He has been the honored international guest lecturer of the Australian Spine Society, the Argentine Spine Society, the Kuwait Neurosurgical Society, and the Asian Pacific Spine Society. He has served as chairman for over 40 national courses to teach advanced tumor and deformity techniques to neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons and has been visiting professor at Cedars Sanai, University of Southern California, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Ames is known for developing many innovative concepts to allow safer treatment planning and risk characterization for complex spine surgery such as the adult deformity frailty index, the adult deformity invasiveness index and co-founding and directing the nonprofit research group Global Spine Analytics which has pioneered the use of Artificial Intelligence Decision Support Tools for Adult Scoliosis and Deformity Surgery. In 2019, Dr. Ames published the first Machine Learning based Adult Scoliosis Classification.


12:00 - 13:30
Lunch Symposium: Spinal Alignment and how it has evolved over the last ten Years
Location: Plenary Hall
12:15 - 12:30  
Paradigm shift: Changing the role of the sagittal plane. From driving disability to driving mechanical complications
12:15 - 13:45
Lunch Symposium: Artificial Intelligence and Spine Surgery
Location: Plenary Hall
12:55 - 13:05  
Datafying and physico-chemical stratification of the patient

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