Philippe Bancel, M.D., Paris, France (Chairman)
Assistant Cochin Hospital
Assistant Necker Hospital
Member of the French Orthopaedic and Traumatologic Society
Member of the French Scoliosis Research Society
Member and Cofounder of the French Surgical Spine Society
Member of the Educational Spine Committe
Member of the Cervical Spine Research Society
Member of the Board of the Cervical Spine Research Society-European Section
Petr Suchomel, Liberec, Czech Republic [e-mail]
Dr. Petr Suchomel is the Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Liberec Regional Hospital and Chairman of the Neurocentre there. He graduated from Prague’s Charles University and completed his neurosurgical training at Masaryk´s Hospital in the city of Ustí nad Labem, in the Czech Republic. He later founded the Department of Neurosurgery and the Neurocenter at the Liberec Regional Hospital. Dr. Suchomel is a general neurosurgeon performing the entire range of neurosurgical procedures with a particular area of interest focusing on the upper cervical spine and cranio-vertebral junction.
Dr. Suchomel is an internationally recognized spine surgeon who served as the President of EuroSpine (The Spine Society of Europe) from 2003 to 2004. He has presented his work at many international congresses and has organized numerous scientific meetings and courses including co-hosting the 2003 EuroSpine Annual Congress. He has been a member of the executive committees of several prestigious societies including EuroSpine, is currently an Officer of the Cervical Spine Research Society (European Section) and the Czech Neurosurgical Society. He is also a past President of the Czech Spine Surgery Society and current president of Czech Neurosurgical Society. He is on the board of the European Spine Journal and Czech Neurological & Neurosurgical Journal. In 2011 he was appointed as a Professor of neurosurgery at Charles University Prague. He has published over 50 peer reviewed scientific papers and authored several book chapters and two monographs.
Heiko Koller, Bad Wildungen, Germany
PD Dr.med. Heiko Koller was born in 1978 in Germany as son of a German mother and Austrian father. He graduated from the medical school of Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck / Austria in 2003. He successfully completed his residency during 2004 to 2009 at the Department for Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery at the Katharinenhospital Stuttgart, Department for Trauma Surgery and Sports Injuries at the Paracelsus Medical Department, and at the German Scoliosis Center of Werner-Wicker-Clinic, Bad Wildungen / Germany. Heiko Koller did achieve his habilitation at Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg in 2011. He is an active member of German Trauma Society, Austrian Trauma Society, AO Spine International, the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society and German Spine Society. He was awarded with a 2005 travel-ship stipend from the German Trauma Society, a 2007 Travel-ship stipend from the Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg / Austria, a 2009 Mario Boni Award from the Cervical Spine Research Society, and he was scientist of the year 2008 to 2009 of Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg. Heiko Koller works as a reviewer for European Spine Journal and Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. He has published more than 60 publications to date and has presented lectures as well as posters at more than 50 national and international meetings. His special interests focus on the reconstructive surgery for the treatment of the cervical spine as well as thoracolumbar deformities.