ISASS17 17th Annual Conference - April 12- 14, 2017 Boca Raton, FL, USA  

ISASS - The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery - Is a global, scientific and educational society organized to provide 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 for: surgeons, scientists, inventors and others. ISASS is dedicated to advancing major evolutionary steps in spine surgery.

Thank you to our Sponsors
GOLD - Medtronic
SILVER - Globus
SILVER - Nuvasive
BRONZE - Zimmer Biomet

Countdown to ISASS 2017

Presidents Message

By Hee Kit Wong, MD posted August 29, 2016

Dear Friends and Collegues,

I am very proud to serve as the 2016-2017 President of ISASS. Each ISASS conference inspires my own research and practice; this is perhaps one of the main reasons I feel so strongly and passionately about the continued need for an international society such as ISASS that caters directly to the unique issues we collectively face as spine surgeons. I truly believe that only by coming together and supporting each other as an extended family can we continue to grow in our individual practice and provide better care to our patients.

My main reason for reaching out to you as an ISASS member, is to articulate my commitment and the commitment of the ISASS Board of Directors to provide value for your membership and ensure that ISASS is providing the support you expect. We are continually engaged in activities that reinforce the value of your ISASS membership: creating educational programs and exchange opportunities; keeping you up-to-date on the latest clinical information and policy and advocacy news; fighting for appropriate coverage and reimbursement; and advocating for patient access to medically necessary treatment. We strive to keep an open dialogue with our membership and turn to you to provide feedback and help identify opportunities for sustainability and growth.

One of the most effective ways to ensure an open dialogue is to provide a forum for sharing research and exchanging ideas. The energy and synergy that is generated by meeting as a group is priceless; the greater the number and diversity of participants, the more we gain individually and collectively. In view of the importance of regularly meeting as a group, I encourage you to attend the ISASS 2017 annual meeting April 12-14, 2017 in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. Each year, we strive to cover the most relevant issues in surgical spine care at our annual meeting--biomechanics, innovative technologies, degenerative conditions, and value and outcomes in spine surgery, just to name a few-- you are sure to find a variety of topics that will inform your everyday practice. In the interim, please consider attending one of the many events that make up the ISASS Educational Series, from China to Germany and many locations in between, ISASS continues to offer timely and informative educational courses.

The "I" in ISASS stands for "International" and as your President, it is my top priority that we remain an international society. Our Program Committee and Abstract Review Committee for ISASS17 are comprised of members from close to twenty different countries and truly reflect the geographic diversity of our Society. 2017 Overall Program Chair, Kern Singh, MD has challenged all members of the Committees to develop a program that will be of interest to all who attend. Committee members will be on the look out for the best papers submitted to highlight the key interests and innovations from each corner of the globe.

Boca Raton, familiarly known to locals as "Boca," is the perfect location for ISASS17. The Boca Raton Hotel is nestled in a Mediterranean inspired historic village not far from the South Florida coastline. All ISASS meetings will be held at the Mizner Center located a few steps from the hotel rooms at The Boca Raton Hotel. Many buildings in the area have a Mediterranean revival or Spanish Colonial revival architectural theme, initially inspired by Addison Mizner, the architect who heavily influenced the city’s early development. After attending meetings all day, a relaxing walk on the beach will be a welcome release. Boca also offers golf courses, fine hotels, wondrous art museums, jazz clubs, concerts at Mizner Park, luxurious shopping at the Town Center shopping mall, with 220 upscale and specialty shops, and elsewhere around town, countless family- owned boutiques. And let’s not forget fine restaurants, some of the best in South Florida. Boca is located in the heart of Florida’s Atlantic Ocean coast. The average temperatures in April will be in the 80’s °F during the day and mid 60’s °F in the evening. Boca Raton is 19.45 miles from the Fort Lauderdale airport, 23.19 miles from Palm Beach International Airport, and 47 miles from the Miami International Airport.

We are many, but we are scattered around the globe. In annually renewing your ISASS membership and by attending the ISASS annual conference, we have the opportunity to come together to learn, grow, and address our shared challenges. Thank you for your continued support of ISASS. I look forward to welcoming you to Boca Raton, Florida for ISASS17.


