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March 2012
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Globalization Committee Update

Lawrence G. Lenke

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
Globalization Committee Chair

The Globalization Committee was formed in 2011 as a refinement to the Global Affairs Advisory Board (GAAB). The purpose of this new committee is to pilot the regionalization of our society with three areas singled out to start: Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. We have elected regional co-chairs whose charges are to begin the process of adding additional members to their regional sub-committees. Those co-chairs are: Noriaki Kawakami, MD and Hee-Kit Wong, MD for Asia-Pacific, David S. Marks, FRCS and Francisco Javier Sanchez Perez-Grueso, MD for Europe, and Carlos A. Tello, MD and Osmar Avanzi, MD for Latin America. The initial goal is to formulate an infrastructure so that the flow of information and ideas regarding societal activities in these regions of the world comes also from the "bottom up" and not just from the "top-down," as has been the tradition in our society. During the Globalization Retreat held in February 2011, the formation of these regional sections was one of the end products of our very positive discussions. We plan to have the regional co-chairs present at one of the Board of Directors meetings each year to present the progress made on areas such as membership, activities, challenges, educational programs, etc. related to the mission of the SRS regarding spinal deformity care. These reports will allow optimization of the globalization of our society in the coming years. As an example of how the SRS can benefit from this new infrastructure, the Asia-Pacific region is assisting in the process of identifying a potential IMAST site in that region of the world for the 2015 IMAST meeting. Also, one of the first charges for each region, after formation of their regional sub-committees, is to prepare a region-specific questionnaire to analyze the issues germane to their region in the areas discussed above, such as recruiting appropriate new members, getting current members more involved in the society (such as membership on various committees), and exploring leadership roles for those more senior and interested. We look forward to the evolution of the Globalization Committee to optimize spinal deformity care world wide in the coming decades!

Chair: Lawrence G. Lenke, MD Committee Members: Noriaki Kawakami, MD; Hee-Kit Wong, MD; David S. Marks, FRCS; Carlos A. Tello, MD; Osmar Avanzi, MD; Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD; Kenneth M.C. Cheung, MD