Scoliosis Research Society Presents

Social Events & Optional Tours

Opening Ceremonies & Welcome Reception
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
6:00 – 9:00pm

Open to all registered delegates and their registered guests at no additional fee. Name badges are required.
The Annual Meeting will officially begin with Opening Ceremonies and this year’s Howard Steel Lecture, presented by Geoffrey Baer Program Host and Producer, WTTW Channel 11 Chicago. The evening will include an introduction of the SRS officers and honored presidents from other spine societies. All guests are invited and encouraged to attend the Opening Ceremonies. Following the Opening Ceremonies, we’ll move to a hosted reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and plenty of lively conversation and reunions with colleagues and friends.

Farewell Reception at the Art Institute of Chicago
Friday, September 7, 2012
7:00 – 10:00pm

Open to all registered delegates and registered guests. Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased in advance. A limited number of tickets may be available onsite, but SRS strongly urges delegates and guests to purchase tickets at the time of registration.  Name badges are required.
The 47th Annual Meeting culminates with a spirited evening at the Art Institute of Chicago. Busses will depart the Sheraton beginning at 6:45pm, and will continue to run between the Sheraton and the Art Institute until 10:00pm. The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 as both a museum and a school, was built on rubble from the 1871 Chicago fire. The museum originally housed a collection of plaster casts and had a visionary purpose: to acquire and exhibit art of all kinds and to conduct programs of education. The collection now encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world, including one of the world’s most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection. Notable works housed at the Art Institute include Vincent VanGogh’s Self-portrait, The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet’s Water Lillies and American Gothic by Grant Wood. At one million square feet, it is the second largest art museum in the United States behind only the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Robert B. Winter Global Outreach Fellowship Dinner
Saturday, September 8
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

On behalf of the Twin Cities Spine Center, the Twin Cities Spine Center Endowment Fund Steering Committee invites all SRS members and guests to join them at the close of the 47th Annual Meeting & Course for a dinner celebrating SRS Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Robert B. Winter, MD. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Robert B. Winter Global Outreach Fellowship.

This newly established fellowship, administered by the SRS, is an endowed fellowship to honor one of the founding members of the SRS. It seeks to further the mission of SRS by fostering the optimal care of all patients worldwide with spinal deformities.

The fellowship will allow a spine surgeon to visit a spine-care center or centers anywhere in the world, outside of his/her country of origin or current practice, for an in-depth experience in scoliosis/spinal deformity treatment and surgery. The Robert B. Winter Global Outreach Fellow will exchange skills and knowledge with the country visited.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $125 per ticket through the Scoliosis Research Society.  Please Click Here to purchase tickets for the event.

For questions, please email

Twin Cities Spine Center
Endowment Fund Steering Committee

Daryll C. Dykes, MD, PhD
John E. Lonstein, MD
Joseph H. Perra, MD
Ensor E. Transfeldt, MD

Optional Tours

SRS regrets that, due to low participation, many of the optional tours and activities scheduled during the Annual Meeting & Course have been cancelled, including the golf, tennis and platform tennis tournaments. Delegates and guests that registered for cancelled tours and activities have NOT been charged and refunds are not necessary, at this time. The following tours remain available on Thursday, September 6:

If you wish to register for either of the remaining tours, please contact AlliedPRA ( or +1-312-332-6670) before September 6. Onsite registration for tours will not be available.

NOTE: All tours start and end at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

Architectural River Cruise
Thursday, September 6, 2012 • 1:15pm– 3:45pm
$50.00 USD

Aboard this 60-minute cruise, guests will witness the story of Chicago and how it grew.  Guests will learn of its beginnings as a tropical sea over 400 million years ago, the ice age when whales swam in Lake Chicago, its days as a frontier outpost, the arrival of the Illinois Central Railroad and the years of growth that followed. Throughout this cruise, a professionally-trained docent showcases the work of those who helped revolutionize the building arts. Guests will see Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s IBM Building exemplify his dictum “less is more.” Guests will see Marina City, by Bertrand Goldberg Associates, the Board of Trade, Helene Curtis Building and over hundreds more attractions!


Chicago on FIRE!!!
Thursday, September 6, 2012  • 1:00– 3:00pm
$ 47.00 USD

It was once believed that the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was caused by Ms. O’Leary’s cow tipping over a lantern.  A competing legend exonerates the hapless bovine, placing guilt on Peg Leg Sullivan, who not only started the blaze, but also framed the cow. The truth lies in mystery. What we know for a fact is that after the great fire, Chicagoans built on the ash filled fields new buildings and streets that are the foundation of what we see today: an architectural heaven, high skyscrapers, well organized street blocks... The tour begins and ends at Chicago’s famous fire station, across from the Water Tower, the only building that survived the Great Fire.  Groups will stop at the Fire Academy, which was originally Ms. O’Leary’s Barn. The fire truck will also make a stop at the Adler Planetarium where guests can take pictures of the city and its beautiful skyline. Don’t miss on the history of Chicago and enjoy an inspiring city tour, which allows guests a completely different glance of the city on top of an antique fire truck. It might well turn out that the group is the attraction of other sightseers.


Past Meetings
SRS Mobile

Mark Dekutoski, MD, Co-Chair
John R. Dimar, II, MD, Co-Chair
Joseph H. Perra, MD, Past Chair

John C. France, MD
Daniel W. Green, MS, MD, FACS
Brian Hsu, MD
Eric T. Jones, MD
Lori A. Karol, MD
Glenn R. Rechtine, II, MD
Kit M. Song, MD
Daniel J. Sucato, MD
Adam L. Wollowick, MD
Lukas P. Zebala, MD

Daniel J. Sucato, MD, MS, Chair
Laurel C. Blakemore, MD, Past Chair
Suken A. Shah, MD, Chair Elect

R. Haluk Berk, MD
William F. Donaldson, III, MD
Daniel W. Green, MS, MD, FACS
Stanley S. Lee, MD
Timothy S. Oswald, MD
Glenn R. Rechtine, II, MD
James O. Sanders, MD
Yutaka Sasao, MD
John G. Thometz, MD

48th Annual Meeting & Course
September 18-21, 2013
Lyon, France

For more information and/or questions, please contact:

Scoliosis Research Society
555 E. Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-289-9107