Welcome to the SRS website!
Many people have come up to me and said that this is a historic year for SRS. Historic, because I am the first president of this Society who lives and works outside the United States. While this is true and does represent a certain milestone for the Society, I would prefer members to think of me, not because of this, but rather as another member who is passionate about this Society and what it stands for; passionate about being a global citizen; and passionate about making the lives of our patients better.
Indeed, in a recent survey of spine deformity leaders around the world, SRS is perceived as a recognized leader in spine deformity; a brand name with a reputation for high-quality research and education; however, it was also noted that there is much to do, to make this a truly global society. We acknowledge these comments and are beginning to refine our different efforts.
In education: We are developing strategies to enhance our global education efforts, delivering education worldwide while being sensitive to local needs.
In research: our bottom-up approach with Society-wide solicited research grants, and top-down with SRS directed research programs will ensure we stay relevant and addresses current needs.
We have members all around the world engaged in the Board of Directors, chairing committees, teaching in education programs and participating in outreach activities.
I do believe that this is a historic moment for our Society, but not because I am the current president, but rather because of what our Society is doing. Yes, this is a truly great society with many passionate members willing to put in their time, pro bono, to make it even better.
I look forward to meeting and learning from many of you in the coming year, and in reporting back to you, the progress we have made at next year’s Annual Meeting & Course in Philadelphia. In the meantime, we have many educational and research offerings available and information can be found on this website. We also have resources for patients and caregivers, please do make use of them and let us know your experience in navigating the website.
Happy surfing and look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings or courses in future!
Kenneth MC Cheung, MBBS(UK), MD(HK), FRCS, FHKCOS, FHKAM(Orth)
SRS President 2016-2017