ISASS 19th Annual Conference
April 3-April 5, 2019  

Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802

ISASS19 provides an independent venue to discuss and address the issues involved with all aspects of basic and clinical science of motion preservation, stabilization, innovative technologies, MIS procedures, biologics and other fundamental topics to restore and improve motion and function of the spine.
If you’re a surgeon, fellow, resident, scientist, inventor or part of the spine industry, can you afford to miss out on being part of the conversation?

Key features of the ISASS19
- Dedicated programming covering several aspects of spine surgery.
- Diversity! We are an international society; attendees have the opportunity to learn from leaders from around the world.
- Participation in cadaver lab experiences distributed through the conference.
- Opportunities for interactive learning and stimulating panel discussions.

The Annual Conference provides the space for the sharing of research, the introduction of new products and discussions on how to keep patients with spine issues from being immobilized with pain.

Thank you to our Partners
GOLD - Globus Medical
GOLD - Medtronic
SILVER - Zimmer Biomet
SILVER - Aesculap

Countdown to ISASS 2019

President's Message

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.

    What you can expect for ISASS19
  • Diverse programming as well as diverse learning methods, including interactive learning, stimulated panel discussions and cadaver labs.
  • A global audience of not only spine and neurosurgeons but also scientists and researchers focused solely on spine.
  • Opportunities to network with your colleagues and continue the discussions outside of the sessions.
  • A supportive industry community ready and eager to discuss their capabilities and opportunities in the exhibit hall.

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.

Sincerely yours,
Marek Szpalski, MD, Belgium
ISASS President

Thank you to our Partners

Platinum Partners

Gold Partners

Silver Partners


Bronze Partners

Industry Workshops - 4/3/19 - 4/4/19



Noon-1:30 p.m. Room 251A SI Joint as a source of low back pain: Prevalence, burden, diagnosis and treatment Spine surgeons have neglected the SI join as a pain generator for decades -- what changed my mind?
Speaker: Steve Garfin, MD
Understanding the prevalence, burden of the disease, proper diagnosis and evidence-based treatment options of SI joint dysfunction.
Speakers: Clay Frank, MD and Genne' McDonald, PT


Noon-1:30 p.m. Room 251B The M6-CTM Artificial Cervical Disc—The Next Generation Cervical Disc
M6-C Design and Development Overview
Nick Koske, VP Engineering & Operation, Orthofix-Spinal Kinetics
Biomechanical Characterization of the M6-C: Research and Testing
Avinash Patwardhan, PhD, Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital


Noon-1:30 p.m. Room 263B Developing an Endoscopic Practice: The Learning Curve, Reimbursement, and Other Practical Matters
Elliquence, a global provider and educator of minimally invasive spine solutions is proud to host an intimate setting with some of the most accomplished international leaders in Spine Endoscopy who will share their experiences. Come join us for lunch and see how we have simplified the logistics, economics and education of Spine Endoscopy
  • Choll W. Kim, MD PhD

  • Anthony T. Yeung, MD – Arizona, USA
  • Choll W. Kim, MD PhD – San Diego, USA
  • James J. Yue, MD – Connecticut, USA
  • Koichi Sairyo, MD PhD – Tokushima, Japan

RTI Surgical

Noon-1:30 p.m. Room 263A Growing Your Spine Practice with Novel Spine Therapies in the Digital Age
Join us to learn about RTI Surgical’s Novel Spine Therapies portfolio and how to identify patients for the coflex device (motion preserving interlaminar stabilization) and SImmetry system (SI joint fusion that involves a decorticating process resulting in true arthrodesis). See what digital tools are available to you TODAY so you may position yourself as a novel spine therapy treatment expert on your website and social media platforms. Utilize our marketing kit resources in order to educate patients who are searching online for solutions to their pain in this digital age.
Dr. Andrew Fox, Neurosurgeon, Los Angeles, California
Dr. Donald Kucharzyk, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Crown Point, Indiana

Globus Medical

Noon-1:30 p.m. Room 251A Advancing Robotic Navigation
The Advancing Robotic Navigation Lunch Symposium will explore the clinical value ExcelsiusGPS® has brought to NYU Langone Health. Dr. Jeffery Goldstein, Chief of Spine Services at NYU will discuss the benefits of using ExcelsiusGPS® and how it has helped his practice, early clinical findings, and the advantages of combining robotics with navigation into a single platform. Join us to learn more about how ExcelsiusGPS® works and for what cases they system is being used.
Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD, FACS, FAOA, NYU Langone Medical Center

