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The Spine Movement
News from The SAS (SAS)
Fall 2008- Vol 1, Issue 2
In This Issue
London Is Calling
Surgical Techniques
SAS Middle East
SAS Partners with Magnifi Group
ACCME Accreditation
SAS Journal
SAS Journal--Call For Papers

Call For Papers

If you have not done so already, we encourage you to submit papers for review for SAS9-the more papers we receive the better the final program will be.   Papers are being accepted in the following categories:
  • Cervical TDR
  • Lumbar TDR
  • Complications
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Facet Replacement and Interspinous Spacer
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Nucleus Replacement
  • Annular Repair
  • Posterior Dynamic Stabilization
  • Spinal Biologics
  • Spinal Diagnostics
Deadline for submissions is October 22, 2008.  Please visit our website for additional information.

London Is Calling
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Just about every London travel guide will tell you that there is nowhere else on earth quite like it. With so many unique activities and incredible sights, it is the quintessential international metropolis - a world city by all accounts. The world comes to London and it greets its guests with grand hotels and exquisite restaurants fit for a queen. What happens here affects every corner of the world. A global center of commerce, retail, finance, entertainment, fashion, transit and trends, London can very often feel like the capital of the world.

It is only fitting that SAS 2009 take place in such a setting for everything we discuss is certain to have worldwide ramifications.  The scientific program, with its international cast, will include high quality clinical and basic science abstracts selected based on their scientific rigor and relevance to the spine surgery community. In addition to quality presentations dealing with motion preservation, we will now have robust sessions on minimally invasive spinal surgery and biologics, both of which will likely be important in treating spinal disease while preserving function in the future. The program will contain symposia designed to highlight existing information in the field as well as to openly discuss and debate complications and short-comings of current surgical treatments of the spine. In addition, the live surgery course will highlight surgical techniques of interest to the meeting participants presented by experts in the field.

Visit our website for additional information or to register.  See you in London!

Surgical Techniques:  Tips and Pearls session
The SAS will once again be offering our widely popular and innovative 'Live' Surgery Program in conjunction with our Annual Conference in London. This highly-rated program will be held on Tuesday, April 28th, immediately prior to the SAS9 opening session. We will highlight innovative surgical techniques and procedures performed by world-renowned experts via taped live surgeries. These procedures will be moderated by and analyzed by panels of experts in the field
SAS Middle East

We are in a very progressive time for the SAS, a period of growth that includes the recent development of the Middle East Chapter of the SAS.  This is a great step forward for the society and for the industry.   The new chapter and its president, Prof. Mohamed Maziad, MD, PhD, FRCS, FAAMISS, are working on plans to promote SAS in the Middle East as well as actively participate in SAS 2009 in London.  Please keep watching the SAS website for more news on this exciting development!
SAS Partners With Magnifi Group

Magnifi Group, Inc., considered by many industry observers to be one of the
most innovative educational and marketing-driven technology companies within the medical device industry,  announced today a joint venture with SAS whereby Magnifi Group's Interactive Educational Program (IEP) will be  made available to SAS' US membership base - about 700 members.  The IEP, also under contract by 35 leading US spine centers, launches August 1st 2008 to coincide with the US  Spine Fellowship year. The 600-page IEP includes an online notebook where users can create notes, and post  surgical videos, images and animations. Additional features include a Users' Forum, Job Board, Calendar of Events
and an Animation/Image Library. The IEP will also be CME-certified by the fourth quarter of 2008.  Stephen H. Hochschuler, MD, past president and founding member of SAS, said Magnifi Group's IEP  represents a technological breakthrough for the spine industry. "In many respects, online education has been available for years, but the IEP leapfrogs current industry standards by offering the first didactic interactive educational program authored by some of the field's most noted and respected spine surgeons," Hochschuler said. Thanks to some great PR efforts which included contacting key media contacts, the partnership has received at least one in-depth feature story that was recently published in Orthopedics This Week.   Click here to view entire announcement. 

ACCME Accreditation

The SAS is currently going through the accreditation process with ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education).  Because of that, and in order for us to get the best possible feedback on the conference experience, all physicians requiring CME credits for the London conference will be asked to evaluate and participate in meeting feedback through the use of hand held devices.  Check out our website for more enhancement updates for the 9th Annual Symposium, to be held April 28 - May 1, 2009.  Plans for full ACCME accreditation hope to be in place by Spring 2010.
SAS Journal
The SAS Journal launched its newly designed website ( with many new features including search functionality, HTML versions of articles (you no longer need to download PDFs to read material), a calendar, and spine news feed. All SAS members were sent new login credentials and the site now includes password assistance that allows users to reset their passwords and receive automated assistance when a password is lost. If you need any assistance using the new site or have any feedback or suggestions, please contact the Journal's assistant editor Jonny Dover at
SAS Journal Call for Papers
We would like your help in growing the SAS Journal.  Please encourage submissions to the Journal from your institution's Residents, Fellows, and Attendings.  Our Journal needs to show manuscript activity so it can ultimately be listed as a citable resource.  We need to see an increased volume of reviewed manuscripts as we move forward.  This will only happen with your help.

The SASJ publication cycle is significantly shorter than traditional journals, and the more focused readership presents a better target audience for cutting-edge technology.  It is an excellent opportunity for your young investigators to gain experience in writing and publishing.  Their submissions will be blind peer-reviewed, and constructive comments will help them develop literary skills.

Author instructions and online manuscript submission information may be found at  If you have any questions, you may contact any of us or managing editor Christine Oots at or 501-771-2576.

Please make a positive effort to speak to your medical and research staffs.  Consider this your journal, and help it mature and thrive. Thanks for your support.

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