The American College of Spine Surgery was organized in 1999 with Charles D. Ray serving as the founding president.
The College was created with the following objectives:
- to promote suitable and appropriate education and training in the field of spine surgery;
- to sponsor suitable and appropriate educational programs in the field of spine surgery; and
- to accredit suitable and appropriate residency and fellowship training programs in the field of spine surgery.
A. Nick Shamie, M.D.