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Korean Spinal Neurosurgery Society

Korean Spinal Neurosurgery Society (KSNS) was established in 1987 and has developed from 58 dedicated members to over 1800 (2017). The purpose of KSNS is to improve clinical and basic research of spinal neurosurgery and to promote academic communication and social intimacy between members. In line with increasing subspecialization in spine surgery, six research societies have been established under the umbrella of the KSNS. Korean Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Society (2002), Korean Cervical Spine Research Society (2007), Korean Spinal Deformity Society (2009), Korean Spine Research Society (2010), Korean Spinal Osteoporosis Society (2014) and Korean Spine Oncology Research Society (2014) continue academic development in parallel with KSNS. As part of this mission, KSNS publishes the Neurospine (official J of KSNS) and holds an Annual Academic Meeting as well as Training Seminar.

-Summarized and confirmed by Prof. Eun Sang Kim (Sungkyunkwan Univ. Korea)
 President of the 33rd annual meeting of KSNS (Jan. 2019)

Office: Korean Spinal Neurosurgery Society
# 407, Dong-A Villate 2nd Town,
350 Seocho-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul

Tel: +82-02-585-5455
Fax: +82-02-523-6812

2. Official Society


ASIA SPINE is academic society meeting representing medical and surgical science research achievements in spine, spinal cord and peripheral nerves from spine surgeons in Asian countries. Initially, the former conference of ASIA SPINE was a friendship exchange meeting between Japan and Korea in the form of a biennial meeting of the Japan-Korea Conference on Spinal Surgery (JKCSS) since 1997. Then, the first ASIA SPINE Conference was held in Incheon, Korea, Sep 9-11, 2010, with the region of participation expanded to East Asia. After having annual meeting each year, the ASIA SPINE has now developed into an outstanding Spine Society that can be comparable with those in North America and Europe beyond Asia. This is the result of vigorous academic exchanges and friendship of all members of the ASIA SPINE. The 10th Annual Meeting of the ASIA SPINE will be held in Seoul Dragon City, Seoul, Korea, Sep 19–21, 2019, with the catch phrase "Neurospine Connected" in honor of the launching of Neurospine, the official international journal of ASIA SPINE, and as a Joint Meeting with the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Korean Spinal Neurosurgery Society. It is expected that ASIA SPINE will become a dignified society that will encompass all of the spine specialists in Asia in the near future, and have continued success and the ability to promote prolonged international friendship among the Asian countries.

-Summarized by Prof. Se-Hoon Kim (Ansan Hospital, Korea University)
 Secretary General of the 10th Annual meeting of ASIA SPINE (Jan. 2019)

Office: 10th ASIA SPINE
# 407, Dong-A Villate 2nd Town,
350 Seocho-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul

Secretariat Tel: +82-2-2273-8556

Neurospinal Society of Japan

Neurospinal Society of Japan (NSJ) was established in 1986 in order to improve our knowledge and skills for spine, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. The society is approved as a satellite society of the Japan Neurosurgical Society. The total number of members is more than 1,200, and 41 hospitals across Japan are registered as certified training facilities in 2016. The main activities of the society include holding annual academic meetings, management of the board certification system for spinal surgeons and spinal surgeon-instructors, publishing academic journals, and delivering education to the general public through the society’s website and lectures that are open to the public

-Summarized and confirmed by Prof. Hiroyuki Nakase (Nara University, Japan)
 President of 33rd Annual meeting of Neurospinal Society of Japan

Office: Corp. Convex, in Toranomon Koiwa-buid.
Toranomon 5-12-1, Minato-Ku 105-0001 Tokyo, Japan


Taiwan Neurosurgical Spine Society

Taiwan Neurosurgical Spine Society (TNSS) was first established in 2001 as the Taiwan Neurospinal Society, and changed to TNSS in 2013, although its name in the official language of Taiwan has always remained. The vision of TNSS is to unite all professional spine surgeons into a driving force for all surgical issues of the spine in Taiwan, including education, research, cooperation, academics, and communication throughout the world regarding spine care. TNSS has become one of the most popular academic societies of surgery in Taiwan, which is composed of more than 500 domestic members. Since 2010, TNSS has been enthusiastically involved in hosting the ASIA spine meetings, held variously among societies from Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Since 2017, TNSS has become one of the three official supporting societies for the prestigious journal “Neurospine”, extensively contributing to the spine literature. Neurosurgeons in TNSS, who are interested in spine care, have more actively participated in educational seminars, academic publications, and scientific and international communication for more than a decade. The TNSS looks forward to extending friendship with international colleagues and in collaborating in future successes in our profession.

