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November 08, 2022

The NASS Backbone - Section Chair Edition: Karthik Madhavan, MD

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 Section Chair Edition: Karthik Madhavan, MD.

Karthik Madhavan, MD
Karthik Madhavan, MD
NASS: Tell us a bit about yourself ...
Dr. Madhavan: My name is Karthik Madhavan. I am a minimally invasive spine surgeon with an active interest in MIS deformity. Currently, I am co-chair of the Section on Surgical Engineering. I live with my wife and 3 kids and I love to play cricket. I have always been intrigued in spine, how implants evolved and where they are heading, and how I can contribute to innovating future implants. I’m very interested in education for spine surgeons and residents, and delivering that education through both live and virtual activities. Currently, I’m working on AI and machine-learning algorithms and am excited to create AI content in the near future.

NASS: How long has the Section been around and why was it formed?
Dr. Madhavan: Surgical Engineering was formed at the NASS 2021 Annual Meeting to understand the pitfalls in the current implant market and discuss it on the national podium in a non-biased way. We will present this information through symposia, webinars, podium presentations, and publications.
NASS: What professions/specialties/experience make up the members of this Section?
Dr. Madhavan: The section is a clear balance of spine surgeons, both neuro and orthopedic, as well as biomechanical engineers. It is a symbiotic relationship between the spine surgeon who understands the biology of the patient and the engineers who understand the biomechanics of the implants. We naturally collaborate with the Sections on Robotics and MIPS as well.

NASS: What are key goals of the upcoming year? Challenges?
Dr. Madhavan:Our goal for the next year is to have few webinars where we can discuss the current implants available in the market and what is in store for the future. We will also spin off these webinars as a SpineLine article for readers to glance through and get the summary of it. We want to see this Section grow and also have strong collaborations with several other committees like MIPs, Robotics, and Deformity.