SRS Newsletter
March 2014

President's Message

Dear SRS members,

SRS president

Six months into my SRS presidential year, I continue to be amazed by the quality of the SRS membership, and your dedication to the Society. We ask our members to contribute their time and energy, to travel around the world, and to participate in calls and conferences at all hours of the day and night.

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Historian Corner

Behrooz A. Akbarnia, M.D.

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

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


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Governance Council Update

Hubert Labelle, MD
Governance Council Chair and Secretary

Hubert Labelle, MD

The Governance Council consists of (in alphabetical order) the Advocacy and Public Policy, Bylaws and Policies, Coding, Ethics, Fellowship, Globalization, Historical, Industry Relations, Newsletter and Public Relations committees.


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Call for Committee Volunteers

The SRS Call for Committee Volunteers will open in March. This is your opportunity to be involved and help shape the future and success of SRS. All members are welcomed and encouraged to apply for committee positions, regardless of location or member category.


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Development Committee Update

John R. Dimar II, MD
Development Committee Chair

John R. Dimar II, MD

One of the ongoing initiatives of the Development Committee’s fundraising activities has been the initiation of a special drive for the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Annual Meeting and Course for SRS. By now, the membership will have all received their 50th Anniversary Campaign donation letters from the Scoliosis Research Society requesting a one time special donation of $500 over the next two years or a onetime $1,000 donation for the Research, Endowment & Outreach (REO) Fund.


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Bylaws and Policies Committee Update

Jeffrey D. Coe, MD
Bylaws Committee Chair

Jeffrey D. Coe, MD

The primary charge of the Bylaws and Policies Committee is to perform an annual review of the Bylaws and the Policies and Procedures (P&P) Manual, ensuring that the activities of SRS are in compliance with the Bylaws and accurately reflected in the Policies and Procedures Manual.  This year, there are no new Bylaws changes pending.


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Coding Committee Update

Christopher J. DeWald, MD
Coding Committee Chair

Christopher J. DeWald, MD

Posterior Column Osteotomies

Posterior spinal osteotomy was initially described in an ankylosed spinal column in 1945 by Smith-Petersen et al. 1 Prior to 2008, the traditional CPT codes used to describe posterior spinal osteotomies were: 22210(Cervical), 22212(Thoracic), 22214(Lumbar), and 22216(additional level). These codes were used to describe any type of posterior spinal osteotomy whether performing a posterior column osteotomy alone or a three-column osteotomy.


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Ethics Corner

James W. Roach, MD
Ethics and Professionalism Committee Past Chair

James W. Roach, MD

In past SRS E-Newsletters the Ethics Committee has considered several cases involving the principles of moral reasoning.  As a review, these principles include the following:


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Global Outreach Committee Update

Hossein Mehdian, MD, FRCS
Global Outreach Committee chair

Hossein Mehdian, MD, FRCS

Report on Outcome of GOP conference call on
February 8, 2014

Thank you very much to all of you who gave up your valuable time in joining the conference call.

Representatives of the proposed new Global Outreach Program (GOP) sites were invited to be on our GOP conference call on February 8, 2014, in order to give the committee members a brief introduction to their sites. I have received five applications for consideration as new GOP sites.


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Worldwide Conference Committee Update

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

Marinus de Kleuver, MD, PhD

The SRS Worldwide Conference (WWC) in conjunction with the ASSICON 2014 (Annual Meeting of the Association of Spine Surgeons of India) was held at Kolkata, India on the 23rd and 24th of January 2014 and was a great success.


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Research Grants Update

Andrew King, MD
Research Grants Committee Chair

Andrew King, MD

Research is the middle name of our Society, and has been a driving force throughout the Society’s existence. SRS funded research has played a major part in expanding the knowledge base for spinal deformity.


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Globalization Committee Update

Lawrence Lenke, MD
Globalization Committee Chair

Lawrence Lenke, MD

The Globalization committee is getting ready to assign country representatives to those countries that have at least three members in the Society to represent the local and regional views of their constituents.

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Website Committee Update

Anthony S. Rinella, MD
Website Committee Chair

Anthony S. Rinella, MD

The Website Committee is moving forward with a very bold and ambitious agenda this year.  The most important first step was increasing awareness for committees to prioritize current website content, and to constantly seek ways to improve the way we manage and present content.

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