-Summarized and confirmed by
Prof. E-Jian Lee (National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan) President of TNSS)
Prof. Jau-Ching Wu (National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan)(Dec. 2018)

Office: Taiwan Neurosurgical Spine Society
No.138, Shengli Rd., North Dist., Tainan City 704, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Tel: +886-6-235-3535#5203
Fax: +886-6-276-6676

3. Partners

WHO Emergency and Essential Surgical Care

The WHO Program for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (EESC) is dedicated to strengthening health systems by improving access to safe, timely and affordable surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia care, to optimize health outcomes. The program was established to take the lead in efforts to reduce the global burden of surgery-related diseases resulting from injuries, pregnancy-related complications, communicable and non-communicable diseases, and disasters and humanitarian crises, which still too often lead to premature death and disability. The mission of EESC is to create a global shift in how surgical, obstetric and anaesthetic services are delivered and funded, urge all stakeholders to offer basic, quality surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia care as a component of universal health coverage in line with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and promote investment in human and physical resources for surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia care to drive economic growth and reduce all preventable deaths and disabilities. This is only possible with strong collaborative partnerships with global multidisciplinary entities and internal partners. According to this mission, EESC would like to strongly support the development and adoption of evidence-based policies and plans to strengthen surgical services.

-Summarized by Dr. Walter Johnson MD
 Director of WHO EESC (Jan.2019)

Office: Emergency & Essential Surgical Care Programme
Service Delivery and Safety
Health Systems and Innovation
World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27

WFNS Spine Committee

WFNS Spine Committee is a very active committee of WFNS, working like a society.
After WFNS 2017 meeting in Istanbul, WFNS has decided to proceed with more active committees. We had the responsibility to serve for WFNS for 2 years with 33 members.
During this two years period the spine committee continues its previous activities initiated by previous chairmen and especially Professor PS Ramani.
The Bi-Annual Spine Symposia was held Indonesia on 25-28 October, 2018. It was first a cadaver course in Surabaya than a symposia in Bali.
Consensus Symposia on one topic to clear some issues on spinal disorders were planned.Mainly two consensus meeting were held:
*The first consensus symposia on Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy was held in Nagpur, India between September 28-30, 2018.
*The second consensus symposia on Lumbar Spinal Stenosis was held in Milan, Italy, between 9-10 November, 2018.
*The third consensus symposia on Cervical Trauma and Spinal Cord Injury will be held in Moscow, Russia between May 30-June 2.
We will publish the results of consensus meetings.
A newsletter of the spine committee was delivered by the leadership of Dr. Óscar Luís Alves.
We started webinars on the name of WFNS Spine Committee. Since today, 2 webinars were done.

- Summarized and written by Prof. Mehmet Zileli (Chairman of the WFNS Spine Committee)

Co-chairmen of the Spine Committee
Mehmet Zileli
Michael G Fehlings
Daniel J Hoh

Tel: +90-232-421-9323

North American Spine Society

The North American Spine Society (NASS) is a global multidisciplinary medical society that utilizes education, research and advocacy to foster the highest quality, ethical, value- and evidence-based spine care for patients. NASS is comprised of more than 8,000 members from several disciplines, including orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, physiatry, neurology, radiology, anesthesiology, research and physical therapy. For more information, visit and find NASS on: NASS Facebook and NASS Twitter.
-Summarized by Eric J. Muehlbauer, MJ, CAE (Executive Director and CEO of North American Spine Society) and Confirmed by Prof. Jeffrey Wang (President of NASS 2019)

Office: 7075 Veterans Blvd. Burr Ridge, IL 60527, USA

The Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

The Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves (DSPN) was founded at the suggestion of Albert L. Rhoton, MD in 1978 to Charles Drake, MD, President of the AANS in 1978. Also instrumental were Stewart B. Dunsker, MD and Russell Travis, MD.
Mission of DSPN is to advance spine and peripheral nerve patient care through education, research and advocacy.
The objectives of this section shall be:
• To foster the use of spinal neurosurgical methods for the treatment of diseases of the spinal neural elements, the spine and peripheral nerves.
• To advance spinal neurosurgery and related sciences, to improve patient care, to support meaningful basic and clinical research, to provide leadership in undergraduate and graduate continuing education, and to promote administrative facilities necessary to achieve these goals.

