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The Spine Movement
In This Issue
Welcome to New Orleans!
Letter from Incoming President
Overall Program
Program Highlights
Follow Us!
Thank You!
The SAS would like to thank and acknowledge our 2010 Partners:

Diamond Level:
Synthes Spine

Gold Level:

Silver Level:
Interventional Spine
Paradigm Spine
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2009 – 2010
Board of Directors

Chun-Kun Park, MD, PhD, Korea

Thomas Errico, MD, USA
Incoming President

Steven Garfin, MD, USA

Jean-Charles LeHuec, MD, PhD, France

Luiz Pimenta, MD, Brazil

Gunnar B. J. Andersson, MD, PhD, USA

Karin Büttner-Janz, MD, PhD, Germany
Immediate Past President

Overall SAS10 Program Co-Chairs

Todd Albert, MD
Rothman Institute

Jeff Goldstein, MD
NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases

Clinical Program Chair
Jeff Fischgrund, MD
Michigan Orthopaedic Institute
Basic Science: Biomechanics Program Chair
Antonio Valdevit, MSc
The Stevens Institute of Technology
Basic Science: Biologics Program Chair
Jeff C. Wang, MD
UCLA School of Medicine, UCLA Spine Center
MIS Chair
James Schwender, MD
Twin Cities Spine Center
Poster Chair

Avinash Patwardhan, PhD
Loyola University Medical Center

SAS Staff
Kristy Radcliffe-Executive Director

Heather Howard-Director of Operations

Melanie Mitchell-Director of Meetings

Twila Hughes-Administrative Services

Michele Boylstein-Membership/Member Services Manager

Debra Bachman-Zabloudil-
Education Director

Jennifer Joseph-Education Manager

Jonny Dover-
Managing Editor, SASJournal

David Porter-
Director of Public Affairs

Lori Wine-
Travel Consultant


Spring 2010
SAS10:  April 27-30, 2010
SAS10 LogoThe Society's Annual Conference is the largest multi-professional spine industry event of the year, drawing nearly 2,000 surgeons, scientists, developers and practioners from around the world.

The diverse lineup of educational sessions presented at the Symposium reflects up-to-date and evidence-based information and encompasses a variety of abstract topics that can be tailored to the specific needs of each member. In case you have not already reviewed all this year's scientific program has to offer, we have included all the information you need to know in this Spring edition of the Spine Movement.  Enjoy--and we'll see you soon in New Orleans!

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Welcome to New Orleans!
New Orleans welcomes one and all with genuine heart and flair that uniquely defines Southern Hospitality! This city's multifaceted personality blends into an offbeat harmony that defines the city's unmistakable charm. New Orleans is bawdy and sophisticated, historic and contemporary, relaxing and energizing, educational and recreational, rustic and refined - an atmosphere unmatched by any other city.

With this back drop, a record attendance at SAS 2010 is eagerly anticipated. This year, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will be the location for the 2010 Global Symposium on Motion Preservation Technology. The center is located near the river in the down town area and within walking distance to many hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

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Letter from Incoming President Tom Errico, MD
The New Orleans Convention Center space is ideal for the upcoming SAS Global Symposiumon Motion Preservation Technology. The program has been finalized, all speakers have accepted our invitation. The Reviewing Committee made a committed effort to review the papers fairly and without bias. The Program Chairs have added innovative sessions to keep the ongoing goal of the SAS to advance spine surgery. 

I would like to thank the SAS10 Program Chairs :
Overall Program Co-Chairs: Todd Albert, MD Rothman Institute and Jeffrey Goldstein, MDNYU Hospital for Joint Diseases

Clinical Program Chair: Jeff Fischgrund, MD Michigan Orthopaedic Institute

Basic Science: Biomechanics Program Chair: Antonio Valdevit, MSc,

Basic Science: Biologics Program Chair: Jeff C. Wang, MD, UCLA School of Medicine, UCLA Spine Center

MIS Chair: James Schwender, MD Twin Cities Spine Center

Poster Chair: Avinash Patwardhan, PhD Loyola University Medical Center

The SAS is about innovative spinal technology from Cervical to Sacral, minimally invasive to maximally invasive, degenerative to deformity. We are efficiently about surgery without any other distractions. We BELIEVE learning new technology and correctly interpreting its true effectiveness is the responsibility of surgeons in an effort to better their treatments to patients. Our goal is to better arm you with insights in how best to accomplish this.

