Asdrubal Falavigna is the next Chairperson of the AO Spine International Board


08 May 2020

Asdrubal Falavigna
Asdrubal Falavigna, AO Trustees Meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2016

The AO Spine International Board is pleased to announce the results from the Chairperson election earlier this year and congratulates Asdrubal Falavigna on being elected as the next AO Spine International Board Chairperson. Falavigna will take on Chairperson-elect responsibilities from July 2020 and start his three-year chairmanship from July 2021.

I this important role, Falavigna will follow S. Rajasekaran. "I cannot think of any other person who is more appropriate to lead AO Spine for the next three years," Rajasekaran says. "Asdrubal is a great surgeon, a very respected clinical scientist with leadership qualities and above all, a great friend of everyone in AO Spine. He is well known and recognized across all regions and is a perfect person for the position." 

AO Spine International Board (AOSIB) is the highest governing body of AO Spine. The chairperson of the AOSIB defines our direction and strategy, while keeping the overall mission in mind. In this position, Falavigna will be responsible of further developing AO Spine's academic credibility, integrity, and independence.

"It is a great privilege and an honor. I feel passion and commitment to this unique member-responsive organization," Falavigna says. "The AO Spine DNA is to be sensitive also to regional diversity and the members network."

Bringing AO Spine to the next level requires exceptional vision, personality, time commitment, and drive to forge a united AO Spine to rise to the challenge and opportunities of a dynamically changing future. "I see room for lean approaches in our initiatives, in strengthening inter-professional activities, personalizing needs, fostering innovation, and precision medicine. I thank you for your confidence and trust and look forward to taking on this role and responsibility," Falavigna concludes.

We wish Asdrubal Falavigna success in his new role and look forward to reporting on his future endeavors.

Summary of Asdrubal Falavigna's career:

  • Specialization in Neurosurgery, Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericordia, Brazil (1991–1994)
  • Fellowship, Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, New York, NY (1995–1996)
  • Master's (1997–1999) and PhD (2000–2005) in Neurosurgery, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, UNIFESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Merit Award from the Council of Brazilian University Presidents (2011)
  • Award from the City Council of Caxias do Sul for Services rendered to Health in the Municipality (2011)
  • International Liaison of the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves (2015–)
  • The most important positions in AO Spine Research Officer (2012–2015), Chairperson of the AO Spine Latin America Regional Board (2016–2019), Member of the AO PEER Task Force (2015–)
  • Dean of Medical School (2008–2016) and Director of the Health Center and the Postgraduate Program (2017–), Caxias do Sul University, Brazil

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