CalSIPP will hold its second annual practical training cadaver lab on March 16, 2019 in San Diego. The course will focus on cutting-edge techniques for spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation, and live model ultrasound targets. Our faculty will provide focused didactic education and hands-on training with fluoroscopy and ultrasound guided interventions.

CalSIPP is dedicated to enhancing the breadth of knowledge, technical skills and abilities of its members in the continuously evolving space of interventional pain management.

Northern California CalSIPP Fellows Cadaver Course – May 12th 2018

This past May, CalSIPP held its first Northern California fellows cadaver course. With the help of the esteemed faculty – Dr. Lawrence Poree, Dr. Ruben Kalra, Dr. Line Jacque, Dr. Mark Wallace, Dr. Scott Pritzlaff, Dr. Ramo Naidu, Dr. Eric Lee, Dr. Charles DeMesa, Dr. Lisa Kroopf, Dr. Vafi Salmasi and Dr. Samir Sheth, and our industry support from Boston Scientific, Nuvectra, Medtronic, Nevro, Stimwave, SPR therapeutics, Bioness and Abbott – CalSIPP’s fellows cadaver course was extremely successful and very well received. The morning consisted of 5 didactic lectures covering fundamental spinal cord, dorsal root ganglion and peripheral nerve stimulation principles followed by a lively panel discussion. The afternoon consisted of 5 cadaver stations focusing on refining neuromodulation techniques including spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, suturing and surgical techniques. There was also a live model for musculoskeletal ultrasound as a complement to the cadaveric ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve station.

Dr. Samir Sheth and Dr. Vafi Salmasi, as course directors, would like to extend a big thank you to the faculty, the industry sponsorship and to Dr. Jason Pope and Stephanie Aycock.

Lectures Included:

Fundamental procedural aspects for spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation, while also providing nuanced technical skills that has been derived from years of clinical experience from our esteemed faculty.

Moreover, the faculty will impart important clinical knowledge for spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation as it pertains to:

  1. Patient selection
  2. Overview of conventional stimulation
  3. Overview of high frequency stimulation
  4. Overview of DRG stimulation
  5. Overview of Burst Stimulation
  6. Overview of peripheral nerve stimulation selection and targets
  7. Panel discussion regarding device selection
  8. Panel discussion regarding management of SCS/PNS: anticoagulation, infection, following up, and reprogramming
  9. Suturing, suturing selection, knot tying.

Faculty Presenters:

UC Davis

Samir Sheth, MD


Lawrence Poree, MD


Micheal Leong, MD
Vafi Salmasi, MD

Private Practice

Jason E. Pope, MD
Eric Lee, MD
Kasra Amirdelfan, MD
Ruben Kalra, MD
Ramana K. Naidu, MD
Gary Chang, MD