The Global Spine Congress

Only a few days to go until the Global Spine Congress (GSC)!


This year's edition of the GSC, which will be staged from May 3–6, 2017 in Milan, Italy, will once again feature an exceptional scientific program, with parallel sessions covering more than 25 topics.  The event is awaiting more than 1500 participants from over 80 countries with a scientific program that includes precourses, symposia, guest society symposia, as well as peer-reviewed paper sessions presented as either oral or ePoster presentations. Additionally there will be AOSpine Members-only sessions on various topics. This year, a record number of abstracts (1,048) were submitted.

All accepted abstracts will be published in Global Spine Journal online publication, available as of 25th of April, 2017.


















Don’t miss out on a revolutionary GSC industry session being held for the first time at this congress! For more details about this  Cadaver Lab session and other industry symposia please visit GSC website


The numbers for AOSpine's 2017 flagship event are impressive:


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  • Number of Members-Only Sessions:
  • Number of Guest societiey symposia:
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Download the GSC App

Download your AOSpine GSC mobile application, which will provide the following information:


  • Program
  • Abstracts publication
  • Real time updating on scientific sessions
  • Exhibitors
  • Congress venue maps


Just activate bluetooth and allow push notifications to receive congress news! The AOSpine GSC mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. For any other devices the web App is available at


The Global Spine Congress 2017 has been accredited by the EACCME®

with 17 CME credits.


Come visit the AOSpine booth in the exhibition area, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @AOSpine #gscmilan2017 to get updates about the event, and to interact with our worldwide online community!


View the final program of the GSC


Discounts apply for AOSpine Members, medical or research students, residents, fellows, and attendees from low-income countries. The congress is open to all surgeons, spine practitioners, allied health care professionals, and researchers.


AOSpine looks forward to welcoming you to Milan!











AOSpine Past Fellows are gathering at Global Spine Congress 2017

This year for the first time ever AOSpine is holding various activities for our elite Past Fellows. Throughout the congress Past Fellows are invited to join their colleagues at the 'Fellowship Corner' in the AOSpine booth to meet and network with their peers. Special e poster monitors will be on site to allow all Past Fellows who had their abstracts accepted at the GSC to showcase their work and discuss with their contemporary's.


Also on Friday 5th May we have two 'Past Fellows Only' sessions in room Yellow 2:


10:30am – 11:30am - 'Past Fellows Research Session'. This is a networking session providing a platform for researchers to share their current projects and proposals, encouraging further development and collaboration. Past Fellows will be presenting their research papers looking for collaborators and guidance from you! You can also learn how to get more involved with AOSpine Research and ask questions directly to the current AOSpine Europe Research Officer.


11:30am – 12:30pm - 'Past Chairpersons of AOSpine: Encouraging Leaders'. Join Max Aebi, Jeff Wang, John Webb and Luiz Vialle for an intimate session on leadership. How do you become a leader? What are the benefits of mentorship? How can you progress through an organisation such as AOSpine? Come along and earn from the best!


Following these sessions at 7pm until 8pm in 'Reception Room 3' we have the Past Fellows Reception where we will be launching the new Past Fellows Alumni Association. This group is still in its infancy and we encourage all Past Fellows to join the social event to ensure the success of this venture. This association is being created for all Past Fellows to join and we are looking for people to guide the strategy and help create a global network of Past Fellows.



AOSpine Member Representative – Presentation of shortlisted applicants


Your vote counts!

The official application process for the position of the Member Representative ended on 12th of February 2017. All applications were validated by the Nomination Committee Jeff Wang ( Past Chairperson), Klaus Schnake (Chairperson Community Development) and CC Wong, (Regional Chairperson Asia Pacific). All AOSpine Voting Members are eligible to elect the new AOSpine Member Representative.


Please find below the list of the shortlisted Member Representative Candidates:




Dechun Wang

When I got my MD degree in Shanghai Medical University in 1990s, I learned the AO principle and the technique of fracture fixation. More than twenty years passed, the philosophy of lifelong vocational education influence my career all the time whether abroad or at home.

At first I was an orthopaedic surgeon, and I grew into a spine surgeon in 2005.  I became a Prof. in 2007 and almost three hundred cases of spine surgery were done each year. I am mainly focus on minimally invasive spine surgery and spine deformity correction. I was appointed the head of Qingdao Spine Center in 2016. I have attended several academic activities since I became a AOSpine member in 2011.

