Ahmet Alanay, MD
Worldwide Conference Committee Chair
The first Worldwide Conference of 2012 was held in New Delhi, India with great participation! Munish Gupta, MD was the SRS Chair for the conference and has prepared the report below. You can also visit the SRS website to see more highlights.
We are now looking forward to the upcoming conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 30-21, 2012. This will be a two half-day program during Spineweek in one of Europe's most attractive meeting venues. The third conference in 2012 will be in the beautiful city of Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 18-19. Drs. Mark Weidenbaum and Yizhar Floman are working on an upscale program and accepting volunteer faculty applications. We will be finalizing this year's WWC program with a conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on November 30-December 2. Vietnam is a country with thousands of years of cultural heritage and magnificent landscapes! Any members interested in participating are welcome to contact the SRS Office.
Munish Gupta, MD
Worldwide Conference Committee Member
Another successful SRS Worldwide Conference (WWC) was completed in India's capital, New Delhi. The WWC was held during the Association of Spinal Surgeons of India's Annual Meeting (ASSICON), which ran February 23-26. During the two half-day sessions, four topics were covered: Early Onset Scoliosis, Adult Deformity, Treatment of Severe Deformity with Spinal Osteotomies, and Complications. Each topic had lectures and case discussions with ample time for questions. With more than 350 pre-registrations along with numerous on-site registrations, the conference hall was packed and rows of physicians were standing in the rear. The audience was engaged and enthusiastically participated in lively discussions.
The course evaluations were laudatory and revealed that the participants regarded the SRS course highly. The evaluations collectively showed that the topics were found to be useful by 84% of the attendees with the case discussions being noted as especially educational. Even though only a few had attended an SRS meeting before a majority (74%) of the attendees stated that they would attend a similar course and asked for SRS meeting information and membership materials.
The hospitality extended by the local hosts was tremendous and well-appreciated, in particular by Arvind Jayaswal, MD and Harvinder Chhabra, MD who organized the ASSICON meeting. My sincere thanks to the faculty who took time away from their family and practice to make this course a great success.
Committee Chair: Ahmet Alanay, MD Committee Members: Kamal N. Ibrahim, MD, FRCS(C), MA; Kenneth J. Paonessa, MD; Mark B. Dekutoski, MD; John R. Dimar, MD; Mohammad El-Sharkawi, MD; Hassan Serhan, PhD; Christopher Hamill, MD; Peter F. Sturm, MD; Muharrem Yazici, MD; Munish C. Gupta, MD; Youssry El-Hawary, MD; Scott D. Hodges, DO; David H. Clements, MD; Marinus De Kleuver, MD, PhD; Mark Weidenbaum, MD