Welcome again to The NASS Backbone, the series bringing our NASS volunteers to the forefront. NASS has a multitude of committees, sections, workgroups, and task forces working hard to bring the best spine education, research, and advocacy directly to you. But who are these volunteers, and why do they do what they do? This series highlights various volunteers from all areas of NASS, showcasing their experiences both within and outside of NASS.
In this edition, we talk to Daniel M. Sciubba, MD, Co-Chair of the Section on Spine Oncology.
Daniel M. Sciubba, MD
NASS: Tell us a bit about yourself ...
Dr. Sciubba: My name is Dan Sciubba. I am a neurosurgeon who co-chairs the Spinal Oncology Section. Along with Dr. Joe Schwab, we created this section about 4-5 years ago. I have been married for 21 years to my wife, Karrie, and we have three children: Hayley, Camryn, and Duncan. We also have a beagle named Maggie.
NASS: What has been your favorite part about being part of this Section? What interested you in joining in the first place?
Dr. Sciubba:My favorite part about the session is that we started it from nothing, but we have made substantial contributions to the field of spinal oncology and to the NASS membership with yearly seminars, courses, podcast, and multiple group manuscripts. In addition, the group is truly multi-disciplinary: neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists, interventional radiologists.
How long has the Section been around and why was it formed?
The Section on Spine Oncology was formed in 2017 and started developing programming in earnest by 2018. We recognized there was a gap in this important area of spine care, and brought together a diverse group of physicians to make an impact.
In your opinion, how does this Section further NASS' mission to provide multidisciplinary evidence-based health care to members?
Absolutely! The Section’s multidisciplinary membership helps us create well-rounded evidence-based content for the wider NASS membership.
What are key goals of the upcoming year? Challenges?
We will have at least two manuscripts written and submitted to NASS publications, seminars at the NASS Annual Meeting, and plan to collaborate with the Chordoma Foundation on various educational offerings.
Are there any recent webinars, podcasts or courses you'd like to direct members to listen/watch/attend? What makes them unique?
Two of our Section members, Dr. John H. Shin and Dr. Chris Steyn, are co-chairing the upcoming NASS “Contemporary Management of Spinal Tumors” hands-on course May 13-14, 2022 at SERC. Many Section members are participating as faculty, including myself and Section co-chair Dr. Joe Schwab, and we’re excited to really show off the breadth and depth of our NASS membership by having a multidisciplinary faculty. We have many podcasts available as well! The heavily multidisciplinary makeup of our Section is how we hope to provide the most value to NASS membership. Stay tuned!
What will the future hold for this Section?
We hope to be the premier spinal oncology group in the world for teaching, education, and scholarly activities/publications.