- Summarized from DSPN website and confirmed by
Prof. Daniel J Hoh (Univ. Florida. USA, Guidelines Committee Chair of DSPN2019-2020)
  (April. 2019)

Tel: +90-232-421-9323

Asia Pacific Cervical Spine Society

"Asia Pacific Cervical Spine Society (APCSS) is a collaborative organization of spine surgeons and professionals with a special interest in Cervical Spine, with a primary aim of advancing excellence in cervical spine patient care, research and education, based in Asia Pacific region. The society, founded in 2007, has steadily grown over the last decade. Nearly 300-400 delegates with interest and support attend each annual meeting. The society has played a great role, not only for academic exchanges on the cervical diseases among the members of each country, but also for making lasting friendships among one another. We are proud that the APCSS meeting has become a prestigious meeting in both name and reality, which is attended by all members from the Asia-Pacific countries as well as friends and guests from all over the world."

-Summarized and confirmed by Prof. Shashank S Kale (All Medical Institute of India, India)
 President of the 12th Annual meeting of APCSS (Dec.2018)

Office: 50-1, Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 03722, Korea

Tel: +82-31-780-5697
Fax: +82-31-780-5269

Eurospine 2019

Welcome to Helsinki! Tervetuloa Helsinkiin!

The EUROSPINE Annual Meeting in Helsinki will no doubt be the scientific highlight for 2019 for all professionals interested in the treatment and research of spine conditions. In addition to an exciting scientific programme, the meeting will provide us with ample opportunities to meet colleagues from around the world to share knowledge and experiences. EUROSPINE 2019 will take place at Messukeskus Helsinki, the Expo and Convention Centre. Messukeskus will guarantee us a successful meeting experience with its modern, spacious facilities and up-to-date technology. Our venue is conveniently situated with just 5 minutes from the city centre by train, and the city´s hotels are within easy reach by the excellent public transportation system. Helsinki is the capital of Finland with a population of 600 000 it is a human-sized city where most of the attractions are within walking distance. We hope that during your stay in Helsinki you will have an opportunity to explore our distinctive nature, culture, and architecture, and enjoy our local culinary specialties.

-Written by Dr. Teija Lund and Dr. Dietrich Schlenzka
 President of EUROSPINE 2019 Helsinki (Jan. 2019)

Office: EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe
c/o Judith Reichert Schild
Seefeldstrasse 16, 8610 Uster-Zürich, Switzerland

Tel: +41 44 994 14 04

The SpineWeek

Dear Colleagues,

The idea to have a joint meeting bringing together several spine societies at the same time and at the same place originated around the turn of the century. The SpineWeek committee was mandated with the practical organisation of such a conference, and this led to the first SpineWeek meeting which was held in Porto, Portugal in 2004. It was well received by individual participants, the involved scientific spine societies and by the supporting MedTech industry. Three more SpineWeeks followed: Geneva (Switzerland) in 2008, Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 2012 and Singapore in 2016. One of the remarkable evolutions noted from one SpineWeek to the next, was the increase of participants coming from Asia. This incited the SpineWeek committee to move east for the 2020 SpineWeek meeting, and we are pleased to announce the meeting in Melbourne on 27 April – 1 May 2020. Next to the usual participating spine societies such as the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), the North American Spine Society (NASS) and the Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI), we now welcome other societies. In particular the Asia Pacific Spine Society (APSS), the Japanese Society for Spine Surgery and Related Research, the Korean Spinal Neurosurgery Society (KSNS), the Korean Society of Spine Surgery (KSS), the Spine Society of Australia (SSA) and the BioSpine-AP symposium. SpineWeek meetings have been at the origin of many a scientific collaboration bringing together clinicians and scientists from around the world and from very different scientific societies. We look forward to a truly exciting week in Melbourne, both at a scientific and a social level. Join us for this first Oceanian SpineWeek meeting and spread the word!

- Summarized by Dr. Robert Gunzburg (The SpineWeek Committee) (Jan.2019)

Office: Noorwegenstraat 49
9940 Evergem

Tel: +32-9-218-85-85
Fax: +32-9-344-40-10

Turkish Spine Society

Turkish Spine Society (TOD) was first established in 1990. The mission and vision of Turkish Spine Society is to unite all professional spinal health pyhsicians in the same roof and force for better spinal healthcare in Turkey, including education, research, cooperation, academics and communication throughout the world regarding spine care. The society currently contains 346 active members who are looking forward to extending friendship with international colleagues and in collaborating in future successes in our profession. The main activities of the society is to make international spinal surgery congress, several courses, regional meetings and research support to young spine surgeons. The official journal of the society is Turkish Spine Journal which is been published for 28 years and seen several indexes.