Hee Kit Wong, MD
2016-2017 ISASS President

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Industry Workshops

Wednesday 4/12/17   Thursday 4/13/17
Royal 7 Nuvasive A novel technology to reduce radiation exposure in spine surgery
Rob Issacs, MD
Royal 8 Allen Medical Systems Lateral Approaches to Spine Surgery – Decisions and Challenges and patient positioning
Dr Choll Kim
Royal 9 Si Bone Inc How Do You Differentiate Between A Symptomatic L5-S1 AND SI JOINT?
Frank M. Phillips, MD
Royal 10 Camber Spine Technologies New Technologies and Techniques in Sacroiliac Fusion & New Technologies and Techniques in Minimally Invasive Anterior Interbody Fusion
Addison Ballroom West K2M Techniques to Optimize Spinal Balance
Paul Kraemer, MD
Estate Ballroom 1 Cardan Robotics, LLC Robotics in The Evolving Spine Surgery Arena: New Concepts and Advancements that will Improve Results and Patient safety:
Dr. Anthony Yeung, Dr. Hansen Yuan & Addie Harris President & CEO of Cardan Robotics
Royal 7 Paradigm Spine Spine procedures in an ASC environment: 2017 CMS Rule changes offer choice for patients. Join spinal stenosis experts in case discussion and evidence-based medicine approaches for better outcomes for patients.
Reginald Davis, MD, Chris Yeung, MD, Scott Leary, MD, Roy Vingan, MD
Royal 8 Aesculap Implant Systems Taking Back Control in the Age of Denials for Degenerative Disc Disease: Defending Your Right to Treat Chronic Low Back Pain Patients
Gary Owens, MD - Former VP of Policy at Independence BCBS
Matthew Gornet, MD - The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis
Richard Guyer, MD - Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Back Institute
Kim Norton - Head of Reimbursement & Payer Relations at Aesculap
Royal 9 Globus Medical Robotics: The Future of Spine Surgery
Rishi K Wadhwa, MD
Royal 10 Medtronic Rialto- Latest Innovation in SI Fusion-Approach Matters
William D. Todler, MD
Addison Ballroom West Joimax, Inc Endoscopic Spine Surgery: Expert Panel Presentations
Endoscopic Spine Surgery: Here we are. Where do we go?
Wolfgang Ries, Founder & CEO – joimax® Group
Anatomical Preservation: Endoscopy vs. Microdiscectomy
Choll Kim, MD, Ph.D. – Spine Institute of San Diego
Getting started with Spinal Endoscopy: The first 10 cases
Darren Bergey, MD –Back & Sport Institute
Advanced Techniques: Broadening Your Indications
Jian Shen, MD – Mohawk Valley Orthopaedics
Interlaminar approach: Introducing iLESSYS & iLESSYS Delta
Ralph Wagner, MD – Ligamenta Wirbelsaulenzentrum
Estate Ballroom 1 Practice Bloom How To Drive New Patients to Your Practice in 2017
New smart marketing tools and social media are catapulting practice revenues.
In this session, hear about the easy to understand models from real case studies that have doubled profits.
Matt Coffy is CEO of PracticeBloom
Estate Ballroom 2/3 Legally Mine The Keys to Locking Out Lawsuits and Reducing Taxes

Member Registration

Registration for ISASS Members.

Non-Member Registration

Registration for Non ISASS Members

Exhibitor Information

Information about Exhibitor Registraiton.


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Attendee Registration

General registration fees include: All education sessions beginning on Wednesday, April 12 through Friday, April 14 continental breakfasts and beverage breaks (Wednesday through Friday) and welcome reception (Wednesday evening).

