SMISS Governance

SMISS intends to build itself into the world’s premier academic society and community dedicated to the field of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. To this end SMISS is creating a global organization with aligned medical structures and teams to implement our strategies.

SMISS International Board (SIB)

The SMISS International Board was established in November 2013. It is the top medical body within the organization with the mandate to develop SMISS into the world’s leading MISS community and to advance the SMISS Mission.

The key SIB responsibilities include:

Governance To implement policies and guidelines for the organization.
Strategic Planning Develop, communicate, and implement SMISS global strategic plans.
Audit Performance Monitor and evaluate performance and apply corrective actions.
Financial Planning To effectively and prudently manage SMISS finances and investments
Budgetary Control To disburse budgets based in a manner that fuels sustainable growth.  
Intellectual Property Manage mechanisms to acquire and growth the value of SMISS IP.  
Humanitarian Affairs Support the development of MISS competencies in emerging countries.
Global Operations To coordinate and leverage economies of scale of “global” programs.
Advocacy To act as an advocate on behalf of SMISS members and partners.
Partnerships To foster relationships that will enhance SMISS’s global position.

The SIB works as a flexible and dynamic matrix structure, with members responsible for specific functions that are related to the strategic thrusts of the organization. The SIB consists of two elected groups:  

  • Executive members — responsible for global activities (Commissions) and
  • Regional members — responsible for their region’s (Boards) activities.

SMISS Regions

SMISS will follow a strategy of regionalization, to create semi-autonomous regional organizations, which have their own budget and are fully responsible for all their region’s actions and activities.

The principle objective of regionalization is to empower regional teams to implement activities that are most relevant to the needs of the region’s members. Regionalization ensures SMISS operational units remain small, dynamic and able to act fast in response to regional and local needs.

An SMISS Region holds the same responsibilities as the SMISS International Board but at a regional level.

SMISS intends to operate in 5 regions:

  • SMISS Asia Pacific
  • SMISS Europe & Sub Saharan Africa
  • SMISS Middle East
  • SMISS Latin America
  • SMISS North America

A Chairperson who also sits on the SMISS International Board shall lead the SMISS Regional Board. Elected members (blue) shall have voting positions on the SMISS Regional Board, which ideally shall replicate the structure of the SIB to ensure there are clear and defined points of contact across the world.  

SMISS Commissions The SMISS Commissions are steering bodies to drive global strategic initiatives for regions to adapt and implement. The goal of the Commissions is to leverage ideas, expertise, and resources across the SMISS Regions gaining economies of scale and maximize opportunities.

The SMISS Commissions have a global remit for a defined element that contributes to the implementation of aligned and coherent policies that advance the SMISS Mission.

Each Commission Chairperson is an Executive member of the SMISS International Board. The SMISS Commissions provide a key bridge across the structure to ensure there is a “communication” pathway horizontally and vertically through the organization.

SMISS intends to operate in 4 commissions:

SMISS Education
  • Strategic education planning and technologies.
  • Continuing Professional Development and Certification.
  • Faculty development programs.
SMISS Marketing
  • SMISS corporate identity.
  • Management of website, membership and community development programs.
  • Create global alliances with key NGOs and other bodies to advance MISS.
SMISS Research Commission
  • Performance & documentation programs e.g., PROMS tools and registries.
  • Clinical Priority Program e.g., supporting clinical study and publication initiatives.
  • Build credible EBM materials and publications to support MISS.
SMISS Centers Commission
  • Manage the policies and procedures for measuring spine center performance
  • Support the creation of SMISS Centers of Excellence (CoE).
  • Coordinate fellowship and observership programs.

A Chairperson who also sits on the SMISS International Board shall lead the SMISS Commission. Each commission shall have a representative from each SMISS Region. It shall the Region’s Officer responsible for the specific function who shall sit on the Regional Board and the relevant SMISS Commission.