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The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery

April 12-14, 2017 • Boca Raton, FL USA

Announcing Presidential Guest Speakers

Professor Kandiah Satkunanatham and Robin R. Young

ISASS is pleased to announce the guest speakers for ISASS17: Professor Kandiah Satkunanatham - speaking on the topic "Regulating Medical Devices in Asia" and Robin R. Young, returning by popular demand to update attendees on the state of the spine industry.

About Professor Kandiah Satkunanatham

ISASS17 Guest Speaker Professor Kandiah Satkunanatham

Regulating Medical Devices in Asia

How do you know that the implant you are using is going to work, or that it will not cause your patient harm, and you a hefty lawsuit? Have you ever thought of the elaborate screening that is carried out before a medical device is allowed to even reach the hospital?

Globalization has had a life of its own, as regards medical devices, from manufacturing, to sales, training and education of surgeons, and now medical tourism. Two decades ago a group of four countries and the EU got together to bring about convergence of their regulatory practices for medical devices. Fortunately, they also thought to make their documents available globally, to the benefit of many countries, including some in Asia.

Professor K Satku is a practicing orthopaedic surgeon in Singapore, a small country known for having one of the best healthcare systems in the world. He was previously Director of Medical Services of Singapore (similar to the U.S. Surgeon General) and currently chairs the country’s Health Sciences Authority, which is a parallel organization of the US FDA in Singapore.

He is convinced that globalization has made medicine safer, not only for less developed countries, but, with medical tourism reaching unprecedented proportions, people from the UK, EU and US.

Prof Satku will discuss how Asian countries are adapting to establish regulatory schemes that will ensure safety and performance of medical devices, as well as the responsibilities of all parties involved – from the manufacturer and the vendor, to the physician, the public, and the State.

About Robin R. Young

ISASS17 Guest Speaker Robin R. Young

Mr. Young is the publisher of Orthopedics This Week, one of the most widely read publications among spine healthcare and industry professionals. He is also the founder of PearlDiver, a mega database of diagnoses, procedure and reimbursement codes for academic and market research professionals. Mr. Young is considered to be one of the world’s leading medical technology analysts having authored several books on the subject and more than a thousand research reports on new technologies. He speaks at numerous surgeon and scientific meetings each year. Before leaving Wall Street, he was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the 3 top medical technology analysts in the United States. Mr. Young is also the founder and organizer of the annual New York Stem Cell Summit and in 2013 was invited to speak at the Vatican in Rome regarding the evolving use of therapeutic stem cells in medicine.

ISASS17 Conference Information

We invite you to take a look at the comprehensive ISASS17 program developed by and for spine surgeons:

Conference Schedule →
Scientific Program →
Program Committee →
CME Information (Up to 28 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™) →
Exhibitor Prospectus →

Join the world's leaders in spine at the premier spine surgeon focused annual conference. Further information on registration and housing is now available at the registration site:

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ISASS17 - 5K Fun Run to Benefit IASP

For International Advocates for Spine Patients

ISASS17 5K Fun Run to Benefit IASP

Whether you are a seasoned runner, just a beginner or enjoy walking, don't miss out on this unique opportunity to raise funds for IASP during ISASS17! IASP - International Advocates for Spine Patients – is ISASS' sister organization and patient advocacy arm that partners physicians, patients and the medical industry to advocate for high quality, widely accessible and cost effective spine care for patients around the world. IASP is a donation funded organization, without your financial support we can not help the patients looking to IASP for guidance and assistance.

Date: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 6:45 am to 7:45 am
Place: The Mizner Center, Boca Raton, Florida
Participant Registration Fee: $35.00
Course Map →

Let your friends, family, colleagues and patients know they can support your efforts to raise funds for spine patient advocacy by sponsoring your run. We've made sponsorship easy! Simply provide individuals wishing to sponsor you with the following link:


Use on the "Donate to IASP" button at the bottom of the page. All donations will go directly to IASP. Be sure your supporters mention your name on the form before submitting their donation. The 5K participant raising the most funds will be awarded free registration to ISASS18 ($1,000 value).

IASP will be posting photos during the event to our Facebook page using the hashtag #IASPDontTurnBack. Tell your supporters to "like" the IASP Facebook page (IASP - International Advocates for Spine Patients) to catch a glimpse of you in action!

Thanks to our 5K Fun Run Sponsors:

GOLD - Cardan Robotics, LLC
BRONZE - Spinal Kinetics and Innovasis

Register or Donate Today →

The IASP Mission

IASP is an international organization partnering physicians, patients and the medical industry; we are charging ahead in our mission to advocate for high quality, widely accessible and cost effective spine care for patients around the world. IASP helps spine patients that have been denied coverage of a procedure or treatment their physician or spine surgeon deemed medically necessary. We can't turn our backs now. In order to continue our research, education and advocacy efforts, we need your support! Run with us and Don't Turn Back!

Register or Donate to the IASP 5K Fun Run

IASP is a 501(c)(6) approved tax-exempt non-profit by the Internal Revenue Service. Donations to this non-profit are NOT tax deductible.

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ISASS17 Program Committee

Hee Kit Wong, MD, Singapore – ISASS President
Kern Singh, MD, USA - Overall Program Chair
Ali Araghi, DO, USA and Finn Bjarke Christensen, MD, PhD, Denmark - Clinical Program Co-Chairs
Alpesh Patel, MD, FACS, USA and Ashish Diwan, FRACS, PhD (UNSW), Australia - Basic Science Program Co-Chairs
Greg Anderson, MD, USA and Y. Raja Rampersaud, MD, Canada - MIS Program Co-Chairs
Mark Kurd, MD, USA and Seok-Woo Kim, MD, PhD, South Korea - Poster Co-Chairs
Rolando Garcia, MD, USA and Sheeraz Qureshi, MD, USA - Lab Co-Chairs

Thank you to our sponsors:

GOLD - Medtronic
SILVER - Globus
SILVER - Nuvasive

Questions? Please contact Heather Howard at heather@isass.org for more information.
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