SRS Newsletter
September 2011

Presidential Address

SRS president

I hope this message finds everyone in good health and spirits. This time of the year is the busiest time for our society. Having completed a most successful IMAST meeting in Copenhagen with a near record number of attendees (see IMAST 2011 article attached), all efforts were focused on our Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. I am pleased to report that we had one of the best attended Pre-Meeting Course and Annual Meetings ever, with over 1,200 attendees enjoying the three days of top-notch free paper presentations, lunchtime symposia and Instructional Course Lectures. If you were unable to make this meeting, please plan to join us in Chicago next September for another edition of our crown jewel educational program!

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Introducing the SRS REO Fund

Steve Mardjetko and Paul Sponseller


SRS has positioned itself to be the global leader in spinal deformity education, research and outreach activities. Non-US members from 51 countries now make up 30% of our membership. Since 2006, neurosurgeons with interest in spinal deformity have joined our ranks. Leadership positions are now populated by members from both categories. Members of both categories have shared concerns with donating to SRS through the OREF. Why? OREF is a US-based charitable entity, predominantly funding orthopaedic surgery research projects.

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Finance Committee: Multiple Opportunities to Give

Steven Mardjetko, MD
Finance Committee Chair

The first eight months of 2011 have been very busy for the Finance Committee. The financial health of the SRS is excellent thanks to two years of positive meeting revenue, brought about by fiscal restraint on the expense side. This has created an enviable situation for SRS compared to many other medical societies. We have cash reserves that exceed our projected general operating needs.

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Research Grant Committee Selections and Update

Dilip K. Sengupta, MD
Research Grant Committee Chair

The Research Grant Committee had another successful review cycle this past spring. Thirty- seven applications from seven countries were submitted for the April 1 deadline. The committee reviewed and discussed all applications and the following six applications were selected for funding:

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Education Council Report

Steven D. Glassman, MD
Education Council Chair

Education remains the highest priority of the Scoliosis Research Society, and that priority has been strongly supported by the Education Council and Committee in 2010-2011. Thanks primarily to the hard work of the committee chairs and committee members, SRS continues as the preeminent provider of spinal deformity education around the world. Highlights of the specific committee activities are listed below.

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2011 IMAST: Continued Educational Success

Todd J. Albert, MD
IMAST Committee Chairman

The 18th Annual International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) in Copenhagen last month was a success, by all standards. More than 875 registrants participated in a comprehensive and global program. Forty-six percent of participants were from North America, with 50 percent of participants from Asia, Australia and Europe. Twenty Instructional Courses were very well attended, covering adult and pediatric topics in deformity, degenerative, traumatic, and oncologic disorders.

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Coding for Growing Rod Surgery

Jeffrey B. Neustadt, MD
Coding Committee Chair

The Coding Committee has been asked to provide the membership with advice and examples to help understand the complexity of coding and reimbursement issues specific to spine and spinal deformity surgeons. Every effort has been made to be accurate and adhere to the ICD-9 coding conventions and guidelines as well as the CPT rules.

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Morbidity & Mortality Committee Survey Results

Michael Goytan, MD, FRCSC
M&M Committee Chair

The Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Committee has been working hard to improve the quality and usefulness of the M&M data. The anticipated effect has been an improved participation rate from the membership in M&M data collection. One of the committee's charges is to assess the value of the M&M data to the membership. In May, the committee sent out an online survey receiving a 45% response rate (327/731) with the following results:

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Global Affairs Advisory Board: Report of the 3rd SRS GAAB Think Tank Meeting

Kenneth MC Cheung, MD
Global Advisory Board Chair

This "think-tank" meeting has become an annual event held at the time of IMAST. On this occasion, it was held in Copenhagen on July 15, 2011. The meeting was an opportunity for members of the Board of Directors and GAAB to meet with members and non-members from different regions of the world, to hear their views and comments on activities related to SRS.

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Global Outreach: Awards, Gifts and Challenges

Theodore Wagner, MD
Global Outreach Committee Chair

The members of Global Outreach Committee (GOP) have remained busy and most have spent significant time overseas. We have had a lot of feedback about the different sites. We have discussed our relationship with the Awards & Scholarships Committee and we feel that deserving and committed young surgeons working at the GOP sites should be recommended for awards. The surgeons who received the awards are from China, Philippines, India, and Egypt.

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Report from Joint Annual Meeting of NSDS and BSS

Dietrich Schlenzka, MD
Helsinki, Finland

The 37th Annual Meeting of the Nordic Spinal Deformities Society (NSDS) was held in Riga, Latvia from 12th May to 14th May, 2011. This was also the fifth combined meeting with the British Scoliosis Society (BSS).

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35th Anniversary Year of the Scoliosis Association, Inc.

Stanley E. Sacks
Chair & CEO Scoliosis Association, Inc.

The Scoliosis Association, Inc., a non-profit organization, is currently celebrating its 35th Anniversary of informing patients and families about scoliosis and related spinal problems. We are proud of our relationship with the Scoliosis Research Society. Our various leaders in the course of 35 years have received the Walter B. Blount Humanitarian Award and been made Honorary Fellows of SRS. .

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U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative to Hold Musculoskeletal Summit on the Value in Musculoskeletal Care

Toby King
Executive Director, United States Bone and Joint Decade/Initiative, NFP

The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) (previously named the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade) will be holding a Musculoskeletal Summit on The Value in Musculoskeletal Care, October 12-13, 2011, in Washington, DC.

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2011 Corporate Partners

We are pleased to acknowledge and thank those companies that provided financial support to SRS in 2010. Support levels are based on total contributions throughout the year and include the Annual Meeting, IMAST, Worldwide Conferences, Global Outreach Scholarships, Edgar Dawson Memorial Scholarships, SRS Traveling Fellowships and the Research Endowment Fund. Their support has helped SRS to offer high quality medical meetings and courses throughout the world, fund spinal deformity research, develop new patient materials, and provide educational opportunities for young surgeons and those from developing nations.

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Strategic Plan & Vision Statement

The SRS will increase its recognition domestically and internationally as the leading source of information and knowledge on spinal disorders affecting all patients, regardless of age.

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