Park City, UT

3 days / 6 talks
Current Issues in Spine

February 2-4, 2017
Florida Orthopaedic Institute

John Small

Dr. Small is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery and has been with Florida Orthopaedic Institute since 1996.

Dr. Small completed his medical education at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Dr. Small also received a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Nebraska. After completing a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, he completed a spine fellowship at the renowned Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Small has had comprehensive spine training involving the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His special interest is in sports-related injuries.

Dr. Small has completed and maintains ongoing research projects and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Small’s practice is approximately 40% cervical spine, 55% lumbar spine, and 5% thoracic spine. He is currently using cage technology for lumbar fusions. He is well versed in endoscopic, microscopic, as well as traditional spine surgery techniques. Dr. Small is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.



Affiliate Assistant Professor, USF Department of Orthopaedics, August 2008 University of South Florida

Residency Site Director – University Community Hospital Carrollwood Spine Rotation, July 2008

Clinical Assistant Professor, USF Department of Orthopaedics, July 2005



Beyond BMP-2

Selby Spine. Park City, UT. January 2009

Surgical Treatment for Complex Cervical Degenerative Disease University of South Florida Department of Orthopaedics Grand Rounds. Tampa, FL Nov 21, 2008

Assure Anterior Cervical Plate System Globus Consultant Day Summit Philadelphia, PA August 14, 2008

Surgical Treatment of Adult Deformity

University of South Florida Department of Orthopaedics Grand Rounds. Tampa, FL March 20, 2008

Bilateral Intralaminar Decompression Selby Spine. Park City, UT. February 2008

Ostelysis with use of rhBMP-2

Selby Spine. Park City, UT. February 2008

Cervical Injuries in College Athletes

University of South Florida Department of Orthopaedics Grand Rounds. Tampa, FL. August 17, 2007

Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement using the Secure-C Sisyphean Spinal Society Meeting.  Bermuda, July 18, 2007

Pitfalls of Deformity Correction in Adults

Florida Orthopaedic Society. Orlando, FL. May 18, 2007

Spine Injuries in the Athlete (Course Director)

Selby Spine Conference. Park City, UT. February 2007

Complex Revision Surgery and Fusion Using OP-1 (BMP-7) Stryker Biologics National Sales Meeting.  January 14, 2007

Posterior Only Correction and Fusion With Peek Interbody Cages Globus National Sales Meeting.  Innisbrook, FL. January 4, 2007

Surgical Management of Spine Disorders 

Orthopaedic Workshop-University Community Hospital.  Tampa, FL.  April 2005

Design and Biomechanics of Flexible Rod Posterior Lumbar Instrumentation Preservation of Motion in the Spine.  Duck Key, FL.  March 2005

Deformity Reduction Using Lumbar Interbody Fusion Selby Spine Conference.  Park City, UT.  February 2005

Results of Anterior Cervical Fusion with Instrumentation using Peek Cages and Local    Autograft.         

Park City, UT. February 2004

Simple and Complex Surgical Management of Degenerative Cervical Spine Grandview Spine Symposium.  Dayton, OH.  October 2001.

Compression Fracture Management: Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty Grandview Spine Symposium.  Dayton, OH.  October 2001.

Surgical Management of the Degenerative Lumbar Spine Grandview Spine Symposium.  Dayton, OH.  October 2001.

Osteoporotic Spine Fractures Treated with Kyphoplasty

Florida Orthopaedic Institute – Spine Fellowship Grand Rounds. Tampa, FL.  October 2000.

Updated and Recently Published Information Regarding IDET – Intradiscal    ElectroThermal Therapy

Round Table Discussion.  Orlando, FL. September 2000.

Osteoporotic Lumbar Fractures

St. Joseph’s Hospital Fracture Conference. Tampa, FL. November 1999.

Update in Spinal Surgery

Comprehensive Orthopedic Seminar.  Tampa, FL. August 1999.

Minimally Invasive Spinal Procedures

Tampa Bay Association of Operating Room Nurses.  Tampa, FL. October 1998.

Non-operative Treatment on Thoracolumbar Fractures

International Orthopaedic Association Combined Meeting. Auckland, New Zealand. February 1998.

Update of Spine Surgery

Florida Post Anesthesia Nurses Convention.  Orlando, FL. February 1998.

EMG Monitoring of Pedicle Screw Placement in the Lumbar Spine     Small J., Watkins R.

Fellows Conference. Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Inglewood, CA. May 1996.

Thoracolumbar Spine Fracture Management Grand Rounds Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic. Inglewood, CA.  March 1996.

