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Scoliosis Research Society

Dedicated to the optimal care of patients with spinal deformity

SRS Endorsed Programs

SRS Global Outreach Mission Programs are medical mission programs that provide spinal deformity care to individuals of all ages in fulfillment of our mission statement. This may be in the form of service, education, and research.

These sites should meet certain criteria, or aspire to do so in a timely fashion.

  1. Site director should be SRS member (all categories).
  2. The Site Director should seek GOP Endorsed Program status via application (Word).
  3. The Site Director has the responsibility of completing supporting documents such as the Site Assessment Form and Trip Report Form for each site, and after each visit.
  4. Site Directors should demonstrate a willingness to report surgical cases to SRS M&M; should demonstrate a willingness to utilize the FOCOS database on all surgical cases performed under the Director's care; be willing to contribute to and participate in GOP research protocols when it is appropriate to do so.
  5. Site Director has the responsibility of maximizing the safety of spinal deformity surgeries performed under their care. This should include the intent to explore/utilize spinal cord monitoring in all deformity cases when possible.
  6. The Site Director has the responsibility of procuring/maintaining an independent funding mechanism for their site. Each Site Director should apply ethical and sound accounting principles in all financial dealings related to their site.
  7. SRS GOP committee will review sites on a yearly basis and maintain a list of active and dormant sites.

GOP Site Category


Surgical Activity


SRS (Educational) Endorsement

Initial level

Stable ortho or neurosurgical infrastructure

Acceptable infrastructure for perioperative surgical deformity care

No spinal deformity surgery outside SRS-GOP missions

At least 10 deformity cases done in mission trips during the last 2 years.

Synthesized site general information to display on SRS webpage

Mission trip yearly plan and reports

submit individual patient information in database

1 “e-news” article with photos / year

yearly conference call with GOP Com Chair

Representation on the SRS GOP webpage


Above criteria

Eventually: Stable spine surgery infrastructure +/- IONM

Minimal or No spinal deformity surgery outside SRS-GOP missions

Above mentioned reporting duties performed regularly at least 2 years in a row

Submit at least one patient story / year

Positive bias for GOP Scholarship, Fellowship, and Fikry MENA Scholarship

SRS endorsement to attract commercial support/sponsorship

Invited to “recruit” at GOP table


Stable spinal deformity infrastructure


SRS candidate or active member

Basic spinal deformity surgery performed regularly

SRS-GOP mission trips for complex cases

Above mentioned reporting duties

Submit an abstract to IMAST or Annual meeting

Above mentioned endorsement

Considered for educational activities (WWC / Curriculum)

SRS membership fees for locals adjusted to local cost of living


  • Stable Ortho or Neurosurgical infrastructure: Site has the minimal infrastructure (OR and immediate postoperative care equipment) required to perform general orthopedic or neurosurgical activity safely. >50 ortho or neurosurgical cases/year done safely.
  • Stable Spine Surgery infrastructure: Site performs >24 spine surgeries / year safely (with or without IONM)
  • Stable Spinal Deformity infrastructure: Site performs >24 deformity surgeries / year safely (IONM)
  • GOP Patient Report Dataset: Core dataset individual patient parameters to be uploaded in the SRS GOP website database
  • Yearly Mission Trip plan and Report: Online report describing performed and planned outreach mission trips, mission attendees, medical and educational activities, general non-medical issues of interest.
  • SRS Scholarships / awards
  • SRS courses (WWC / Curriculum)