During the 58th SRS Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington USA, the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) announced the recipient for the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award was Douglas C. Burton, MD. The SRS Lifetime Achievement Award honors a member for distinguished service to the Society, as well as significant contributions to spinal deformity care.
Dr. Burton is the past Peltier/Reckling Professor and Chair and current Marc and Elinor Asher Spine Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Kansas Health System. He received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS and his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, TX.
He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and completed spine fellowships at The Texas Back Institute in Plano, TX and at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He joined the KU School of Medicine faculty in 2000.
Dr. Burton has been an active fellow in the SRS since 2004 and currently serves as the Research Council Chair and member of the Executive Committee. At the SRS Annual Meeting and IMAST, he has been honored with the Hibbs, Goldstein, Moe, and Whitecloud Awards.
He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Association, the Interurban Orthopaedic Society, and the North American Spine Society. He also was President of the Federation of Spine Associations from 2018 to 2019.
His research interests include the development of disease specific health related quality of life instruments and the study of complications and outcomes associated with spinal deformity surgery. He has authored or co-authored over 300 peer reviewed publications and serves as a Deputy Editor of Spine Deformity, the official journal of the Scoliosis Research Society.
Read more about Dr. Burton in our 58th Annual Meeting program.
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