24th Annual Symposium of the
American Society of Spine Radiology: Virtual Edition
A Message from the President
The 24th Annual Symposium of the American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR) will be held virtually February 19-21, 2021. Our core mission is to continue to expand our scientific and clinical diagnostic and interventional knowledge in acute and chronic spinal disease in adults and children.
Since the spring of 2020, we have been faced with triple crises; an unprecedented pandemic, accompanied by economic and social justice challenges. We will be discussing these important issues in context of spinal care in our opening session, The Spine in Triple Crises. Several collaborative sessions with other societies are planned for 2021. For the first time, the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the ASSR will co-brand a session called The Osteoporosis Treatment Gap which will serve to educate participants about this terrible disease. The Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO), Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and ASSR will provide a combined session on Interventional Oncology. The Young Professional Society (ASNR) and the ASSR will present Learning, Teaching and Practice Building.
New this year is Spine Care around the World. With the virtual platform we have the opportunity to encourage participation from a multidisciplinary group of spine experts spanning 5 continents, including Asia and Australia allowing ASSR to showcase spine care excellence around the globe.
Acute Non Traumatic Spine Emergencies, Chronic Spine Pathologies and Oncologic Imaging are some of our featured diagnostic sessions. Vertebral Augmentation (VA) and Beyond: Challenges and New Data, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and Intervention, and Headache and the Spine are a few of our featured interventional sessions. The meeting would not be complete without AI, Virtual Reality and All that Data Sciences Jazz and how it will enhance spine imaging and intervention.
Our final day includes a session truly not to be missed, Best of the Best in the Worst of Times where our extraordinary faculty will share the best diagnostic and interventional papers and best of will share best diagnostic and interventional cases with participants.
These are only a few of the highlights planned for ASSR 2021 Virtual Edition
We hope to see you there and share this experience with us from any corner of the earth!
Stay Safe and Well!
Daniel T.D. Nguyen, MD
ASSR 2021 Gold Medal Winner
Gordon Sze, MD, Yale University
The ASSR Gold Medal, established in 2012, is awarded annually to a member who has provided dedicated service to the ASSR, and to the science and education of Spine Radiology.
Presentation Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Time: 11:55 AM EST
Gordon K. Sze, M.D.
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Dr. Gordon Sze graduated from Harvard College, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After a fellowship to study rural health care delivery in developing countries, he earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He finished his internship, residency, and fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Following completion of his training, Dr. Sze began his career as an Assistant Professor at Cornell Medical School and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, after which he moved to Yale, where he served as Chief of Neuroradiology for 30 years and as full Professor of Radiology for the past 23 years.
Dr. Sze has had a long history of service to the ASSR starting in the early 1990’s, culminating in his Presidency of the ASSR in 2004-2005. He was also able to further the goals of the ASSR through his activities in the ASNR, ultimately becoming ASNR President from 2014-2015. In addition, Dr. Sze has served on numerous committees for other scientific societies, including the Commission on Neuroradiology and the Commission on Human Resources for the American College of Radiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology.
Dr. Sze has a strong personal belief that the ASSR is the leading scientific society of spine imaging in the world, and one of the leading sub-specialty societies. As such, the society has a commitment to representing the goals of all spine radiologists and neuroradiologists, from those in purely clinical areas, to those in primarily academic research, and in fostering advances in the practice, education and research of spine imaging.