Herche Lectureship in Surgical Innovation

The David and Wendy Herche Lectureship is a 2-day course for residents and fellows, focusing on innovative spine surgery tools and techniques that will improve the lives of patients with spine disorders. Thanks to the support of the Herches, in gratitude to Dr. William Tobler, the Mayfield Foundation established the Lectureship in 2023.

August 1- 3, 2024

Mayfield Surgical Innovation Center
4020 Smith Road, 2nd Floor
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209

2024 Guest Lecturers

Guest lecturer: David Okonkwo, MD

David Okonkwo, MD, PhD

Herche Lecturer
University of Pittsburgh

Guest lecturer: J. Alex Thomas, MD

J. Alex Thomas, MD

Invited Lecturer
Atlantic Brain & Spine

This course will cover:

  • image-guidance
  • robotic navigation
  • single position surgery
  • 3D-printed implants
  • AI-assisted surgery
  • lateral and sacroiliac approaches
course topics


David Okonkwo, MD, PhD - Herche Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh
J. Alex Thomas, MD - Invited Lecturer, Atlantic Brain & Spine
Zachary Tempel, MD - Course Director, Mayfield Clinic
Bryan Krueger, MD, Mayfield Clinic
William Tobler, MD, Mayfield Clinic

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 1

7:00pm | Welcome Reception

Friday, August 2

7:30am | Registration, Breakfast

8:00am | Welcome & Opening Remarks - William Tobler, MD

8:15am | Advanced & Enabling Technologies for Scoliosis Surgery - David Okonkwo, MD, PhD

9:40am | Lateral Single-position Surgery: Innovating to Increase Adoption of Lateral Surgery | J. Alex Thomas, MD

10:00am | Bespoke Patient-Specific Spinal Technology - Zachary Tempel, MD

10:20am | Artifical Intelligence in Spinal Surgery - Bryan Krueger, MD

11:00am | Lunch, Case Discussions

12:00-4:30pm | Hands-on Lab Dissection

7:00pm | Dinner

Saturday, August 3

7:30am | Breakfast

8:00am | Spine Injuries in the Elite Athlete - David Okonkwo, MD, PhD

9:00am | Case Presentations - Zachary Tempel, MD

9:30am | Hands-on Lab Dissection

12:50pm | Final Remarks, Zachary Tempel, MD

1:00pm | Adjourn

August 1- 3, 2024

Mayfield Surgical Innovation Center
4020 Smith Road, 2nd Floor
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209

RSVP & Contact

Sonia Lipp, Director, Research Services
Call 513-638-8286
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