Born 1968 in Germany Prof. Dr. med. Frank Kandziora graduated and promoted as Dr. med. from the J. W. Goethe-University in Frankfurt. After starting his training at the OrthopedicUniversityHospital in Frankfurt he moved to the ChariteUniversityHospital in Berlin to further train as a general surgeon and specializes in trauma surgery. After also finishing his orthopedic training and his PhD thesis he became associated Professor (Priv.-Doz.) at the Humboldt-University and Head of the Spine Group at the Center of Musculosceletal Surgery (CMSC) at Charite, Campus Virchow Clinic
(CVK). 2008 he took over the chairmen position at the multidisciplinary Center for Spinal Surgery and Neurotraumatology at the BGUHospital in Frankfurt. Currently he is teaching as a Professor at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt. He has published more than 100 original articles, received multiple scientific awards and is board member of several scientific organizations.
Professor Ciaran Bolger is currently the Head of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience RCSI, Director Research and Development at the National Neurosurgery Unit, Beaumont Hospital Dublin and a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Beaumont Hospital.
Previous positions include consultant appointments at the Frenchay Hospital Bristol UK and the Royal Adelaide Hospital South Australia
He trained in Neurosurgery at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery Liverpool and the Primary Children’s Medical Centre, Salt Lake City Utah USA and in Orthopaedic spinal surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia.
He is a Past Secretary and Past President of EuroSpine (the Spine Society of Europe).
He is a recipient of several international awards including from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, the Presidents Design Award from the President of Singapore, Awards from the Association for the Study of Medical Education, the Biomedical Synergistics Institute, Wichita, Kansas, The Biological Society, Dublin, the Intensive Care Society, UK and the Society of British Neurosurgeons, UK.
He is on the Editorial Board of the European Spine Journal and on the Review Panel or Advisory board of several other Neurosurgery or Spine Journals.
He currently serves on the council of the Society of British Neurosurgeons and the European Spine Foundation and previously served on the Executive of the British Cervical Spine Society. He is the UK representative to both the EANS and WFNS.
He is the Author of numerous book chapters and papers on spinal surgery and has several published patents in the same area.
He is a serial entrepeneur, have been involved in 5 startups 4 of which, todate, have achieved commercialisation.
He is a qualified and enthusuastic pilot. He also served as Candidate Astronaut to the European Space Agency.
Michael Mayer, MD PhD is a Board certified German Orthopaedic - as well as Neurosurgeon specialized in Spinal Surgery. Dr. Mayer grew up in the Southwest of Germany. He graduated from Medical School at Johannes-Gutenberg- University in Mainz/Germany in 1981.
He started his clinical career as a research fellow at the Department of Neuropathology (1982 – 1983) with Prof. Cervos-Navarro and then completed his Neurosurgery as well as his Orthopaedic Surgery residencies with Prof. Mario Brock and Prof. Ulrich Weber at the Free University in Berlin (1983 – 1992). In 1991 he accomplished his PhD in Neurosurgery with an experiental and clinical study on endoscopic disc surgery. He started his specialization in Spine Surgery in 1987 and became Chief Staff Surgeon and Deputy Chairman of the Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery of the Free Univ. of Berlin in 1992.
Since 1998 he is Chairman and Medical Director of the Spine Center at Schön Klinik München Harlaching which is one of the major Spine Centers in Europe ( 2000 Spine Operations/yr; > 10000 Spine Patients in outpatient clinics).
In 2007, his center has been accredited as one of 22 world-wide FIFA Medical Centers of Excellence. He is currently a Professor of Neursurgery at the Paracelsus Medical School in Salzburg/Austria. His current scientific interests are: Spine and Soccer; Microsurgery/Endoscopic Surgery in Disc Herniations in Athletes; Causes of Low Back Pain in Soccer Players; MIS; Total disc replace; CAS.
He has been President of the European Spine Society as well as of the German Spine Society (2006). He has published more than 150 papers in scientific journals and has edited / co-edited 7 books. His is member of the editorial/advisory boards of the European Spine Journal, Operative Orthopedics and Traumatology,The Asian Spine Journal, The Open Spine Journal; The Open Bone Journal. He is also Deputy Editor of The Global Spine Journal.
He has organized more than 40 International Congresses and Workshops such as Eurospine 1999 and The German Spine Congress 2006.
Everard Munting is an orthopaedic surgeon specialised in spinal surgery, graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He interrupted his residency in surgery to lead a successful, five-year multidisciplinary research project in the laboratory of Professor Andre Vincent, for the development of a hip prosthesis specially intended for young patients. He obtained is PhD degree based on this research. After a clinical fellowship in spinal surgery in 1990, at the Toronto General Hospital in the Spinal unit of Prof John Kostuik , he worked 10 years as a staff surgeon for spinal surgery, at the Saint Luc Academic hospital of the University of Louvain and was lecturer in Biomaterials. In 2001, he left the Academic hospital to develop a new Orthopaedic Department of witch he is chairman, at the Clinique Saint Pierre in Ottignies, Belgium, a
teaching hospital of the medical faculty of the Louvain University. He has been active in EuroSpine, the Spine Society of Europe, as an officer since 2001, first in the program committee and later in the Executive committee as member at large and treasurer. He chaired the “Spine Tango” Registry committee until his election as Secretary of Eurospine in 2012. He remains very involved in analysis of outcome of spinal procedures by means of registries. He is a founding member and board member of the Spine Society of Belgium.