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
FOCOS - Ghana & Barbados
We have a very active website which is www.orthofocos.org. If you are interested in joining a trip or making a donation to our program please contact us.
FOCOS mentoring surgeons are Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, M.D., Michael Mendelow, M.D., Munish Gupta, M.D. FOCOS operates in two countries, Barbados and Ghana. In Ghana, we are working in collaboration with the Ghana Medical School and the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. Sponsoring hospitals are the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados.
FOCOS-Barbados Program is very active. We completed about 35 cases and trained a young Barbados surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery for three-months. Dr. Randy Carrington is now leading the spine team and doing simple cases with occasional intervention by the FOCOS group in the USA.
We opened the FOCOS Clinic in May 2004 and doctors in Ghana have seen over 1,000 spine cases. We have seen and treated CP, Marfans Syndrome, idiopathic scoliosis (adult and adolescent) hyperkyphosis from congenital deformities, post traumatic, infantile scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, Morquio's Syndrome, Myelomenigocele , TB kyphosis and traumatic deformities. To date over 150 patients have been treated surgically in both Barbados and Ghana. We have presented our data to the SRS meetings in the past and will continue to collect data. We have a very well established active FOCOS database.
FOCOS is willing to bring much needed care to patients in underdeveloped nations as well as educational activities and programs to surgeons who are seeking such knowledge.
Please see the links below for more information about FOCOS and an application.