December 2016

Worldwide Courses Update

Benny Dahl, MD, PhD, DMSci
Worldwide Course Committee Chair

As the new chair of Worldwide Course (WWC), I want to express my gratitude to Marinus de Kleuver, MD, PhD who has done an outstanding job as WWC chair over the previous three years. As chair-elect, I have benefited from his experience and will do my best to maintain the success of the WWC reaching out to the spinal deformity community all over the world.

2016 has been very busy and I want to thank all the speakers, attendees, and industry partners for making the WWC conferences in Nottingham, Nanjing, Moscow, and Bali as well as the Hands-On Course in Hong Kong very successful. The last two WWC of 2016 took place in Kyoto, Japan and Santiago, Chile.

In 2017, the WWC will introduce two Current Concept Courses, in an effort to contribute to the globalization of SRS. These courses will not replace traditional WWC conferences but should be regarded as a new initiative to strengthen the collaboration between WWC, Global Outreach Program and the Education Committee.

I look forward to the next three years as chair of the WWC and thank all SRS-colleagues for this opportunity.

Chair: Benny T. Dahl, MD, PhD, DMSci,  Committee: Marinus de Kleuver, MD, PhD; Ferran Pellisé Urquiza, MD, PhD; Ibrahim Obeid, MD; Ahmed M. Shawky, MD, PhD; Zezhang Zhu, MD, PhD; Luis E. Munhoz da Rocha, MD; Yong Qiu, MD; Haluk R. Berk, MD; David S. Marks , FRCS; Rajiv K. Sethi, MD; Praveen Mummaneni, MD; Rodrigo A. Amaral, MD; Sergey Kolesov, MD, PhD; Takuya Mishiro, MD, PhD; Ibrahim A. Omeis, MD; Fernando Techy, MD; Naveed Yasin, FRCS (Tr & Ortho); Morio Matsumoto, MD; Firoz Miyanji, MD, FRCSC; Yat Wa Wong, MD