from many countries in the region as
well as European faculty members.
At the formal opening ceremony for
DISC, NASS President F. Todd Wetzel
delivered remarks on behalf of NASS.
Dr. Wetzel emphasized NASS’ commit-
ment to working with spine societies
worldwide to enhance knowledge in all
spinal disciplines. With regards to the
ongoing, very collegial interaction with
the Arab Spine Society and the DISC
meeting, Dr. Wetzel stated that NASS
“expected the collaboration to continue
Many topics of common interest
were addressed at the DISC conference.
Issues varied from the diagnosis of spine
conditions to the different treatment
modalities, avoidance of complications,
rehabilitation and outcomes.
At the DISC meeting, Dr. Wetzel de-
livered a Keynote Address on conflict of
interest, a topic where NASS is a leader
in the field. Other Keynotes were given
by Dr. Liu on Current Concepts in Min-
imally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS)
and Dr. O’Brien on How Psychological
Factors Affect Surgical Outcome.
At the conclusion of the DISC confer-
ence, Dr. Wetzel’s summary comment on
his impressions of both the Diploma and
DISC meetings was “we are all interested
in doing the right thing for our patients.”
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