about ASSN – Association of Spine Surgeons of Nepal


A brief introduction

The need to bring all surgeons who are practicing spine surgery in Nepal to a common forum, led us to form the Association of Spine Surgeons of Nepal (ASSN). After much discussions and consultations with all flag bearers of Nepal Orthopaedic Association, the official inauguration of ASSN was done on July 13, 2012. All the dignitaries felt that super specialty in all fields of orthopaedic surgery was the need of the hour and congratulated ASSN for being the first to head in this direction.
Prof. LL Shah and Prof AR Bajracharya, our two national patrons were pioneers in spine surgery in Nepal and their talks on struggle and establishment were great inspiration for all our junior colleagues.
The following were the founding office bearers of ASSN:

President                    Dr Rohit K Pokharel
Vice President            Dr Ganesh Gurung
General Secretary      Dr Rabindra L Pradhan
Treasurer                    Dr Bimal K Pandey
Jt. Secretary               Dr ByapakPaudel

Members                     Dr BabuKaji Shrestha
     Dr Dipak Shrestha
     Dr SurajBajracharya
     Dr BinodBijukache

International Patrons
     Prof. KuniyoshiAbumi – Hokkaido, Japan
     Dr Harvinder S Chhabra – New Delhi, India

National Patrons
     Prof. Lakhan L Shah
     Prof. Ashok R Bajracharya

ASSN has completed almost four years of existence and in these years we have been able to conduct two AO Spine symposium and course in Kathmandu. The first APOA/APSS operative course in Spine was held at Kathmandu Medical College in 2014 and was a great learning experience for all. The first annual meeting of ASSN was held in October 2015 with many foreign faculties and was a huge success as it was first of its kind in any specialty in Orthopaedic Surgery.
We are indeed very grateful that ISSICON 2016 is being held along with the second annual conference of ASSN. We hope the meeting will be a great success and the cooperation with ISIC, SIRC and ASSN would continue in the future as well.