ASCEND Hosts 3rd Annual Meeting of Controversies in Contemporary Spine Surgery

LEESBURG, VA…May 21, 2008 – K2M, Inc., the spinal device company developing innovative and simplified solutions for the treatment of complex spinal pathologies and procedures, today announced that its ASCEND program hosted the 3rd Annual Meeting of ‘Controversies in Contemporary Spine Surgery’ on Saturday, May 17th at the JW Marriot Hotel in Washington, D.C. The one day symposium was designed for physicians practicing in neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery from across the United States.

intellyst® Medical Communications, an accredited provider of continuing medical education (CME), designated this educational activity for up to 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits for attending physicians. The presenters addressed the benefits and pitfalls of spinal motion technology, fusionless scoliosis options, lumbar arthroplasty outcomes, nucleus pulposus replacements and translational research efforts in spinal cord injury, disk regeneration, and image guided surgery.

“Our ASCEND spinal education program continues to be a huge success in the spinal industry,” stated Eric Major, K2M’s President and CEO. “The ASCEND annual meeting was a great way to bring physicians from all over the country together to learn about advancements in the spine arena.”

“The meeting focused on contemporary issues challenging the spinal care physician,” stated Dr. Alexander Vaccaro, Professor of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery, Thomas Jefferson University Rothman Institute. “Experts in the field explored the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, motion sparing technology, nucleus pulposus replacement and the disk regeneration. An expert consensus opinion was developed on such challenging topics.”

About K2M

K2M, Inc. is an innovative spinal device company that develops simplified solutions for the treatment of complex spinal pathologies and procedures. Chief Medical Officer, Chairman and co-founder, Dr. John Kostuik, former Chief of Spine Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, drives K2M’s commitment to redefining the market. K2M’s industry expertise derives from their unprecedented Board of Scientific Advisors consisting of renowned spine surgeons. K2M’s comprehensive line of products include: stabilization systems, minimally invasive systems, motion preservation systems and other advancements in spine solutions. Additional information is available online at

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