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About Spine Deformity Journal

Spine Deformity is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to disseminating knowledge on the etiology, biomechanics, treatment methods, and outcomes of all types of spinal deformities. The official journal of the Scoliosis Research Society, it aims to foster the optimal care of all patients with spine deformities worldwide. The international Editorial Board is committed to publishing original articles in the form of clinical and basic research while ensuring a global perspective. 

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Elite Reviewers

Spine Deformity would like to extend our deep appreciation to Elite Reviewers. An Elite Reviewer meets the criteria of:

  • Having reviewed 5 or more manuscripts
  • Average review time of 7 days or less
  • Average response time to review invitation of 3 days or less
  • Fewer than 30% automatic un-invite from review

Reviewers meeting this criteria in 2023 include these superstars:

  • James E Dowdell 
  • Jean Dubousset 
  • Robert W Gaines 
  • Michael Grevitt 
  • David W. Polly
  • Masayuki Ohashi 

Douglas Burton, MD, Award for the  Best Adult Deformity Article in the Spine Deformity Journal

During the 58th SRS Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington USA, the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) announced the a new award category in honor of member Douglas Burton, MD for the  Best Adult Deformity Article in the Spine Deformity Journal. 

Dr. Burton is an  SRS Lifetime Achievement Award winner for distinguished service to the Society, as well as significant contributions to spinal deformity care. 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 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.

Douglas Burton, MD, Award-Winning Articles


Proximal junctional failure after surgical instrumentation in adult spinal deformity: biomechanical assessment of proximal instrumentation stiffness

Authors: Maeva Lopez Poncelas, Luigi La Barbera, Jeremy Rawlinson, Dennis Crandall & Carl-Eric Aubin

Study design: Assessment of different proximal instrumentation stiffness features to minimize the mechanical proximal junctional failure-related risks through computer-based biomechanical models.

Objective: To biomechanically assess variations of proximal instrumentation and loads acting on the spine and construct to minimize proximal junctional failure (PJF) risks.

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