SPDI™ was created by SCA and physicians to provide education on outpatient surgery best practices and other topics to help achieve the quadruple aim.

SPDI™ Program Faculty

Cynthia Emory MD, MBA, FAAOS, FAOA
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Wake Forest School of Medicine Associate Chief Medical Officer – Surgery, Wake Forest Baptist Health

"The SPDI™ Program is tailored for residents, fellows, and in-practice surgeons. This program breaks down everything from aligning practice goals with the right employment model to building a practice in a value-based care environment, and how to safely transition to an outpatient surgery center environment. It's a high yield program that is a "must do" for orthopedic surgeons!"

Richard Yoon, MD
Director of Orthopaedic Research: RWJ/Barnabas Health

"The greatest benefit for attendees of the SPDI™ program is they finally get a taste of (and start to learn about) life after training and all things they do not learn DURING training. Things like the business of medicine, how to be a good partner, and how to get BUSY fast while leaving nothing on the table!"

Bryan Springer, MD
Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Atrium Musculoskeletal Institute Fellowship Director: OrthoCarolina Hip & Knee Center

"The world of value-based care and outpatient surgery has collided. With a major shift in site of service for procedures such as THA and TKA, it is essential that surgeons understand the nuances and the outpatient environment. The SPDI™ program offers a unique perspective from experts in the field to maximize the outpatient surgical experience for physicians, and in turn patients, to provide true value."

Neil Sheth, MD
Associate Professor: Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Pennsylvania Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital

"The SPDI™ program offers access to content that is not readily available for surgeons that are about to start, or have already started, practice. The knowledge that SPDI™ confers upon its participants is often learned through trial and error, and most often by making mistakes. It is extremely helpful to have tools to preemptively address issues in practice – I wish I had exposure to this content early in my career."

Brian Culp, MD
Director of outpatient joint replacement program: Princeton Hospital/Penn Medicine Health policy Fellow and Chairman of the Young Arthroplasty Group: AAHKS

"I think what makes this program special is the open dialogue amongst the faculty and between the faculty and the audience. Often times, at large courses, the topics are often a formal lecture to the observers. Similarly, when you are in training, you are too timid to raise a hand and ask a question, or admit that you don’t understand something being discussed. These SPDI™ programs are different. There is a genuine discussion between the speakers about challenges they have faced. The attendees raise hands and fire off questions or grab the lecturer in the hall for a post panel discussion. I think that type of open communication is invaluable!"

Coleman Fowble, MD
Medical Director: Midlands Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery

"I think the benefits of this particular course are excellent because it gives you an honest look at all types of Orthopaedic practices, i.e. academic, employed model, and private practice. The presentations are unbiased and not an attempt to recruit or convince the participants that they should choose one over the other."

Michael Ast, MD
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Hospital For Special Surgery Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

"The business of medicine has changed dramatically from that of 20 years ago, when physicians could hang a shingle on a door and start a practice. The SCA Physician Development Institute™ (SPDI™) provides an outstanding opportunity to supplement a physician’s clinical education with the business understanding necessary to thrive in today's economic environment."

Justin Paul, MD
Chief of Spine: OrthoConnecticut Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery: Danbury Hospital

"Surgeons have too many things to think about as it is. Navigating the complexities of value-based care requires wading through an alphabet soup of new terminology. SPDI™ helps define all the terms and simplify the process so the surgeon can concentrate more on patient care."

Neil Badlani MD, MBA
Director: Spine Surgery at The Orthopaedic Sports Clinic in Houston, TX Chair: IEP Young Spine Surgeons Conference

"Physicians should be the primary leaders in the field of healthcare. It is better for our patients when we are in control. The SPDI™ program is unique in providing educational tools to physicians to maintain autonomy, maximize our financial value and formulate a strategy to best control our own careers and the future of healthcare."

Chief of Orthopedics:  Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital & Virtua Willingboro Hospital Virtua orthopedics at Virtua Medical Group

"The ability to educate our residents to not only perform great surgery but also set themselves up for strategic, smart, and effective wealth management investment is extremely important to me. As faculty at two orthopedic residencies one of the most common mistakes I see is the lack of education during their training program on ways to invest and to maneuver within the ASC space. The SCA Physician Development Institute™ Programs will lead to more satisfied in savvy physicians upon the completion of their training."

Robert Mayle, MD
California Pacific Orthopaedics

"Nine years following fellowship, and I continue to find myself looking to improve my practice. I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of SPDI™. I am constantly learning from the faculty around me, and feel fortunate to be able to participate in the SPDI community. I wish I had a resource like this in Residency/Fellowship."

Douglas Kasow, DO
OrthoAtlanta Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedics at August University

"SPDI™ is a comprehensive educational platform that provides surgeons access to a collaboration of peers that encompass academia, private practice, and an employment model to share their experiences developing, maintaining, and evolving a practice. The field of medicine is very fluid and one has to adapt to these changes. The value of the learning firsthand the business of medicine from experienced faculty is immeasurable. I have learned through trial and error and wish I had this opportunity earlier on. I have been fortunate enough to have worked with other faculty members and have learned so much from them and owe it to SPDI™. It is an incredible program that all who utilize will get so much out of it."

David Donohue, MD
Associate Professor: Orthopaedic Surgery at University of FL

"What I'm most grateful for, during my time as faculty for SPDI™ programs, is the perspective I have gained from my fellow faculty members in learning about their practice models, challenges, and solutions. This knowledge makes us all better educators. It helps us ease the transition into practice for young surgeons so they can focus on what is most important, the care of their patients."

Nima Salari, MD, FAAOS
MIS Spine Surgeon: Desert Institute for Spine Center

"Look no further than the SPDI™ program as a one-stop resource for furthering your education and the real world implementation of your craft. The combined years of experience and wealth of knowledge of SCA and featured faculty will help you make the right moves with confidence."