- Summarized and written by Prof. Cuneyt Sar
 President of Turkish Spine Society

2007 Sreet No. 41
Baysukent, Ankara


International Congress on Biotechnologies for Spinal Surgery (BioSpine)

International Congress on Biotechnologies for Spinal Surgery- BioSpine was founded at the suggestion of Dr. Hans Jörg Meisel, President of the REGENERATE Europe in 2002. Since its inception in 2002, seven successful meetings have been organized by Dr. Meisel, founder and Chair BioSpine. Dr. Gianluca Vadalà, and Dr. Marianna Tryfonidou have been instrumental in organizing the recent meetings. BioSpine7 meeting held in 2019, focused on the novel biotechnologies applied to spine surgery, promoting mutual collaboration between different specialists and scientists involved in spine field. BioSpine is constantly supported by REGENERATE Europe which is an independent professional Association devoted to the interdisciplinary dialogue in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering formed by Dr. Hans Jörg Meisel, BG Bergmannstrost Clinic, Halle; Dr. Gudrun Knedlitschek, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe; Dr. Dieter Falkenhagen, Donau University Krems, Austria and Dr. Christian Herbst legal advisor, Berlin in 2005 as a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG). In 2012 the EEIG has been changed to Regenerate Europe registered association so as to allow natural persons to join the network.
BioSpine strives to deliver the up-to-date knowledge in the spine field to augment competencies and transform clinical practice and improve patients` lives.
The objectives of BioSpine shall be:
- Summarized and confirmed by Prof. Hans Jörg Meisel, MD PhD
 Director Center of Neurosciences/Chair Dept. of Neurosurgery
 BG Klinikum Bergmannstrost, Halle, Germany
 President Regenerate Europe e. V.
 Founder and Chair BioSpine

BG Klinikum Bergmannstrost Halle gGmbH
Merseburger Straße 165
06112 Halle (Saale)

Tel: 0345 132 - 74 04
Fax: 0345 132 - 74 05

Neuro Spinal Surgeons Association, India

Neuro Spinal Surgeons Association, India is an organization dedicated to propagate the knowledge of Neuro spinal surgery in India and was inaugurated at an international spine conference in Mumbai ten years ago. Three decades ago, it was started as a team guided by Prof. PS Ramani in late eighties, transformed in to a foundation along with young neurosurgeons and then attained the present status as a primary body in India with more than 400 lifetime members. Every year NSSA organizes the most sought and popular annual conference conducted in various major and minor cities inviting International Neuro Spinal surgeons as faculties along with native specialists in this field. During this meeting, international faculties are honored with Honorary membership and few who dedicated to development of NSSA are selected for ‘Prof PS Ramani Life Time Achievement award’.
NSSA also provides opportunities to young surgeons to get trained through cadaver workshops and saw bone model hands on in many sub-specialties including instrumentation, endoscopy (minimally invasive) and corrective spinal surgery. NSSA members publish text books and monograms on neurospinal surgery.
Journal of Spinal Surgery (JOSS) is the official journal of the association, published quarterly and encourages articles from members and other allied specialists. The quarterly Newsletter conveys messages from young neurosurgeons to all members
November 30th is celebrated as ‘Neuro Spinal Day’ by the association to honor the founder president on his birthday. During this day, free camps and educational activities are conducted by the members all over the country.
NSSA, over the period of three decades, has been in association with various international neurospinal surgery societies for the development of neurospinal surgery in India, in particular, WFNS Spine Committee. The first Consensus meeting of WFNS Spine Committee on Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy was conducted in Nagpur in 2018. That apart NSSA is in close collaboration with other national bodies from United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh for exchange of trainees in advanced training. Special centers and specialists are identified for training. NSSA is open to collaboration with all associations and bodies with mutual understanding in developing Neurospinal surgery in India
The membership is opened for all overseas neurosurgeons and allied specialists including radiologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, neuro nurses and encourage them to participate in the annual meeting.

- Summarized and confirmed by Prof. .J.K.B.C. Parthiban (Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, India)
 Editor in Chief of JOSS (official J of NSSA, July. 2019)

Neuro Spinal Surgeons Association
202, Fortune Height, 298/299, L.J. Road, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra


Korean American Spine Society

It is the Mission of KASS to improve the quality of scientific knowledge, patient care, and clinical practice among professionals in the field of spinal disorders and promote social and cultural interaction between Korean American Spine Specialists. KASS holds an Annual Meeting each summer to bring together orthopaedic and neurological spine surgeons from the US and around the world.

-Summarized and confirmed by Dr. Stenphen Ryu (President 2017-2018, Palo Alto Medical Foundation)
  and Dr. Kevin Yoo (President 2019-2020, Palomar Neurosurgery Center) - Aug. 2019

c/o BroadWater
301 S. County Farm Road, Suite L
Wheaton, IL 60187

Tel: Tel: +1-630-681-1040

Editorial Office
CHA University, CHA School of Medicine Bundang Medical Center
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The Korean Spinal Neurosurgery Society
#407, Dong-A Villate 2nd Town, 350 Seocho-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06631, Korea
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