Dr. Edward J. Dohring

Dr. Edward J. Dohring is awarded the presidential medal, a symbol of his presidential status with the North American Spine Society for the 2021-22 term. Each president who has served gives the medal to the new president. 

Dr. Edward J. Dohring, the founder and medical director of the Spine Institute of Arizona, was named president of the North American Spine Society for the 2021-22 term. 

The North American Spine Society is the world’s largest organization of spine surgeons and nonsurgical spine care professionals, with over 8,000 active members from a plethora of disciplines, including orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, physiatry (PM&R), neurology, radiology, anesthesiology, physical therapy, chiropractic and research.

Dohring — who has offices around the Valley including Peoria and Anthem — has been society volunteer for over 20 years, gaining invaluable experience, which led to his election as president.  

“I am honored and humbled to be asked to lead this great society and hope I can adequately fill the shoes of those who have served before me,” he said.

Dohring seeks to strengthen the society’s many projects. His goals during this presidency include growing diversity among society leadership, strengthening spine surgeon education, expanding video resources on the NASS website for surgeons and nonsurgical spine care physicians, and promoting evidence-based research for innovative surgical techniques. 

He graduated with honors from Dartmouth College and Yale Medical School and then completed his orthopaedic and spine residency training at the UVM Spine Institute of New England. 

After graduation, Dohring completed his neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship education at the University of Washington Medical Center. Dohring is a clinical associate professor at the Arizona College of Medicine and has trained innumerable medical students and more than 30 spine surgeons in the fellowship he directs at the Spine Institute of Arizona. 

He is the team spine consultant for the San Francisco Giants and is on the editorial board of The Spine Journal. His practice focuses on minimally invasive spine surgery, including the emerging field of robotic surgery, and he has helped develop many of the minimally invasive techniques commonly used in spine surgery. 

After participating in the leadership transition ceremony, longtime friend and colleague and former society President Dr. Eric Truumees stated, “I already miss serving in the role of NASS president. But the leadership team at NASS works together closely. So, I have had several years to get to know Dr. Dohring as an exceptional and thoughtful leader.

“As an organization, NASS is in great hands over the next year. I wish him all the success in the world, and I know he will do a great job.”