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September 2013
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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.

Opportunities for collaboration with other committees have also been initiated. Among these is the provision of material to the coding committee to support an effort to appropriately value Mehta casting. A plan has been developed with the Patient Education Committee to create a new growing spine section for a new Spine Deformity brochure they are working on. We have rearranged the existing growing spine content of the E-text for the new I-pad version and, with the E-text committee, are considering an update and rewrite of the growing spine content of the E-text.

Also, we have initiated a plan to begin to engage the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in the area of growing spine.  SRS members are encouraged to join the AAP orthopaedic section and to look forward to further growing spine and AAP news in the coming year.

Chair: Michael Mendelow, MD Committee Members: David L. Skaggs, MD; Hilali H. Noordeen FRCS; Edward P. Southern, MD; Suken A. Shah, MD; Jahangir K. Asghar, MD; Saumyajit Basu, MD; Geoffrey A. Cronen, MD; Sumeet Garg, MD; Tenner J. Guillame, MD; Hak Sun Kim, MD, Ernesto Bersusky, MF; Kan Min, MD; Dror Ovadia, MD; John T. Smith, MD; Brian D. Snyder, MD; Ron El-Hawary, MD; John B. Emans, MD; Robert P. Huang, MD