Mohamed Abdel-Wanis wins German Ochoa Traveling Fellowship

The AOSpine Education Commission is pleased to announce this year’s winner of the German Ochoa Traveling Fellowship as Mohamed Abdel-Wanis from Sohag University in Egypt.

Mohamed currently sits on the AOSpine Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Board as Community Development Officer and has previously been Chair of the Egyptian Council. During his Chairmanship Mohamed and his council organized 18 AOSpine educational events in Egypt.


He has also been awarded: “Best Young Faculty in Middle East” during the AOSpine Davos Courses in 2008 and was named “Regional Educator of the Year” in 2016. In May 2018 Mohamed joined the AOSpine Ambassadors group.


With his award Mohamed plans to visit the Sen Sok IU Hospital in Cambodia in order to:


  1. Encourage local spine surgeons to become AOSpine members by explaining the benefits to them

  2. Arrange one or two AOSpine Seminars during his visit. The seminars will be used to discuss spine cases with junior surgeons and transfer experience to young spine surgeons

  3. Promote research prizes offered by AOSpine

  4. With his extensive experience in establishing research planes as well as writing and reviewing papers, he will help young local surgeons in preparing of research planes, as well as submission of their research papers to international journals

  5. Encourage the local spine surgeons to attend the AOSpine activities in near-by countries

  6. Share during clinical meetings the AOSpine principles in management of different spinal disorders

  7. Share his experience in the field of spinal tumors with young spine surgeons

  8. Get the chance to learn new techniques from the senior spine surgeons in the local hospital



Mohamed will be visiting Cambodia in September 2019 and we wish him every success in his venture.



German Ochoa was a founding member of AOSpine Latin America and his involvement with AO Education for over 25 years speaks for his passion, immense experience in the academic field and exceptional contribution to bringing AO and AOSpine to the forefront of surgeon education.











Newsletter 21 | May 2019

Newsletter 21

May 2019

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