Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
An International Organization Dedicated to the Education, Research and Treatment of Spinal Deformity
Our Mission is to Foster Optimal Care for All Patients with Spinal Deformities

Walter P. Blount Humanitarian Award

The Walter P. Blount Humanitarian Award honors those who have provided outstanding service for those with spinal deformity by their generous actions out of a sense to larger social and professional goals.

Dr. Behrooz Akbarnia is the past president (2006) and current Board member of the Scoliosis Research Society. The 2008 Walter P. Blount Humanitarian Award recipient has had a highly distinguished career in the spine field and is respected worldwide for his contributions to improving the care of patients with spinal disorders especially the very young children with spinal deformities. A prolific researcher and author, Dr. Akbarnia has published over 200 peer-reviewed and invited articles and book chapters and he is currently working as Chief Editor on a new textbook on Growing Spine and Early Onset Scoliosis, due for publication in 2009.

His residency training was at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY.  He then completed a spine and scoliosis fellowship at University of Minnesota and Twin Cities Scoliosis Center under Dr. John H. Moe, the founder and the first president of Scoliosis Research Society.  Dr. Akbarnia is currently the Medical Director of San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders, Director of the San Diego Spine Fellowship Program and Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of California, San Diego. He has also chaired the San Diego City Wide Spine meetings since 1997, a meeting which brings interested physicians in the San Diego Spine community together for educational forums and discussion.

Dr. Akbarnia has chaired and served in many committees as well as being the treasurer of SRS. When he completes his term on the Board of Directors in 2010, he will have served as a board member for 13 years, the longest in the history of the SRS. He also holds another record of attending every SRS annual meeting since 1975 and contributing to most of those meetings. He is a regular contributor to SRS/OREF endowment fund, currently as a Platinum Shands Circle member.

While Dr. Akbarnia's medical accomplishments and services to SRS are outstanding, it is his integrity and compassion that is often most commented on by his patients and colleagues. He is currently spear-heading the Growing Spine Study Group, an international study group working to study and improve the care of young children with Early Onset Scoliosis. Dr. Akbarnia and his wife live in La Jolla. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.