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June 2011
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Adult Deformity Committee Update

Clifford B. Tribus, MD
Adult Deformity Committee Chair

The SRS Adult Deformity Committee currently has eleven members, including myself as chair and we are diligently working through our current list of charges.

Congratulations to Frank Schwab, MD. He has submitted to Spine his paper “SRS-Schwab Adult Spinal Deformity Classification: A validation Study.” To give you some background, three years ago, the Adult Deformity Committee voted to streamline its charges so that it could focus its attention on helping Dr. Schwab complete his work. This is an ongoing process and Dr. Schwab and his coworkers have put in an enormous number of hours in trying to rein in a very complicated topic. The paper makes great strides in identifying important clinical consequences of adult deformity and combining them in a cohesive classification system which appears to be well supported in his paper. Please look for it in an upcoming edition of Spine.

Other charges of the committee have been addressed as well. Lingering from previous years were two papers already written that were to be added to the website. The first authored by Kirkham Wood, MD on the subject of vertebroplasty, was reviewed by the committee early in the year and subsequently passed on to the Presidential Line. It met with approval from the PL and now sits with the Website Committee for publication on the SRS website. A second paper dealing with osteoporosis and the complexities of that problem facing the adult deformity surgeon was revisited by Donald Deinlein, MD. His revision has added substantially to the integrity of this paper, and it has currently been resubmitted to our committee members for final review before heading on to the Presidential Line.

Finally, the committee was charged with coming up with a list of FAQs for our adult deformity patients. As you know, the Growing Spine Committee had come up with an FAQ list of questions and answers for their patients, and it became our charge to come up with a similar, yet more focused list for the adult deformity patient. Progress has been made on this front as well. The list of questions has been collated and distributed and currently 80% of the answers have been resubmitted to me. Once this list is complete, I will re-circulate the questions and answers to the subcommittee for their final comments prior to passing it on to the Website Committee.

Committee charges continue to evolve and if anyone has any suggestions or problems that they feel the Adult Deformity Committee should address, please feel free to forward them to me. Here’s to wishing you all a wonderful summer and a straight spine.

Chair: Clifford B. Tribus, MD Members: Frank Schwab, MD, Jacob M. Buchowski, MD, Robert A. Hart, MD, Sigurd H. Berven, MD, Mark B. Dekutoski, MD, Hossein Mehdian, MD, Jeffrey D. Coe, MD, Christopher DeWald, MD, Andrew K Cree, MD, Donald A. Deinlein, MD.