2020 Spinal Step I Hands-On Course

EANS Spinal Step I Hands-On Course

This two-day course is intended to be the basis for all young neurosurgeons who are interested in developing surgical skills and techniques necessary for operating with confidence and improving patient care in degenerative spine surgery.

The course “EANS Spinal step I - From simulation to cadavers workshop” is a spine surgery course allowing beginner residents (1 st to 3 rd year) to learn by theoretical sessions, simulation and cadaver workshop the basis of spine surgery in a safe and ultra-modern environment.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to perform the following procedures: Cervical disc and plating, Cervical posterior foraminotomy, Lumbar disc herniation, Lumbar stenosis, Lumbar instrumentation, and Vertebroplasty.

The renowned international faculty will closely supervise and actively engage with you throughout the training.

We look forward to seeing you in Geneva and working with you.

Course dates: 8-9 June 2020

 Registration fees will be available soon.

Please note that these courses are heavily oversubscribed, therefore we run a system of pre-registrations.

Pre-registration is open!

Please contact martina.degregorio@eans.org to pre-register for this course


The registration fee includes all tuition costs and subsistence during the course (coffee breaks and lunches) and a Networking dinner on the 8th of June.

This course will be limited to 16 participants 

Terms and Conditions:

Due to high demand for places on the course, payment is required no later than 1 week from the date of your registration. If payment is not received by this time, your place cannot be guaranteed, and may be offered to another candidate. Payment can be made either online by credit card, or by bank transfer. 
Please note that pre-payment is required for this course, no on-site payments will be accepted.

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation up to 6 weeks before the course — no cancellation charge.
  • Cancellation between 5 and 4 weeks before the course — 50% of course fee cancellation charge.
  • Cancellation less than 4 weeks before the course — 100% of course fee cancellation charge (unless exceptional extenuating circumstances).

Course Venue:

Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4
CH 1205 Geneva Switzerland 


Please note that the accommodation is not included in the registration fee and participants are responsible for their own arrangements.

Accommodation suggestion: Starling Résidence Genève, 4 route des Acacias, 1227 Geneva. 


For more information about this course, please contact martina.degregorio@eans.org


Course Fees

The registration fee includes all tuition costs and subsistence during the course (coffee breaks and lunches) and a Networking dinner on the 8th of June. Accommodation is not included.

June 2020

Course ticket

EANS Individual Member

€ available soon

June 2019

Course ticket


€ available soon



Course directors:

PD Dr. Enrico Tessitore and Prof. Torstein R. Meling 

Preliminary faculty:

1. Enrico Tessitore, Attending Neurosurgeon, Geneva, Switzerland
2. Torstein R. Meling, Attending Neurosurgeon, Geneva, Switzerland 
3. Cedric Barrey, Head of Neurosurgical Unit, Lyon, France 
4. Nikolay Gabrovsky, Head of Neurosurgical Unit, Sofia, Bulgaria 
5. Claudio Schonauer, Attending Neurosurgeon, Naples, Italy
6. John Duff, Spinal Neurosurgeon, Genolier Private Hospital, Switzerland
7. Marco Corniola, Attending Neurosurgeon, Geneva, Switzerland
8. Paolo Machi, Head of Interventional Neuroradiological Unit, Geneva, Switzerland

Table Instructors: Insa Janssen, Granit Molliqaj, Renato Gondar 

All faculty have extensive teaching experience, particularly with regard to cadaver courses. As is the standard for EANS courses, approximately half of the faculty are EANS teachers, which means they undergo regular appraisals to ensure the quality of our provision.

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