I look forward to seeing you in the beautiful city of New Orleans.

Overall Program 

We have again created a very rich program in both depth and breadth of material including cervical and lumbar disc arthroplasty, posterior motion preservation, and minimally invasive techniques. Additionally, we have broadened the program to further represent the expanded mission of the SAS to encompass the expanding field of spine surgical techniques and be a strong voice for the spine surgical community. Through symposia, debate format and free papers, the attendees will come away with increased knowledge of the latest techniques, what's on the horizon, what works and what are the pitfalls of some of these new technologies.  To see an overview of the meeting schedule, click here

The Program Committee has worked diligently to deliver the best educational content in the most efficient manner to you with this fun and exciting program. Our guest speakers are as good as any program we have seen in the last five years. We look forward to seeing all of you in New Orleans and for your participation in this program. Laissez les bons temps rouler ("let the good times roll").

Thank you to all the Program Committee, abstract reviewers, the board and staff at the SAS.

Todd J. Albert, M.D. and Jeffrey A. Goldstein, M.D.
Overall Program Co-Chairs
Program Highlights

The 10th annual meeting will present the newest technologies in biomechanical and clinical devices while integrating the most recent advances in the biology and basic science of spinal disorders. This is becoming increasingly relevant as the biologic and basic science eras become more pertinent, interesting, and applicable to the treatment of spinal pathologies. SAS10 will have a focus on not only the newest advances in these rapidly progressive areas, but also the clinical integration of biologic advances into novel treatments and examination of effects on surgical outcomes. The clinical updates on the lateral approach to lumbar spine will incite some new discussion.  Some of this year's program highlights:

Tuesday, April 27th:  The opening symposium pre-course, "Around the World Experience with Cervical and Lumbar Total Disc Replacement" will be moderated by Scott Blumenthal and has an international faculty discussing the 20 year clinical research on disc replacements.  Also of note, several of the minimally invasive studies will look at recent anatomical approaches that allow us to perform treatments in a safer manner.  Also on that day:

Advocacy Lunch - Tuesday, April 27th, from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: "Important Advocacy Partners for Motion-Preserving Technologies." Achieving proper coverage and reimbursement for newer motion-preserving spine technologies requires more than just a surgeon's good intentions and a patient's need and desire. This panel will present the perspectives of Gordon Donald, MD, board member of the Spine Council, and Richard Longland, CEO and founder of the Arthroplasty Patient Foundation, and will provide participants with a greater understanding of some of the advocacy tools available to surgeons and their patients.

Thursday, April 29th: 
Presidential Guest Speakers:  Dr. Uwe Reinhardt, a respected writer and speaker will share his view on the "Economics of Health Care" and Governor Michael Leavitt will discuss "What it takes to Build a Better Health Care System".  They both will share their views on how the public and private sectors should join together to solve the health care crisis.  Come prepared to ask questions. Click here to read their complete bios. 

During the Spinal Biologics and Annular Repair session, we will see early results of selected studies using some of the newest annular sealants, the use of mesenchymal stem cells for intervertebral disc repair and effects of the current treatments on the actual biology of the cells within the discs. Additionally, late in the afternoon on Thursday there will be sessions looking at the latest diagnostic MRI studies that help us diagnose painful and nonpainful intervertebral discs, including: examination of novel biological markers of disc degeneration and the biomechanics of the newest implants. These sessions will give us insight into potential problems or issues concerning recent clinical technologies.

Friday, April 30th:
  This day will feature the biomechanics portion of SAS10 featuring a lightning round covering both Lumbar and Cervical Total Disc Replacement.  Click here for additional details.