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Scoliosis Research Society

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NEWS RELEASE: Scoliosis Research Society Announces 2022 Walter P. Blount Humanitarian Award Recipient

Stockholm, Sweden (September 14, 2022) – During the 57th SRS Annual Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) announced Lawrence G. Lenke, MD as the Walter P. Blount Humanitarian award winner.

The Walter P. Blount Award is given to an individual who has provided outstanding service for those with spinal deformities, through their generous actions out of a sense of service to larger social and professional goals.

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD is the Surgeon-In-Chief at New York- Presbyterian Och Spine Hospital, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Chief of Spinal Deformity Surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

He is world-renowned for the surgical treatment of pediatric and adult patients with various forms of spinal pathology with expertise in the most complex deformities. He and his colleagues of the Harms Study Group developed the Lenke Classification System of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS), which remains the global standard for AIS classification for over 20 years. He also was co-Principal Investigator of the landmark Scoli-Risk-1 Prospective International study of complex Adult Spinal Deformity co-sponsored by the SRS and AOSpine.

Dr. Lenke has been listed in America’s Top Doctors for the last 15 years and Best Doctors in America for the last 20 years. He served as SRS president in 2010-2011, and while president, chaired a task force that that developed Spine Deformity, which debuted in January 2013 as the official journal of the SRS.

He has been a recipient of the Russell Hibbs award for the top Clinical Research presentation at the SRS Annual Meeting four times and the Thomas E. Whitecloud Award for the top clinical presentation at the International Meeting on Advance Spine Techniques meeting three times.

Dr. Lenke was nominated for this honor by his peers, including Zhimin Pan, MD, PhD , who wrote in his nomination letter: “Dr. Lenke is a very diligent and caring surgeon. I found he cared about his patients very much. His patients come from nationwide or even worldwide, but he treated patients like caring for his relatives. In his therapeutic group, every surgery was done in person, and every student could be offered enough time to practice. He always taught us to be a good doctor in daily life.”

Read more Dr. Lenk in our 57th Annual Meeting Program.

About the Scoliosis Research Society

The Scoliosis Research Society is a non-profit, professional organization, made up of physicians and allied health personnel. Our primary focus is on providing continuing medical education for health care professionals and on funding/supporting research in spinal deformities. Founded in 1966, SRS has gained recognition as the world's premier spine deformity society. Please visit for further information. Also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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