SRS Newsletter
March 2013

President's Message

Dear SRS members,

SRS president

Greetings from Chicago, where we are coming out of the cold winter and looking forward to a pleasant spring, which means it is time to put final touches in the planning of the 20th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST). It will be a great meeting with ICLs, debates, and panel discussions. The faculty consists of globally diverse experts. We are pleased to offer, for first time, our own CME credits.  The industry will provide twenty Hands-On Workshops ...

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Obituary

Jacquelin Perry, MD
Over 400 people attended the celebration of Dr. Perry's life and 20 physical and occupational therapists, physicians, administrators, politicians and some of her patients in wheelchairs spoke.


Joseph Riina, MD
Joseph Riina, MD passed away October 14, 2012. He was born July 20, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York. Following his Fellowship in Spinal Surgery at OrthoIndy, he began his career at Orthopaedics Indianapolis in 2000.


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Pats on the Back: Drs. Lieberman and Alman Make the News

Isador H. Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRCSC

Isador H. Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRCSC was given the Golden Apple Award from Health Volunteers Overseas. Dr. Lieberman has done work with the Uganda Spine Surgery Mission.


Benjamin A. Alman, MD

Benjamin A. Alman, MD was recently named Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine.


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The Initiative to Develop New CPT Codes for VEPTR and Growing Rod Procedures

R. Dale Blasier, MD
Coding Committee Chair

R. Dale Blasier, MD
The Coding Committee is looking for feedback regarding the creation of CPT codes for VEPTR and Growing Rod Procedures and how membership would like the committee to proceed. Please send your feedback to Katy Kujala-Korpela (kkujala-korpela@srs.org) after you read the article. Thank you for your time.

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Fellowship Request

Laurel C. Blakemore, MD
Fellowship Committee Chair

Laurel C. Blakemore, MD

As you know, despite a multitude of bone graft options, there remains a lack of clear guidance in the literature regarding the best, safest and most cost effective bone grafting technique for degenerative lumbar fusions.


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Historianís Corner: A Piece of History

Alistair G Thompson, FRCS
SRS Historical Committee Member

Alistair G Thompson, FRCS

The Historical Committee welcomes all members to submit articles of historical significance related to scoliosis or spinal deformity for consideration to be featured in the Historianís Corner.


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48th Annual Meeting Program Report

Suken A. Shah, MD
Program Committee Chair

Suken A. Shah, MD

The abstract submission process closed on February 1 via the website and I am pleased to report that over 1,400 abstracts were submitted for the Annual Meeting and IMAST.


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Research Grant Committee Update

Charles E. Johnston, II, MD
Research Grant Committee Chair

Charles E. Johnston, II, MD

The Research Grant Committee received 21 grant applications for the Fall 2012 funding cycle. For the first time, there were six highly-technical grants involving genetics and molecular biology, of such sophistication that the committee, with the help of Carol Wise PhD, utilized non-member expert reviewers of national and international acclaim to assist in evaluating these grants. Two of these proposals (*) were eventually funded, as well as three others:

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Ethics Committee

James W. Roach, MD
Ethics Committee Chair

James W. Roach, MD

“What are the ethical considerations for informed consent in a teaching hospital; is it ethical for house staff to obtain consents?” 

As we indicated in the December 2012 Ethics Committee article, orthopaedic surgeons make ethical decisions every day, often without a great deal of deliberation. The vast majority are consistent with good patient care and occur because of common sense and appropriate judgment.

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Evidence-Based Medicine Committee Report

James O. Sanders, MD
Evidence-Based Medicine Committee Chair

James O. Sanders

The Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Committee is a new committee working to develop expertise in the society to perform systematic reviews and assist the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) in developing evidence-based materials such as practice guidelines, Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) and also to help define research priorities by identifying important gaps in our knowledge.

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Website Updates

Anthony S. Rinella, MD
Website Committee Chair

Anthony S. Rinella, MD

PDF Generator/Patient Video Project: The first animation of a new custom-made video series entitled “Correction of Thoracic Scoliosis with Posterior Spinal Instrumentation” is now complete and currently being reviewed by the Patient Education Committee.


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Worldwide Conferences 2013

Ahmet Alanay, MD
Worldwide Conference Committee Chair

Ahmet Alanay

Dear Members of the Society,

The Worldwide Conference Committee finished its 2012 schedule with two courses held in Tel-Aviv, Israel and Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam. Both meetings had a great interest from the local and regional spine surgeons.


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Updates to the SRS Policy & Procedures Manual

Josť A. Herrera-Soto, MD
Bylaws and Policies Committee Chair

Josť A. Herrera-Soto, MD

The Bylaws and Policies Committee’s primary goal is to ensure compliance with bylaws and written policies. We do this by responding to questions that arise regarding the bylaws.


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Global Outreach Committee Update

Youssry M.K. El-Hawary, MD
Global Outreach Committee Chair

Youssry M.K. El-Hawary

The 2012-2013 Global Outreach Committee is quite popular this year! This is due to the eagerness of members to help underserved area. I would like to welcome the following new committee members...


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Globalization Committee Report

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
Globalization Committee Chair

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD

This new committee is charged with providing awareness to the leadership of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) regarding issues, challenges and opportunities of SRS members from Non-North American countries.


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Governance Council Update

Hubert Labelle, MD
Governance Council Chair and Secretary

Hubert Labelle, MD

The Governance Council consists of (in alphabetical order) the Advocacy and Public Policy, Bylaws and Policies, Coding, Ethics, Fellowship, Globalization, Historical, Industry Relations, Newsletter, and Public Relations committees.


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Morbidity and Mortality Committee Update

Douglas C. Burton, MD
Morbidity and Mortality Committee Chair

Douglas C. Burton, MD

The Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Committee has been active over the last year with the institution of the new “infection” module into the data collection website.


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2012 Corporate Supporters

We are pleased to acknowledge and thank those companies that provided financial support to SRS in 2012. 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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