Christopher Pace

Center for Electroneuro diagnostics / Neuro Alert Monitoring Services

Chris serves as the Director of the Center for Electroneurodiagnostics, an Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring (IONM) school and as Chief Clinical Officer at Neuro Alert Monitoring Services, an IONM provider in the US. In addition, Chris is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Neurophysiologic Monitoring, one of the major groups in the US responsible for advancing the field of IONM.

Following his graduate and postdoctoral work on nerve cellular anatomy and physiology, Chris leapt into the field of IONM, where he has contributed ever since. He has supported monitoring companies, both large and small, building many aspects of their IONM services, including policies and procedures, quality assurance, competency evaluation, and education and training. He has also played a pivotal role in obtaining for these groups the mark of quality, official accreditation from the Joint Commission.

With his career-spanning passion for neuroscience as an academic foundation, Chris considers himself lucky to integrate this scientific interest with clinical applications in service to patients.

Chris is an enthusiastic educator/lecturer who emphasizes quality and knowledge in the delivery of neuromonitoring, and he hopes that he inspires you to explore the field of IONM

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Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring for neural protection during spine surgery

Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring for neural protection during spine surgery
Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring (IONM) is a helpful tool employed during spine surgery to reduce the risk of iatrogenic (surgery-specific) or patient positioning-dependent injury to delicate spinal cord and nerve pathways. IONM is, also, used to evaluate the integrity of bony structures of the spine into which metal implants have been placed to: stabilize the spine, serve as a lever to correct spinal deformities and/or promote bony fusion. When neuroanatomy is obscured or questionable due to malformations, IONM is also employed to identify and localize neural structures. Finally, the use of IONM has dramatically increased recently as a tool for determining the most appropriate placement and function of devices designed to sit on or near the spinal cord to neuromodulate pain (e.g. spinal cord/dorsal root stimulators). This presentation is intended to give an overview of IONM and to focus on IONM for a selection of major spine procedures.

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