Welcome address

This year the idea of having a joint meeting, bringing Balkan Spine Societies together at the same time and place, originates from the need of lifelong learning and interactive education on spine pathology and surgery.

The program of this meeting is multi-thematic and emphasis is given on controversial issues in spinal surgery as well as on new aspects such as tissue engineering and spinal technology advances. This unique collaborative meeting between Balkan countries will give an exceptional opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences.

We are certain that this three day program will provide new insights that you can apply to your practice as we will review the latest in spine surgery techniques and research, discuss our most complicated cases and debate clinical and surgical problems.

It is my honor and pleasure to invite you all to participate in the 13th Panhellenic Spine Congress & 43rd Symposium “N. Giannestras – P. Smyrnis” with international attendance.

I welcome you to the city of Ioannina, the city of Medicine, hoping that you will enjoy your visit through its unique culture, picturesque sights and traditional gastronomy.
My best regards,

Ioannis D. Gelalis M.D, PhD.
President of the Hellenic Spine Society.