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July 12, 2022

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 Byron J. Schneider, MD, Co-Chair of the Section on Interventional Spine & Musculoskeletal Medicine (ISMM).

Byron J. Schneider, MD
Byron J. Schneider, MD
NASS: Tell us a bit about yourself ...
Dr. Schneider: I am the inaugural chair of the Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine Section (ISMM). I am an Associate Professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. When I am not working you are most likely to find me on the golf course, unless I have my 4-year son with me, in which case we may be at the mini-golf course instead.

NASS: How long has the Section been around and why was it formed?
Dr. Schneider: The ISMM section is new, with the aim of providing a home within NASS for the many physicians utilizing spine injections and related procedures in their practice. The goal is to be a leader in providing educational material on relevant topics, promote and advance NASS injection cadaver courses, and support the new NASS ISMM fellowship committee.

NASS: In your opinion, how does this Section further NASS' mission to provide multidisciplinary evidence-based health care to members?
Dr. Schneider: The ISMM committee is integral in bridging the gap between surgical and non-surgical spine care. Spine injections are a significant component of clinical spine care but until now there has not been a dedicated section within NASS for physicians in this field of spine care. By consolidating, growing, and engaging these physicians, the ISMM committee will significantly enrich NASS’ multi-disciplinary mission.

NASS: What projects are you excited about? How are they of benefit to NASS members and spine professionals?
Dr. Schneider: The new NASS ISMM recognized fellowship program has garnered significant interest since its inception. We are excited to facilitate the training of a new generation of non-surgical spine specialists. Additionally, NASS continues to provide two spine injection courses annually under the direction of the ISMM committee. We recently initiated a cadaver course targeting trainee members at the annual meeting. This year we are expanding this to include an advanced spine procedures course at the annual meeting as well.

NASS: What will the future hold for this Section?
Dr. Schneider: Spine care is truly multidisciplinary. The long-term goal for the ISMM section is to be considered a societal leader nationally and international for physicians offering spine injections and related procedures as part of their practice.