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December 2012
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President's Message

SRS president

Dear SRS members,

It has been a busy three months since we met in Chicago for the 47th Annual Meeting. I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the activities of your Presidential Line (PL), the Board of Directors (BOD) and the committees during this period, as well as inform you of some future plans.

We had the Cabinet Meeting on October 13th at Hilton O’Hare in Chicago, Illinois, USA. On the preceding day, we had two educational sessions for all attendees, one was about new educational opportunities in the light of our new CME accreditation and the other session was about creating a safe surgical environment. The learned lessons from these sessions will assist the corresponding CME Task Force in reaching their recommendations.

At the Cabinet Meeting, all committee chairs discussed their committee charges and presented their plans to reach their committees goals. All was discussed by the PL and the BOD and then approved. The following are some of the highlights of the meeting.

I am pleased that we have made 300 thousand dollars available for research grants for 2013. This is a 20% increase from our previous commitment for research grants, which asserts our commitment to spine deformity research. We may even increase the fund available for research grants if we receive named research gifts.

The Education Committee is already finalizing the Pre-Meeting Course for upcoming 28th Annual Meeting & Course in Lyon, France which will explore global prospective of the management of spine deformity. The committee plans to have fundamental and timely topics for lunch time symposia and Thursday Half-Day Courses. In a survey sent out to all members last August, members requested more debates and panel discussion in our educational programs. Thus the Education Committee is incorporating your wishes in their planning. The Program Committee is exploring different ways to continue with concurrent sessions yet satisfy all attendees by presenting a synopsis of these concurrent sessions during the general session. I would like to remind you all that abstracts are being accepted now online for the 20th IMAST in Vancouver, BC, Canada and the 48th Annual Meeting & Course. The deadline for submission is February 1st, 2013.

The Worldwide Conferences Committee approved six courses for 2013 covering different regions of the world. These courses continue to be an economically sound endeavor, educationally valuable and serve our mission to improve spine deformity care for all patients worldwide.

The Advocacy and Adult Deformity Committees produced two different surgical indication statements for spine fusion in pediatric and adult spine deformity. Both are available on the SRS website under the advocacy dropdown list. You will be able to utilize these statements in dealing with third-party payers.

As you all know, we received our provisional CME accreditation last July and subsequently have planned our first CME course. It will be a cadaver course in October of next year under the chairmanship of Lawrence G. Lenke, MD and Christopher Shaffrey, MD.

The Educational Program for the 20th IMAST is in its final stage of planning. Thanks to Christopher Shaffrey, MD and Justin Smith, MD, you will notice the program will be well balanced between different spine diseases and will fulfill what you have requested in the recent survey. The educational program for IMAST will continue to be very distinctive from that of the Annual Meeting and will emphasize the new and innovative in the spine field.

We have established our own Research, Education and Outreach Fund, “REO Fund” and I encourage you all to contribute to the REO Fund, as I would like to achieve 100% participation of all members. Even with as little as 100 dollars contribution, full participation will show our commitment to our great society. I would appreciate all of you helping me to reach our goal of 100x100 during this year (100% participation for as little as 100 dollars).  It is that time of the year to plan giving and I would sincerely appreciate if you remember REO Fund in your end of the year donation plans.

These are but a few of the activities which took place during last few months. All of the committees and task forces are working energetically to fulfill their considerable tasks. I sincerely appreciate the committee chairs and members for their dedication and loyalty to The Scoliosis Research Society. It is an exciting time for SRS; our meetings continue to draw an even larger numbers of registrations, our educational courses are well received around the world, our support for research and the funds given to research grants are larger than ever and we consistently strive to have a sound fiscal plans SRS. I am honored to be the president of this great society and look forward to many great things to come.

I very much appreciate the generosity of one of the main SRS spokespersons, ladies professional golfer, Stacy Lewis, who won the ISPS Handa Heroes Charity Golf Event on Monday November 19th. She was also recently named the 2012 LPGA Player of the Year. The SRS congratulates Stacy on her continuous success. With this victory, Stacy donated a portion of the winners’ share to the REO Fund and personally matched it with an equal amount. Her contribution will be directed to the 2013 research grants fund under the name “Stacy Lewis Research Grant.” Stacy’s story can be found on one of the panels of the homepage of the SRS website. Please join me in thanking Stacy for her generosity to the SRS.

I would like to thank the Presidential Line: President-Elect Steven D. Glassman, MD, Vice President John P. Dormans, MD and Past President B. Stephens Richards, III, MD for their continuous support and wise advice. I would also thank our very capable staff under the leadership of Executive Director, Tressa Goulding, CAE, CMP.

The Presidential Line and staff wish you all a very happy holiday season.

Best wishes to all,

Kamal N Ibrahim, MD, FRCS(C), MA
2012-2013 President