AO Spine Asia Pacific
Membership Overview 2020


AO Spine Asia Pacific
Community Development Committee

Community Development Chairperson
Rushama Tandon
Northern Railway Central Hospital
New Delhi, India
Aug 01, 2019 – Jun 30, 2022
Community Development Officer
Kristian Dalzell
Christchurch Hospital
Christchurch, New Zealand

Apr 01, 2018 – Mar 31, 2021

Community Development Officer
Bangping Qian
Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, Nanjing University Medical School
Nanjing, China
Jan 01, 2018 – Dec 31, 2020
Community Development Officer
Gamaliel Tan
Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
Nov 01, 2017 – Oct 31, 2020
Community Development Officer
Gururaj Sangondimath
Indian Spinal Injuries Centre
New Delhi, India
Jul 01, 2019 – Jun 30, 2022
Community Development Officer
Nobuhiro Tanaka
JR Hiroshima Hospital
Hiroshima, Japan
Jan 01, 2019 – Dec 31, 2021
Community Development Officer
Sang Gu Lee
Gachon University Gil Medical Center
Incheon, South Korea
Nov 01, 2018 – Oct 31, 2021

Welcome Onboard—Our New Officer

Community Development Officer
Chris Yin Wei Chan
University Malaya Medical Centre
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nov 01, 2020 – Oct 31, 2023

AO Spine Asia Pacific

Community Development Committee 2020

The committee of Community Development has collective responsibility for attracting a community of spine care professionals to advance AO Spine’s mission and establishing a meaningful dialog with and between spine care professionals. Listen and capture whenever there is a need.

Joint Committee Meeting

January 11, 2020 | Chengdu, China

Rushama Tandon


Community Development Committee

A look back at 2020

2020 has been a tumultuous year for everybody, all over the world. The pandemic has forced us into quarantine, and the ensuing isolation has given us an opportunity to explore our potential to continue learning and growing more than usual. Asia Pacific surgeons were more active than before. We came up with a slew of new programs to keep our surgeons engaged – in-League program, country-wide webinars, a small online seminar and launching an e-newsletter in many countries. Surgeons participated in large numbers in all activities, thus opening up alternative platforms for teaching and learning in the future. AO Spine Case-based 3D Bone Model Online Course was one of the best initiatives, which had surgeons asking for more. Our membership showed an increase of more than 6% this year inspite of surgeons earnings diminishing. We are still the largest group of spine surgeons worldwide.

The Women in Spine initiative completed its first survey which threw light on some interesting facts and ideas. We hope to work on those lines and bring women surgeons into the mainstream in the coming year. Online training is also a feasible learning platform for women surgeons who are unable to travel for any reasons, and we hope to reach out to them this year. We also hope to participate in GSC in a big way, and hope and pray the event will be held on site this year.

Looking forward to an engaging and educative 2021.

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2020 Community Development Activities Highlight

Council e-newsletter

AO Spine Asia Pacific country-based e-newsletters were first published in July 2020. The second issue was published in December 2020. The localized content of each e-newsletter shared the latest news of its country with the community.

Issue 01 - July 2020

Issue 02 - December 2020

Events and activities with
academic associations in Asia Pacific

Web-meeting: Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic—From Crisis to the Future
The web-meeting on “Navigation the COVID-19 Pandemic—From Crisis to the Future” was conducted on May 09, 2020 for 1.5 hours. The idea was proposed by Prof Gabriel Liu, Chairperson of AO Spine East Asia Council and adopted as a regional event of AO Spine Asia Pacific.

More than 80 participants from around 40 countries around the world joined the online meeting. Most recent knowledge about this virus was lectured by Prof Liu, which were followed by the reports by six council chairpersons on the present status of COVID-19 in each country. After their reports, Prof Jason Cheung, Chairperson of AO Spine Asia Pacific Research Committee, reported the results of international study “The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic of Spine Surgeons Worldwide” conducted by AO Spine International. Surprisingly, the report showed that 15.8% of spine surgeons were PCR positive as of this early April and more than 80% of the responders envisioned a change in their clinical practice due to COVID-19.

During the discussion among the faculty on “How to Prepare for Recovery”, the consensus was that we are still in a difficult moment to restore clinical activities in spine care even though some countries are starting elective spine surgeries step-by-step under strict selection of patients.

Future research and collaboration in our society should focus on the followings:

  1. Establish an international guideline how to test elective spine cases including PCR, antibody test, radiological images, and their combination.
  2. Establish any support systems of PPEs or other medical supplies to the regions lacking these tools to protect medical professionals from COVID-19.
  3. Create better online education materials not only on spine pathologies and surgical techniques, but also on how to conduct telemedicine to our patients
  4. Additional survey and take actions to ease the mental stresses or anxiety of both COVID-19 patients and spine care providers.
Manabu Ito
AO Spine Asia Pacific

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