SRS Newsletter
June 2013
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June is Scoliosis Awareness Month

Brian G. Smith, MD
Advocacy Committee Chair

Brian G. Smith, MD

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.  Every state in the Union has been approached through appropriate channels whether it is State Legislature or the Governor’s office to acknowledge and recognize Scoliosis Awareness Month in June of 2013.  Each state has an SRS co-sponsor that is helping to facilitate this process and this has been headed by SRS staff member Shahree Scarborough, MS the Advocacy Committee liaison.

The SRS Advocacy Committee also is supporting the efforts of Joe O’Brien, MBA and the US Bone & Joint Initiative for developing World Scoliosis Day in October of 2013.

A recent significant focus of the Committee has been to support the SRS leadership in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Unified Research Agenda (URA) with spine topics.  The committee came up with a series of topics that they developed with appropriate references for the SRS Board of Directors. Topics felt to be worthy of inclusion or focus of the AAOS URA include patient safety issues in spinal deformity surgery such as infection, neuro-monitoring, the aging spine, and care of adult deformity. The committee has benefited from the strong support of all its members and especially the assistance of its staff liaison, Shahree Scarborough, MS.

Committee Chair: Brian G. Smith, MD Committee Members: Vishwas R. Talwalkar, MD; Matthew D. Hepler, MD; Robert H. Cho, MD; Jochen P. Son-Hing, MD; Baron S. Lonner, MD; Steven M. Mardjetko, MD, FAAP; Linda P. D’Andrea, MD; Michael D. Daubs, MD; Gary T. Brock, MD; Joseph H. Perra, MD; Joseph P. O’Brien, MBA; Stanley E. Sacks, MA.