SRS Newsletter
December 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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Obituary: Morey S. Moreland, MD
March 20, 1939 – October 2, 2011

Prepared for the Scoliosis Research Society by George H. Thompson, MD

The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) has lost one of its Emeritus Members. Morey S. Moreland, MD passed away on October 2, 2011, from sepsis secondary to neutropenia from treatment of recently diagnosed leukemia. A bone marrow transplant was scheduled which would have given him a reasonable chance for a cure. He became an SRS member in 1983 and an Emeritus Member in 2008.

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Finance Council Update

Paul D. Sponseller, MD
Finance Council Chair

The Finance Council initiated the Research, Education and Outreach (REO) Fund as of October 1, 2011. The money is being invested in the Rockefeller Balanced Fund. This fund was jump-started with the use of $1.4 million from certificate of deposits (CDs) in the Research Fund which were due to mature, and an additional $57,000 in contributions from new Presidential Level donors.

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Meeting Locations: IMAST and Annual Meeting

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
Long Range Planning Committee Chair

The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) has been busy the past six months solidifying two additional locations for upcoming International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) meetings.

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E-Text: Available for Everyone

Praveen Mummaneni, MD
E-Text Committee Chair

The SRS E-Text is now available online through This electronic textbook is now free of charge to both SRS members and nonmembers as a "go anywhere, anytime" online resource covering a broad array of spinal deformity topics.

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Annual Meeting Program Changes

Daniel J. Sucato, MD
Program Committee Chair

The abstract submission process is now open on the website. Please see the “Call for Abstract” link on the homepage of the website. Abstract submissions are due February 1, 2012 for the 47th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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Awards and Scholarship Announcements

Stephen J. Lewis, MD
Awards and Scholarship Committee Chair

On behalf of the Awards and Scholarship committee, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 year’s Scoliosis Research Society Awards.

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Education Committee Report

Mark B. Dekutoski, MD and John R. Dimar, II, MD
Education Committee Chairs

The 2011-12 Education Committee activities have benefitted significantly from the legacy leadership of the Past Chair Joseph H. Perra, MD and past Education Council Chair Steven D. Glassman, MD. With the active leadership and guidance of President B. Steven Richards, III, MD and Education Council Chair Daniel J. Sucato, MD, the direction for the committee activities is being shaped by Co-Chairs John R. Dimar, MD and Mark B. Dekutoski, MD.

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New Evidence Based Medicine Committee

James O. Sanders, MD
Evidence Based Medicine Committee Chair

The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) has developed a new committee this year, the Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Committee, charged with the task of developing an infrastructure within SRS to promote and develop evidence based products such as systematic reviews, clinical practice guidelines, and appropriate use criteria among others.

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Fellowship Committee Report

Carlos Tello, MD Fellowship Committee Chair

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued interest and dedication to this wonderful spine society. Although meeting attendance is a membership requirement, there are many members who attend above and beyond what is required.

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Collaboration with the Chinese Orthopedic Association (COA)

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
Globalization Committee Chair

The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) recently co-sponsored a Spinal Deformity Course in Beijing, China on December 1 and 2, in association with the 6th annual Chinese Orthopedic Association (COA) meeting. Under the presidency of SRS Active Member, Professor Wang Yan, the COA has rapidly become one of the largest orthopedic meetings in the world with over 15,000 attendees.

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Non-Operative Committee Update

Nigel J. Price, MD and John G. Thometz, MD
Non-Operative Committee Chair and Past Chair

The Non-Operative Committee has worked to emphasize the importance of non-operative management within the treatment protocols of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and endeavored to increase patient education by compiling a list of frequently-asked questions (FAQs) with appropriate responses.

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Worldwide Conference Update and a Glance into Future Meetings

Ahmet Alanay, MD
Worldwide Conference Committee Chair

The Worldwide Conference (WWC) Committee held four courses during the final months of 2011. The Prague WWC Course September 6 through the 9 was held in conjunction with the SICOT Tri-Annual Meeting. This course attracted many participants from all around the world.

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2011 Corporate Supporters

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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