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September 2013
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Global Outreach Committee Update

Youssry M.K. El-Hawary, MD
Global Outreach Committee Chair

Youssry M.K. El-Hawary, MD

Dear SRS Members,

It has been a year since I chaired The Global Outreach Committee (GOC). Despite the effort that I have done, I still feel that I could have done more. The GOC is an important channel for SRS going global. There is a lot that we can offer the under served patients and surgeons. The two new comers to the GOC sites have been busy this year, namely the Hani Mhaidli, MD team in Marrakech, Morocco and the Elhawary, MD team in Sanaa, Yemen. Ted Wagner, MD made several visits to Indonesia, another active site.

I would like to encourage all members to take part in GOC by either joining the committee or starting a site in an area in need. The best time I spend is when visiting the sites. You see different pathologies, new places, meet interesting people, teach young surgeons, treat patients and overall, your work and time is very much appreciated. So, what more you could wish for (see photos).

The GOC is holding a Lunchtime Symposium this year at the 48th Annual Meeting & Course in Lyon, where you will meet the members of the SRS Global Outreach Committee and representatives from the SRS Endorsed Sites. The Lunchtime Symposium is titled "Update on How to Start and Treat a Site". This symposium will be informative for anyone who has ever thought about volunteering their skills and knowledge in another country or wants to learn about some of the current treatment of less common conditions such as Pott's disease or untreated severe scoliosis. During the symposium, representatives from SRS Endorsed Sites will report on last year's activities at some of the sites where they have volunteered, including Western and Eastern Africa, South and Central America, India and Asia, and Eastern Europe. If you have already been involved in Global Outreach in spinal deformity care, this is an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues.

Lunchtime Symposium Schedule
Global Outreach Update
Friday, September 20, 2013 (12:00 - 1:00pm)
Co-Chairs: Youssry M.K. El-Hawary, MD & Kenneth J. Paonessa, MD
Room: Forum 4, Forum Level

Meeting Agenda
12:00 - 12:05pmv - Introduction
Youssry M.K. El-Hawary, MD

12:05 - 12:13pm - Global Outreach Needs/Current Programs and New Sites/ New Needs
Kenneth J. Paonessa, MD

12:13 - 12:21pm - How to Start a Global Outreach Site: Pitfalls and Lessons Learned
Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD

12:21 - 12:29pm - Treatment of Severe Neglected Scoliosis
Ferran Pelliś Urquiza, MD, PhD

12:29 - 12:37pm - Treatment of Late TB Kyphosis
Elias C. Papadopoulos, MD

12:37 - 12:45pm - Treatment of Early Onset Scoliosis in the Developing World
Hazem B. El Sebaie, MD, FRCS

12:45 - 1:00pm Discussion

On Thursday, September 19, 2013, 12:30-1:30pm during The Membership Information session there will be a briefing on the Activities and Opportunities of the GOC.

Looking forward to a very successful meeting in Lyon.

Sincerely Yours,

Chair: Youssry M.K. El-Hawary, MD Committee Members: Kenneth J. Paonessa, MD – Past Chair; Michael J. Mendelow, MD; Mohammed M. Mossaad, MD; Anthony P. Schnuerer, PA; Andre Luis Fernandes Andujar, MD; Michael S. Chang, MD; Mohammad El-Sharkawi, MD; Patrick C. Hsieh, MD, MSc; Darren R. Lebl, MD; Gregory M. Mundis, MD; Elias C. Papadopoulos, MD; Ferran Pellise, MD, PhD; Alpaslan Senkoylu, MD; Alejo Vernengo-Lezica, MD; Ahmet Alanay, MD; Kyu-Jung Cho, MD; Matthew J. Geck, MD; Hossein Mehdian, MD, FRCS(Ed); Donald P.K. Chan, MD; Michael H. Jofe, MD; Anthony S. Rinella, MD;