SRS
June 2020

President's Message

Paul D. Sponseller, MD, MBA
SRS President 2019-2020

As COVID19 has turned our worlds sideways, so it has for SRS. All of our staff have transitioned to ​readily provide full support remotely. You can read about the efforts of our energetic Society in these pages.

We have had to re-evaluate all of our meetings. The two Hands-On Courses, planned for Nijmegen and Singapore, have been moved to ​2021 in the same locations.

IMAST will kick off ​virtually, on July 10-11 with top sessions on each of these days, so register (NO COST unless CME desired) and mark your schedules to attend these sessions. After this, groups of presentations ​will be sent to attendees each week in 20-30 minute sessions, which should be easy to fit into your schedule. Thanks to IMAST chairs, Han Jo Kim, David Skaggs, Ahmet Alanay, and Henry Halm for their work on this.

As you all know, the Board has recently made the very difficult decision to move the SRS Annual Meeting fully virtual. There will be several live sessions to attend, at a variety of times to accommodate our global membership. Please keep your calendars booked for September 9-13. The full agenda will be sent out and posted next week.

The SRS-OREF-POSNA collaborative grant on the Pediatric Spine received over ​28 applications and these have been reviewed and ranked. Two winners of these large grants will be announced before the Annual Meeting.

The first high-quality module in our new learning module, on the topic of EOS, has been completed under the leadership of Muharrem Yazici and a professional staff. Members put a great deal of thought and effort into creating a state-of-the art learning experience. A Task Force will work on other topics throughout the deformity spectrum in sequence.

Tressa Goulding has retired officially as our Executive Director, and the Board held a virtual gathering to wish her well in her retirement. Gifts were presented on behalf of the membership. We had planned to see her in Phoenix, but will now look forward to seeing her in St. Louis next year. Ashtin Neuschaefer is up to speed and capably leading the Society into our next era.

As the world transitions to the next phase of working alongside COVID19, please be safe, thankful for your chance to help others, and share your experiences with adapting care on our COVID blog.

Respectfully Yours,
Paul Sponseller

Obituaries

David Alberto Meneses, MD
April 1956 - September 2019

David Alberto Meneses was born in April 1956 in Barranquilla Colombia and passed away in September 2019 in Bogotá, Colombia.

He completed his studies in Medicine at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, followed by his Orthopedics and Spine Surgery training in the same institution. He worked with Dr. Frank Eismont and Dr. Mark Brown at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL, where he continued to deepen his studies as Spine Surgeon (1988). The focus of his career was aimed towards his interest in spinal disorders occurring in children and young adults, especially in cases with spinal deformities.

He became Clinical Professor of Spine Surgery at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (1988-2017), Professor Ad Honorem in Rosario University, El Bosque University, Cartagena University, Militar University, Los Andes University and Javeriana University, Colombia.

He contributed to the practice as Institutional Member of the Department of Trauma and Orthopedics Surgery at Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogotá, as Spine Surgeon at Roosevelt Institute, he was an active member of the AAOS, SRS, SCOOT, NASS and other medical organizations. During his career, he was published in over 58 peer-review studies and participated in more than 140 national and international congresses.

He was married for 35 years to his wife Claudia Patricia Duarte Gómez. They had two sons, Sebastián Meneses Duarte and Daniel Meneses Duarte.

I had the privilege of knowing him most of my professional career, and having him as a mentor in spine surgery. He was a scholar, a good friend and one of the best people and surgeon I have ever met. Since the day he left he has been deeply missed.

Written by Fernando Alvarado Gomez, MD and Maria Alejandra Asmar, MD.

 

Historical Vignette

Clyde Les Nash Jr., MD
(1932 - 2019)

Dr. Clyde L. Nash Jr., MD (“Les”) age 86, born November 25, 1932, passed away September 13, 2019. Les was the son of Katherine Seelbach Nash and Clyde Lester Nash. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio where he attended Shaker Heights High, followed by Amherst College, two years in the US Army and Western Reserve Medical School. He was a retired Orthopaedic spine surgeon and Professor Emeriti of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He was considered by many to be a pioneer and surgeon-leader especially as it pertained to his involvement in the development of neuromonitoring in scoliosis and spinal deformity surgery.  His medical career spanned over 30 years where he held leadership positions at University Hospitals, St Luke's, and MetroHealth Medical Center, all in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Deborah Hazzard Nash, and his three children (Elizabeth Patterson, Douglas Nash, and Katherine Quinn) and their spouses. His extracurricular life was full of many varied community activities both in Cleveland and in Boca Grande, Florida. This gentle, gifted, Renaissance man will be missed by his family, and all those who knew him or were in his care over these many years. It truly can be said, his was a " life well lived."

