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Temple’s Dr. F. Todd Wetzel Named President of the North American Spine Society

POSTED ON November 02, 2016

F. Todd Wetzel, MD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, and an attending physician at Temple University Hospital, has been named President of the North American Spine Society for a one-year term. 

The North American Spine Society (NASS) is a multidisciplinary medical organization dedicated to fostering the highest quality, evidence-based and ethical spine care by promoting education, research and advocacy.

“As a NASS member for 28 years, I have seen this great organization expand and mature to become the leading spine society in the world,” said Dr. Wetzel. “Many years ago, I made the decision that NASS would be my ‘primary’ society due to its incredible diversity and overall excellence. I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to lead this truly remarkable organization.” 

During his tenure, Dr. Wetzel has identified several goals for the coming year that will help improve spine care globally and support NASS members. Those include: advance NASS’ reputation as the premier spine society; maintain its leadership on ethical issues; continuously improve the services NASS provides to its members; expand NASS’ widening international reach; and grow NASS’ advocacy efforts on behalf of patients and members.

Board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Wetzel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Harvard University and his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a General Surgery Internship and Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Yale University in New Haven, CT, and a Spinal Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Tulane University and St. Charles General Hospital in New Orleans, LA.

NASS is comprised of more than 10,000 members from several disciplines, including orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, psychiatry, neurology, radiology, anesthesiology, research and physical therapy. For more information, visit