President's Message

K S Sivananthan

The Asia Pacific Spine Society (APSS) has just concluded its 11th Combined Congress of the APSS and APPOS held in September 2017 in Goa, India, and I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude and deepest appreciation to the Congress Chairmen, Professor Arvind Jayaswal, Dr. Ashok Johariand their organizing teams for an efficacious Congress with more than 400 delegates’ attendance. The 12th Combined Congress of APSS and APPOS will be held in Incheon, Korea in April 2019.

Formerly known as the Spine Section of Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA), the APSS will be welcoming an exciting year of 2018 as we will be partaking in the APOA Congress which will be held in April 2018 in Antalya, Turkey and most excitingly, we look forward to bringing you the inaugural APSS Annual Meeting scheduled for June 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan. Please mark your calendar and come celebrate this milestone with us!

As an educational and scientific forum for the advancement of knowledge in the field of spine surgery, the APSS also holds surgical operative courses which are held bi-annually in many developing cities in the Asia Pacific. These courses are successful collaborations of the competent national hosts and enthusiastic council members of APSS. It is a platform for young surgeons to enhance principal and advanced knowledge of spinal disorders besides to explore latest surgical techniques through live spine surgeries, lectures, workshops and discussions. Future surgical course in March 2018 will be in Dhaka, Bangladesh, while a cadaveric spine course will be held in Bangalore, India. Knowing that one can reap from these courses, I anticipate participation from many surgeons from the hosting chapters as well as other chapters around the region.

Besides scientific meetings and surgical courses, APSS pioneered the travelling and clinical fellowship programmes and has been consistent in offering many fellows the unique opportunity to be attached to spine centres of excellence in the region. Fellows selected by a committee will be sent to be trained by the dedicated and highly skilled spine experts in Asia Pacific. We especially welcome orthopaedic and spine surgeons who are adaptable to different cultures from developed and developing nations. The application will be open end of this year as well as next year, and we hope that you will share the news with fellow spine colleagues in your chapter.

This society started as the Western Pacific Orthopaedic Association - Spine Section in 1979. Western Pacific Orthopaedic Association’s name was changed to Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association in 2000 with the admission of India, China, Pakistan and Bangladesh. APOA has individual members and also members from 22 national orthopaedic associations in the Asia Pacific region (Federation Members). This has provided massive increase in the membership of APOA, probably just over 50,000 strong, making APOA the biggest international orthopaedic association in the world! More recently Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association has applied to become the 23rd Member of APOA.

The Spine Section of APOA changed its name to Asia Pacific Spine Society (APSS) in 2012 and is now an established spine society in the Asia Pacific region with over 400 members and its membership is increasing rapidly. As we grow, we will continue to uphold our mission to advance the science, art and practice of spine surgery and promulgate the maintenance of professional standards in order to provide the best professional care to patients with spinal problems in the Asia Pacific. This will require a concerted awareness and effort from both developed and developing countries in the region, and I hope that all activities that the APSS is and will be conducting build momentum towards fulfilling our mission.

To conclude, I would like to warmly welcome all of you, young and experienced spine surgeons, to join us in working together for the development of spine surgery in the Asia Pacific region.

K S Sivananthan
President of APSS (2017-2019)