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Between now and mid-September, check back here for updates on NASS 2022. Wondering what are the highlights of this year's meeting? Curious who will be featured speakers, or what are this year's Best Papers? We have you covered.
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Top Meeting in Spine Returns to Chicago

Do you feel like you haven’t seen your colleagues in years? Maybe you haven’t been to many meetings lately and want to catch up on the latest scientific advances? And perhaps it is time to peruse the exhibit floor to get a keener grasp of the latest technological advances?

You can do all that and more with a trip to Chicago this fall for NASS 2022, which runs from October 12-15 at McCormick Place West.

“I strongly encourage you to be part of this year’s meeting by attending in person,” NASS President Ed Dohring, MD, said. “To experience the latest in spine education, to get hands on with new technology in the Exhibit Hall and to collaborate with colleagues on the most important topics in spine.”

Widely regarded as the top meeting in spine care, this year’s meeting received a record number of 1,487 submitted abstracts. Of those, 393 (26%) were accepted and will be presented in Chicago. Additionally, the exhibit hall opens at 9 am Wednesday and will feature hundreds of companies and booths to view the latest spine technologies.

Just prior the official meeting, NASS will host a coding course on Monday and Tuesday, October 10-11, in Chicago. With 14 available AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, this highly-interactive course has physician faculty who lead NASS’ CPT and RUC efforts and will address ICD-10, E&M coding and CPT4 coding of spinal surgical, medical and radiologic procedures.

In addition to the pre-meeting coding course, there will also be two hands-on courses on Tuesday: minimally invasive spine surgery and getting the best outcomes from robotics and navigation.

The meeting begins in earnest on Wednesday morning. Highlights for the week include guest speaker Erik Weihenmayer, who will address attendees at 11 am Thursday. Weihenmayer is the first blind climber to reach the summit of the world highest mountain, Mount Everest. He is also the founder of No Barriers and Touch on Top.

An exciting new feature this year will be Surgical Stadium Lab Cadaver Demonstrations. Top surgeons will demonstrate procedures live from the new stadium lab located in the exhibit hall. The audience can view and pose questions in real time throughout the demonstrations. Surgeons will be live answering questions and discussing the techniques in detail.

Advocacy guest speaker Nathan Gonzales will speak to attendees at 1 pm Thursday. Gonzales is the editor and publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, which provides non-partisan analysis of campaigns for Senate, House, governor and president. In addition to publishing Inside Elections, Gonzales is also an elections analyst for CQ Roll Call.

Between an impressive array of both surgical and medical educational sessions, plus social hours and receptions throughout the week, there is sure to be something for everyone at NASS 2022. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Best Papers

Don't Miss This Year's Best Papers

The NASS 2022 Scientific Program Committee received a record high 1,487 abstracts. The 23 highest-rated abstracts earned the coveted "Best Paper" designation and will be presented throughout the meeting.


NASS Offers Six Pre-Annual Meeting Webinars Free to Members

Register for Pre-Annual Meeting Webinars at The 2022 Program Committee selected these webinars to air prior to the meeting. All webinars begin at 7 pm. CDT; CME credit is available. Free to Members; $50 for Nonmembers.

Webinar topics include:

AUGUST 18 From Past to Present: Changes in Implant Technology and Clinical Outcomes

Presenters will highlight the historical approaches and technologies of spine implants and how that carried us to today’s standards.

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AUGUST 25 Best and Worst Cases in Spinal Deformity

Presenters will discuss some of the best teaching cases given by leaders in the field with the worst outcomes and how these cases changed the physicians’ practices accordingly.

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SEPTEMBER 1 NASS Fellowship: Everything Applicants Need to Know

Know Presenters will discuss application trends in the NASS fellowship programs, explain the fellowship process, and address best practices in optimizing participants’ fellowship candidacies.

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SEPTEMBER 8 Ankylosing Spondylitis: Nuances of Treatment

Presenters will identify the operative vs nonoperative treatment strategies in ankylosing spondylitis (AS), illustrate the nuances of percutaneous vs open treatment strategies in AS, and examine the expected complications and age-specific outcomes of treatment in AS.

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SEPTEMBER 15 Gut, the Final Frontier: Understanding the Link Between the Microbiome and the Spine

Presenters will examine the current knowledge on gut microbiome analysis, and address the evidence supporting the correlation between the gut biome and subclinical infection contributing to high pseudoarthrosis rates.