Dr. Nash was a gifted scoliosis surgeon and abundant tributes arrived after his passing from a lifetime of grateful patients and admirers alike.  Not only were his surgical skills praised, but his character qualities were equally lauded.  From his long-standing leadership within our Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), volunteerism at the Brittingham Library Board, to his reception of a child’s water balloon at a spine-team picnic, Dr. Nash was truly a “man for others.”

His seminal research in the techniques of intraoperative neuromonitoring have led to safer, more effective scoliosis and deformity surgery.  Dr. Nash was an early leader in the development of these monitoring techniques.  He and his colleagues, Dr. Jerald Brodkey, Dr Richard Brown, and Dr. Betty Grundy recognized the value of adapting the somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs) to help avoid catastrophic spinal cord injury during deformity surgery.  This corresponded to the advent of spinal instrumentation and increased magnitudes of deformity correction.  Soon a system was applied for the operating room, and SSEPs were used to guide early intervention in the event of an evolving neurological injury to improve outcomes.  Beyond the development and validation of the coordinated approach between the anesthesiology team and the neuromontoring professionals, Dr. Nash educated the nation and the world on the benefits of SSEP monitoring.  He left an incredible legacy and will be sorely missed.

Authors: Matthew J. Mermer, MD and David E. Morledge, PhD

 

Chair: George H. Thompson Committee: Andrew G. King; Acke Ohlin (E); Jeffrey P. Mullin (C); Jonathan N. Sembrano (C); Alexander A. Theologis (C); Patricia N. Kostial (A); Matthew J. Mermer; Behrooz A. Akbarnia (E); Richard M. Schwend; Jay Shapiro, Historian Elect

Ethics Corner

B. Stephens Richards, MD
Ethics & Professionalism Committee Chair

A patient secretly records the clinic conversation with his spine surgeon. Is this legal, and ethical?

Scenario:
Dr. Jones has seen Mr. Smith in his office twice previously for evaluation of Mr. Smith’s painful degenerative lumbar spine deformity. Dr. Jones encouraged non-operative care for several months before considering any operative intervention. Mr. Smith wasn’t pleased, having desired to have surgery scheduled at the initial encounter in order to “cure him” of all of his discomfort. Dr. Jones thought that it was wise to proceed cautiously, getting to know Mr. Smith better over time, and had told him that surgery was a possibility in the future. During this current visit’s discussion, Mr. Smith says he expects surgery to be scheduled now because he had recorded all of the previous visit’s interaction and said he was told that surgery would be scheduled. In fact, unknown to Dr. Jones, Mr. Smith said he was recording this visit on his smartphone, too. Dr. Jones was completely unaware of having been secretly recorded previously or currently, and was quite disturbed to learn this.  The tone of the visit changed, and it was brought to an end without scheduling any surgery. Dr. Jones thought to himself: Is this legal in his home state of Texas? Is this ethical?

Discussion:
In Dr. Jones case, yes it is legal to have been recorded without his knowledge. In most states in the U.S., federal law allows recording of a private conversation if at least one party to a conversation consents. These “one-party” jurisdictions allow one party to record a conversation; so, in this instance, a patient can record a clinical encounter without the doctor’s consent. However, in some states known as “all-party” jurisdictions, secret recordings by either patients or doctors are illegal since everyone being recorded must consent to do so. These “all-party” states include California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington; and perhaps Connecticut, Michigan, Oregon, and Vermont – sources vary. In these states, the doctor must be asked by the patient to record the clinical encounter. Confusing, right?

On one hand, patients may innocently want a recording to listen to again, helping their recall of the clinic visit, and to share with family. In this instance, the patient would likely alert the physician and obtain a verbal agreement, although not required.

Conversely, the patient’s motives may be entirely different. Lawsuit cases have been settled for large sums of money based on the evidence entered by secret recordings. Knowing this, we spine surgeons would understandably be concerned about being secretly recorded.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires an audio/video recording made by the clinician to be restricted to the formal medical record, unless consent is obtained for it to be used elsewhere. However, patients who make secret recordings are not subject to HIPAA and, in a one-party jurisdiction, can legally post the material on any social media platform. Is this ethical? Hardly. If the clinician later finds out this has occurred, the doctor-patient relationship is understandably altered, distrust ensues, and the medical relationship may result in termination.

How can physicians protect themselves from the negative aspects of secret recordings? We’ll look at this from a positive perspective, as reported by Rodriguez et al in JAMA 2015;313:1615-1616.

