SRS Newsletter
March 2013
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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. The main responsibility of the Council is to act as liaison between committees within the council and the board of directors. I am happy to report the all of the committees have active charges for 2013 and are engaged in activities in support of the SRS.

The Advocacy & Public Policy Committee, chaired by Brian Smith, MD, is continuing its effort to promote Scoliosis Awareness Month, which is June 2013, in collaboration with the National Scoliosis Foundation. In 2012, proclamations recognizing Scoliosis Awareness Month were obtained in 39 states, and it is hoped that more states will sponsor this resolution in 2013.

The Coding Committee, chaired by R. Dale Blasier, MD the Ethics Committee, chaired by James Roach, MD, the Fellowship Committee, chaired by Laurel Blakemore, MD and the Historical Committee chaired by Behrooz Akbarnia, MD have all reported on their recent activities in the December newsletter.

The Corporate Supporters Committee, formerly known as the Industry Relations Committee, is led by our Past President B. Stephens Richards, III, MD. The Committee is currently reviewing for approval and distribution the 2013 Corporate Partner’s Program Brochure.

The Newsletter Committee is now chaired and edited by John Lubicky, MD, FAAOS, FAAP. The Committee is busy producing quarterly newsletter and always welcomes ideas for articles in the newsletter or new features on an ongoing basis. Feel free to contact John at: jlubicky@hsc.wvu.edu .

The Public Relations Committee, chaired by Lori Karol, MD, continues to review educational and promotional videos before they are released to national media and to work in liaison with the Website Committee and the 50th Anniversary Task force in a Public Relations initiative that will show the great improvements in scoliosis care over the past 50 years.

As for the Bylaws and Policies, and the Globalization committees, their annual reports are included in this newsletter.

The next meeting of the Governance Council will occur at the 20th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this July.

Chair: Hubert Labelle, MD Council Members: Brian G. Smith, MD; Jose Herrera-Soto, MD; R. Dale Blasier, MD; James W. Roach, MD; Laurel C. Blakemore, MD; Lawrence G. Lenke, MD; Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD; B. Stephens Richards, III, MD; John P. Lubicky, MD, FAAOS, FAAP; Lori A. Karol, MD.