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SEPTEMBER 22 Transitioning Your Practice to Outpatient Lumbar Fusion

Presenters will describe the infrastructure necessary to perform outpatient lumbar fusion, select the lumbar fusion technique, define optimal multi-modal analgesia treatments, assess ambulatory surgery center ownership models and apply appropriate lumbar fusion complications management options.

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Don't Miss Scientific Research With Best Papers

The NASS 2022 Scientific Program Committee received a record high 1,487 abstracts. The 23 highest-rated abstracts earned the coveted "Best Paper" designation and will be presented throughout the meeting. Here are the seven papers that will be presented on Thursday.


International Sessions with Strategic Partners

Throughout the week, NASS 2022 will feature several International educational sessions with strategic partners. The offerings kick off on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 12 with International Symposium: NASSi and Brazilian Spine Society: Controversies and Treatments in Lumbar Spondylolisthesis"


Best Papers

Don't Miss This Year's Best Papers

The NASS 2022 Scientific Program Committee received a record high 1,487 abstracts. The 23 highest-rated abstracts earned the coveted "Best Paper" designation and will be presented throughout the virtual meeting. Here are the seven papers that will be presented on Friday.


Membership is Giving Away Three Gift Card Bundles!

Want to win one of three $150 gift card bundles during this year's annual meeting? Here’s how to enter:

  • Step 1: Text the word NASS to 33222
  • Step 2: Renew or Join for 2023 and watch for text messages to see if you're a winner!

*Offer available only to attendees of the 2022 NASS Annual Meeting. Winners will be chosen daily 10/12-10/14 and will be notified via email that day. By entering the drawing through text, you agree to receive automated text messages from NASS (no more than 10 during the week of NASS' annual meetings, and no more than 1 per month following the meeting) regarding special offers and NASS membership. Message and data rates may apply. Reply STOP to end. Entry via text is limited to United States phone numbers only and is not required for participation in the drawing. For further options to enter, contact Member Services. Prizes are non-transferable.


Wide Variety of Topics Covered in This Year's Symposia

Beginning on Wednesday morning with a debate on the top 5 controversies in spine - and moderated by Annual Meeting co-chair Sigurd H. Berven, MD - NASS 2022 will be jam packed with interesting symposia throughout the week. Other topics include a spine physician as CEO, the aging surgeon, the future of ambulatory surgery centers and much more.


Resident & Fellow Session Gives Details on Match Process

On Wednesday, October 12, Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD will moderate "Resident/Fellow Track: A Primer on the Fellowship Match - Spine & Physiatry." Information such as identifying programs, vetting programs and tips for the interview will be shared by experts.

Resident/Fellow Education Track: A Primer on the Fellowship Match: Spine & Physiatry

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Red Theater, Technical Exhibition - McCormick Place

Moderator: Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD


1:00-1:05 p.m. Introduction
Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD

1:05-1:15 p.m. Identifying Programs
Chris Steyn, MD

1:15-1:25 p.m. Application Strategies
Dan Altman, MD

1:25-1:40 p.m. Vetting Your Programs
Alexander Satin, MD

1:40-1:55 p.m. How Programs Evaluate Applicants

1:55-2:10 p.m. Tips for the Interview
Don K. Moore, MD

2:10-2:20 p.m. Strategies for Your Rank List

2:20-2:30 p.m. Discussion, Questions and Answers
Faculty Panel


Interdisciplinary Forum Sessions Target PAs, Nurses, Other Spine Specialists

Three specialty sessions over three days are targeted to physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, chiropractors and other spine specialists. Session titles are "Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: An Interdisciplinary Approach," "Postoperative Pain Management: From Preoperative Prevention to Postoperative Treatment" and "Treating Chronic Postoperative Pain following Lumbar Spine Surgery."

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
10:35 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Skyline Ballroom W471ab- McCormick Place
Chair(s): Rick Placide, MD, PT

Postoperative Pain Management: From Preoperative Prevention to Postoperative Treatment

Thursday, October 13, 2022
1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Skyline Ballroom W375c- McCormick Place
Chair(s): Michael Suer, MD

Treating Chronic Postoperative Pain Following Lumbar Spine Surgery

Friday, October 14, 2022
3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Skyline Ballroom W471ab- McCormick Place
Chair: Michael Suer, MD