The North American Spine Society recognized two physicians and two researchers for their work as part of its 2022 Recognition Awards.
Henry Farfan Award: John Hipp, PhD. Dr. Hipp has been recognized for his contributions to basic scientific research on the spine, according to an Oct. 11 press release from NASS. He joined NASS in 2007 and has served on the Spine Journal peer review board since 2013. For the past 33 years he has dedicated his work to the spine and orthopedics. He led the Spine Research Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston for more than a decade and founded Medical Metrics, a central medical imaging laboratory, in 2000.
David Selby Award: Jamie Baisden, MD. Dr. Baisden has been a member of NASS for 27 years and has served on several committees. She has over 80 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters. His work has made significant contributions to the science, education and management of spinal care, according to NASS.
Léon Wiltse Prize: Virginie Lafage. Dr. Lafage joined NASS in 2009 and has had over 300 podiums and 150 posters accepted for presentation at NASS meetings. She was a mechanical engineer in France and then pursued a doctorate in biomechanics. With her mentors, she has developed research on sagittal spinopelvic alignment, spinal deformity in adults, cervical deformity and soft tissue analysis.
Spine Advocacy Award: R. Dale Blasier, MD. Dr. Blasier is a professor of orthopedics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. He served as Orthopedic Advisor to the AMA’s Relative Value Update Committee from 2002 to 2008 and AMA House of Delegates Representative for the American Orthopedic Association and NASS. He was also the NASS representative on the AAOS Specialty Board and co-chaired the NASS Coding Committee. He is active on NASS policy and legislative engagement committees.