About IASP

IASP - International Advocates for Spine PatientsIASP - International Advocates for Spine Patients - is an organization dedicated to advocacy for high quality, widely accessible and cost effective spine care for patients around the world. The IASP advocacy mission is supported by physicians, patients and the medical industry.

IASP is a sister organization to ISASS - The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. IASP was formed in 2011 and complements the ISASS educational mission through direct advocacy efforts on the behalf of spine patients, spine surgeons, physicians and the spine medical device industry.

The goal of IASP is to create a single, unifying voice with a consistent advocacy message for spine patients, spine surgeons and the medical industry.

IASP advocacy efforts are funded via contributions from spine surgeons, physicians and the medical industry.


2014-2015 IASP Board of Directors

Thomas Errico, MD
NYU/HJD Medical Center
New York, NY USA

Gunnar B. J. Andersson, MD, PhD
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL USA


Domagoj Coric, MD
Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine
Charlotte, NC USA

Rolando Garcia, MD
Orthopedic Care Center
Aventura, FL USA

Choll Kim, MD, PhD
San Diego Spine Institute
San Diego, CA USA

Morgan P. Lorio, MD, FACS
Neuro Spine Solutions, PC
Bristol, Tennessee

Frank Phillips, MD
Rush Presbyterian Medical Center
Chicago, IL USA

David Polly, MD
University of Minnesota Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN USA

James Yue, MD
Yale University Medical Group
New Haven, CT USA



IASP Public Policy and Advocacy Committee

This Committee shall combine Surgeons and industry, appointed by the President and approved by the Board. They will work to form policies and offer a platform for creating a close collaboration between industry and the surgeons. They will pay close attention to industry involvement in ISASS activities, but will ensure that they will not dominate the educational programming or society agenda. They will create the best possible relationship to benefit both sides to create a harmonious cooperation. They will make sure that the co-existence between industry and the surgeon community is respectful, cooperative and beneficial for progress. IASP Public Policy and Advocacy Committee shall make efforts to coordinate the involvement of members of spine-related Industries with the interests of the Society in furthering improved spine care for patients. This may include special focus meetings, approved by the Board.

They will address and review information to form policies related to the professional and legal image and functions of the Society. Issues for review shall be brought to the Board by any Board member and Executive Director. This Committee could deal with some of the issues coming from FDA approvals and the CMS. The Committee would serve in an advisory capacity and provide guidance in identifying experts to speak at FDA, government or congressional briefings, assist in crafting public policy/position statements that reflect the concerns of IASP, surgeons and the spine care industry.

Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD - USA & Frank Phillips, MD - USA

Dom Coric, MD - USA
Charles Gilbride - LDR - USA
David Hovda - SpinalMotion - USA
Sherry Thorton - Medtronic - USA
Pat Miles - Nuvasive - USA
Sharon Schulzki - DePuy-Synthes - USA
Hassan Serhan, PhD - DePuy-Synthes - USA
Chris Bono, MD - USA
Isador Lieberman, MD - USA
Hal Mathews, MD - USA
John Ratliff, MD - USA

Kristy Radcliffe - ISASS


ISASS - The International Society for the Advancement of Spine SurgeryISASS - The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery - is an international, scientific and educational society organized to discuss and assess existing strategies and innovative ideas in the clinical and basic sciences related to spine surgery to enhance patient care.

Born from the trend in the spine industry to look at motion preservation as an alternative to fusion in the year 2000, The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (formerly The Spine Arthroplasty Society) - has worked to achieve its mission of acting as a global, scientific and educational society organized to provide an independent venue to discuss and address the issues involved with all aspects of basic and clinical science of motion preservation, stabilization, innovative technologies, MIS procedures, biologics and other fundamental topics to restore and improve motion and function of the spine for: surgeons, scientists, inventors and others. ISASS is dedicated to advancing major evolutionary steps in spine surgery.

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