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. Prof. Praveen Mishra, Health Secretary, Government of Nepal, was the chief guest for the occasion. All the dignitaries felt that the time has come for super specialty in all fields of orthpaedic 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 shared their experiences and difficulties in starting spine surgery in Nepal and was a great inspiration for all our junior colleagues.
The following are 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 Byapak Paudel
Dr Babu Kaji Shrestha
Dr Dipak Shrestha
Dr Suraj Bajracharya
Dr Binod Bijukache
Prof. Kuniyoshi Abumi – Hokkaido, Japan
Dr Harvinder S Chhabra – New Delhi, India
Prof. Lakhan L Shah
Prof. Ashok R Bajracharya
Prof. Bachchu R K.C.
Dr Saroj K Shrestha
Prof. Ramesh P Singh