How do you come up with
topics for the track? Do you
accept suggestions from the
Topics for the Interdisciplinary Spine
Track are discussed during our committee conference calls starting in Novem-ber/December. We brainstorm ideas
and look at feedback from prior years.
After the calls, ideas are submitted and
What kind of specialties will
voted on by committee members. Over
next few months, ideas are developed
and assigned to members to organize
for the Annual Meeting. Our committee
is always open to suggestions and feed-
back from NASS membership.
you reach in this track?
I am very excited as this year, as in
past years, we will be able to reach
all specialties within NASS. We will
offer multiple tracks that will benefit
all disciplines within our organization.
Truly one of the great strengths of our
section is that we have all disciplines
represented, so we can offer a diverse
In what ways would physicians
benefit from attending these
I think all providers in spine care will
benefit from attending our track
sessions. We will discuss
items from return
to work, gender-
care, and a
Q&A WITH SECTION ON
INTERDISCIPLINARY SPINE CHAIR,
care-related topics. This will benefit
all providers no matter what their
Why should physicians send their
APPs to the NASS meeting?
I think APPs involved in spine care should
attend NASS yearly. As an interdisciplinary organization, NASS provides surgical
and nonsurgical evidence-based practices in spine care. They will leave the
conference with working knowledge they
can take back to their practice and use.
In what sessions will you be
I will be chair of the Autoimmune and Inflammatory Disease of the Spine session.
I am eager to have the invited faculty
discuss this topic in relationship to
surgical procedures. Many autoimmune
and inflammatory conditions do not
require surgical intervention, however;
often times the patient first presents to
the surgical team. I want to engage into
a discussion about how best to treat and
refer patients to the appropriate specialist, and when a surgical procedure is
necessary, what does the surgical team
need to be aware of?
What sessions are you most
excited to attend?
I am eager to see Dual Pathology, Cervical and Lumbar Pathology. Over the
last few years the section has presented
on dual pathology (shoulder/cervical
spine and hip/spine), and I have always
been able to take some pearls back to
my practice. Therefore, Cervical Lumbar
dual pathology is a highlight for me.