UAMS to Hold Oct. 13 Lecture on Advances in Spinal Neurosurgery

By News Staff

Michael P. Kelly, M.D.

Michael P. Kelly, M.D.

The free lecture, entitled “Precision-Based Medicine in Spine Surgery: In the OR, In the Lab,” is part of the Flanigan-Boop Endowed Lectureship in Spinal Neurosurgery, and will begin at 5 p.m. in the Fred Smith Auditorium on the 12th floor of the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine Institute. It will be followed by a reception.

To register or to learn more about continuing education credits, visit The event will also be livestreamed via Zoom, with the link sent to those who indicate on the registration form that they will be attending virtually.

Kelly is also a professor at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining Rady Children’s Hospital, he was an associate professor of orthopedic and neurological surgery, director of a fellowship in adult and pediatric spine surgery, and director of spine research at Washington University in St. Louis.

He received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at UC San Francisco. He later completed two spine fellowships, including a complex spinal deformity fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

The lectureship honors the legacy of Stevenson Flanigan, M.D., former chair of the UAMS Department of Neurosurgery, and Warren C. Boop Jr., M.D., who together built the neurosurgery residency program at UAMS.


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