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A Message from Richard Assaker, MD

ISASS12 MIS Program Chair

Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends,

In my role of MIS program chair I look forward to meeting you at the Barcelona 12th ISASS meeting from 20 to 23rd of March.

For the last decade MIS surgery has expanded to become a part of our standard practice. Naturally, these recent adopted technologies still require evidence supporting their reliability, efficiency and safety. Let's all take this unique opportunity that ISASS offers to us, to debate, discuss and share our knowledge.

Out of more than a hundred submitted abstracts we selected the most relevant ones in order to list all the aspects of MIS. Accesses and related techniques will be discussed. Three sessions including 36 presentations for a duration of 5 hours are specifically dedicated to MIS. The pros and cons of MIS compared to conventional techniques will be highlighted.

Hope I have raised your interest in attending the MIS sessions and looking forward to meeting you in charming Barcelona and sharing with you interesting and fun moments.

Richard Assaker, MD
MIS Program Chair


ISASS12: Cadaver Lab Positions Filling Up Fast

The ISASS12 Course and Cadaver Lab is being held on March 22-23, 2012 at ISASS12 in Barcelona. Lab positions are quickly being filled.Reserve your lab postion now!

ISASS12 Program Highlights from the Committee Chairs

Program highlights from the ISASS12 Program Committee chairs and ISASS President Jean-Charles LeHuec:

Jean-Charles LeHuec, MD, PhD >
James Yue, MD and Carlos Villanueva, MD, PhD >
Lisa Ferrara, PhD and Leonard Voronov, MD, PhD >
Robert Gunzburg, MD, PhD >

Conference Information

Scientific Program >
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ISASS12 Cadaver Lab

The ISASS12 Course and Cadaver Lab is being held on March 22-23, 2012 at ISASS12 in Barcelona. Reserve your lab postion now.Lab positions are quickly being reserved.

The Course and Cadaver Lab will provide instruction and hands-on training to young surgeons with the best spine specialists in the world. The course opens with lectures on Thursday, March 22, 2012, starting with a welcome from course chairs Jean-Charles LeHuec, MD, PhD and James Yue, MD. Lecture topics include (proposed faculty):

  • Anterior Access with Gary Fantini, MD
  • Revision Anterior Access with Salvador Brau, MD
  • Lateral Approach to Spine with Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhD
  • MISS Approaches with Choll Kim, MD
  • Endoscopic Entry Site Approaches with Anthony Yeung, MD, and
  • Closes with a Q&A Session

The ISASS12 Cadaver Lab is being held on Friday, March 23, 2012 and will provide hands-on training in (proposed faculty):

  • XLIF with Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhD, Rudolf Bertagnoli, MD, Choll Kim, MD, James Yue, MD and Larry Khoo, MD
  • MISS TLIF with Choll Kim, MD, Richard Kube, MD, and Larry Khoo, MD
  • ALIF with Salvador Brau, MD, Rudolf Bertagnoli, MD, James Yue, MD and Gary Fantini, MD
  • Gelstix Percutaneous Disc Augmentation with Anthony Yeung, MD, Rudolf Morgenstern, MD, PhD, Rudolf Bertagnoli, MD and James Yue, MD

Breakfast, lunch and transportation to and from the lab are included. To learn more about the ISASS12 Cadaver Lab and register to reserve your position, visit:

ISASS12 Cadaver Lab Agenda >

ISASS12 Cadaver Lab Registration >

The ISASS12 Cadaver Lab is being offered in conjunction with the ISASS12 conference being held in Barcelona, Spain from March 20-23, 2012. See the ISASS12 registration site to register for the conference.


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