Authors: Sanjay Dhall
From the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
The Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves (DSPN) continues to have robust membership. The March 2015 Spine Summit meeting was a resounding success and achieved its named goal of “One Spine, One World.” Over 450 spine surgeons, fellows, residents, mid-levels, and students attended the 2015 Spine Summit in Phoenix, including a growing number of orthopedic spine surgeons. The Scientific Program Committee is now planning the next annual meeting to be held in Orlando, Florida, at the Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando Hotel on March 16-19, 2016. Mark the date on your calendars now. The 2016 scientific program will again incorporate major neurosurgical and orthopedic spine societies and have luminary, internationally recognized speakers.
In addition to hosting a very successful meeting, our section continues to play a major collaborative role with the Washington Committee and Rapid Response Committee, which has been vital in providing neurosurgeons a voice in the contemporary world of declining reimbursement and increasing regulation.
On the educational front, the DSPN led an effort to update the acute cervical spinal trauma guidelines published in 2013 in Neurosurgery®. And in July 2014, the lumbar fusion guidelines spearheaded by our members were published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. Our section is currently leading an effort to generate the first thoraco- lumbar spine trauma guidelines. These guidelines efforts have shaped practice patterns throughout the nation and even the world, and were recently recognized by the US Congress for their benefit to patient care.
Sadly, we were shocked earlier this year by the sudden loss of Dr. Charles Kuntz IV, a longtime leader in spine surgery and neurosurgery. He was our section’s treasurer and was slated as chair-elect of the DSPN. Beyond this, Charlie was a great colleague, friend, and mentor to many of us. He will be greatly missed. In memory of Charlie, the DSPN has named an annual meeting complications session in his honor and has established a Charles Kuntz fund with the NREF to help educate and involve neurosurgical residents and provide funds to bring them to the section meeting.
The DSPN Executive Committee consists of dedicated volunteers. If you have an interest in spinal and peripheral nerve disorders, then join our team and get involved. Together we will forge the future. We look forward to seeing you at the Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando for our next annual meeting on March 16-19, 2016.