Visiting Surgeon Program

By the end of 2019, five surgeons will have been supported as a Visiting Surgeon this year 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. The program works in two ways:

  1. Surgeons from India can apply for a 3-5 day visit to the US or the UK to hone their skills in a specific technique. This opportunity is for more experienced surgeons only.
  2. An institution in India can request a seasoned surgeon from abroad to visit the hospital. The 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.


Application procedure

Limited to 5 opportunities in each calendar year, the eligible surgeons should:

  • • Have at least 7 years of practice in spine surgery.
  • • With their application, include a short paragraph as to what they’d like to achieve during their visit.
  • • Include their CV.


Applications should be submitted at least 90 days in advance of the preferred VSP dates. All communication should be emailed to


Host Application Visitor Application


A VSP with Dr. Munish Gupta

At the outset I thank the IASA for selecting me for the VSOP in Colorado, United States between July 15th to 19th 2019. It was a very wonderful experience to be with Prof. Vikas Patel, Professor and Head of Spine Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedics, Colorado University Hospital.

For the 1st and 2nd day, I was attached with Dr. Christopher J Kleck and Dr. Wu Yang.
Next 3 days I had the great opportunity to be with Dr. Vikas Patel. On 1st day I attended the OP clinic and the follow up. On 16th July 2019 the role of long segment Lumbo Pelvic fixation for degenerative scoliosis was discussed.

Another interesting case of failed neck surgery with Cervical Lordotic correction was seen.

Between 2nd to 5th day: Were able to see Cervical Laminectomy foraminotomy and C3-T2 Posterior Cervical Fusion and operated with MEP and Neuro monitoring. Interesting case of Coflex – Interspinous spacer was done for a degenerative lumbar spondylosis. Minimally invasive anterior Lumbar Interbody fusion was seen through Retroperitoneal approach. Cervical disc Replacement Mobi-C was observed for 2 levels.

An interesting case of plasmacytoma and focused radio frequency ablation in middorsal vertebra T8 Myeloma/Tumor. L3-L4 oblique lateral interbody fusion combined with posterior fusion was also observed.

I thoroughly enjoyed the stay and logistics and other arrangements done by Ms nazie without any hiccups. Apart from this, I visited the natural Museum at Colorado Leonardo Davinci Lab and the International soccer stadium.

Let me once again Thank Dr. Vikas Patel, University of Colorado Hospital, ASSI & IASA for this excellent VSOP for our ASSI Members and I wish to pass on the benefit for other members also.

Thank you.
With Regards,

Prof. Dr. R. Sivakumar
Chairman & Executive Director
Preethi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center (PIMS)
Preethi Multi Super Specialty Hospitals,
Madurai 625 007
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