It is my pleasure to invite you to the 2019 International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery Annual Meeting (ISASS19) from April 3- April 5, 2019, in Anaheim, CA.
One of the unique benefits of ISASS membership and attendance at this event is the truly global collaboration among those of us involved in spine. I am happy and honored to be the first European president of this society since 2011-12, and I believe it is the continued involvement from members and participants outside of the United States that help advance the science of spine.
It is appropriate that ISASS19 is in Anaheim, California, the home of the Walt Disney’s original creation, Disneyland. Originally opened in 1955, Disneyland’s business model teaches us that in order to remain successful and relevant in today’s fast-changing world, it is important to evolve in a way that stays true to our roots.
ISASS works hard to be a society that follows that lesson. ISASS was originally created as the Spine Arthroplasty Society, but several years ago the Board witnessed what was happening in the motion preservation world and decided that we had become more of a global family—not just geographically but also in terms of the diverse areas of science we were working in—and so we became the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.
ISASS continues to evolve and that’s why events such as ISASS19 are so important to attend. It brings together our global community, to share research, both clinical and basic science, to share best practices and to share the growing interest in the biotechnology community in areas as diverse as MIS techniques; adult spinal deformity; biologic and stem cell therapies and research; biomechanics; pediatric spine; tumor, trauma and infection; lumbar motion preservation; outpatient spinal surgery; image-guidance, navigation and robotics; non-operative care and injection therapies; values and outcomes in spine surgery; and so much more—it is meetings such as this that will help our discipline of spine and our international society evolve.
Our location for this conference is not only home to Disneyland, but it, too, has been undergoing an evolution, and we hope that as you venture out in the evenings or if you choose to extend your trip with your family, you will enjoy the sites and sounds of the city.
Anaheim continues growing, evolving and flourishing as a dynamic destination with its own cultural footprint in the arts, cuisine, entertainment, sports and recreation arenas. Be sure to visit the Anaheim Packing House food hall with its more than 20 artisanal eateries and drinkeries. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants and bars at the Center Street Promenade, and take in the exhibits at MUZEO. Anaheim’s central location serves as a gateway to Orange County’s 42 miles of Pacific coastline, luxury shopping, championship golf courses and perfect terrain for hiking, biking, running and sunning.
We are excited to invite you to share in the continued success and evolution of the spine industry. We welcome you and hope you will join us at ISASS19 this April.
Marek Szpalski, MD, Belgium
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