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Neurosurgery & Brain Repair

Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair

The Cahill Spine Symposium

The History of the Cahill Symposium

David W. Cahill, M.D. was an internationally renowned neurosurgeon of “alarming intelligence” noted for his teaching and his innovation in spinal instrumentation.

His contributions to the field of neurosurgery are recorded in more than 100 published articles and books. Cahill's publications can be viewed by clicking here. He was loved by his residents, respected by his colleagues, and feared by any who attempted to challenge his breadth and depth of knowledge. He is remembered as a consummate surgeon, devoted to family and patients.

The Cahill Symposium was originally designed for practicing physicians in neurosurgery, neurology, spine surgery and nurses/physician assistants.


The 2020 Cahill Symposium has been postponed in consideration of the ongoing COVID19 Situation.

We wish everyone the best of health, and will be looking at future dates for rescheduling!

This year,  the Symposium has been revised to target Neurosurgery Residents in training, offering a full day of cadaveric work under the tutelage and direction of key Spine Faculty members from USF and outside institutions. Distinguished and invited USF faculty present information on surgical aspects, conventional therapy, underlying physiology of targeted therapy, and clinical trials. Through generous grants provided by industry sponsors, we are able to offer this course at no cost to residents, and will cover the cost of round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations the night of May 7th. 

Click here to view a copy of the agenda!


Course Director: 
Puya Alikhani, MD 
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Mark Greenberg, MD
Associate Professor, Residency Program Director
Director of Spine Surgery Division
Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Course Faculty:

Juan S. Uribe, MD
Volker K.H. Sonntag Chair of Spine Research
Professor and Vice-Chairman of Neurosurgery
Chief of the Division of Spinal Disorders
Barrow Neurological Institute
Phoenix, AZ

  Ali Baaj, MD
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery 
Co-Director, Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis Program 
Department of Neurological Surgery 
Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center
New York, NY

Suken A. Shah, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA
Division Chief of the Spine and Scoliosis Center
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, DE

  Yusef Imani Mosley, MD
Saint Luke's Neurological & Spine Surgery
Kansas City, MO

Stephen L. Reintjes, Jr., MD
Meritas Health
North Kansas City Hospital
Kansas City, MO



Course Coordinator:
Oriana Fernandez