SRS Newsletter
March 2013
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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. We have begun with three regional sections: Europe, co-chaired by David Marks, FRCS and Francisco Perez- Grueso, MD; Latin America, co-chaired by Carlos Tello, MD and Osmar Avanzi, MD; and Asia-Pacific, co-chaired by Noriaki Kawakami, MD and Hee-Kit Wong, MD. 

The committee is also involved in site selection for our non-North American International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) and Annual Meeting selections.  The past several months, the Long Range Planning Committee has vetted three potential 2015 IMAST venues including Seoul, Korea, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and the A-P region has assisted in that selection which should be finalized at the upcoming Board of Directors (BOD) meeting in mid-March at the American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting. 

The committee is also in the process of sending out member-wide surveys to gauge the current membership in these regions for issues of relevance of SRS to their practice, research and education as well as opportunities for increased involvement at the committee and leadership levels. A separate survey sent out to appropriate non-members in the region with the potential for membership will also provide valuable insight into this group of deformity surgeons as well. The goal of the committee is to improve the communication and experience of our global SRS members while also providing information to the leadership on the vast membership that exists outside the confines of North America to ensure a steady forward globalization of the society and its mission.

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