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This lecture series consists of a multidisciplinary group of world-renowned clinical spine experts who have pioneered many of the techniques and research evidence that will be discussed.

What is RISE?

The Rush International Spine Education (RISE) program is a bold new initiative that provides novel education, via blended learning to address the diagnosis, treatment, outcomes and preventive measure of various spinal disorders.

Blended learning fuses online education with more in-person, interactive contact instruction; thereby, elevating and complementing the learning experience with “theoretical knowledge” and “practical skills.”

RISE consists of Faculty from the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at Rush University with Visiting Faculty from other institutions (e.g. Harvard University, Hospital for Special Surgery). 

The Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at Rush

Recognized for excellence in orthopedic care. U.S. News & World Report ranked Rush University Medical Center’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery as No. 5 in the nation (No. 1 Illinois). 

Recognized for excellence in neurology and neurosurgery care. U.S. News & World Report ranked Rush University Medical Center’s Department of Neurosurgery as No. 4 in the nation (No. 1 in Illinois).   

Both Departments enjoy a long history of training/educating residents and spine fellows, are involved with cutting-edge research, and provide cutting-edge, surgical approaches to treat a variety of spine and neurological disorders.

Education at RISE

RISE is the first, international academically supported blended learning program with CME credit in the field of spine. Supported by world-renowned leading experts in the field, RISE provides courses that can be studied anywhere in the world, any time, at one’s own pace and at an affordable rate. Participants of the program are exposed to master spine clinicians, with interactive case-based tutorials to supplement their education and year-long mentorship. 

Rush is proud to partner with eccElearning, a pioneer in spine online education, to present this comprehensive, interactive series on spinal disorders.

Course: Cervical Radiculopathy and Myelopathy

(Register at any time and work at your own pace.)

Directors:  Howard S. An, MD and Dino Samartzis, DSc    

Program Benefits

  • Academically sponsored, Academic certificate of completion
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME)
  • Mentorship with Leaders in the field
  • On-demand, online narrated lectures (with dynamic subtitles)
  • Case-based tutorials provided via monthly, interactive webinars
  • Adjunct reading material, learning objectives, self-assessment
  • Study at your own pace
  • An international network

Program Faculty

Howard S. An, MD, Program Director, Rush
Dino Samartzis, DSc Program Director, Rush
Richard Assaker, MD, CHRU Lille
Matthew W. Colman, MD, Rush
Harel Deutsch, MD, Rush
Christopher J. DeWald, MD, Rush
Richard G. Fessler, MD, Rush
Ricardo B.V. Fontes, MD, PhD, Rush
Sapan Gandhi, MD, Harvard
Sravisht Iyer, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery
Krishn Khanna, MD, Orthopaedics Northeast
Ralph Kothe, MD, Schoen Clinic Hamburg
Stephane Litrico, MD, University of Nice
Philip Louie, MD, Virginia Mason
Frank M. Phillips, MD, Rush
Vincent Traynelis, MD, Rush

Rush Associates/Fellows

G. Michael Mallow, MD; Augustus J. Rush, MD; Nicholas Shepard, MD; T. Barrett Sullivan, MD; Josha Woodard, MD, Michael Nolte, MD, and Arnold Wong, PhD.

Tuition:  $50 US 

Tuition fees include access to all lectures online, scheduled webinars and mentorship opportunities, CME, and certificate of completion.

Register at any time.  This innovative asynchronous learning model provides the perfect medium for attendees to learn at their own pace.


Note: This is a series; individual modules are not available.  Registrants must complete all modules to receive their CME credits and certificate of completion.

Intended Audience

Current healthcare workforce looking to learn from experienced leaders in the field.  We look forward to working with:

  • Residents
  • Fellows
  • Junior Clinicians
  • Senior Clinicians seeking refresher

Participants will earn a maximum of 12.0 CE credits.


Online recorded narrated modules, with dynamic subtitles, available on-demand to view at your convenience.

Webinar Schedule

Interactive, Case-Based Tutorials



In support of improving patient care, Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of (12.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses

The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is (12.0) contact hours.

Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Rush University designates this live activity for (20.75) Continuing Education credit(s).

This activity is being presented without bias and is Supported by unrestricted educational grants from Stryker and DePuy Synthes

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