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Scoliosis Research Society

Dedicated to the optimal care of patients with spinal deformity

NEWS RELEASE: Scoliosis Research Society Announces the Winners of the 2023 Thomas E. Whitecloud Awards

Milwaukee, WI (March 24, 2023) –  During the 30th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) announced the winners of the Thomas E. Whitecloud Awards given to the best basic science/translational and best clinical papers.

This year’s winner for best basic science/translational research paper is What Are We Transfusing? A Prospective Trial Evaluating the Quality of Intraoperatively Salvaged Red Blood Cells in Spinal Deformity Surgery

Authors: David Kurland, MD, PhD; Daniel Alber, BS; Darryl Lau, MD

This year’s winner for best clinical research paper is Decompression With or Without Fusion for Grade 1 Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis: 60-Month Outcomes From the QOD

Authors:  Andrew K. Chan, MD; Erica F. Bisson, MPH; Mohamad Bydon, MD; Steven D. Glassman, MD; Kevin T. Foley, MD; Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD; Eric A. Potts, MD; Mark E. Shaffrey, MD; Domagoj Coric,MD; John J. Knightly, MD; Paul Park, MD; Michael Y. Wang, MD; Kai-Ming G. Fu, MD, PhD; JonathanR. Slotkin, MD; Anthony L. Asher, MD; Michael S. Virk, MD, PhD; Vivian Le, MPH; Dean Chou, MD;Regis W. Haid Jr., MD; Praveen V. Mummaneni, MBA

Named after Dr. Thomas E. Whitecloud, co-founder of IMAST, the nominees are selected from abstracts submitted for IMAST.

During the meeting, attendees vote for their favorite presentation via the IMAST APP, and the popular votes is taken into consideration by the IMAST Committee, who select the final winners. Click here to review past winners.

The winning papers will also be the subject of a future episode of our podcast Scoliosis Dialogues: An SRS Podcast for a deeper discussion with the presenting authors. You can find that episode and previous episodes of our podcast on our website at or on the SRS Youtube channel.

IMAST is a scientific forum for leading spine surgeons, innovative researchers, and the most advanced spine technologies from around the world to come together to demonstrate recent advances in spine surgery.

Attendees also take part in educational content including didactic presentations, papers on current research, case discussions, debates, instructional course lectures, and video demonstrations all lead by a multidisciplinary and international faculty.

IMAST also includes Hands-On Workshops lead by industry leaders that cover a range of topics including pain management techniques, robot-assisted technology, advances in imaging and surgical techniques.

For more information on this international meeting, visit our website.

About 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 LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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