Frank Phillips, MD, became the president of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery at the organization's annual meeting on Feb. 26 to 28 in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Phillips is the director of the section of minimally invasive spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and a past president of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. He is a pioneer in minimally invasive and motion-sparing techniques for spinal procedures.
His research has earned several awards and grants, and he frequently directs educational courses for other surgeons. He also lectures on his techniques and has authored several articles in professional journals.
Dr. Phillips earned his medical degree at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He also underwent a spine fellowship at Case western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland.
Dr. Phillips will serve a one-year term as president of ISASS for 2020-21. The society has more than 3,000 members from 78 countries and publishes the International Journal of Spine Surgery.