SRS Newsletter
September 2012

President's Message

SRS president

Once again, greetings from Dallas, Texas, USA where we welcome autumn’s relief from the summertime heat. It has been a very busy summer for the Scoliosis Research Society with the 19th annual International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) in Istanbul, Turkey was a big success, final preparations have been made for the 47th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, USA, and many committees have completed their work (see the many accompanying committee reports). To all of the members of the SRS involved with this work, I sincerely thank you for your time and efforts. This will be my final newsletter to you as president, and I would like to summarize some of the more recent activities.

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Letters to the Editor

It was nice to see the historical article in the SRS Newsletter, but I have to make some comments:

  1. The names in the photo are translated. Dr. Blount is on the left, sitting, and Dr. Schmidt is standing. I knew them both personally.

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IMAST Committee Update

Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD
IMAST Committee Chair

Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD

The Scoliosis Research Society has just completed the very successful 19th International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques (IMAST) in historic and beautiful Istanbul, Turkey. This year, the IMAST Committee substantially restructured the program to enhance and broaden international involvement and to focus on evidence-based spine care, complication avoidance, emerging technologies, and surgical technique pearls from recognized international leaders in spinal surgery.

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SRS 2012 Spring Grant Recipients Receive Over $119,000

John M. (Jack) Flynn, MD
Research Grants Committee Chair

John M. (Jack) Flynn, MD

The 20 members of the Research Grants Committee have been hard at work identifying the best ideas and research teams to push forward spine deformity care for the future. In the spring grant cycle, SRS received 34 grant applications from six countries, requesting a total of $1,273,138.33. The total available for funding in this cycle was $119,448.

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Spinal Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital – 140 Years

Lawrence I. Karlin, MD
Historical Committee Member

Lawrence I. Karlin, MD

The annual reports for the early years of the Children's Hospital have recently been placed on pdf and make fascinating reading. One is struck by the tremendous advances in medicine over a relatively short time. Of special interest to Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) members is the dramatic change in the field of spinal surgery that occurred rather abruptly in the early 1970's.

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Fall 2012 Nomination Committee Update

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
Nominations Committee Chair

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD

The Nominating Committee has completed its important work of determining new members for the Board of Directors, the Fellowship Committee and the Vice President. After many conference calls, data gathering and vetting, the Nominating Committee are pleased to present the following slate that will be voted on at the first Business breakfast meeting at the 47th Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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Public Relations Committee Update

Andrew G. King, MD
Public Relations Committee Chair

Andrew G. King, MD

The job of the Public Relations Committee is to be the interface between the society and the public. The committee has sought to distribute topical and unbiased information about scoliosis, and to promote members of the Scoliosis Research Society as the first choice for spinal deformity diagnosis and treatment.

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ICD-10: What does it mean for you?

R. Dale Blasier, MD, FRCS(C), MBA
Chair SRS Coding Committee
Donna Lahey, BSN, CNOR
NASS Coding Committee

R. Dale Blasier, MD, FRCS(C), MBA

October 1, 2014 is the date that ICD-10 will go into effect.

ICD-9-CM and ICD-9-PCS (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and other Health Problems) have been the standard code sets used for reporting diagnoses and inpatient procedures in the United States since 1979. This 34 year old system was implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the purpose of reporting morbidity and mortality information for vital health statistic tracking and research. This classification system is no longer capable of keeping up with the advances in medical practice, treatment, health information needs, or payment processes.

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Globalization Committee Update

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
Globalization Committee Chair

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD

The Globalization Committee is working on a survey to be sent to non-North American SRS members. Its purpose is to assess several facets of our society from an international perspective. This is an attempt to see how well we are doing and what we could be doing better from their viewpoint. Hopefully this will lead to improved satisfaction for our global members and also provide impetus for other spinal deformity surgeons to consider applying for SRS membership.

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Morbidity & Mortality Committee Update

Paul D. Broadstone, MD
M&M Committee Chair

Paul D. Broadstone, MD

The M&M Committee continues to work on its charges to improve the quality and usefulness of the M&M data collection process.

As you may already know, we have implemented the new acute infection module for the 2012 collection year, which is in addition to the other three modules of death, visual acuity loss, and neurologic deficit.

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Education Council Report

Daniel J. Sucato, MD, MS
Education Council Chair

Daniel J. Sucato, MD, MS

The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) continues to be fully committed to education with great efforts to promote our society's international presence and our members' expertise in all we do. There have been significant efforts over the past year and these are highlighted below. As the Education Council Chairman, I have been proud to watch all of the great accomplishments that have taken place in the committees under this council: Awards & Scholarships, CME, Education, E-Text, Global Outreach, IMAST, Patient Education, Program, Website, World Wide Conferences and committees. Separate reports from the Global Outreach and IMAST committees are in the current newsletter.


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Global Outreach Survey Results

Kenneth J. Paonessa, MD
Global Outreach Committee Chair

Kenneth J. Paonessa, MD

The SRS Global Outreach Committee has been very busy during the 2011-2012 year. In addition to trying to do a total website update, we have been adding several new sites. At the 47th Annual Meeting the committee will be reviewing sites that SRS members have started in Bangladesh, Morocco, and Jamaica, as well as the possibility of a Middle East site in Egypt.  The SRS has become more global and grown with more members from around the world.  The concept of “Global Outreach “and of trying to teach spinal deformity care to surgeons in areas of the world where it has not been previously available is not new. The purpose of the Global Outreach Committee of the SRS has been to foster and encourage this in the membership of the SRS.

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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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