27-29 April 2012 | The Westin, Sydney
Spine Society of Australia 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting
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Keynote Speakers


International Speakers

Choll Kim

Dr Choll Kim

Dr. Choll Kim graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School and completed his fellowship training in complex spine surgery at the Mayo Clinic. He is board certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Kim is a nationally known expert in the modern field of computer-assisted minimally invasive spine surgery. He has trained specialists throughout the country on the safe and effective application of state-of-the-art techniques using image guidance and navigation technologies.

Dr. Kim utilizes a broad range of minimally invasive treatments to effectively treat all aspects of complex spinal disorders, including spinal stenosis, spinal deformities (such as scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, and kyphosis), traumatic injuries, tumors, and infections throughout the entire spine from the neck to the low back.

A leader in his field, Dr. Kim is the founder of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS), director of the Minimally Invasive Spine Center at Alvarado Hospital and associate clinical professor at UCSD. He is a Qualified Medical Evaluator and a past voting member of the FDA Orthopedic Devices Panel which reviews all new spinal technologies. Additionally, Dr. Kim is an active member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and past-president of the San Diego Chapter of the Western Orthopaedic Association.

Pierce Nunley

Dr Pierce Nunley


Pierce Nunley, M.D., brings international experience to his position as the director of the Spine Institute of Louisiana. He received his M.D. from the University of Kansas Medical College and did his internship and residency at LSU Health Sciences Center, where he has served as a clinical instructor since 1999 and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery since 2006.

He completed a spine fellowship at the University of Basel in Switzerland in 1996 and at the Dallas Spine Group Texas Southwestern in 1997.  Dr. Nunley is board certified by both the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and by the American Board of Spine Surgery where he serves as the Chairman for a second term.

Dr. Nunley is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, serves on the research fund management committee of the North American Spine Society, is a board member of the American College of Spine Surgery and has membership in the Southern Orthopaedic Association and Louisiana State Medical Society. He serves on the board of the Spine Institute of Louisiana Foundation.

He is published in numerous journals and books and has presented multiple papers in the Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Middle East, as well as all over the United States. 

Nunley was awarded the 2011 Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) 21st Century Grant, awarded the Best Clinical Science Paper at NASS 2011, and the Outstanding Surgical Science Paper for the Spine Journal in 2010.   He has numerous patents including winning a 2010 Spine Technology award for one of his inventions.

His daughter, Jasmine Virginia is sophomore in high school and not only a scholar, but an award winning artist and musician.

Dr. Nunley enjoys traveling and digital photography.  He performs and composes music for voice, guitar, violin and piano.  Other hobbies include tennis, golf, bicycling, swimming, diving, and skiing.

Jeffrey S. Roh

Dr Jeffrey S. Roh

Dr. Roh is a fellowship-trained Spine Surgeon with Orthopedics International Spine.  He hails from the Pacific Northwest and graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle.  Dr. Roh received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin (formerly Marquette University Medical School) and continued his training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio were he completed an internship in General Surgery and an Allen Scholar Research Fellowship.  Dr. Roh completed his residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery from Case Western Reserve University and the University Hospitals of Cleveland under Dr. Henry Bohlman.  He then completed a Spine and Scoliosis Surgery Fellowship at Cornell University’s renowned orthopedic hospital, the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. 

In addition to his research fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Roh was involved in a NIH Medical Student Research Fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin under Dr. Howard An.  He has published numerous articles in a variety of prestigious publications such as the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Orthopedic Clinics of North America, and Spine.  He has presented his research at numerous national scientific meetings such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Cervical Spine Research Society, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spine Society.

Dr. Roh believes that it is an honor to be given the responsibility and privilege of taking care of his patients.  He looks forward to every interaction with all of his patients and recognizes that each person brings with him/herself highly unique and interesting problems that require a thoughtful, personalized solution.  As a physician and surgeon with expertise in the spine, he specializes in adult and pediatric spinal disorders and employs both non-surgical and surgical treatments to address the symptoms that can arise from abnormal spinal function.