SRS Newsletter
June 2013

President's Message

Dear SRS members,

SRS president

Greetings again from the windy city, Chicago. We are coming out of the cold winter and looking forward to a pleasant spring. I hope you all will enjoy the spring and the summer.

Summer for SRS leadership, committee chairs, and our dedicated staff is a very busy time, as we prepare for our most important functions: the 20th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) and the 48th Annual Meeting & Course.

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Obituary

Page Walker Nelson

Page Walker Nelson, MD

Page Walker Nelson was a year ahead of me in the Baylor orthopaedic surgery program. I was not fortunate enough to have a rotation with him, but from what I heard from other residents, he was well liked by residents and staff.

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June is Scoliosis Awareness Month

Brian G. Smith, MD
Advocacy Committee Chair

The SRS Advocacy Committee continues on its mission to promote awareness of scoliosis and its care by working to ensure that June is recognized as Scoliosis Awareness Month in states around the country.


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Awards & Scholarship Update

Lawrence L. Haber, MD
Awards & Scholarship Committee Chair

Lawrence L. Haber, MD

This continues to be a banner year for SRS Awards and Scholarships. Since the last newsletter we have awarded two Life-Time Achievement Awards, the Blount Humanitarian Award, the Global Outreach Program (GOP) Travelling Fellowship and scholarships Nuvasive and Orthofix.


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Treasurerís Report

Paul D. Sponseller, MD

Paul D. Sponseller, MD

The finances of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) continue to be healthy.  The excellent financial management by the SRS staff and Dan Nemec, MBA, CAE on both the income and the expense sides of the budget, has allowed the Society to continue and maintain a healthy research agenda as well as expand its educational offerings.


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Fellowship Committee Report

Laurel Blakemore, MD
Fellowship Committee Chair

Laurel C. Blakemore, MD

The Committee thoroughly reviews Candidate, Associate and Active applications twice a year providing their recommendations to the Board of Directors (BOD) for final approval at the September and March BOD meetings.


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Education Committee Report

John R. Dimar II, MD
Education Committee Chair

John R. Dimar II, MD

The Scoliosis Research Society’s (SRS) Education Committee has been working diligently on finishing the planning for the 48th Annual Meeting & Course in Lyon, France.  Final planning for the Pre-Meeting Course, six Lunchtime Symposiums, and three Half Day Courses was completed during the annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) committee meeting in March.


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Ethical Issues in Physician Owned Distributorships

James W. Roach, MD
Ethics Committee Chair

James W. Roach, MD

This is a report requested by the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Presidential Line regarding potential ethical issues arising from physician owned distributorships. A physician owned distributorship (POD) is a business entity, typically solely owned by physicians, that purchases medical implants from manufacturers and resells them to hospitals.


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Patient Education Committee Update

D. Raymond Knapp, MD
Patient Education Committee Chair

D. Raymond Knapp, MD

The goal of the Patient Education Committee is to coordinate the development of patient materials, primarily for the website. We began the year working on the Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis section on the Orthoinfo.org section of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) website. 

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Adult Deformity Committee Update

Jeffrey D. Coe, M.D
Adult Deformity Committee Chair

Jeffrey D. Coe, M.D

The Adult Deformity Committee has continued the projects that had been initiated by the committee under the leadership of Sigurd H. Berven, MD last year. The Adult Deformity Surgical Indications White Paperwas completed in October of 2012 shortly after a committee conference call, approved by the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Board of Directors and Presidential Line and is now posted on the SRS website.

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Nominating Committee Report

B. Stephens Richards, III, MD
Nominating Committee Chair

B. Stephens Richards, III, MD

Between December 2012 and March 2013, the societyís membership was encouraged to submit nominations for the following positions: Vice president, Secretary-elect, three at-large members for the Board of Directors, Research Council Chair, and Fellowship Committee member.

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3D Scoliosis Committee Update

Hubert Labelle, MD
3D Scoliosis Committee Chair

Hubert Labelle, MD

Over the past year, the 3D Scoliosis Committee continued its three main mandates of developing a 3D classification of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS), of performing 3D analysis of scoliosis and its treatment, and of promoting 3D analysis of scoliosis.


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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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