It is with great honor that I step into my role as your president.
As I look forward to this opportunity, I see a clear path for us to broaden participation across surgical specialty and national and international boundaries, thereby providing better opportunities to track the outcomes and complications of our patients, thereby improving patient care.
My key goals during this next presidential year are to increase diversity, inclusiveness, and engagement of all current and potential SRS members. Ideally, the SRS should be the educational resource of choice for all practitioners with an interest in the management of spinal deformity, no matter the age of the patient. By doing so, we will continue to increase the harmony and participation between surgeons performing adult and pediatric procedures -- across surgical specialties -- for those with an operative or nonoperative focus.
As a leader I will be collaborative, open to new ideas and methods of engagement. I value a willingness to “try something new”.
Challenges we face through the next year include a lingering post-Covid uncertainty which leads to ongoing concerns about in-person meetings. We may still face financial head-winds due to less surgery performed, greater divisiveness and lack of trust in many countries.
However, we also have major opportunities because of the great uniformity of purpose in the SRS membership to help our patients, the desire to assess outcomes and reduce complications, and the real thirst for knowledge to improve the care for our patients.
Thank you for this opportunity to lead such a prestigious collective of professionals.
Christopher I. Shaffrey Sr., MD
SRS President 2021-2022