Lifetime Achievement Awards
The 2009 Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented on Saturday, September 26th. The Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients were chosen from among the SRS membership, based on long and distinguished service to the Society and spinal deformity research and care. This year's winners are: Marc A. Asher, MD and David B. Levine, MD.
Marc A. Asher, MD
Marc Addason Asher was born in 1936, the only child of a south central Kansas farmer and high school mathematics teacher. In his youth he was interested in animal husbandry and soil conservation. He attended Kansas State College (University), BS 1958 and Kansas University, MD 1962. After post graduate training (University of Oregon, Baltimore City Hospital and the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Program), service in the United States Public Health Service and at the University of Texas, San Antonio he returned (1972) to his alma mater, where he attained the rank of University Distinguished Professor. He was chair of the Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 1: Home Study Syllabus editorial board, helped establish the Paul R. Harrington Archives, and participated in the development of the Isola Spine Implant system. He has been a POSNA Treasurer, and SRS Annual Meeting local host (1992) and President (1997).
David B. Levine, MD
David B. Levine, MD, a native of Binghamton, NY, attended Dartmouth College and obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York Medical School at Syracuse in 1957. An orthopaedic resident at Hospital for Special Surgery, he completed a Spine Fellowship at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey, California and joined the Attending Staff of HSS becoming Chief of Scoliosis (1967-1995). In 1964, as a senior resident, at a scoliosis instructional course meeting held at the University of Minnesota, he proposed establishing a Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and drafted the first Bylaws of the society. He had the longest tenure (15 years) of any member of the Board of Directors of the Society and served as Secretary-Treasurer (1970-72), Secretary (1972-74) and President (1978-79). He retired in 1995 to be recalled in 2003 by Dr. Thomas Sculco, HSS Surgeon-in-Chief, to become Director of Alumni Affairs and HSS Archivist. He continues in these roles and divides his time with his wife Janet in New York City and on a farm in upper New York State.