In 2006, a group of surgeons who specialized in minimally invasive spine surgery gathered in San Diego for the first academic meeting organized by the University of California San Diego, which focused exclusively on minimally invasive spine procedures. The meeting was a huge success and uncovered a clear set of needs.
The relevance of a meeting dedicated to teaching MISS techniques was immediately recognized; so a second, larger meeting was organized in 2007. A small sub-set of surgeons recognized the need for a non-aligned, non-profit academic body to define, standardize and teach the new approaches to MISS techniques.
The Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) was officially formed as a non-profit organization in 2007 and nine Board of Directors, who in large part corresponded to the original “members” registered in the first SMISS Bylaws, managed the organization.
2012 Board of Directors & Officers: Raj Rampersaud, William Taylor (Founder), James Schwender, D. Greg Anderson, Amy Johnson, Kevin Foley, Neel Anand, Frank Phillips, Choll Kim (Founder) and Larry Khoo. Not Pictured: Richard Fessler.
SMISS is a non-profit organization solely dedicated to defining and advancing the field of evidence-based minimally invasive spine surgery for the benefit of all stakeholder groups. Prior to November 2013, the main focus of SMISS was repeating the Annual Meeting and it remained singularly US-centric. There was no clear or official platform for MISS specialists from outside North America to get involved or actively serve within the organization.
SMISS is an international community; to ensure alignment and advancement of the SMISS Mission, a volunteer network of surgeons shall be elected to SMISS Bodies at a global, regional and national level. On November 1, 2013, SMISS restructured and created a new Board known as the SMISS International Board (SIB).
SMISS International Board of Directors (SIB)
D. Greg Anderson, MD
Jefferson Medical Center
William Taylor, MD
Founder, Education Chair
UCSD Medical Center
MISS Centers Chair
Frank Phillips, MD
Regional Chair, North America
Regional Chair, Asia Pacific
Regional Chair, Europe
Regional Chair, Latin America
Regional Chair, Middle East