Osher Mini Medical School: 'Back and Neck Pain: Precision Spine Diagnosis Guides Therapy'


October 19, 2017



Time Duration

7:00pm - 8:30pm


Enter at Medical Science Building | 513 Parnassus Ave. | School of Nursing Room: N225

Personalized Medicine Powered by Precision Imaging

Meet world-renowned experts from the UCSF Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, who are using and developing new and innovative precision imaging tools to enhance diagnosis, improve disease monitoring, and optimize treatment in the individual patient. In close partnership with subspecialty physicians from other UCSF departments, radiologists are now able to use these tools to pinpoint and better treat disorders such as prostate cancer, breast cancer and degenerative spine and joint disease at earlier stages. This series of lectures will explain how emerging technologies – including specific artificial intelligence platforms – will rely upon imaging to dramatically improve accuracy, safety, and outcomes for patients in the very near future.

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William P. Dillon, M.D.
Professor and Executive Vice Chair
Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging

Christopher P. Hess, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Chair
Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging


Vinil Shah, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
University of California, San Francisco - School of Medicine
Cynthia T. Chin, MD
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
University of California, San Francisco - School of Medicine
Aaron J. Clark, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
University of California, San Francisco - Department of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Aaron Clark joined the Department of Neurological Surgery in 2015. The main focus of his practice is to provide minimally invasive outpatient procedures for lumbar/cervical herniated discs and lumbar/cervical stenosis at UCSF’s Mt. Zion location. Minimally invasive spine procedures are associated with shorter recovery and less postoperative pain than standard surgeries, and almost all patients can return home the same day. Dr. Clark also specializes in minimally invasive lumbar fusion surgery, adult spinal deformity surgery, and spinal oncology.

Dr. Clark earned his medical and postdoctoral degrees from the Medical College of Virginia. He is a graduate of UCSF’s neurological surgery residency program, where he developed his interest in spine surgery and began publishing research on spinal oncology, spine biomechanics, spinal deformity, and intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring during spine surgery. In 2014 he completeda fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery at the Semmes-Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute in Memphis, Tennessee under the mentorship of Kevin Foley, MD, a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery.