Marinus De Kleuver, MD, PhD
Worldwide Conference Committee Member
The SpineWeek congress was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands from May 28th until June 1st at the RAI Convention Center and attracted over 3000 participants from all over the world. The following eight societies organized their own program during a whole week of parallel sessions: Spine Society of Europe (SSE), the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), North American Spine Society (NASS), Sociedad Iberolatinoamericana de Columna Vertebral (SILACO), Brasilian Spine Society (BSS) and Dutch Spine Society (DSS).
The SRS held one of its World Wide Conferences (WWC) at SpineWeek, during two half day sessions on Wednesday May 30th and Thursday May 31st. The courses were well-attended, with a maximum of about 600 attendees!
The Presidential Line was represented by B. Stephen Richards, III, MD who opened the SRS sessions, Kamal N. Ibrahim, MD and Steven D. Glassman, MD. The program had an Adult Deformity session (Adult Degenerative AIS and Adult de Novo Degenerative scoliosis) and a session on Adolescent and Young Adult Deformities (AIS and non-AIS scoliosis). There were debates (e.g. anterior versus posterior surgery in Lenke five curves) and lectures (e.g. “All You Ever Wanted to Know About Genetics but Were Afraid to Ask” by Kenneth MC Cheung, MD). The SRS faculty from all over the globe, including Alberto Ponte, MD, John E. Lonstein, MD, and Kiyoshi Kaneda, MD, did a truly outstanding job which was reflected by the large audiences.
On the evening of May 30th we attended the SRS dinner at the “West Indies House” which was built in 1623, and was the headquarters of the Dutch West Indies Company, the first to build a fort in New Amsterdam, on Manhattan Island. The statue of Peter Stuyvesant, the first governor of New Amsterdam (now New York) stands in the courtyard and looked down on us while we had our welcome drinks.
Amsterdam has always been a wonderful city, where culture, science and medicine meet. Amsterdam is the Venice of Northern Europe, with its wonderful historic canals and beautiful historic buildings. The weather was exceptional during Spineweek; perfect for evenings when we all managed to enjoy the city at its best.
During the Spineweek, SRS had a booth where Tressa Goulding, CAE, CMP and Nilda Toro, Membership Manager, received many guests interested in the SRS.
Special thanks to the faculty representing a numerous countries: United States faculty included B. Stephen Richards, III, MD, Kamal N. Ibrahim, MD, FRCS, MS; Steven D. Glassman, MD; Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD; Jacob M. Buchowski, MD, MS. Luiz Munhoz da Rocha, MD, from Brazil; Kenneth Cheung, MD, from Hong Kong, China; Henry F.H. Halm, MD, from Germany; S. Rajasakaran from India; Andre Kaelin from Switzerland and the great support by Tressa Goulding and Nilda Toro who all made this event possible,
Marinus de Kleuver