Registration Category Until JAN 1 2017 Until MAR 3 2017 After MAR 3 2017
Member Surgeons $650 $850 $950
Member Scientist/Researcher/Engineer $375 $575 $675
Member Resident/Fellow/Student/PA/Nurse/PT/Retired $250 $250 $350
Member Industry $900 $1,000 $1,250
Member Emerging Countries $350 $350 $350
Renewed Member Surgeons $900 $1,100 $1,200
Renewed Member Scientist/Researcher/Engineer $500 $700 $800
Renewed Member Resident/Fellow/Student/PA/Nurse/PT/Retired $300 $300 $350
Renewed Member Industry $1,100 $1,250 $1,500
New Member Surgeons $900 $1,100 $1,200
New Member Scientist/Researcher/Engineer $500 $700 $800
New Member Resident/Fellow/Student/PA/Nurse/PT/Retired $300 $300 $350
New Member Industry $1,100 $1,250 $1,500
Non Member Surgeons $1,200 $1,400 $1,600
Non Member Scientist/Researcher/Engineer $900 $1,100 $1,200
Non Member Resident/Fellow/Student/PA/Nurse/PT/Retired $500 $500 $550
Non Member Industry $1,250 $1,550 $1,800
Non Member Emerging Countries $400 $400 $400
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

Discover the luxury of Waldorf Astoria in one of two spectacular resorts on South Florida’s Gold Coast. Stay in one of five distinct accommodation styles with an array of activities for all ages and a choice of some of Boca Raton’s most exclusive dining options. Our inspiring environment offers a unique and elegant setting for an unforgettable group event. 

Designed by legendary architect Addison Mizner, Boca Raton Club, A Waldorf Astoria has reigned as an icon of elegance for more than 80 years. Today, the hotel remains faithful to its glamorous past, while radiating a vibrant energy, offering infinite amenities to every type of guest.

Situated on 356-acres in fabled South Florida, this eclectic, private village offers the best of all worlds: an award-winning spa, championship golf and tennis, expansive beach and luxury marina – all just steps from your door.

By booking your room through the official ISASS housing bureau and staying at an official ISASS 2017 Annual Conference Hotel, you are supporting your society and helping your association meet its obligations and control attendee registration costs. Every attendee who books a room outside of ISASS’s room block compromises the association’s obligations to the hotels, prohibits the housing bureau from protecting your room if the hotel sells out, and exposes ISASS to significant financial penalties.

Please support the ISASS Annual Conference by staying at the official conference hotel and booking your room through ISASS. You will be at the epicenter of the conference as you contribute to ISASS’s ability to control registration fees this year and in years to come.

In the event you have any problems with your reservation or accommodations, ISASS can only assist in reconciling those issues if your reservation was booked through the ISASS housing bureau. If you have questions about an unauthorized solicitation, the online reservation system, or about housing in general, please contact ISASS Housing at +1 469 568 0224

Click here to reserve your hotel room for ISASS 2017 in Boca Raton, FL.

Transportation Information

Anyone wishing to make an airport reservation to/from the Boca Raton Resort attending the ISASS conference; contact Boca Raton Transportation at 561-750-7800 or visit their website When calling please mention group name & will attempt to link with other attendees to offer a shared ride rate of $ 40.00 (all inclusive) from FLL or PBI airport.

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International

Distance From Hotel: 24 mi.
Drive Time: 45 min.

Exit the airport, and take I-595 West to I-95 North. Take I-95 North approximately 16 miles to Hillsboro Boulevard East (Exit 42A). Turn right onto Hillsboro Boulevard, and drive approximately 1½ miles to Federal Highway (U.S. 1). Turn left
  Type: Limousine
Typical Minimum Charge: $110.40

Type: Rental Car
Fees vary.

Type: Subway/Rail
Typical Minimum Charge: $4.00

Type: Taxi
Typical Minimum Charge: $65.00

Miami International Airport

Distance From Hotel: 45 mi.
Drive Time: 70 min.

Take the Airport Expressway (112) east approximately 4½ miles to I-95 North. Take I-95 North approximately 37 miles to Hillsboro Boulevard East (Exit 42A). Turn right onto Hillsboro Boulevard, and drive approximately 1¾ miles to Federal Hig
  Type: Limousine
Typical Minimum Charge: $179.40