12th Annual MINS Conference & Hands-On Cadaver Course


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Mastering Minimally Invasive Spine and Cranial Approaches


Friday, June 23, 2023 – Saturday, June 24, 2023

Our 12th annual MINS conference includes a two-day course, beginning with a didactic oriented dinner at Andiamo in Bloomfield, MI on Friday (6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.).

Followed on Saturday by a full day cadaver lab training at the Marcia & Eugene Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute at Beaumont Corewell Health Hospital, Royal Oak (7:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.).


General Schedule

Friday, June 23 (Andiamo, Bloomfield Twp)

  • 4:00 – 5:00pm       Vendor Set-Up
  • 5:00 – 6:00pm       Cocktails and Appetizers with Vendors
  • 6:00 – 6:05pm       Mick Perez-Cruet, MD – Welcome Address
  • MINS Second Annual Lifetime Achievement Award – Recipient: Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD
  • 6:05 – 6:30pm       Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD: Evolution and Future of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • 6:30 – 7:00pm       Fellows Presentation of the MINS Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 7:00 – 7:15pm       Jeffrey Jacob, MD: Endoscopic Cranial Surgery
  • 7:15 – 7:30pm       Jason Schwab, MD: Minimally Invasive vs Open Lumbar Spine Surgery: MSSIC Data Base Analysis Study
  • 7:30 – 7:45pm       Daniel Park, MD: Innovations in Endoscopic Spine Surgery
  • 7:45 – 8:00pm       Lauren Eichenbaum, MD: Botox treatment for cervical muscle spasms, possible epidural substitute
  • 8:00 – 8:15pm       Scott Wait, MD: Innovation in Surgical Visualization (Carl Zeiss Meditec Sponsored)
  • 8:15 – 9:00pm       Legally Mine Sponsorship Presentation
  • 9:00 – 9:05pm       Q & A / Concluding remarks: Mick Perez-Cruet, MD, MS


Saturday, June 24 (Marcia & Eugene Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute, Royal Oak

  • 7:00 – 8:00am       Breakfast Provided. Review of cadaver lab approaches,
                                  Cadaver lab table assignments for participants and faculty
                                  Lab set up and lab rotations: Cadaver Stations A–E
  • Breakfast Talks
  • 7:00 – 7:15am       Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD: Innovative MIS Spine Approaches
  • 7:15 – 7:30am       Fernando Diaz, MD, PhD: Surgical Anatomy of Lateral Lumbar Approach
  • 7:30 – 7:45am       Daniel Fahim, MD: Innovation in Cervical Approaches and Instrumentation
  • 7:45 – 8:00am       Michael Staudt, MD: Pain Management Approaches and Device Options
  • 8:00 – 8:15am       15 min break (Prep for Lab)
  • 8:15 – 12pm.         Cadaver Lab
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm     Lunch Provided
  • Lunch Talks
  • 12:00 – 12:15pm   Christopher Elia, DO: C1-2 Approaches and Instrumentation
  • 12:15 – 12:30pm   Murali Guthikonda, MD: Supra-orbital Approach
  • 12:30 – 12:45pm   Adam Folbe, MD: Anterior Skull-base Approaches
  • 12:45 – 1:00pm     Cesar Serrano Almeida, MD: Posterior Fossa Approaches
  • 1:00 – 1:15pm       Mick Perez-Cruet MD, MS: Thoracic Approaches
  • 1:15 – 4:00pm       Cadaver Lab
  • 4:00pm                  Conclusion


MINS After Event Dinner Party with Music Provided by Incendio

  • 6:00 – 9:00 pm      Home of Mick Perez-Cruet, MD, MS
                                  1070 Timberlake Dr.
                                  Bloomfield, MI 48302


Board of Directors

MINS Board of Directors 2023


Esteemed Cadaver Lab Faculty

Philip J. Arbit, M.D.

Fernando G. Diaz, M.D.

Daniel K. Fahim, M.D.

Adam J. Folbe, M.D.

Murali Guthikonda, M.D.

Jeffrey T. Jacob, M.D.

Jad G. Khalil, M.D.

Ratnesh N. Mehra, D.O.

Mick J. Perez-Cruet, M.D.

Cesar A. Serrano Almeida, M.D.

Karol Zakalik, M.D.

Jeff Jacobs, M.D.

Christopher Elia, D.O.

Pradeep Setty, D.O.

Michael Staudt, M.D.

Richard G. Fessler, M.D.

Dr. Peter Witt, M.D.



Friday night keynote speaker Richard Fessler

Friday Dinner Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD.

This two-day course begins with a didactic oriented dinner at Andiamo in Bloomfield, MI from 6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

The evening session will feature expert neuro and orthopedic spine surgeons discussing minimally invasive surgical techniques for both cervical and lumbar.

Participants will also learn of newer technologies now on the market.

Participants will reinforce their previous evening’s didactic session with a full day of cadaver training at the Marcia & Eugene Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute at the Beaumont Corewell Health Hospital in Royal Oak, MI.

This lab is one of the most advanced medical simulation facilities in North America.

This $4.5 million educational facility is designed to change the way health care professionals learn and train.

With its state-of-the-art equipment and experienced staff, the Center further cements Beaumont's reputation as a leader in medical education and high-quality patient care.


Approaches covered in lab include

  • Minimally invasive TLIF, OLIF, XLIF
  • Percutaneous interbody technology
  • Percutaneous pedicle screw instrumentation
  • Minimally invasive laminectomy for lumbar stenosis
  • Sacral iliac fusion
  • Minimally invasive anterior and posterior thoracic approaches including thoraco-lumbar function
  • Cervical arthroplasty
  • Minimally invasive dural repair
  • Endoscopic skull based approaches
  • Endoscopic transnasal and posterior fossa approaches
  • Endoscopic third ventriculostomy


2023 Vendor/Sponsor Information

A number of possible medical vendors will be present to showcase their products and/or services on Saturday. It is these vendors that make events like this possible and we all appreciate their commitment to advancing the field of minimally invasive neuro spine surgery. The following is a list of requested vendors. This list is not yet finalized.

*** VENDORS – Click Here for Important Access Policy/Setup Instructions from Andiamo Management ***


● Zeiss / Core Surgical Products - www.csproducts.net

● Legally Mine - www.legallymine.com

● Medtronic - www.medtronic.com

● Stryker/K2M - www.stryker.com

● Atec Spine - www.atecspine.com

● Providence Medical Technology - www.providencemt.com

● Kuros Biosciences - www.kurosbio.com

● Orthofix / SeaSpine - www.orthofix.com, www.seaspine.com

● NuVasive - www.nuvasive.com

● Medkinect / Orthokinect - www.medkinect.com

● Steribite - www.steribite.com

● Nicholas Ventures - www.biocomposites.com

● BoneBac / Thompson MIS - www.bonebac.com

● SurgicalOne - www.surgicalone.com

● Veritas Principles, LLC




Sponsorship Ads

[Click here to download a PDF] covering important Sponsor Advertising Information that needs to be filled out and returned.


Sponsorship Levels

[Click here to download a PDF] listing various Sponsorship Levels that needs to be filled out and returned.


Vendors and Sponsors, contact Eric Miller at ericradfordmiller@gmail.com for information on signing up, or to submit completed sponsor / vendor forms.


Location Information:

Andiamo Italia West
6676 Telegraph Rd
Bloomfield, MI 48301


Marcia & Eugene Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute, Beaumont Corewell Health Hospital, Royal Oak
3601 W. 13 Mile Rd.
Royal Oak, MI 48073