Global Spine Congress 2019—setting new standards

The Global Spine Congress (GSC) just wrapped up another successful congress in which 1,800 spine care professionals attended this three-day event in Toronto.

03 June 2019

The GSC featured 210 expert speakers from countries around the world presenting in this ground-breaking scientific program. A record 1,501 abstracts were submitted for poster presentation providing submitters the opportunity to present their research to hundreds of spine specialists. The exhibition hall provided participants the opportunity to explore the latest tools, techniques and technologies through 65 sponsoring companies.

The Scientific Program included pre-courses on topics such as robotics and minimally invasive spine surgery, AO Spine Symposia, Society Symposia, and peer reviewed abstracts, presented as oral or ePoster presentations. The GSC also provided exclusive AO Spine members-only sessions on a variety of exciting topics, including 'how to brand yourself' and 'how to be a good leader'.

'The Global Spine Congress is the largest meeting of spine surgeons in the world and is a meeting I look forward to each year,' says Dr. Michael Fehlings. 'It was great to be able to host GSC2019 in Toronto - the organizers and sponsors did an excellent job bringing the meeting together. We always strive to create a culture of international knowledge exchange paired with presentations on state-of-the art techniques and the latest science. The outstanding quality of information that was showcased at the meeting will undoubtedly serve attendees well when they return to practice.'

Global Spine Congress 2019
GSC 2019 congress opening
Michael Fehlings
“The Global Spine Congress is the largest meeting of spine surgeons in the world and is a meeting I look forward to each year.”

Michael Fehlings, GSC 2019 local host

Toronto marked the GSC's 10-year anniversary and included many new additions. For the first time, the GSC featured a theater in the exhibition hall where innovative sessions took place, such as augmented reality in spine care and virtual reality in medicine. A new AO Spine initiative took place at the GSC featuring inspirational discussions from the session: Women in Spine. Robert McGuire, AO Foundation’s new president, attended the congress as well.

On Friday, May 17, Alexander Vaccaro was democratically elected by voting members at the GSC as their member representative for 2020. Also, on Friday, AO Spine launched the new Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) curriculum at the GSC, led by Roger Hartl, Task Force Leader for MISS. Alisson R. Teles received the best paper award for presenting on his research findings on the prevalence of burnout among spine surgeons.

The GSC also offered symposia from nine guest spine societies from different countries: NASS (North American Spine Society), CSRS (Cervical Spine Research Society), AANS/CNS, ISSLS (International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, SRS (Scoliosis Research Society), EUROSPINE, Russian Association of Spine Surgeons, CSS (Canadian Spine Society) and the World Federation of Neurological Societies.

If you missed the live streaming sessions, you will soon be able to view these sessions on-demand here.

All accepted abstracts can be read online in the Global Spine Journal Special Issue Global Spine Congress 2019 Abstracts.

“The GSC in Toronto has been the most successful congress yet, with a record number of participants and abstracts submitted. We look forward to another record-setting GSC in Rio de Janeiro.”

Jeffrey Wang, Congress Chairperson

Mark your calendars!

The GSC 2020 is heading to the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro from May 20-23, 2020. Call for abstracts opens June 1.

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