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Call For Nominations

The International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine sponsors an annual award for exceptional achievement in the spinal field. The nominee should be an outstanding scientist, clinician or basic science researcher who has made a major contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field of spinal disorders. The nominations for this award may be proposed by officers of universities, hospitals and/or spine research institutions. The award is to honor anyone who has made great contributions to the medical field, either members or non-members of ISSLS. Please note that there is currently no award money granted to the recipient because of lack of funding. The nomination must be accompanied by:

  • curriculum vitae
  • biographical summary (maximum 2 pages),
  • list of publications
  • an outline of the nominee's contribution to the field of spinal research (maximum 3 pages).
  • 2 sponsoring letters, one from the individual making the nomination and one other from an individual outside the nominating institution.

The award will be presented at the ISSLS Virtual Annual meeting in the beginning of June, 2021. The nomination may be carried forward for the following two years and be updated if necessary. Please send the documents by e-mail to the ISSLS Administrative office:, no later than January 31, 2021   

Past Awards

  • Dr John P. O'Brien, Australia (due to the cancellation of 2020 meeting in Melbourne, Dr O'Brien's award will be at the Virtual meeting in June in 2021)
  • Dr Shin-ichi Kikuchi, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan
    (Kyoto, Japan, June 3-7, 2019)
  • Dr Jeremy Fairbank, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
    (Banff, Canada, May 14-18, 2018)
  • Dr Robert Fraser, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, Australia
    (Athens, May 29 – June 1, 2017)
  • Dr. Max Aebi, Salem-Hirslanden Hospital, Bern, Switzerland
    (Singapore Spineweek May 16-20, 2016)
  • Dr. Richard Deyo, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA
    (San Francisco, CA, USA June 8-12, 2015)
  • Dr. Edward Hanley, Carolinas Medical Center, North Carolina, USA
    (Seoul, Korea June 3-7, 2014)
  • Dr. Steven Garfin, University of California, San Diego, California, USA
    (Scottsdale, AZ, USA May 13-17, 2013)
  • Not awarded 2012
  • Dr. Tapio Videman, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
    (Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14-18, 2011)
  • Dr. Vijay Goel, University of Toledo, USA
    (Auckland, New Zealand, April 13-17, 2010)
  • Not awarded 2009
  • Dr. Vert Mooney of San Diego, CA, USA
    (Geneva, Switzerland May 26-31, 2008)
  • Dr. Jill Urban, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
    (Hong Kong, China, June 10-14, 2007)
  • Dr. James Weinstein of Dartmouth University, Hanover, NH, USA (Bergen, Norway, June 13 17, 2006)
  • Dr. Manohar Panjabi of New Haven, CT, USA,
    (New York, NY, May 10-14, 2005)
  • Dr. Kiyoshi Kaneda of Sapporo, Japan (Porto, Portugal, June 1-5, 2004)
  • Dr. Malcolm Pope of Aberdeen, Scotland
    (Vancouver, Canada, May 13-17, 2003)
  • Dr. Gunnar Andersson of Chicago, IL, USA
    (Cleveland, OH, USA, May 14-18, 2002)
  • Dr. John Frymoyer of Burlington, VT, USA
    (Edinburgh, Scotland, June 19-23, 2001)
  • Professor Alf Nachemson of Sweden
    (Adelaide, Australia April 19-23, 2000)

With sincere appreciation the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine thanks the following companies for their support of the 47th ISSLS Annual Meeting.