President's Message - January, 2020

To say the least, 2020 was an uncommon year.  However, the CSRS was extremely fortunate to have an uncommon leader, Rick Sasso, lead us as President during this unprecedented storm.  To guide our society amidst the chaos and uncertainty of a once-in-a-hundred-year pandemic required uncommon flexibility, vision, and wisdom.  I want to personally thank Rick for his deft leadership skills and congratulate him for bringing our society to even greater heights, despite the immense challenges of the pandemic. 

Here is just a partial of list of Dr. Sasso’s accomplishments as President in 2020:

I am extremely proud of Rick’s accomplishments for our society and offer him our sincere gratitude.  I look forward to building on his momentum.  Our goals in 2021 will be to further expand upon our role as THE global research and educational leader on the cervical spine.  In order to do this, we will embark this year on three specific outreach initiatives:

As you can see, we have an ambitious agenda of new initiatives to reach out to new constituents who can benefit from our knowledge, and to increase our already considerable sphere of influence on the cervical spine.

In addition to these new initiatives, we will continue to focus on our existing foundational activities which comprise the core activities of our society.  The annual research grant and abstract submission cycles will kick off soon – please be on the lookout for them.

Our next Annual Meeting and ICL will run from Dec 1-4, 2021, in the great city of Atlanta, my hometown.  At this point, we are planning for a full, in-person meeting.  Steve Ludwig and Sam Cho will be Annual Meeting Co-Chairs, and Neil Wright and Brian Kwon will be ICL Co-Chairs.  They will create an incredible meeting.  Please save those dates, mark your calendars, and plan to join us – you will not be disappointed!

Finally, I am truly humbled to be entrusted with the keys to this amazing society.  To me, the CSRS has always been the premier spine organization.  I will do my best to hold on to all the things that make our society and meetings amongst the greatest and most prestigious in the world, while at the same time, look for opportunities to further leverage who we are for the advancement of cervical spine research and education worldwide.  Please partner with me and contact me with any suggestions, comments, or concerns you may have.  I look forward to an amazing year for the CSRS.    Thank you for the tremendous honor of serving as President.

Sincerely yours,


       John Rhee, MD