ISASS names Belgian spine surgeon 2018-19 president: 5 key notes


The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery named Marek Szpalski, MD, 2018-19 president at its annual meeting last week. 


Here are five things to know.

1. Dr. Szpalski is chairman of the department of orthopedic trauma surgery at Brussels, Belgium-based IRIS South Teaching Hospitals. He also serves as associate professor at Free University of Brussels and an adjunct associate professor of orthopedics at New York City-based New York University.

2. He is an ISASS board member and a past president of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine.

3. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Szpalski is deputy editor of European Spine Journal and is on the editorial board of other scientific journals.

4. Dr. Szpalski succeeds Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, as president of the organization.

5. The 2018-19 board of directors also includes Jack Zigler, MD, as treasurer as well as Frank Phillips, MD, Domagoj Coric, MD, and Massimo Balsano, MD.

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