SIS Divisions and Committees

 


Board-Level Committees - Click Here to Read Board Bios

Audit Committee

Matthew Smuck, MD- Chair

Josh Rittenberg, MD

Executive Committee
Matthew Smuck, MD- Chair
Scott Horn, DO

David J. (D.J.) Kennedy, MD
Timothy Maus, MD

Josh Rittenberg, MD

Finance and Budget Committee

Scott Horn, DO - Chair
David J. (D.J.) Kennedy, MD

Timothy Maus, MD

Fundraising Committee

Zachary L. McCormick, MD - Chair
Benoy Benny, MD
Fred DeFrancesch, MD
Emanuel Narcis Husu, MD
Steven Kozmary, MD
Ryan Mattie, MD
David O'Brien Jr., MD
Kieran Slevin, MD
Jeffrey Summers, MD
Jayesh C. Vallabh, MD, MBA

Membership Committee

Josh Rittenberg, MD - Chair
Laura Andima, MD
Anand Gandhi, MD
G. Michael Hess, MD
Senthil Jayaseelan, MBBS
Mark Johnston, MMed
Zbig Kirkor, MD, PhD
Lon J. Lutz, MD, DABPM
Stephen Massimi, MD
Renee S. Melfi, MD
Marcello G. Meli, MD
Byron J. Schneider, MD
Eric Shoemaker, DO
Virtaj Singh, MD

Diversity Task Force
Marzena Buzanowska, MD
Eduardo E. Icaza, MD
Jennifer M. Lee, MD
Charles Odonkor, MD, MA
Oludare Olatoye, MD
Kate Sully, MD

Nominating Committee

David J. (D.J.) Kennedy, MD - Chair

Richard Derby, MD
Timothy Maus, MD

 


Education Division

Mission/Purpose

To foster evidence-based physician education for optimal patient outcomes.

Charges

  1. Create live and online CME activities according to the SIS Guidelines and all ACCME accreditation Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support.
  2. Instruct physicians in appropriate methodologies for precision diagnostic and therapeutic spine intervention procedures at our ACCME-accredited bio-skills labs and conferences.
  3. Facilitate the instructor advancement process and administer new instructor examinations for the SIS instructor panel.
  4. Provide the SIS core curriculum to countries around the world without formal interventional spine education programs.
  5. Promote safe, effective, scientific practices in the specialty.


Staff Contacts

Anne Rounds, CMP, HMCC
Senior Director of Meetings and Education
 


Members

Alison Stout, DO - Chair
David M. Sibell, MD - Vice-Chair

Ramesh Bathina, MD
Aaron Calodney, MD
Allen S. Chen, MD, MPH
Isaac Cohen, MD
Fred DeFrancesch, MD
Felix E. Diehn, MD
Jason Eldrige, MD
Michael B. Furman, MD, MS
Lisa Huynh, MD
Stephen Johnson, MD
Rodney Jones, MD
Edvin Koshi, MD
W. David Mauck, MD
Chris  Morelli, DO
Scott Naftulin, DO
Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd
Matthew Pingree, MD
Wenchun Qu, MD
Narayana Varhabhatla, MD
Ronald Wasserman, MD
Brian F. White, DO
Aaron Yang, MD

Annual Meeting Program Committee (Annual Meeting)
Vinil Shah, MD - Chair
Scott Naftulin, Vice Chair
Marzena Buzanowska, MD
Lisa Doan, MD
Scott Kreiner, MD
David C. Miller, MD
Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd
Jaymin Patel, MD
Byron J. Schneider, MD
Virtaj Singh, MD
Alison Stout, DO
Patricia Zheng, MD

CME Committee
David M. Sibell, MD - Chair
Allen Chen, MD, MPH - Vice-Chair

Alison Stout, DO

Instructor Development Committee

Isaac Cohen, MD - Chair
Fred DeFrancesch, MD
Timothy Houden, MD
Rodney Jones, MD
Alison Stout, DO
Brian F. White, DO

SpineNet Committee
Michael B. Furman, MD, MS - Chair

Scott Naftulin, DO
Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd

 


Health Policy Division

Mission/Purpose

To preserve appropriate patient access to quality spine interventions through working with private payers; government, legislative, and regulatory entities; as well as other medical societies, in order to assure proper level of reimbursement, appropriate coverage criteria and optimal practice environment for qualified practicing physicians.

Charges

  1. Work with government and private payers to promote appropriate coverage policies for these vital procedures at the national, state, and local level.
  2. Educate payers and government entities about the benefits of spinal interventions and conscientious application of evidence.
  3. Promote appropriate coding and reimbursement by actively participating in panels developing CPT codes and payment values for each procedure.
  4. Provide input on regulations, legislation, and rules that impact the field of spinal interventions.

The Health Policy Division oversees the Spine Intervention Society's initiatives related to health policy, coverage, reimbursement, practice management, and scope of practice issues related to spine interventions.


Staff Contacts

Belinda Duszynski
Senior Director of Policy and Practice

Sandra Ray, MPH
Manager of Policy and Practice 


Members

D. Scott Kreiner, MD- Chair
Marzena M. Buzanowska, MD
Richard G. Chang, MD, MPH
Akhil Chhatre, MD
Dustin Cole, MD
Jason S. Eldrige, MD
Scott Horn, DO
Wesley Ibazebo, MD
Joshua Levin, MD
W. David Mauck, MD
Ariz R. Mehta, MD
Brandon Messerli, DO
Michael Molter, DO
David O’Brien, Jr, MD
Yusef Sayeed, MD
Virtaj Singh, MD
Kate Sully, MD
Jayesh C. Vallabh, MD, MBA
Graham E. Wagner, MD
Ronald Wasserman, MD


International Division

Mission/Purpose

To promulgate SIS involvement and growth outside of the United States.

