NASS International Bangkok


Ensuring Access to Quality Spine Care to Prevent Disability Throughout the World and
Lessen Its Burden on Global Economies


To optimize spine treatment in the global community to ensure spine patients have access to the best spine care possible in their respective regions.


A world where appropriate spine care helps to minimize global disability and dramatically improve the lives of those suffering from spine problems so their families and communities can thrive.


Margareta C. Nordin, EuroSpine
Sami Ibrahim Aleissa, Saudi Spine Society
Faisal Konbaz, Saudi Spine Society
Eric Muehlbauer, North American Spine Society

Executive Board and Representatives

Saudi Spine Society: Ahmed Alturkistany, Sohail Ba Jammal, Sami Ibrahim Aleissa
EuroSpine: Thomas Blattert, Margareta C. Nordin
German Spine Society: Jörg Franke, Ralph Kothe, Frank Kandziora
Japan Society for Spine Surgery and Related Research: Hiroaki Nakamura, Koji Tamai
North American Spine Society: Eeric Truumees, Jeffrey C. Wang, William J. Sullivan, Eric Muehlbauer


  • Improve access to spine specialists globally through advocacy within the global community and within countries.
  • Establish a minimum standard for training of care and prevention of spinal disorders globally for all those who treat spine patients, including nurses, chiropractors, physical therapists, osteopaths, exercise physiologists, general practitioners, surgeons and other spine specialists at the highest levels.
  • Enhance local support and economic conditions for spine practitioners by supporting good spine health policies within health ministries and government programs across the globe.
  • Improve global research funding for spine care (including prevention and treatment alternatives).
  • Better educate all levels of health care practitioners in the global community on appropriate evidence-based spine care.
  • Better educate spine patients and their families and communities by providing high quality adapted educational materials.
  • Serve as a resource for governments to improve access and spine care globally and nationally using an extensive global network of spine societies.
  • Serve as an advocacy group globally and nationally through SPINE20 and national spine societies.