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Obituary - Dr José Casamitjana

Dear Colleagues,

On May 5th we have lost a faithfully member of the Society and a good friend, José Casamitjana after he suffered from the consequences of a biking accident.

 

He graduated in 1974 from medical school and started his training as orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona between 1974 and 1979. He finished his specialisation in Cervical Spine Pathology within the Department of Traumatology at the same hospital in 1986.  From 1998 until 2013, Dr. Casamitjana has been the Head of Cervical Spine Pathology at the same hospital.

 

He was an engaged clinician, an expert surgeon, and an excellent teacher.

 

In 2001 he was awarded with the “Mario Boni Award” for the best research paper presented at the annual meeting of the CSRS-Europe in Turin, Italy. He was very much involved in our Society, but also in our sister societies in the United States and Asia Pacific. Since 2001 he was a member of the Board of the CSRS-Europe. In 2011 he was elected as President of our Society. He organized the cadaveric instructional courses in Barcelona and was very open for any suggestions that could improve the quality of this course. Thanks to the efforts of José these courses have been highly appreciated by the participants.

 

José was an honest man who took hospitality to the highest level, not only during courses and annual meetings, but also personally. He was very active, and also enjoyed life very much. He always spoke with love about his wife, his children, and especially his grandchildren with whom all our thoughts are now. We have lost a great man and a wonderful friend. He was an outstanding and committed member of our Society.

 

Past President

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Bengt I Lind, MD. PhD. Gothenburg (Göteborg), Sweden

He studied medicine in Göteborg, Sweden and had his medical degree in 1974, became specialist in orthopedic surgery in 1980 and took his PhD in 1988 on “Unstable Cervical Spine Injuries” at Sahlgrenska University hospital, Göteborg. He started his spine training in beginning of 1980’s and became consultant surgeon at the same hospital in 1988 and later associate professor. He spent a research year at the UCSD, San Diego in the beginning of 90’s and was the head of the department of Orthopedics at the Sahlgrenska Hospital for 6 years and chief of spine. He left the hospital in 2007 to start the “Spine Center Göteborg” together with two spine colleagues.

During the years he has had numerous publications in peer review papers and he has also been active in teaching and was responsible for the resident programme at the department of Orthopedic, Sahlgrenska, for several years. He has supervised several doctorial theses and his main focus in research has been spine and especially degenerative and traumatic conditions of the cervical spine. He is a member of and has been president of the Swedish Spine Society and was an officer on the Swedish spine register board (SweSpine) for two years.

Regularly he has attended and presented papers at the CSRS meeting both in the US and in Europe since 1983 and has been a member of and officer of the e-CSRS board since several years.