FORE announced last week that the “Current Solutions in Spine Surgery” course, held in the Florida Keys, will be renamed in honor of the late Dr. Tony Castellvi. The new name is to honor Castellvi as the founder of the nearly decade-old course as well as his distinguished career as an orthopeadic surgeon. A tribute was held during the 2014 meeting to announce the renaming of the course to “Castellvi Spine”.
“His contributions to spine surgery will be forever recognized and his legacy will continue to make substantial contributions to clinical practice and the surgical management of patients with pathological spinal conditions,” said Derek Pupello, CEO of FORE.
A longtime advocate of spine research, Castellvi served as medical director of the spinal component of the Phillip Spiegel Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at FORE. His work resulted in multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts published in elite spine journals as well as special recognition at international spine conferences. His studies alone have had global impact on the use of minimally invasive surgical approaches to treat lower back pain.
While the name has changed, the focus of the course remains the same: to provide participants with education on cutting-edge procedures, the latest innovations in biomechanics and the most controversial topics in the realm of spine surgery. The “Castellvi Spine” course is scheduled for May 6-9, 2015 in Duck Key, Florida.