Charges

  1. Serve the international member community by reviewing, categorizing, and prioritizing concerns and needs from various regions and bringing appropriate matters to the Board of Directors as information, discussion, or action.
  2. Implement and manage an open call for SIS Outreach Course proposals, review the proposals, and provide report along with a ranking to the Board of Directors.
  3. Develop and implement international membership growth efforts.
  4. Form the European Congress Program Committee to prepare each year’s program, utilizing collaboration and guidance from the Education Division.


Staff Contact

Anne Rounds, CMP, HMCC
Senior Director of Meetings and Education


Members

John MacVicar, MB ChB – Chair
Stephan Klessinger, MD – Vice-Chair

Iain Bell, MB ChB
Javier De Andrés Ares, MD
Christine El Yahchouchi, MD
Michiel Schepers, MD
Geoffrey Speldewinde, MB BS
John Tanner, MB BS


Research Division

Mission/Purpose

Oversee the Spine Intervention Society's initiatives related to fostering research.

Charges

  1. Comply with the strategic plan as adopted by the Spine Intervention Society Board of Directors and ensure that the organization-wide goals of integrity and promotion of best evidence are considered in all activities.
  2. In collaboration with the SIS Board of Directors, define high priority research topics and promote submission of grant applications on these topics.
  3. Provide guidance and mentorship to SIS members seeking assistance with research protocol development.
  4. Appraise research grant applications submitted by SIS members and make recommendations to the Board relative to funding.
  5. Oversee and provide feedback to principal investigators of the Spine Intervention Society-funded research projects.
  6. Review and select abstracts for presentation at educational meetings such as the Annual Meeting.

Staff Contacts

Belinda Duszynski
Senior Director of Policy and Practice

Sandra Ray, MPH
Manager of Policy and Practice


Members

David S. Levi, MD – Chair
Byron J. Schneider, MD - Vice-Chair

Jeremy Beckworth, MD
Srinivas Chiravuri, MD
Aaron Conger, DO
Joe Lee, MD
Vance Lehman, MD
Dermot P. Maher, MD, MS
Charles Odonkor, MD, MA
Pedro M. Gonçalves Pereira, MD, PhD
Nathaniel M. Schuster, MD
Anthony Schwarzer, MD, PhD
David Spanier, MD
W. Evan Rivers, DO
Yi Zhang, MD, PhD, MHS
Patricia Zheng, MD


Standards Division

Mission/Purpose

Oversee the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) initiatives related to evidence-based products, such as guidelines and systematic reviews.

Charges

  1. Comply with the strategic plan as adopted by the SIS Board of Directors and ensure that the organization-wide goals of integrity and promotion of best evidence are considered in all activities.
  2. Guide the development of guidelines and systematic reviews.
  3. Provide input on topic selection for the Spine Intervention Society's guidelines and systematic reviews.
  4. Respond to requests for commentary on relevant evidence-based documents, including clinical practice guidelines, systematic reviews and AUCs.
  5. Develop course curriculum related to evidence-based medicine.

Staff Contacts

Belinda Duszynski
Senior Director of Policy and Practice

Sandra R. Ray, MPH
Manager of Policy and Practice


Members

Milan Stojanovic, MD – Chair
Clark C. Smith, MD MPH - Vice Chair
Zachary L. McCormick, MD - Vice Chair

Fred DeFrancesch, MD
Lisa Doan, MD
Andrew Engel, MD
D. Scott Kreiner, MD
David C. Miller, MD
Ameet S. Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd
Byron J. Schneider, MD
Anil Sharma, MD


Patient Safety Committee

Mission/Purpose

Develop and promote best practice recommendations to help ensure the safety of patients undergoing interventional spine procedures.

Charges

  1. Comply with the strategic plan as adopted by the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) Board of Directors and ensure that the organization-wide goals of integrity and promotion of best evidence are considered in all activities.
  2. Perform evidence reviews on patient safety topics of importance to SIS members and interventional spine patients.
  3. Establish and promote best practice recommendations to help ensure safety of patients undergoing spinal interventions.
  4. Work with the Education Division to develop course materials and presentations addressing key patient safety issues/best practice recommendations for relevant courses.
  5. Collaborate, as appropriate, with other medical specialty organizations and governmental agencies to promote and advocate for best practice recommendations.

Members

Zachary McCormick, MD – Chair
Jaymin Patel, MD - Vice Chair

Vivek Babaria, DO
Haewon Jennifer Lee, MD
Ryan Mattie, MD
David C. Miller, MD
Alexandra Paraskos, MD
Adrian Popescu, MD
Mathew Saffarian, DO
Byron Schneider, MD
Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH
Shaan Sudhakaran, MD
Patricia Zheng, MD


Evidence Analysis Committee

Members

Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH – Chair
Byron J. Schneider, MD - Vice-Chair

Joseph E. Amos, MD

Arsenio Avila, MD

Ramesh Bathina, MD

Brian Boies, MD

David Cheng, MD
Robert Chow, MD
Reza Ehsanian, MD, PhD
Jatinder Gill, MD
Alan Gonzalez-Cota, MD
Johan Hambraeus, MD
R. Sterling Haring, DO
Jessica Jameson, MD
Anand B. Joshi, MD, MHA
Steven M. Lobel, MD
Marc Maes, MD
Kevin Martinez, MD
Ryan Mattie, MD
Michael McKenna, MD
Matthew G. Michaels, MD
Adrian Popescu, MD
George Rappard, MD
Nathaniel M. Schuster, MD
Marc A. Valley, MD, MPH, MSSM
To-Nhu Vu, MD
Zirong Zhao, MD, PhD

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