Past Meetings


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Meeting Description

IMAST gathers leading spine surgeons, innovative research, and the most advanced spine technologies for all areas of spine (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar), most spinal conditions (degenerative, trauma, deformity, tumor), and a variety of treatment techniques. The IMAST program will include didactic presentations, panel discussions, papers, and posters on current research, roundtable case discussions, and Instructional Course Lectures all led by an international and multidisciplinary faculty. IMAST is jointly-sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and Scoliosis Research Society (SRS).

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of IMAST, participants should be able to:

  • Assess recent advances in surgical techniques for the treatment of spinal disorders, compare them with traditional treatments and determine if and/or when to use them for optimal patient care.
  • Analyze indications and potential complications for various spine fixation systems, including spinal arthroplasty, dynamic stabilization and lateral transpsoas procedures, and apply that analysis to treatment decisions.
  • Compare and contrast treatment options for various spinal disorders in order to present the full range of nonoperative and operative interventions to patients to allow informed choices for optimal care and improved outcomes.
  • Present a variety of new objective cost and outcome analyses of operative and nonoperative interventions to better understand the cost effectiveness in both the short and intermediate time periods.

Target Audience

Spine surgeons (orthopaedic and neurological surgeons), residents, fellows, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, engineers and company personnel.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and SRS. AAOS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

AAOS designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.75  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest

It is the policy of AAOS and SRS to insure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of their educational activities. In accordance with this policy, AAOS and SRS identify conflicts of interest with instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by AAOS and SRS to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis. Complete faculty disclosures will be included in the final program.

FDA Statement (United States)

Some drugs and medical devices demonstrated during this course have limited FDA labeling and marketing clearance. It is the responsibility of the physician to be aware of drug or device FDA labeling and marketing status.

Insurance/Liabilities and Disclaimer

SRS will not be held liable for personal injuries or for loss or damage to property incurred by participants or guests at IMAST including those participating in tours and social events. Participants and guests are encouraged to take out insurance to cover loss incurred in the event of cancellation, medical expenses or damage to or loss of personal effects when traveling outside of their own countries. SRS cannot be held liable for any hindrance or disruption of IMAST proceedings arising from natural, political, social or economic events or other unforeseen incidents beyond its control. Registration of a participant or guest implies acceptance of this condition.

The materials presented at this Continuing Medical Education activity are made available for educational purposes only. The material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily best, methods or procedures appropriate for the medical situations discussed, but rather is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the faculty that may be helpful to others who face similar situations.

AAOS and SRS disclaim any and all liability for injury or other damages resulting to any individual attending a scientific meeting and for all claims that may arise out of the use of techniques demonstrated therein by such individuals, whether these claims shall be asserted by a physician or any other person.


Presentations and course materials will be provided in English.

No Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted during any IMAST activity or event.


Business (suits) or business casual (polo or dress shirts, sport coats) are appropriate for IMAST sessions. Cocktail attire is recommended for the Course Reception.

For questions about the IMAST program, please contact
Scoliosis Research Society
Meetings Department
P. +1-414-289-9107
F. +1-414-276-3349

IMAST Committee

Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD

Past Chair
Todd J. Albert, MD

Jacob M. Buchowski, MD, MS
Charles H. Crawford, III, MD
Benny T. Dahl, MD
Mark Dekutoski, MD
Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
Morio Matsumoto, MD
Praveen Mummaneni, MD
Michael F. O'Brien, MD
Glenn Rechtine, II, MD
Justin S. Smith, MD
Daniel J. Sucato, MD, MD


Save the Date
20th IMAST
July 10-13, 2013
Vancouver, Canada


Scoliosis Research Society
Meetings Department
555 E. Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
P. + 1-414-289-9107
F. + 1-414-276-3349