Revision Surgery for Pseudoarthrosis after Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion,    Anterior versus Posterior

David Selby Spine Conference.  Keystone, CO.  February 1996.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Cervical Spine Involvement      Grand Rounds Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Inglewood, California. December 1995.

Long Term Follow-up of Patients with Fibular Hemimelia Treated with Syme    Amputation.

University of Texas Southwestern Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds.   July 1995

External Fixation of Isolated Femoral Shaft Fractures in Children Age 6-10 Years Old: A    Randomized prospective Study.

Small J., Urrea L.

University of Texas Southwestern Department of Orthopedics Grand Rounds. June 1995.

Isometric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Replacement Using Commercially Available      “Over the Top” Guide System: An Anatomic Study.

Texas Medical Association Meeting. May 1995.

Lidocaine Metabolism as an Index of Liver Function in Hepatic Transplant Donors and    Recipients.

University of Nebraska Medical Center Transplant Grand Rounds. 1989

Poster Presentations

Malignant Tumors of the Sacrum . Vrionis FD, Small J, Kumar R, Sullivan M, Hamm A, Melton D, and Obadia M. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Meeting, 2004.



  1. Andrews S., Bunton, K., Billys J., Castellvi A., Weinstein M., Small J.: “Kyphoplasty for Fragility Fractures of the Spine: The Necessity for Intraoperative Biopsy.” Spine – Under Review
  2. Mahiquez M., Bunton K., Weinstein M., Carney G., Small J. “Non-Surgical Treatment of Lumbosacral Blastomycosis Involving L2-S1: A Case Report” Spine June 2008: 33 (13): E442–E446.
  3. Small J., Vrionis F.: “Surgical Management of Metastatic Spinal Neoplasms” Neurosurg Focus 2003 Nov 15;15(5):E12
  1. Small J., Dillin W., Watkins R.: “Clinical Syndromes in Cervical Myelopathy” Rothman and Simone.  The Spine 1997.
  1. Lord M., Small J., Dinsay J., Watkins R.: “Lumbar Lordosis: Effects of Sitting and Standing.” Spine 1997.  November 1: 22 (21): 2571-4.
  2. Birch J., Walsh S., Small J.: “Syme Amputation for the Treatment of Fibular Deficiency. An Evaluation of Long-Term Physical and Psychological Functional Status.” Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, November 1999.
  3. Cooper D.E., Small J., Urrea L.: “Factors Affecting Graft Excursion Patterns in Endoscopic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.” The Journal of Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy. 1998:6 Suppl 1:5. 20-4.
  4. Cooper D.E., Urrea L., Small J.: “Factors Affecting Isometry of Endoscopic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: The Effect of Guide Offset and Rotation.” Arthroscopy 1998.  March 14 (2): 164-70.
  5. Small J.: “In Vitro Red Blood Cell Tagging Using TC-99m and Commercially Available Stannous Pyrophosphate and EDTA for increasing Tagging Efficacy.” University of Nebraska Nuclear Pharmacy. 1984.

Clinical Research Trials

Aesculap: Clinical Study to Evaluate the Safety and Effectiveness of the Aesculap Activ- L Artificial Disc in the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease.

Medtronic: The SCORE study – Study of Curette Use for Obtaining Restoration of Vertebral Body Anatomy in Balloon Kyphoplasty.

Medtronic: A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Pivotal Clinical Investigation of DIAM™ Spinal Stabilization System in Patients with Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease.

DePuy: DISCOVER – A Multi-Center, Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Cervical Arthroplasty to Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) for the Treatment of Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD).

Kyphon: KAVIAR – Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty in the Augmentation and Restoration of Vertebral Body Compression Fractures.

Impliant: A Prospective, Multi-Center Clinical Study to Assess the Safety and Effectiveness of the Impliant Tops System.

Globus: A Prospective Randomized Clinical Investigation of the SECURE™-C Cervical Artificial Disc – A Pivotal Study.

Medtronic: A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Pivotal Clinical Investigation of DIAM™ Spinal Stabilization System in Patients with Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.

Medtronic: RhBMP-2/CRM/CD Horizon® Spinal System – Pivotal, Multicenter Randomized Posterior Lumbar Fusion Study.

Prospective Randomized Study Comparing Polyethylethylketone Cages and Allograft for Two Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion.


Selby Spine

The Selby Spine Conference is designed for surgeons with a special interest in the treatment of spinal disorders. The latest advances and controversies in the field will be presented through didactic lectures, open discussions, debates and case presentations. Selby Spine grew out of the Keystone Meeting that Dr. David Selby began in Keystone, Colorado in 1986.



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