Community Involvement


A Vision Whose Time Has Come

Over the last several years, Dr. Kern Singh of Rush University Medical Center along with other spine surgeons, have hosted informal gatherings in the hopes of increasing partnership and awareness with like-minded surgeons of Indian origin from around the world in pursuit of ventures in India, including travelling fellowships, training, research, and mission trips. In 2011, Dr. Singh became familiar with other groups who shared his vision and interest in supporting these objectives. It made sense to unite their efforts.

The Indo-American Spine Alliance (IASA) is a not-for-profit organization chartered in 2012, following a grass roots effort by spine surgeons of Indian origin outside of India. The mission of the IASA is “To facilitate and promote collaborative interaction between spine professionals of Indian origin and other interested surgeons from India, America and abroad to improve surgical education, to further spine research, and to advance care for patients afflicted with spine ailments in India.” Simply put, the vision for IASA is to become the preeminent source for open and transparent collaboration in research, education, and patient care among spine professionals of Indian origin.


The IASA undertakes the following programs:

Academic Mentoring Program

As a brain child of Dr. Kern Singh and Dr. Alpesh Patel in Chicago, IASA has grown into the premier group for the exchange of knowledge between spine surgeons of Indian descent, from India and abroad. By the end of 2015, twenty-one spine surgeons from India will have come abroad to observe surgeries.

The Visiting Surgeon Program

Skilled surgeons to visit clinics to share and exchange scientific and clinical information.  Find out more about the program and the application process here.

Surgeon Fellowships

Bi-lateral fellowship opportunities for surgeons to enhance their knowledge of the treatment of various spinal pathologies. Click here for opportunities in 2016.

Humanitarian Programs

Mission trips with an educational component to help patients in need of treatment.

Research Support

Grants in support of directed research as well as data compilation, interpretation, and publication for both long and short term studies.

Educational Programs

Programs of varying type, both bioskills and didactic, directed toward Indian surgeons interested in furthering their knowledge in the treatment of various spinal pathologies.  More information is available here. To view the 2015 brochure click here