Message from the President
First I want to thank the Middle East Spine Society (MESS) executive members for allowing me to serve as President and to be a part of a society that not only gives knowledge back, but allows friendships to be created within the region. I am following the footsteps of some great leaders in the field of spine practice, namely, Prof. Mehmet Zileli, Godfather of the society, Prof. Abd-Elhafiz Shehab-Eldien, and Prof. Salman Sharif. MESS was formed back in 2010 by individuals who were motivated and persistent in pursuing a goal of success for the spine profession in the Middle East. I intend to keep that goal going.
The next two years comes as a challenge for myself and the executive board as we continue to develop and improve spine practice that reflect our excellence and are beneficial to our members. The proposed activities will be scheduled across the Middle East region throughout the year and consist of basic and advanced knowledge. Both I and our board are excited about the opportunity to give something back to our members.
The second challenge we will have is increasing our membership. Like with other societies, many of our members are entering the twilight of their careers and are looking forward to a much deserved work and retirement. With that said we need to bring some youth into the association. That already starts at the start of this year. We already added active youth members from many countries into our executive board. We will continually add new active members and are always growing, are the ones that thrive and have the most activities. If any member needs any help or ideas, me as well as any member of the board, are always there (so to speak) to answer any questions.
Several opportunities will be available throughout the year to meet for education as well as networking with individuals within our society. This society has a wealth of knowledge, and when combined with the networking opportunities, has helped create long term relationships which have been priceless. Our meetings, newsletters and our case discussion email group are always there. Discussions never end.
For our current members and perspective members I want to assure you that my intention, and that of the board, is to grow without limits. We will stay focused on remaining as a benefit to our members while also staying current with standards, updates and requirements of spine practice. I look forward to a productive successful presidency and invite each of you to participate, and most important become involved.
Mohamed Mohi Eldin, Prof. of Neurosurgery, Cairo University
President and Chairman MESS
As we move into this new year for the Middle East Spine Society, the executive committee and I would like to thank every member for being part of our society. We would especially like to thank the founding members for their never ending enthusiasm and passion for the society. Without the support of our members and affiliated societies, we would not have progressed this far. In the coming years, we hope to continue to contribute on a larger scale to the education and training in the field of spine through multiple scientific activities.
Middle East Spine Society is unique for its affiliation with neurosurgical institutes from many different countries. We have already performed various workshops and courses with various international and regional societies and would like to continue to do so. We want to endeavor to collaborate and work with other organizations including WFNS, WSCS, ACNS, PSN, MNS, BSS, and Turkish MISS. This divergence will create a vast network that will enable us to exchange the knowledge and neurosurgical practices that will help young neurosurgeons be the best in their field. This year, we plan to take the society to a whole new level.
While achieving new heights, the main objectives of the society set by Professor Mehmet Zileli will remain the building blocks for us. We will continue to spread the message, and research into the cause, prevention and cure of human diseases in the field of spine surgery, just the way our founding President Prof Mehmet Zileli did. I would also like to appreciate the precedent President of MESS Abd-Elhafiz Shehab-Eldien for his excellent efforts. As the President of MESS, I again welcome you all and hope to have all the spinal facilities in our region to be of high standards and at par with all the top institutions in the world.
Professor Salman Sharif
President of the Society
Middle East Spine Society (MESpine) is a very young society and I invite all spine surgeons in this part of the world to be a part of our growing scientific and educational association. The idea of the society has been founded during an international conference (1st Middle East Neurosurgical Symposia) organized at Istanbul in April 2010. The official foundation and first executive committee was built in 2011 in Cairo.
The major aim of the MESpine is to develop and promote the art and science of spine surgery and take it to much higher levels. After four main meetings and many courses and activities in different arenas, the society gets more mature. I am sure it will gain more power with contributions of members.
Prof. Dr. Mehmet Zileli
Honorary President of the Society
Founding President 2011-2015