Gain insight into biologics and spine innovations at this years’ Summer Spine Meeting


Putting a spotlight on the latest innovations in spinal technologies, this year’s North American Spine Society (NASS) Summer Spine Meeting will take place in San Diego, USA, from 27–29 July. The meeting—which is chaired by Clinton Devin (Nashville, USA) and Jason Savage (Cleveland, USA)—aims to evaluate the pros and cons of cutting-edge therapies through expert open forum debates and in-depth technical workshops.

This year’s meeting—which will provide up to 12.25 American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits—offers symposia, giving delegates the opportunity to discuss, debate and learn from the experts about updates in the fields of lumbar stenosis, spinal deformity, cervical radiculopathy, cervical myelopathy and the workup of mimicking pathology.

Fostering international collaboration and cooperation, the Korean Spinal Neurosurgery Society will also host a lunchtime symposium on minimally invasive surgery and  lumbar foraminal stenosis management.

With a strong focus on improving and introducing spinal techniques, delegates will have the opportunity to learn about the latest techniques in cervical spine, osteotomies for correction of sagittal plane, deformity and placement of pelvic fixation and about conservative treatment modalities of the sacroiliac joint. Delegates can also get hands-on with established and emerging spinal technologies at the meetings’ technical exhibition.

For spine care providers who are unable to travel to San Diego, the meeting will be available on-demand for remote viewing. Virtual registration will provide access to all educational sessions in the meeting, including debates, presentations and symposia.

This year’s meeting is preceded by a non-CME course (7:30am – 3:45pm Wednesday 26 July) on biologic interventions in spine, chaired by Wellington Hsu (Chicago, USA). Biologics may provide powerful options for the treatment of painful spinal conditions, but the risks and benefits associated with their use are not well-defined. This expert session aims to assess the research and regulation surrounding various biologics and their indications. Covering everything from synthetics to growth factors to allograft, this comprehensive course will take delegates through this dynamic and growing field, from the current state of the art, to what the future may hold.

With education taking place in the morning, attendees will have the chance to explore sunny San Diego in the afternoons. World-renowned for its beaches, museums and architecture, San Diego is also known as the capital of America’s local craft brewing culture. SpinePAC donors and guests are invited to the President’s Baseball and Brewery Tour Outing. Attendees will get the chance to watch a San Diego vs New York Mets game from an exclusive box suite—complete with food and drinks—as well as sample famous and undiscovered local craft beers. Offering a unique taste of San Diego, this event is not to be missed.