An experienced spinal surgeon based in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Paul Saiz, MD, has owned and operated Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates since 2007. A member of several professional organizations, Dr. Paul Saiz was recently elected a diplomate of the American Board of Spine Surgery (ABSS), the only surgeon in New Mexico to date.
Incorporated as an independent organization in 1997, the ABSS works to improve the specialty of spine surgery by facilitating a dialogue between spinal surgeons and establishing the graduate and post-graduate educational requirements for professionals. In doing so, the ABSS serves the interests of both the medical community and the general public by ensuring that the special needs associated with spine surgery are addressed.
ABSS certification is open to all qualified surgeons who are experienced in spine surgery. In order to begin the certification process, candidates must first be certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons or the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. Board certified Orthopedic Surgeons or Neurosurgeons then must pass an additional written and oral examination to be granted an ABSS certification that recognizes their commitment to the highest quality of care. Surgeons must re-certify every 10 years by demonstrating continued medical education and passing an examination.