Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
An International Organization Dedicated to the Education, Research and Treatment of Spinal Deformity
Our Mission is to Foster Optimal Care for All Patients with Spinal Deformities

President's Message

On behalf of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), I welcome you to our website.  It is a privilege and honor to lead the Society through a great period of change and growth.  For nearly five decades, SRS has played a crucial role in advancing care for patients with spinal deformities.  By aligning our goals with the primary objectives of Education, Research, Advocacy, and Ethical Practice, SRS has continued to grow and foster optimal care of patients with spinal deformities locally and internationally. Thank you to the membership for this great opportunity to serve as President.

The 49th Annual Meeting & Course in Anchorage, Alaska was a great success.  With over 1,350 attendees and many outstanding presentations, this year’s meeting was representative of the Society’s dedication to research and education of the highest caliber and its ability to transform the treatment of spinal deformity through collaboration. The Russell A. Hibbs Award for Best Clinical Paper was presented to Stuart Weinstein, MD and Lori Dolan, PhD for their work relating to the BrAIST study which provided a model for clinicians and families to make an evidence-based decision regarding bracing as treatment for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).  Other highlights included the Harrington Lecture by Jean-Pierre Farcy, MD and presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Awards to David Bradford, MD and Alvin Crawford, MD and the Walter P. Blount Humanitarian Award to Steven M. Mardjetko, MD, FAAP. Overall, the 2014 Annual Meeting marked another year of innovation in clinical practice and basic science research.

For SRS members who were not able to attend the Annual Meeting, a complete video archive of the 2014 Annual Meeting and International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) meeting are available on our website on the Meetings page under video archives.

With an exceptional meeting on our coattails, we are looking forward to celebrating the 50th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 30-October 3, 2015. Thank you to Joseph Perra, MD, Local Host; Ronald Lehman, MD, Program Chair; Sigurd Berven, MD, Education Chair and Behrooz Akbarnia, MD, 50th Anniversary Task Force Chair, for their hard work with this meeting.  This anniversary is a reminder of what the Society has contributed to in the past five decades and our ability to impact the future of spinal deformity education, research and treatment.  There is a great deal planned for the upcoming year to highlight the success of the past 50 years through videos, historical archives, special events and lectures. Please check the Annual Meeting website for the latest information.

SRS will continue to focus on our global education programs over the next year. The 22nd IMAST will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 8-11, 2015. The meeting focuses on emerging technologies and techniques. The 2015 SRS World Wide Courses (WWC) will be held in Russia, India, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Morocco, Hong Kong and Spain through partnerships with national spine societies in each host country. WWC Meetings in India and Morocco will be presented in conjunction with the SRS Global Outreach Program.  The 3rd Spine Deformity Solutions: A Hands-On Course will be held in October 2014. With a second partnership with AANS, SRS will host the 4th Spine Deformity Solutions: Hands-On Course scheduled for April 9-11, 2015 and the 5th Spine Deformity Solutions: A Hands-On Course will be held Istanbul, Turkey in October 2015. SRS endorsed global outreach projects continue to expand and are a fundamental part of extending care to patients with spinal deformities around the world. Last but not least, SRS received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) until 2018 which will allow SRS to provide and improve our CME programs!

The SRS website will be re-launched within the year to provide easier navigation for professionals and patients. The new site is part of a larger effort for SRS to be accessible on many platforms internationally. The SRS E-Textbook is available to surgeons, medical professionals, fellows, and residents on the website as well. The E-Textbook will be accessible as an iBook by mid-2015 and is being translated into Chinese. Spine Deformity: The Official Journal of the Scoliosis Research Society published its 11th issue in September 2014 and continues to increase in print circulation.  The journal’s achievements are due in large part to leadership by John Lonstein, MD, Editor in Chief.

Under the leadership of Past President, Steven Glassman, MD, a 2014 Strategic Planning session occurred following the AAOS Annual Meeting in New Orleans on March 11-15, 2014. Our goal is to implement the best aspects of the updated strategic plan.

Another goal for this year is to continue efforts in the quality, safety and value arena. Last year’s Safety Task Force will be converted to a standing SRS Safety/Value Committee chaired by Kit Song, MD. Other goals include creating a Risk Adjustment Tool for spinal deformity and creating an SRS Performance Measure Task Force, chaired by Christopher J. DeWald, MD, created as a coordinated effort with the AAOS to identify performance measures in orthopedic surgery.

The Society’s investment in research, scholarships, fellowships and humanitarian efforts is fundamental to achieving our main goals. Well over $300,000 per year is designated toward awarding research grants. The Society Directed Research Task Force, chaired by Steven Glassman, MD, will play an integral role in broadening the sources of support for SRS research efforts. In order to ensure the success of this initiative, support from our members is essential. I encourage all members to make a contribution to the SRS Research, Education, and Outreach (REO) Fund. Parenthetically, existing Orthopedic Research and Education Fund (OREF) Funds will be moved into the REO Fund under the direction of a new SRS-OREF Task Force as part of an ongoing OREF reorganization effort.

I owe many thanks to the Presidential Line: David W. Polly, Jr., MD; Kenneth MC Cheung, MD and Steven Glassman, MD, the Board of Directors, the SRS staff under the direction of Executive Director, Tressa Goulding, many volunteers who serve on committees and especially the SRS members we serve. Your dedication to SRS has allowed the Society to make incredible progress.  With such commitment, we can continue this tradition for another 50 years. 

John P. Dormans, MD
President 2014-2015

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