Domagoj Coric joins ISASS board


Domagoj Coric, a neurological spinal surgeon from Charlotte, USA, has become the newest member of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) Board of Directors.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve on the ISASS Board,” Coric says. “I have dedicated my career to enhancing quality treatment options for spine patients through research and superior clinical care; I am fully dedicated to the ISASS mission of advancing major evolutionary steps in spine surgery.”

Coric has been a member of ISASS since 2007 and was appointed as the ISASS16 Overall Program chair. He also serves as a section editor for the ISASS Journal, International Journal of Spine Surgery, and is on the Board of International Advocates for Spine Patients (IASP). Coric is past president of the Southern Neurosurgical Society and the North Carolina Spine Society, and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), and the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of AANS & CNS, where he serves on the Executive Committee.

After graduating from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Coric completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in neurological surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (both Winston-Salem, USA). Coric currently practices at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates and is the chief of Neurosurgery at Carolinas Medical Center and Spine director at the Carolinas Healthcare System Neuroscience Institute (all Charlotte, USA). His clinical interests include artificial disc replacement, spinal trauma, spine and spinal cord tumours, degenerative diseases of the spine, and adult deformity surgery.

Coric is actively engaged in research to advance the science of spine, having served as the principal investigator on multiple prospective, randomised, controlled, multi-center US Food and Drug (FDA) investigational device exemption trials. He has also authored or co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed research papers and seven book chapters. He has given more than 25 peer-reviewed podium presentations and has been an invited speaker at numerous meetings, assemblies and seminars across the world. 

Current ISASS past president, Gunnar Andersson, says, “Coric brings to the ISASS Board both his considerable clinical acumen and his leadership, honed from his time as president of a regional society,” of Coric’s past post as president of the Southern Neurosurgical Society.


“I am pleased to see Coric join the leadership of our global organisation. He will take the lessons he has learned in the US and apply them to growing ISASS internationally,” says Hee Kit Wong, current ISASS president.