NASS Collaboration in Dubai Continues
David A Wong, MD, MSc, FRCS(C)
Charles Reitman, MD
A NASS contingent led by President F.
Todd Wetzel recently returned to Dubai
to extend NASS' international collaboration with the Arab Spine Society.
In combination with a highly accomplished international faculty, NASS
faculty members participated in the
Arab Spine Diploma Course and stayed
to attend the 18th Dubai International
Spine Conference (DISC).
The NASS Delegation included
Board of Directors members Eeric Truu-
mees, David O’Brien, Zoher Ghogawala
and Charles Reitman. Past Presidents
JJ Abitbol and David Wong as well as
NASS members David Fish, Allen Chen,
John Liu, Mohamed Bydon and Ali Baaj
also participated. Brad Repsold, NASS
Associate Executive Director, oversaw
logistics for the NASS delegation, edu-
cational requirements for the meetings
and staffed NASS' membership booth.
NASS Executive Director Eric Muehl-
bauer attended and gave three talks at
Arab Spine Diploma Course
At the Arab Spine Diploma course, NASS
members delivered a total of 58 talks
over three days covering Modules One
and Three (two of four modules generally reviewed at each Diploma course).
Topics varied from diagnosis and nonsurgical treatments of herniated discs
and spinal stenosis to spinal tumors and
infection. Additional topics included
surgical interventions including microsurgery, minimally invasive surgery,
correction of deformity, and options for
primary and metastatic tumors. Considerable and lively discussion was generated during the presentations as well as
in small group off-line dialog.
The Diploma course included two
days of hands-on cadaver labs. NASS
members were faculty for the practical
surgery labs. Dr. Abitbol was the course
director for one day of the labs.
Participants in the Diploma course
were very interested in NASS' Clinical
Guidelines. This encouraged attendees
to apply for NASS membership. NASS
membership includes access to Clinical
Guidelines, Coverage Recommendations
and other NASS publications. Access
to current and past issues of The Spine
Journal, Spineline was also a much appreciated member benefit.
Dubai International Spine
The theme of this year’s DISC meeting
was Cervical Spine from A to Z. NASS
faculty gave 27 talks and participated in
two debates during the conference.
Our hosts were Professor Abdul
Karim Msaddi from Dubai, who chaired
both the Diploma course and the DISC
meeting, and Dr. Ali Al Mashani from
Oman, President of the Arab Spine
Society. Their hospitality was wonderful.
Faculty dinners provided an opportunity
to interact and network with speakers