SRS Newsletter
September 2013

President's Message

Dear SRS members,

SRS president

Greetings again from Chicago, where the summer is enjoyable and the city is vibrant. I hope you are all enjoying your summer and family gatherings. On the other hand, the summer is a very busy time for the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) leadership and staff completing the tasks of the year and preparing for the 48th Annual Meeting & Course, which will be in Lyon, France September 18-21, 2013.

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Obituary

Craig Brigham, MD Jay Nogi, MD Victor Rositto, MD
Craig Brigham, MD Jay Nogi, MD Victor Rositto, MD

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Historian Corner: Remembering Pierre Stagnara (19171995)

Behrooz A. Akbarnia, M.D.

Behrooz A. Akbarnia, M.D.
Historical Committee Chair

As our upcoming 2013, 48th Annual Meeting & Course will be held in Lyon, France, I felt it would be appropriate to honor a son of Lyon, Pierre Stagnara, M.D. in this issue. I first met Dr. Stagnara in 1975, when I was a fellow and he was visiting the Twin Cities Scoliosis Center.


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Research Council Update

Kenneth MC Cheung, MD
Research Council Chair

Kenneth MC Cheung, MD

The Research Council is made up by chairs of the following committees: Adult Deformity; Evidence based outcomes; Growing Spine; Mortality and Morbidity; Non-operative Management; Research Grant; and 3D Scoliosis.


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Education Council Report

Daniel J. Sucato, MD, MS
Education Council Chair

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The Scoliosis Research Society continues to be fully committed to education with great efforts to promote our Society’s expertise in all we do.  There have been significant efforts over the past year which are highlighted below.


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IMAST Update and Recap

Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD
IMAST Committee Chair

Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD

A very successful 20th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques was recently held on July 10-13, 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver, British Columbia. Both the venue and weather were outstanding and contributed to the success of the event. The IMAST meeting continues to be a great success with over 750 total attendees with 525 medical registrants.


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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 was pleased to receive 24 grant applications for the Spring 2013 Cycle.

As in the recent past two cycles, the committee chose to consider the grants separated into three team categories – clinical deformity (n=12), biomechanics and basic science (n=7), and molecular biochemistry and genetics (n=5).


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Global Outreach Committee Update

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

Youssry M.K. El-Hawary, MD

Dear SRS Members,

It has been a year since I chaired The Global Outreach Committee (GOC). Despite the effort that I have done, I still feel that I could have done more. The GOC is an important channel for SRS going global. There is a lot that we can offer the under served patients and surgeons. The two new comers to the GOC sites have been busy this year, namely the Hani Mhaidli, MD team in Marrakech, Morocco and the Elhawary, MD team in Sanaa, Yemen. Ted Wagner, MD made several visits to Indonesia, another active site.


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Morbidity and Mortality Committee Update

Douglas C. Burton, MD
Morbidity and Mortality Committee Chair

Douglas C. Burton, MD

2012 M&M Data Collection Presented at the 48th Annual Meeting & Course in Lyon, France
On Friday, September 20, at 7:09-7:16 AM in Forum 4 at the Cite Centre de Congres, Lyon, France (during the Members’ Business Meetings), Dr. Burton will present the results of our 2012 M&M data collection, compare and contrast the results with past collection years and glean the pros and cons. After the Annual Meeting, the general 2012 M&M results will be posted on the members-only site. 

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Ethics Corner: Ethical Issues in the Use of Social Media

James W. Roach, MD
Ethics and Professionalism Committee Chair

James W. Roach, MD

Social media is broadly defined as communicating with others using electronic medium through a computer, tablet, or phone.  This technology has greatly expanded the various ways people can interact with one another.  Using social media technology, individuals can easily communicate with friends, family, and co-workers in an almost immediate manner.

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Coding Committee Report

R. Dale Blasier, MD, FRCS(C), MBA
Coding Committee Chair

R. Dale Blasier, MD, FRCS(C), MBA

There are several CPT Codes which involve removal of hardware. These include:

  1. 22849 - Reinsertion of spinal fixation device
  2. 22850 - Removal Posterior non-segmental instrumentation
  3. 22852 - Removal Segmental posterior instrumentation
  4. 22855 - Removal Anterior instrumentation

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Public Relations Update

Lori Karol, MD
Public Relations Committee Chair

Lori Karol, MD

Since our last update, the public relations committee has had significant activity. In April, a public service announcement poster featuring WPGA golfer Stacy Lewis was produced in conjunction with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Nation in Motion campaign.


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Growing Spine Committee Update

Michael Mendelow, MD
Growing Spine Committee Chair

Michael Mendelow, MD

The Growing Spine Committee has fulfilled several charges over the past two years, including a white paper on Growing Spine, now published, and a rewrite of the website material on growing spine. This year, there are several projects the Growing Spine Committee has taken on in a reorganization and clarification of committee charges.  We have also been working on other committee assignments including a consensus statement for Growing Spine, and an illustrated glossary to accompany the new website material.


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Globalization Committee Update

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
Globalization Committee Chair

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD  Chair

The Globalization committee developed two separate surveys that went out to representatives of our International Spinal Surgery community in late August. The first survey is directed towards SRS international members. Our objective is to obtain a better appreciation of how they feel the SRS is doing with respect to our Global aspirations, what attracted them to become an SRS member, how the benefits of membership are of value to them and their patients, what additional benefits may be of importance to them, and whether they can identify other surgeons in their regions who may be potential members in the future.


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Development Committee Update

Steven M. Mardjetko, MD, FAAP
Development Committee Chair

Steven M. Mardjetko, MD, FAAP

The Development Committee would like to thank everyone who made generous contributions to the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) through donations to Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) and the Research Education Outreach (REO) Fund.


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2012-2013 Corporate Supporters

We are pleased to acknowledge and thank those companies that provided financial support to SRS in 2012-2013. 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 Research. 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 worldwide and surgeons 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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