Ahmet Alanay, MD
Worldwide Conference Committee Chair
Dear Members of the Society,
The Worldwide Conference Committee finished its 2012 schedule with two courses held in Tel-Aviv, Israel and Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam. Both meetings had a great interest from the local and regional spine surgeons. I would like to thank Mark Weidenbaum, MD and Yizhar Floman, MD (co-chairs of the Israel course) and Charles Johnston, MD and Vo Van Thanh, MD, PhD (co-chairs for the Vietnam course) for the great job they have produced in both sites. Thanks also to the faculty of both courses.
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Coming to 2013, it seems that this year's program will also be very busy with six meetings all around the world. Here is a short summary of 2013 meetings;
The first course of the year will be at Cappadocia, Turkey in mid-April. This will be a one-day program including lectures and workshops just before the bi- annual international spine meeting organized by the Turkish Spine Society (TSS). I should also emphasize the meeting place as being one of the most interesting parts of Turkey as a region of exceptional natural wonders, in particular characterized by fairy chimneys and a unique historical and cultural heritage.
The second course will also be in mid-April, at Florianopolis, Brazil and this will again be a one-day course just before the Brazilian Spine Society (BSS) Annual Meeting. Florianopolis is the capital city and second largest city of Santa Catarina state in the Southern region of Brazil. It is composed of one main island and is known to be one of the most exciting sites of Brazil with fishing boats, lacemakers, colorful folklore, excellent cuisine and colonial architecture.
The third course is in Kharkiv City, Ukraine at the end of May. This will be a day and a half course and will be followed by a meeting of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (ISMISS). Kharkiv is a major cultural, scientific, educational, transport and industrial centre of Ukraine and its second largest city.
The fourth course of the year will take place in Valencia, Spain at the end of May, in conjunction with the traditional SILACO meeting which is held every three years outside South America. The heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.
Next course will be in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzigovina and will be the first SRS-Balkan meeting gathering spine surgeons from all around the Balkan countries. Sarajevo is the capital city and is historically famous for its traditional cultural and religious diversity, with adherents of Islam, Ort hodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism coexisting there for centuries. The meeting will be a two full days stand alone meeting including lectures, roundtables case discussions and workshops.
The final course of the year will be at Beijing, China in November. This one-day SRS course in China will be held every two years in conjunction with the Chinese Orthopaedic Association (COA) and Chinese Spine Society (CSS). Beijing is the second largest Chinese city by urban population after Shanghai and is the nation's political, cultural, and educational center.
You can find detailed information about all our courses, including programs and the faculty, on the SRS web site: http://www.srs.org/meetings/worldwide_conferences.htm
We are more than happy with the interest from everywhere in the world to organize WWC courses. We have already determined four sites for 2014 courses and are taking applications for 2015 courses. Our committee is working hard to disseminate the knowledge of spinal deformity all around the world and we are hoping to develop new projects and improve our global educational activities for our society’s mission to foster optimal care for spinal deformity patients globally.
With my warm regards,
Ahmet Alanay, MD
Chair: Ahmet Alanay, MD Committee Members: Kamal N. Ibrahim, MD, FRCS(C), MA; Munish C. Gupta, MD; Youssry MK El-Hawary, MD; Scott D. Hodges, DO; John R. Dimar, II, MD; Ravi S. Bains, MD; Walaa Elassuity, MD; Sergio A. Mendoza-Lattes, MD; Ahmed M. Shawky, MD; David H. Clements, III, MD; Marinus De Kleuver, MD, PhD; Mark Weidenbaum, MD; Hani Mhaidli, MD; Stephen J. Lewis, MD, MSc, FRCSC; Kenneth J. Paonessa, MD.