SMISS was officially formed as a non-profit organization in 2007
The relevance of a meeting dedicated to teaching MISS techniques was immediately recognized; so a second, larger meeting was organized in 2007. A small sub-set of surgeons recognized the need for a non-aligned, non-profit academic body to define, standardize and teach the new approaches to MISS techniques.
The Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) was officially formed as a non-profit organization in 2007 and nine Board of Directors, who in large part corresponded to the original members registered in the first SMISS Bylaws, managed the organization.
- Launch of SMISS website-June.
- First official SMISS Annual Conference in Las Vegas with 112 medical attendees.
- Development and launch of the Patient Resources Center on the SMISS website.
- SMISS Strategic Planning Meeting - active decision to collect clinical MISS data.
- SMISS Membership Launch, May 2009 - membership reached 99 by the end of 2009.
- 2nd SMISS Annual Conference in Las Vegas attracted 181 medical attendees.
- Creation of the pilot SMISS Registry.
- 3rd SMISS Annual Conference in Miami, 184 registered medical attendees.
- 1st cadaver training course (inside Annual Conference): 55 registrants for 11 stations.
- Launched the SMISS Prospective Registry - sponsored by Globus, joimax, and Orthofix.
- 1st SMISS Spring CME-accredited Cadaver Workshop in Miami draws 24 registrants for 6 stations.
- SMISS creates online CME accredited lecture series using presentations from 2010 annual congress.
- SMISS builds a pilot "core" curriculum to test surgeon interest in a formal MISS education program.
- 4th SMISS Annual Conference in Las Vegas, registrations topped 202, an 80% increase in 3 years!
- Launch of SMISS Core Curriculum, online MISS lecture series.
- 2nd SMISS Spring CME accredited Cadaver Workshop in Miami: 19 completed the course.
- SMISS Board Meeting, Chicago, 9th June: approval for change in strategic direction.
- 5th SMISS Annual Conference runs in Miami - 225 registrations.