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January 24, 2023

The NASS Backbone: Section Chair Edition

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 Eric W. Nottmeier, MD, Co-Chair of the Section on Robotics & Navigation.

Eric W. Nottmeier, MD
Eric W. Nottmeier, MD
NASS: Tell us a bit about yourself ...
Dr. Nottmeier: My name is Eric Nottmeier. I’m a professor of neurosurgery and vice-chair of neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic in Florida. I’ve been the co-chair of the Section on Robotics & Navigation for approximately four years. My wife, two daughters, and I take advantage of the Florida weather, especially through mountain biking, downhill mountain biking, and paddle boarding.

NASS: What has been your favorite part about being part of this Section? What interested you in joining in the first place?
Dr. Nottmeier: My favorite part of the Section are the significant advancements in spinal robotics and navigation.

NASS: What professions/specialties/experience make up the members of this Section?
Dr. Nottmeier: Neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons with an interest in robotics and navigation, in both academic and private practices.
NASS: In your opinion, how does this Section further NASS' mission to provide multidisciplinary evidence-based healthcare to members?
Dr. Nottmeier: Robotics is a rapidly advancing field, and our Section keeps NASS members up to date in a variety of ways, including publications, Ask the Experts, and Annual Meeting symposia.

NASS: Are there any recent webinars, podcasts or courses you'd like to direct members to listen/watch/attend? What makes them unique?
Dr. Nottmeier: Our Section has had successful webinars and held a pre-course at the 2022 Annual Meeting.

NASS: What will the future hold for this Section?
Dr. Nottmeier: The future is bright and the robotic/navigation field will continue to rapidly advance. This Section will be at the forefront of that progress.