December 2021

Global Education on Spine Deformity Committee

Saumyajit Basu, MD,
GESD Chair

The GESD Committee recently completed a successful return to an in-person Hands-On Course in Nijmegen, Netherlands in October, chaired by Ahmet Alanay and Marinus de Kleuver; a virtual Worldwide Course session with the Egyptian Spine Association in November; as well as its first-ever virtual Current Concepts in Spine Deformity course, chaired by Ahmet Alanay and Kota Watanabe and programmed by the CCSD Subcommittee, which ends in December.

The Hands-On Course brought together a mixture of international SRS faculty and 30 learners for skills training at Radboud University Medical Center where nine hours were spent in the cadaver lab with lots of direct access to faculty feedback and guidance. Learners also got to hear the faculties speak on a variety of conditions and techniques that affect the spine. The end of November also ended the 2021 scheduled Worldwide Courses with the completion of a virtual WWC session. For those in attendance to that session, the feedback provided was “will help surgeons to assess their cases in a different way, which may help them in making better decisions for their patients” (Samer Samy, Session Chair.) This is exactly the SRS mission in action.

The virtual Global CCSD was delivered in three parts as part of an experimental iteration of these traditionally regional course offerings. Since the first Current Concepts Course in 2017, the subcommittee has worked over the years to refine the Core Curriculum-based program while pushing the envelope regarding format. The CCSD Subcommittee thanks the almost 60 SRS members who provided recorded lectures that span the Core Curriculum. This lecture library will change the delivery of information for future courses and offerings as SRS considers blended learning formats that keep us on pace with current and future educational trends while also expanding our reach to those not able to join at in-person meetings. Part two of the virtual CCSD spotlighted four subject matter experts speaking on VBT, ASD, AIS, and MIS. Recordings are available for all to watch. Finally, the course concluded with small-group case discussion that challenged course registrants to develop treatment plans on various real-life cases presented by faculty.

The last quarter of 2021 has brought about a lot of activity from the Global Education in Spine Deformity committee, and we look forward to all the educational opportunities scheduled for 2022. 

2022 GESD Courses


  • 25: Worldwide Course – Virtual, India with the Association of Spine Surgeons of India


  • 11-12: Worldwide Course – Incheon, South Korea with the Korean Spinal Neurosurgery Society


  • 11: Worldwide Course – Fortaleza, Brazil with the Brazilian Spine Society

  • 19: Worldwide Course – Mexico City, Mexico with the Sociedad Iberolatinoamericana de Columna


  • 1-3: Hands-On Course – Bordeaux, France


  • 28-30: Current Concepts in Spine Deformity – Santiago, Chile


  • 22: Worldwide Course – Shenzhen, China with China SRS

  • 27-29: Hands-On Course – Singapore


  • 18-19: Current Concepts in Spine Deformity – Warsaw, Poland

Current Concepts in Spine Deformity Subcommittee: Kota Watanabe, Chair, Kariman Abelin-Genevois, Kenneth Cheung, Pawel Grabala, Ibrahim Obeid, Martin Repko, Andre Andujar, Haemish Crawford, Klane White, Teresa Bas, Vidyadhara Srinivasa, Eldin E. Karaikovic, Alpaslan Senkoylu, Chair Elect. Hands-On Course Subcommittee: Munish Gupta, Chair, Surin Thanapipatsiri, Gabriel Liu, Gregory Mundis, D. Kojo Hamilton, Haluk Berk, Chair Elect. Traditional Worldwide Course Subcommittee: Chris Ames, Chair, Michael S. Chang, Harry Akoto, Najma Farooq, Fabio Ferri-de-Barros, Rodrigo Goes Medea de Mendonca, Yuan-Shun Lo, Yi Lu, Venu Nemani, Uwe Platz, Todd Ritzman, Nan Wu, Ratko Yurac, Morio Matsumoto, Hossein Mehdian