I am passionate about the work as Member Representative and commit myself to the AOSpine development. Service philosophy will always be carried out in my activity.



and Curriculum Vitae




Ehab Shiban

I truly believe that with the help of the AOSpine great improvements in spine care are possible. Many of us are trying very hard to balance having a family and developing a great carrier. Using the AOSpine network many of us can work together to produce collaborations in many different fields of spine care: degenerative, trauma, infection and tumor.  Thereby we can explore regional differences in decision-making, surgical preference, surgical outcome and postoperative patient care. Because of my Arabic heritage and my training in Germany, I think that I will be able to understand and better communicate the different requests of all AOSpine members.  I can promise every member that I will answer their requests on the same day and try my best to advocate for their request on the international board.



and Curriculum Vitae




Fernando Techy

My name is Fernando Techy, MD. I am an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon at the University of Colorado Health System in Fort Collins, CO. I was previously a professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Illinois in Chicago. I have been very involved with AOSpine all my academic life. Medical School, Residency and fellowship were all completed at AO institutions. I am currently faculty for AOSpine North America and Chairman and member at many society committees (AAOS, SRS, NASS), most related to international advancement of spine surgery and education. I am also very interested and active in research.



and Curriculum Vitae




Jamlick Micheni Muthuuri

There are doctors who spend their entire lives caring for others; preventing disease and fighting disease when it scourges others. Yet Africa has found it hard to fulfill the eight Millennium Development Goals which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS all by the target date of 2015. Despite the world galvanizing unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest, none of these goals have been achieved. Apart from a few countries in Africa, specialized health care remains a pipe dream. A lot of work needs to be done and resources sought not only to train specialists but also to facilitate them with the tools necessary for safe delivery of these services. Finally as an individual, I have benefited from the kindness of others, the AO Foundation and now the AOSpine group.



and Curriculum Vitae




Massimo Balsano

It would be an honor to serve within the AOSIB as a member representative. I’m a member of AOSpine since 2006 and my commitment with AOSpine world is  very strong and effective. I’m very motivated to be elected because my commitment will be complete and effective. I love AO Spirit; I’m an experienced surgeon, recognized in the world spine community and I know the needs of the international spine surgeons. I’m a good listener and communicator who effectively conveys information; furthermore my strengths include multicultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a diverse workforce. I’m an expert relationship-builder with excellent interpersonal skills. I’m a goal-driven leader who maintains a productive climate and confidently motivates, and coaches the AOSpine members to link their requirements within the AOSIB to obtain high performance standards.



and Curriculum Vitae




Radchenko Volodymyr

My activity in the spine surgery area began since 1994 year. From 1998 I am national representative, European secretary, vice-president, president elect, president of ISMISS (International Society of Minimal Intervention in Spinal Surgery) 2014–2017. Education program AOTrauma working in Ukraine successfully.

I have been take part in the first group of organization on this way.  In this year my term expire. I will be have time and possibility of development AOSpine principles in different countries . I want continuing of my  international activity. I am present for AOSpine my experience and desire working in the board.



and Curriculum Vitae




All candidates have been asked to make a short presentation on their motivations and goals for the position during the election part at the Election Session of the Member Assembly on Friday May 5th, 2017 from 7.00–08.00am at the Global Spine Congress.


The Member Representative will serve for two years: One year with member elect status (guest without voting rights), and one year as a full member of the AOSIB with voting rights. All candidates have already demonstrated their commitment to AOSpine and have been continuous members of the organization for a minimum of 4 years. They are passionate about developing AOSpine and willing to devote a significant amount of time and travel to this function without fiscal reimbursement. To view the Member Representative responsibilities & required experience, click here.


Your vote counts!

