The AOSpine Regional Educator of the Year Award distinguishes a highly respected member of the AOSpine Community in his/her region who has demonstrated sustained and significant contribution to educational excellence.
Following the scoring scheme for AOSpine Asia Pacific, the Nomination Committee of Educator of the Year (Manabu Ito, Satish Rudrappa, Edward Yee, Y.J. Cho and Chung Chek Wong) confirmed and approved the result.

Dr Yasutsugu Yukawa had been selected to be the AOSpine Regional Educator of the Year Award 2018. He had been AOSpine Asia Pacific member for 13 years and AOSpine Faculty since 2007 for 12 years. He has been involved as a faculty in numerous courses and seminars in AOSpine China, East Asia and Japan by then.

Apart from his national and regional teaching experience in AOSpine, he has been actively involved in AOSpine Japan, being Community Development officer in 2009 – 2012 and Education (Ortho) officer in 2015 – 2018. His professional and interactive teaching style impressed more participants and faculties during the event and brought some new elements to AOSpine Japan.

Please join us in congratulating Dr Yasutsugu Yukawa on this success!
It is a great honor for me to receive the AOSpine Asia Pacific Educator of the Year Award 2018. I would like to share this award with all members and delegates of AOSpine Asia Pacific. I have been a member of AOSpine since 2006 and a delegate since 2009. I learnt not only the knowledge of spine surgery, but also teaching method of spine surgery. Interactive education is the characteristic feature of AOSpine which is the most attractive. I would like to continue contributing to the AOSpine Japan, AOSpine Asia Pacific and AOSpine. Thank you so much!