Aesculap Implant Systems

Noon-1:30 p.m. Room 251C Key Highlights for Every Surgeon’s Practice from the 2018 ISASS Young Surgeons Dinner Lecture Series Faculty:
Rolando Garcia, Jr. MD, MPH, Orthopedic Care Center, Aventura, Florida
Larry Khoo, MD, The Spine Clinic of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Kim Norton, Simplify Medical and Aesculap Implant Systems
Frank Phillips, MD Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
Michael Y. Wang, MD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida

Relievant MedSystems

Noon-1:30 p.m. Room 252A The Intracept Procedure for the Relief of Chronic Vertebrogenic Back Pain
The workshop will discuss the science of vertebrogenic pain, the Intracept Procedure, and results from the 2 Level I clinical trials that support the Intracept Procedure.
Ray Baker, MD; Aaron Fields, PhD; Al Rhyne, MD

Zimmer Biomet

Noon-1:30 p.m. Room 251B Use of Power in Pedicle Preparation
Visualizing and understanding the benefits of Power in the O.R. with the Vitality®+Power Spinal Fixation System.
David Skaggs, MD

Member Registration

Registration for ISASS Members.

Non-Member Registration

Registration for Non ISASS Members

Exhibitor Information

Information about Exhibitor Registraiton.


ISASS: The world's best thinking about spines.

ISASS 2019 Agenda


Agenda Times 4/3/19

Agenda Item

7:00-7:30 a.m. Breakfast on Exhibit floor

7:30-7:40 Welcome (Program Chairs)

7:40 - 10:00 General Session: Cervical Degeneration

10:00-10:30 Break on Exhibit Floor

10:30 - 12:00 General Session: Biomechanics; Tumor, Trauma & Infection; Pediatrics; Outpatient

12:00 - 1:30 Industry Workshops

1:30 - 2:30 General Session: Diagnostic and Imaging

2:30-3:30 Oral Poster Lightning Rounds

3:30-4:00 Break on the Exhibit Floor

4:00-6:00 Symposium: Lumbar/Cervical ADR

5:30-8:30 Cadaver lab

6:00 -8:00 Opening Reception on show floor

Agenda Times 4/4/19

Agenda Item

7:00-7:30 a.m. Breakfast on Exhibit Floor

7:30 -9:00 General Session: Robotics, Biologics and Cervical Deformities

9:00-10:15 Presidential Address for Dr Szpalski and Guest Speaker Jacques de Toeuf

10:15-10:45 Break on Exhibit Floor

10:45-12:00 General Session: MIS

12:00 - 1:30 Industry Workshops

1:30 - 2:30 Robin Young presentation
Awards Ceremony/ Transfer of Presidency/Member Meeting

2:30-3:30 General Session: MIS

3:30-4:00 Break on the Exhibit Floor

4:00 - 6:00 Symposium

4:00-7:00 Cadaver lab

6:00 -7:30 p.m. Faculty Reception

Agenda Times 4/5/19

Agenda Item

7:00-7:30 a.m. Breakfast on the exhibit floor

7:30 - 10:00 General Session: Adult Deformity, Thoraco-Lumbar Degenerative

10:00-10:30 Break on Exhibit Floor

10:30-11:30 AANS/CNS symposium

11:30-Noon Lunch

12:00-1:50 General Session: Value and Economics

2:00-2:45 General Session: Cervical Degeneration

Attendee Registration

General registration fees include: All education sessions beginning on Wednesday, April 3 through Friday, April 5 continental breakfasts and beverage breaks (Wednesday through Friday) and welcome reception (Wednesday evening).

Registration Category Price thur 3/10/19 Price thur 4/3/19 Onsite Price
Member Surgeons $650 $850 $1,050
Member Scientist/Researcher $375 $575 $775
Member Resident/Nurse/Fellow/PA/PT $250 $350 $450
Member Industry $900 $1,100 $1,300
Member Emerging Countries $350 $350 $350
Non Member Surgeons $1,100 $1,300 $1,400
Non Member Scientist/Researcher $900 $1,100 $1,200
Non Member Resident/Nurse/Fellow/PA/PT $500 $500 $550
Non Member Industry $1,300 $1,500 $1,700
Non Member Emerging Countries $400 $400 $400
Student Researchers $250 $250 $250
Guest* $250 $250 $250

*Guest: Includes breakfasts, and welcome reception. This option MAY NOT be used to register associates who will be attending scientific sessions. Commercial Business are not permitted to purchase Guest registrations.

Hotel Information

Book your room at Hilton Anaheim, official ISASS19 hotel, which is just steps away from the convention center. Follow this link to make your hotel reservation.