Elect the AOSpine Member Representative at the Election Session on Friday May 5th, 2017 from 7.00–08.00am at the Global Spine Congress


Election process

This unique leadership position will be democratically elected by all voting members of AOSpine who attend the Members Assembly at the Global Spine Congress in Milan. All (present) voting members will have one vote, to be cast anonymously via e-Voting system. All AOSpine members who have been members for at least 3 consecutive years qualify for being Voting Members. The winning candidate will need to get the majority of the votes. If none of the candidates reaches the necessary majority in the first round, a second round will be run. Depending on the numbers of candidates several rounds (up to max 4 rounds) can take place.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Member Assemblies

We would like to cordially invite all AOSpine Members to attend the following assemblies:


Member Assembly

The AOSpine International Board cordially invites you to join the Member Assembly

Date: May 4, 2017

Time: 07:30 to 08:00


Member Representative Election (for voting members only*)

Date: May 5, 2017

Time: 7.00am to 8.00am

Main agenda point: Elect the Member Representative of AOSpine

Join us—Your vote counts!


* All AOSpine members who have been members for at least 3 consecutive years and who have attended one Global Spine Congress in the last 5 years are considered voting members.


We look forward to seeing you there!

AOSpine Members-only sessions at the Global Spine Congress

Benefit from exclusive AOSpine member privilege and attend one or more of the following sessions. Please note that places are very limited and on a first come, first served basis only. No registration possible. We look forward to seeing you there.


8 in 8: 8 Pearls of Practice From my Region

Moderator: Klaus Schnake

Speakers: Lali Sekhon, Jaime Segura, Zdenek Klezl, Yong Hai, Youssry El Hawary

Thursday 4th May, 09.15–10.00

Come and learn about the pearls of running an effective practice, best strategies to improve patient satisfaction, efficiency in the office and OR from the Community Development leaders of the various AOSpine regions.


AOSpine research and how to get involved

Moderators: S Rajasekaran, Bryan Ashman

Speakers: S. Rajasekaran, Asdrubal Falavigna, Dino Samarazis, Mike Grevitt

Thursday 4th May, 10:30–12:00

Session run by AOSpine Key opinion leaders about AOSpine Research 'The Way forward', Clinical Research for AOSpine Members, Bench to Bed-side Research, Globalization of Research in AOSpine and Integrating Research & Education in AOSpine


How to Write and Review a Paper

Speakers: Jeff Wang, Jens Chapman, Karsten Wiechert

Thursday 4th May, 15:30–17:00

Global Spine Journal Editors-in-Chief discuss tips and techniques on how to write, research, and review scientific papers.


Global teachers - how to teach in different cultures

Moderator: Bryan Ashman

Speakers: Mohammad El Sharkawi, Chung Chek Wong, Emre Acaroglu, Juan Emmerich

Friday 5th May, 09:00–10:00

Join us for a special faculty development session looking specifically at teaching and cultural boundaries.


AOSpine Past Fellows Research Session

Moderator: Sh. Rajasekaran

Speakers: Past Fellows

Friday 5th May, 10:30–11:30

Networking session providing a platform for researchers to share their current projects and proposals, encouraging further development and collaboration.


Past Chairpersons of AOSpine: Encouraging Leaders

Moderators: Luiz Vialle, Jeffrey Wang

Speakers: John Webb, Max Aebi, Luiz Vialle, Jeffrey Wang

Friday 5th May, 11:30–12:30


Learn from the leaders of the AOSpine organization: Join this session run by Past Chairpersons of AOSpine discussing how to become a leader, What the benefits of mentorship are, how to progress through an organization such as AOSpine and much more!


Prevention and patient-led care in the New Health Economy

Speaker: Dominik Hotz

Friday 5th May, 16:00–16:45

How can we enable a world in which prevention is at forefront of care and where patients are empowered to 'own their health' and where treatment pathways are customized to individual needs. A new strategic approach is required.


AOSpine Subaxial Classification System - Training and testing

Speakers: Cumhur Oner, Greg Schroeder

Saturday 6th May, 09:00–10:00

Get to know the subaxial classification: the Chairperson of the Knowledge Forum Trauma will answer all questions you may have about this classification. Get the chance to practice and receive direct feedback from different cases.


AOSpine Sacral Classification System - Training and testing

Speakers: Cumhur Oner, Greg Schroeder , Carlo Bellabarba

Saturday 6th May, 10:30–11:30

A group of experts from AOSpine and AOTrauma gathered together to agree on this final version of the sacral classification. Come and join this session to learn the latest changes and take the opportunity to evaluate cases and get your questions answered.