The North American Spine Society (NASS) is a global multidisciplinary medical society that utilizes education, research and advocacy to foster the highest quality, ethical, value- and evidence-based spine care for patients. It was antedated by creation of the North American Spine Association in 1984 which aimed to include orthopedist, neurosurgeons, radiologists, rheumatologists, physiatrists, etc. who devoted 50% of their practice to the care of the spine. Concurrently in the same year, the “American College of Spinal Surgeons” (ACSS) was incorporated with the goal of establishing an educational organization dedicated to the advancement of spinal surgery. The latter would be closely allied with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. In the same year, another group of spinal physicians would create the “North American Spine Association” (NASA) which was immediately changed to “North American Lumbar Spine Association” (NALSA). The following year saw the merger of these mushrooming organizations with special interests in spine care. In 1985, the North American Spine Society was officially formed with the merger of the American College of Spinal Surgeons and the North American Lumbar Spine Association and adopted the logo:
In 1985 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of NASS a new logo was adopted. This will be the very first time that NASS will set foot in the Philippines on the occasion of the 5th ASEAN MISST in Manila.