Visiting Surgeon Program

In 2018, two surgeons will be supported as a Visiting Surgeon through a grant from IASA.


VSP is designed to facilitate educational exchange between interested spine surgeons for the benefit of practicing surgeons in India and their patients. Each visiting surgeon will be selected and based upon their expertise in a specific area of interest to the host clinic, such as minimally invasive procedures, degenerative spine, tumor, trauma, pediatric deformity, etc. Host clinics will, with the visiting surgeon, design a program agenda that accomplishes the goals of the visit. Minimally, the visiting surgeon would be expected to give a grand rounds lecture to faculty and staff, participate in patient clinics, educating residents and staff surgeons, participate in local conferences as may be held, and where feasible, participate in or observe surgical procedures. Duration of each visit will be subject to the program content. IASA will support a VSP up to 5 days at the host clinic.


IASA will cover the following expenses:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Lodging up to 5-nights stay depending upon program agenda.
  • Any cost associated with an extended stay beyond the 5-nights will be the responsibility of the attendee or the sponsoring host.
Application procedure

Applications should be submitted at least 90 days in advance of the preferred VSP dates. All communication should be emailed or mailed to Nazie Dana, IASA Program Director, at:


Host Application Visitor Application


A Rare Opportunity for IASA

Academic Mentorship at King George’s Medical University, Lucknow

In February, King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow launched a week of spine education, culminating with a one-day CME component including didactic presentations and live surgical demonstrations.

The first day, an interactive session was held at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, with live cervical surgery by the neurosurgical team and residents.

On the next day, 54 delegates at KGMU attended an inter-departmental meeting of facult
y and residents with grand rounds, bedside visits, video and case presentations, and surgeries.

Day 3 was the CME course where 150 delegates from all over Uttar Pradesh attended lectures and observed live surgery with direct telecast and two-way communication between both theaters. This meeting was unique in that neither the delegates had to pay for registration, nor were the patients charged for their implants.

Two past and present IASA Board members were invited as guest faculty to participate in the talks and perform the surgeries: Dr. Arvind Jayaswal, Head of Spine Surgery at Primus Super Specialty Hospital in New Delhi, and Dr. Dilip Sengupta, Director of the Center for Scoliosis & Advanced Spine Surgery in Mansfield, Texas. Dr. Jayaswal is presently a member of IASA’s Board of Directors, while Dr. Sengupta just completed his duties at the end of 2016. Travel expenses for both were supported by IASA’s Visiting Surgeon Program.

Day 4 consisted of open Q & A, and a quiz for the residents. Finally, the activities culminated with Dr. Dilip Sengupta receiving KGMU’s prestigious, honorary ‘AN Srivastava Oration Award’. More than 350 participants from all disciplines, including the general public and media, attended the ceremony.

The enthusiasm generated by this 4 day long program confirmed Prof. Kant, Vice-Chancellor of KGMU’s support for establishing a world class spine center at the university as encouraged by the head of the spinal surgery department and course director, Prof. Srivastava. A DPR (detailed project report) to pursue funding from the local and state governments is being prepared. Prof. Srivastava hopes to make this course an annual event at KGMU. More future collaboration between the center and IASA is being considered.