NASS Insider


December 01, 2020


NASS Committee Update: Committee on Ethics & Professionalism Honors David Rothman, PhD


The NASS Board of Directors recently approved a request by the Committee on Ethics & Professionalism to name their Board position in honor of David J. Rothman, PhD.

Dr. Rothman served on the NASS Board of Directors as its Ethicist for nine years. During his tenure as Ethicist, he and wife Sheila were instrumental in guiding the Society through complex issues on relationships between NASS, physicians and industry. With his guidance, NASS developed policies to ensure that conflicts of interest related to Society leadership and activities are disclosed and appropriately managed. Dr. Rothman died on August 30, 2020 at his home after a long cancer illness.

About the Committee: The Committee on Ethics & Professionalism develops, revises and maintains NASS policies, rules and regulations related to disclosure, ethics and professionalism. They also stimulate information, papers and education for the membership on issues of ethics and professionalism in spine care. Committee details include:
  • Chair: Paul Arnold, MD
  • Eligibility: Open to all members but previous experience in ethics or related NASS committees is preferred
  • Estimated Time Requirements: 2-4 conference calls/yr; discussions over email; attending in-person meeting during NASS Annual Meeting
  • Current Term Accepting Applications: 2021-2024
  • Number of Current Members: 12
  • Estimated Vacancies: 1-2
To view full details about this group, including a listing of current committee members, click here (requires NASS member login). Members interested in participating can complete the NASS committee application (application deadline is March 31, 2021).

Members interested in viewing all available committees, sections and task forces can visit www.spine.org/getinvolved.
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