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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.


Barcelona 2017 - Programme

XXIst  CSRS-ES ‘Hands On’ Cadaver dissection & Instructional Course

The purpose of this course is to train young spine surgeons in basic techniques of preparation, decompression and instrumentation in the cervical spine and its junction zones. Our intention is to train surgical skills and the basic principles of hardware placement, rather than product related techniques.

The course will be a combined lecture and hands on event. The faculty, all experienced CSRS members, will present short lectures on different topics to explain the steps of anatomical preparation and the surgical techniques. 

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Hotel for participants in 2017:

Gallery Hotel Roselló, 249

08008 Barcelona

+34 93.415.99.11

+34 93.415.91.84

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Hotel is located in Barcelona downtown and will be booked by us after your registration.   

Program for the course

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Faculty members have not received any economic support from any company or commercial organization.

XXIst ‘Hands On’ Cadaver Dissection & Instructional Course; October 19-20th 2017, Barcelona, Spain