NASS Cements Relationship with Asian Congress of
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Techniques
Allen S. Chen, MD, MPH
Continuing to fulfill its global mission, faculty from the North American Spine Society, held a successful parallel session and cadaver lab at the 6th Asian Congress of
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Techniques (ACMISST) in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior ACMISST conferences in India, South Korea and Pattaya, Thailand have
proven popular, and the latest collaboration in July 2017 was no different.
As a part of the ACMISST, NASS faculty held a cadaver lab covering many interventional and surgical procedures. The cadaver lab included presentations, demonstrations, and cadaver labs covering both fluoroscopically-guided spine injections
and Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS).
NASS faculty included Second Vice President Jeffrey Wang, board member
David O’Brien and faculty members Allen Chen, Patrick Hsieh, Sanjog Pangarkar
(representing the US), Kim Jin-Sung (Korea) and Bambang Darwono (Indonesia).
Thanks to NASS Associate Executive Director Brad Repsold and other NASS staff for
handling logistics for the NASS Delegation and educational requirements for the
NASS lecture topics included epidural injections, radiofrequency ablation,
spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal pumps, spinal injections for surgical planning,
MIS for spinal trauma, endoscopic spinal surgery, MIS for tumors and minimizing
complications. The NASS-ACMISST cadaver course was extremely well attended.
As always, NASS faculty were energized by the collaboration.
In addition to the educational opportunities, faculty members had the opportunity to take some time and enjoy the world-class food, shopping and cultural
experiences that Thailand has to offer.
The respect, inquisitiveness and interactions of the participants was terrific, and
all faculty members were humbled to have the opportunity to participate at the ACMISST meeting. NASS would like to thank the President and Chairman of the Conference, Pornpavit Sriphirom, the Thai SMISST, and ACMISST for the invitation and
hospitality. NASS and its faculty look forward to many more collaborative meetings.
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Surgeons learn surgical techniques in
a hands-on lab.
CAOS attendees intently listen at a
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NASS Second Vice President, Jeff
Wang, gives a talk at ACMISST.
Pornpavit Sriphirom presents to attendees at ACMISST.