Dear ASIA Members,
It is my great honor and privilege to accept the position of President of the American Spinal Injury Association. I am proud to be a part of this organization that has contributed so much to the field of Spinal Cord Injury research and care.
I would like to sincerely thank all of my predecessors – the previous ASIA presidents who have led this esteemed organization and from whom I have learned a great deal as a member of ASIA for the past 20 years. I look forward to working with the dedicated members of our Board of Directors, our numerous committee Chairs and Co-Chairs, our Executive Director, and our management team on numerous new ideas and strategic initiatives so that ASIA may continue to be a world-wide leader serving professionals in SCI research and care.
As your new President, I will build upon ASIA’s 50 years of excellence to foster new areas of growth and collaborations that I hope will expand our membership and build bridges between clinicians, scientists, allied health professionals, and consumers, with the primary goal of advancing clinical care and research in all areas of spinal cord injury and disease.
Likewise, I commit myself to engaging and supporting the active participation of all ASIA members through multiple opportunities for involvement. We will also continue to enhance our strong collaborations with other national and international organizations of medical professionals, researchers, and consumer organizations in order to improve the health and welfare of individuals with spinal cord injury. I envision ASIA continuing to grow as a society with a strong, diverse and passionately committed membership.
My work as a spinal cord injury focused clinician-scientist has been extremely rewarding. I specifically enjoy the training and mentorship of upcoming young clinicians and researchers. Therefore, during my presidency I will work closely with our Membership and Early Career Committees to foster the next generation of clinicians and scientists who will advance the field and continue to lead this organization. It is my firmly held belief that by being welcoming to new, young, and enthusiastic individuals, ASIA and the community of people with SCI will ultimately benefit.
Dr. Andrei Krassioukov
AMERICAN SPINAL INJURY ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT