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 Adam Doan, DC, DABNM Co-Chair of the Section on IONM.
Adam Doan, DC, DABNM
NASS: Tell us a bit about yourself ...
Dr. Doan: My name is Adam Doan, and I’ve been co-chairing the section on Intraoperative Neuromonitoring since its inception in 2018. I reside just outside of Philadelphia, PA with my wife, our two boys and the family cat. My hobbies include collecting cannonballs, dinosaur eggs and other fossils, and I enjoy archery.
NASS: What has been your favorite part about being part of this Section? What interested you in joining in the first place?
Dr. Doan: I had already been a member of NASS for several years when the Section was formed. I joined NASS because of their multidisciplinary appeal. It’s a society for everyone involved with spine care, regardless of role. Our Section tries to espouse this same approach.
Are there any recent webinars, podcasts or courses you'd like to direct members to listen/watch/attend? What makes them unique?
Our Section has recorded several podcasts
in recent years on a range of topics. One of our favorites featured functional neurosurgeon, Steven Falowski, on the value of using monitoring to optimize the placement of spinal cord stimulator electrodes. During the 2020 annual meeting, we participated in a well-received joint symposium
with the Section on Spinal Deformity, and we look forward to working with our colleagues in other Sections in the future as well. In 2021, we hosted a webinar on the medicolegal aspects of neuromonitoring
that was well attended and garnered a lot of positive feedback.