Society Behind the Project

About the Society behind the project

Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI)

Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) was launched on 18th December 1985. The aim of ASSI is to bring all the spine surgeons together under one umbrella and to promote scientific spine care, both surgical and non-surgical, in India through the medium of national, regional and local meetings, symposia, CMEs, workshops and conferences. At present the association has around 2000 members in it.

The first ever major meeting on spine held in India was in 1983, at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. It was an International meeting on Spinal Trauma, organized by Major Ahluwalia, a non-medico army officer, who himself was a traumatic quadriplegic. During this meeting Dr. V T Ingalhalikar interacted with many Orthopedic surgeons from various parts of country. They all agreed that spine care and scientific deliberations were inadequately done all over

Dr. A .V. Bavdekar, Dr.K.T. Dholakia, Dr. K.V. Chaubal and Dr V T Ingalalhikar were instrumental in forming an association of spine surgeons. In September 1985, Dr. Dholakia hosted a meeting which was attended by Dr. Chaubal, Dr. Bavdekar and Dr V T Ingalalhikar. The Decision was taken to launch : ASSOCIATION OF SPINE SURGEONS OF INDIA.

ASSI’s Motto is “if we are doing it, let us do it better”. The association promotes any spine related scientific activity, anywhere in India. ASSI has also helped formation of local spine bodies.

ASSI has been implementing two year fellowship programs in centers across India. ASSI also conducts outreach programs across the country and has come out with its journal, capacity development program, textbook as well as monographs. The society has been a strong propagator of research and has launched research grant awards, established a Spine Registry and a mobile application APP based case discussion forum.