Association of Spine Surgeons of India ASSI
The first ever major meeting on spine held in India was in 1983, at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
It was an International meeting on Spinal Trauma, organized by Major Ahluwalia, a non-medico army officer, who himself was a traumatic quadriplegic.
During this meeting Dr. V T Ingalhalikar interacted with many Orthopedic surgeons from various parts of country.
They all agreed that spine care and scientific deliberations were inadequately done all over . Dr. A .V. Bavdekar, Dr.K.T. Dholakia, Dr. K.V. Chaubal and Dr V T Ingalalhikar were instrumental in forming an association of spine surgeons.
In September 1985, Dr. Dholakia hosted a meeting which was attended by Dr. Chaubal, Dr. Bavdekar and Dr V T Ingalalhikar.
The Decision was taken to launch : ASSOCIATION OF SPINE SURGEONS OF INDIA. On 18th December 1985, at Hotel Centaur, Mumbai during WESTERN INDIA REGIONAL ORTHOPEDIC CONFERENCE of Bombay Orthopedic Society,
Dr V T Ingalhalikar gave small speech about need for a separate forum for 'Spine' and declared formation of ASSOCIATION OF SPINE SURGEONS OF INDIA.
Within 2 hours 19 people signed in to join the membership.
It is Interesting to note that North American Spine Society was formed in 1984.
British Spine Society was formed 1986.