SRS Newsletter
December 2013

President's Message

SRS president

The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) has a core mission in education and research which is clear, and generates almost uniform agreement among SRS members. The appropriate SRS role in advocacy is less well defined. Conceptually, the SRS should advocate for access to high quality care for all patients with spinal deformities. Deciding how to most effectively pursue that goal is often complicated and difficult.

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Obituary

William C. Lauerman, MD Ruth Wynne-Davies MA, MB, BS, PhD, FRCS
William C. Lauerman, MD Ruth Wynne-Davies MA, MB, BS, PhD, FRCS

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Pat on the Back

Alvin Crawford, MD Lawrence G. Lenke, MD Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, M.D. Baron Lonner, MD
Alvin Crawford, MD Lawrence G. Lenke, MD Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, M.D. Baron Lonner, MD

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Historian Corner

Behrooz A. Akbarnia, M.D.

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

During the 48th Annual Meeting & Course of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) in Lyon, France, two exhibits created by the Kansas University History of Medicine Department in collaboration with the SRS Historical Committee were displayed for review.


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New SRS Leadership List

Congratulation and a warm welcome to the following SRS members on their appointments as committee chairs for 2013-2014.


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Finance Council Update

Paul D. Sponseller, MD, MBA
Finance Council Chair

Paul D. Sponseller, MD, MBA

The financial situation of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) for 2013 continues to be good. Our main sources of net income are the Annual Meeting & Course, IMAST, donations and courses, in that order.


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Development Committee Update

John R. Dimar, II, MD
Development Committee Chair

John R. Dimar, II, MD

The Development Committee met via phone conference call in October to discuss possible methods of expanding the Research, Education and Outreach (REO) Fund to help enhance the SRS’s mission of supporting research. The committee decided to pursue a two year plan to implement various quarterly fundraising initiatives targeting several areas of potential fundraising.


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Long Range Planning Committee Update

Kamal Ibrahim, MD, PP1
Long Range Planning Committee Chair

Kamal Ibrahim, MD, PP1

The charges of the committee are to chose the sites for 2017 IMAST and Annual Meeting & Course and to present its recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval. For 2016 sites, the Board of Directors has approved the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington DC for IMAST, which was recommended by the past chair of the committee, B. Stephens Richards, III, MD.


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Program Committee Update

James O. Sanders, MD
Program Committee Chair

James O. Sanders, MD

We are gearing up for the 49th Annual Meeting & Course September 10-13, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska. The abstract submission site is now open with a deadline of February 1, 2014. As in the past, the SRS requires two-year follow-up for all abstract submissions not in the Innovative Methods category.

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Worldwide Conference Committee Update

Marinus de Kleuver, MD, PhD
World Wide Conference Committee Chair

Marinus de Kleuver, MD, PhD

The Worldwide Conference Committee (WWC) was proud to organize six events in 2013, each time in conjunction with a national spine society. These conferences from an integral part of the SRS educational efforts across the globe, and are a sign of our commitment to foster optimal care for spinal deformity patients globally.

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Fellowship Committee Update

Hilalli Nordeen, FRCS
Fellowship Committee Chair

Hilalli Nordeen, FRCS

In order to preserve the high standards of Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) membership, the Fellowship Committee rigorously reviews all Candidate, Associate and Active applications for membership in adherence to the polices and bylaws of the SRS. The Fellowship Committee then provides their recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval at the September and February/March Board meetings.

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Education Committee Update

Lori Karol, MD
Education Committee Chair

Lori Karol, MD

The committee has been hard at work designing educational opportunities for next year’s Annual Meeting & Course in Anchorage, AL. We are implementing the “gap analysis” technique, whereby gaps in knowledge are identified using post-meeting surveys, abstract submission topics, and the Morbidity & Mortality database, among other sources.


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Awards and Scholarship Update

J. Michael Wattenbarger, MD
Awards and Scholarship Committee Chair

J. Michael Wattenbarger, MD

The Awards and Scholarship Committee was busy in 2012 and 2013 with the addition of three new awards. The Robert B. Winter Global Outreach Fellowship was established to honor Dr. Winter for his lifetime of work in the study and treatment of spinal deformity. This four to six week fellowship is for highly motivated spine surgeons currently in clinical practice in financially challenged and underserved areas worldwide. It provides a financial assistance of $13,000 to fund travel and lodging expenses in visiting recognized global spine centers staffed by SRS members.


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Non-Operative Management Committee Update

Michael T. Hresko, MD
Non- Operative Management Committee Chair

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD – Chair

The Non-Operative Management Committee has been energized by the recent evidence that strongly supports bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis as presented at 48th Annual Meeting & Course in Lyon, France by Stuart Weinstein, MD. The subsequence publication in New England Journal of Medicine, “Effect of Bracing in Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis” by Weinstein SL, Dolan LA, Wright NEJM, Oct 17, 2013 reported a 56 percent reduction in the risk of deformity progression to a surgical level with bracing was highlighted by numerous local and national media outlets including the New York Times and National Public Radio.


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The E-Text Will Become an iBook

Praveen Mummaneni, MD
E-Text Committee Chair

Praveen Mummaneni, MD

The SRS E-Text is now available online through the website. This electronic textbook is now free of charge to both SRS members and nonmembers as a "go anywhere, anytime" online resource covering a broad array of spinal deformity topics.


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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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