Editor's Column: Passing the Editorial Torch

By William Sullivan posted 01-17-2019 01:43 PM

For the July/August 2018 issue of SpineLine, I wrote about “Changes.” In my inaugural column for the January/February 2014 issue, I wrote about “Carrying the Torch.” This column is a bit of both.

As of the 2018 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, I begin my year as 1st Vice President of the North American Spine Society. As such, I will be stepping down as Medical Editor of SpineLine. I will have other duties moving forward with NASS, and also think it would have been awkward to write two columns when it came time to write my From the Desk of the President column, even as guest writer during my 1st VP year!

I am very pleased to pass the torch of SpineLine Medical Editor to Jonathan N. Grauer, MD. Jonathan is an orthopedic surgeon from Yale University School of Medicine, and has been a longtime member of the SpineLine Editorial Board. In addition to his other roles, he has been a regular contributor to SpineLine via the Literature Review Commentary columns. He becomes the 5th Medical Editor, and I am sure he will do a fantastic job. I am looking forward to seeing how he puts his own stamp on SpineLine, and how the publication continues to grow and change.

This edition has a special focus on a recap of the 33rd Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. If you were able to attend, I hope you considered it a success. I also hope you have heard about the upcoming changes for the 34th Annual Meeting in Chicago next year. (Watch for more details coming from NASS President, Jeff Wang, MD, in future issues of SpineLine.)

As I complete my role as Medical Editor, I would like to say a special thank you to NASS' editorial staff, Pam Towne, Kelly Campbell and Jeff Karzen. They are the key figures behind the curtain who have kept SpineLine running. While our calls over the years sometimes devolved into discussions about the status of Michigan State athletics, they really are the ones who kept things moving by providing key insight and perspective on all aspects of the publication.

Of course, I’d also like to thank all the contributors and SpineLine Section Editors for their work over the past five years of my term as Medical Editor. I anticipate Dr. Grauer and the editorial staff will continue to be receptive to any comments or suggestions that will help make a difference…

* This column first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of SpineLine. To read more from the issue, click here