First Annual GPN Ski Reunion
Lake Tahoe, Nevada- March 10 - 12, 2007

Patient Symposium with Dr. Willem Zeegers
Fountian Valley, California - Sunday November 19, 2006

GPN Party
Fountian Valley, California- Sunday, January 26, 2006

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GPN Party
Fountian Valley, California - Sunday, August 14, 2005

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International Spine Patient Symposium

Past event!
May 1, 2005 - New York
Past event!
Hosted by: Dr. Fabien Bitan
Sponsored by:

Knowledge Ventures, LLC

Viscogliosi Bros., LLC
LDR Spine Spine Motion

Dr. Rudolph Bertagnoli is a global leader in non-fusion surgery, training hundreds of surgeons in non-fusion techniques. Dr. Bertagnoli has implanted almost every commercially available non-fusion technology, including the ProDisc, Charite', ProDisc-C. Maverick, Bryan cervical total disc replacements. Other non-fusion technologies include the Raymedica PDN prosthetic disc nucleus, NeuDisc nucleus replacement; also Dynesis, Wallis and Fixano-U posterior stablization systems. Other research includes the CO.Don ADCT autologous disc chondrocyte transplantation. Dr Bertagnoli is the Current President, Spine Arthroplasty Society and was the Keynote speaker, North American Spine Society, 2004

Dr. Fabien Bitan's clinical field is exclusively Spinal Surgery, including spinal deformities and degenerative spine diseases. He has been the principal investigator for the FDA trial of the Charité artificial disc and the Dynesys posterior stabilization system. Dr. Bitan has worked with this disc replacement technology since the 1980s during his training in France where he studied with Dr. Thierry David. He has had more than two hundred cases of simple and complex reconstructive disc replacements. He organizes and supervises research projects in the fields of Scoliosis, Artificial Discs, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and Treatment of Osteoporotic Spinal Fractures. In September, 2005, he began his current position as director of spine surgery at New York's prestigious Lennox Hill Hospital. (See

Dr. Karin Buettner-Janz, Professor, and Dr. Kurt Shellnack are credited with inventing the world's first commercially viable artificial intervertebral disc. (They are the S and B in SB Charite' III.) The first implantation, on September 19th, 1984 marks the beginning of a new era for spine patients. She is currently head of Orthopaedic Clinik, Vivantes Klinikum im Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany. Before becoming an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Buettner-Janz was a world-class gymnast. Having competed in both the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, she holds 7 Olympic medals including 2 gold. She also claimed the coveted title of European All Around Champion in 1969 and was World Champion in uneven parallel bars in 1970.

Dr. Stephen Hochschuler is Co-founder and chairman of the board of the Texas Back Institute, and a founding board member of the Spinal Arthroplasty Society. Dr. Hochschuler is a graduate of Columbia College in New York, who received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and he has published two books for the lay public: "Back in Shape" and "Treat Your Back Without Surgery"

Dr. John Regan Dr. Regan served as a principal at the Texas Back Institute for 12 years before coming to California to serve as the Director of the Cedars Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders from 2000 to 2005. He is internationally recognized as one of the leading experts in minimally invasive spine surgery. He was a principal investigator for the clinical trial of the SB Charite' III ADR and is currently a principal investigator for the Cervitech PCM cervical artificial disc. Dr. Regan is a pioneer and leading authority in the field of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, developing a number of new approaches that reduce patient recovery time and improve outcomes. He also specializes in thoracic surgery and was the first to use an new technique called Video-Assisted Thoracic Spine Surgery (VATS).
Dr. James Yue teaches and practices at Yale University. As co-director of the Yale Spine Center, and Director of the Center for Motion Preserving and Spine Surgery Study, Dr. Yue is participating in many research projects including ProDisc Lumbar ADR and ProDisc-C cervical ADR.

Dr. Anthony Yeung specializes in Percutaneous endoscopic surgery of the lumbar spine, having developed the Yeung Endoscopic Spine System (YESStm), which includes multi-channel spine endoscopes. He advanced endoscopic spine surgery during his tenure as president of the American Academy for Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine and Surgery and will continue his efforts as president-elect of the International Intradiscal Therapy Society.

Dr. Willem Zeegers is one of the early pioneers to use the SB Charite' III Artificial Disc Replacement. With 1200 prostheses implanted since 1989, Dr. Zeegers is the most experienced Artificial Disc Replacement surgeon in the world. Dr. Zeegers practices at the AlphaKlinik in Munich, Germany, a leading medical clinic that specializes in innovative techniques to treat spine, knee, and shoulder problems.

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Luncheon with Dr. John Regan
Century City, California- Sunday January 9,2005

Luncheon with Dr. Willem Zeegers
Fountain Valley, California - Sunday, September 26, 2004

Sponsored by LDR Medical

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Luncheon with Dr. Anthony Yeung
Fountain Valley, California - June 5, 2004

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Luncheon with Dr. Rudolph Bertagnoli
San Francisco, California - March 11, 2004

Dr. Rudolf Bertagnoli
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Luncheon with Dr. Rudolph Bertagnoli
Huntington Beach, California - October 25, 2003

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