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Minnesota Memorial Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium

Event Host: Christopher Vara, MD

Friday, November 2, 2018 from 7:15 AM to 4:15 PM (CDT)

Minnesota Memorial Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Physician Registration (parking included) Nov 2, 2018 $250.00 $15.99
Allied Health Professional Registration (parking included) Nov 2, 2018 $150.00 $10.41

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The 2018 Minnesota Memorial Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium welcomes two internationally recognized leaders in the area of arthrogryposis as its keynote speakers: Dr. Harold van Bosse of Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Philadelphia and Dr. Ann Van Heest of the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Experts will be talking about management of upper and lower extremities, and the role of OT, PT, and orthotics when working with this unique patient population.

Other topics of the symposium include spine conditions, lower limb deficiencies, and the challenges of providing orthopaedic care in a developing country. Please join us!


Registration deadline is Friday, October 26, 2018.



After attending this symposia, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify the challenges of treating individuals with arthrogryposis, which include surgical and non-surgical management of upper and lower extremity deformity.
  2. Discuss the management of individuals with limb deficiencies and review both current and potential surgical treatment options.
  3. Describe advances in management of spinal deformities, specifically scoliosis and high grade spondylolisthesis, and their treatment options.



7:15-7:50           Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Exhibitors


7:50-8:00           Welcome and Introduction                                                           

                          Christopher Vara, MD


8:00-8:30           Hips and Arthrogryposis: Making Them Less Scary                     

                          Harold Van Bosse, MD


8:30-9:00           Surgical Treatment of the Upper Limb in Arthrogryposis              

                          Ann Van Heest, MD


9:00-9:30           Reduction of High Grade Spondylolisthesis                                  

                          David W. Polly, MD


9:30-9:45           Discussion and Q&A


9:45-10:00         Break and Exhibitors


10:00-10:45       What I’ve Learned in 30 Years in Limb Deficiency                        

                          Robin Crandall, MD


10:45-11:05       Physical Therapy and Arthrogryposis                                           

                          Rebecca Rouse, PT

                          Sarah Rowley, PT


11:05-11:25       Occupational Therapy and Arthrogryposis                                     

                          Wendy Tomhave, OT


11:25-11:45       Pediatric Orthopaedic Mission Challenges in Guatemala              

                          Cary H. Mielke, MD


11:45-12:00       Discussion and Q&A


12:00-12:45       Lunch and Exhibitors


12:45-1:30         Arthrogrypotic Foot/Hips in Arthrogryposis                                    

                          Harold Van Bosse, MD


1:30-2:00           Extramedullary Motorized Limb Lengthening in Young Children    

                          Mark Dahl, MD


2:00-2:30           Growth Arrest and Current Treatment                                            

                          Anthony Stans, MD


2:30-2:45           Discussion and Q&A


2:45-3:00           Break and Exhibitors


3:00-3:30           Spine Tethering for Scoliosis                                                           

                          Todd Milbrandt, MD


3:30-4:00           Preventing Fracture in Incipient Congenital Pseudarthrosis of the Tibia            

                          Mark Dahl, MD


4:00-4:15           Discussion and Closing Remarks


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) through the joint providership of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities. Gillette Children’s is accredited by the MMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Gillette designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 7.0 contact hours. It is the responsibility of the participant to determine if this program meets Minnesota Board of Nursing rules relating to mandatory continuing education provisions of the Minnesota Nurse Practice Act.

This activity is worth a maximum of 7.0 clock hours. It is the responsibility of the individual to determine if this activity meets their professional requirements for continuing education credit.



IDS Center ramp parking fee is included with registration. Marquette Avenue entrance. Proceed through the Crystal Court to the IDS Center and take elevator to the 50th floor.


Hotel Accommodations

A room block has been secured at The Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, 710 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55402-2368.  Either call the hotel directly at 612-333-4545, select option 1, and mention the "Shriners Medical Conference" group or visit online to reserve a room by visiting:,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Have questions about Minnesota Memorial Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium? Contact Event Host: Christopher Vara, MD

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IDS Center 50th Floor
Windows on Minnesota
80 S 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Friday, November 2, 2018 from 7:15 AM to 4:15 PM (CDT)

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Event Host: Christopher Vara, MD

Christopher Vara, M.D., is a board-certified pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who has been on staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children® —Twin Cities since 2015. He received a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, graduating cum laude, and entered orthopaedic residency at Case Western Reserve University. He completed two fellowships: the first in adult spine surgery at New England Baptist Hospital, the second in pediatric orthopaedics at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City. Dr. Vara worked for more than 8 years at Cook Children’s Medical Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area before coming to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities. Dr. Vara's areas of interest include the treatment of cerebral palsy, hip dysplasia, trauma, foot deformities, scoliosis, and lower limb angular deformities.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities is a specialty center providing patients access to the finest in foot, hand, hip, limb deficiency, spine, plastic surgery, and rheumatology care. Onsite orthotists, prosthetists, and therapists collaborate with pediatric orthopaedic surgeons providing a family-centered team approach resulting in high patient satisfaction rankings.

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