“The solution lies with physicians. The first and most essential strategy entails being aware of and embracing the possibility that every conversation with a patient or his or her family may be recorded. Physicians can use this knowledge as an incentive to ensure that their words convey sensitive information efficiently, effectively, and compassionately. Professionalism requires not only honesty but also a commitment to developing effective communication skills. If the possibility of recording causes physicians to refine their skills and, in their intimate moments with families, to pause and reassess their choice of words, then physicians should consider this possibility as an opportunity to strengthen patient/physician relationships.

If a physician suspects that a conversation is being recorded, that physician could handle the situation in several different ways that could benefit all parties. Doing so would first require that the physician be aware of the possibility of secret recordings. The physician can ask the patient if he or she is recording the conversation. Then, regardless of the answer, the physician can express assent, note constructive uses of such recordings, and educate the patient about the privacy rights of other patients so as to avoid any violations. Taking such an approach would demonstrate the physician’s openness and desire to strengthen the relationship with the patient. The physician could also ignore any suspicions and provide care as he or she normally would without letting the possibility of recording affect medical decision making.

Unless federal or state laws change, physicians should be aware of the possibility that their conversations with patients may be recorded. If physicians accept this possibility, establish good relationships with their patients, provide compassionate and competent care, and communicate effectively and professionally, the motives of patients and families in recording visits will be irrelevant.”

 

Chair: B. Stephens Richards III Committee: Anthony M. Petrizzo; Jochen P. Son-Hing; Gary Fleischer (C); Stuart H. Hershman (C); Christopher J. Kleck (C); Robert F. Murphy (C); Mark Oppenlander (C); Paulo Jose Silva Ramos (C); Anuj Singla (C); William F. Young Jr. (C); Jacob M. Buchowski; David A. Hanscom; Steven D. Glassman, Chair Elect; Sherif M. El Ghamry; Hee-Kit Wong; S. Samuel Bederman; John P. Lubicky

CME Committee Update

Samuel K. Cho, MD
CME Committee Chair

The CME committee continues to ensure that our society is in good standing with the ACCME to provide the necessary educational credit to our members at large. We currently have ACCME accreditation with commendation until November, 2022 and can provide CME credit for not only the Annual Meeting and the IMAST, but also various regional meetings, both in-person and virtual, that take place throughout the academic year. Over the past few months, we have been busy with timely review of the educational content for online meetings to ensure compliance with the guidelines established by the ACCME. In addition, the committee has embarked on a mission to utilize some of the available technologies such as the use of QR codes to increase member participation of meeting feedback and reviews with ease. Our hope is to collect the responses in a timely manner to perform appropriate gap analysis and address educational needs in future meetings in coordination with Educational and Program Committees. Recently, we have established a subcommittee to revamp the questionnaires that are sent out to participants immediately following the Annual and other meetings. We have decreased the number of questions and made it much easier for these questions to be answered online and anticipate greater participation from our members in the near future.

 

Chair: Samuel K. Cho Committee: Peter O. Newton, Past President I; Baron S. Lonner, Education; Ryan C. Goodwin; William F. Lavelle; Anthony M. Petrizzo; John Heydemann (C); Naobumi Hosogane (C); Luke Macyszyn (C); Venu M. Nemani (C); Zeeshan M. Sardar (C); James T. Bennett; Woojin Cho; Praveen V. Mummaneni; Suken A. Shah, Education Council Chair; Steven W. Hwang, Chair Elect; Patricia N. Kostial; Kevin Boon Leong Lim

Fellowship Committee Update

Baron S. Lonner, MD
Fellowship Committee Chair

I am honored to serve as Chairman of the Fellowship Committee and to work with my fellow committee members and Alysha Chapman from SRS to vet our future members and leaders of the society.  The state of our organization’s membership is strong. We have 753 Active members, 284 Candidate members, 76 Associate members, 290 Emeritus Members, and 8 Honorary members (including our newest Honorary Member, Tressa Goulding). A total of 74 Active members were admitted to the SRS over the past year including 40 international members, for a total of 494 international members from 63 of countries, representing 35% of the overall membership, truly reflecting the global nature of our society.

Membership requirements were modified prior to the last application cycle to permit a more efficient process for admission of deserving candidates in order to fulfill our leadership’s desire to maintain a vibrant and growing society (www.srs.org/membership). The committee will be placed in the capable hands of Jeffrey Coe, MD beginning at the Annual Meeting. I look forward to continuing to serve and to vetting many new potential members of the SRS.

Candidate Members (66)

  • Owoicho Adogwa, MD, MPH
  • Jason B. Anari, MD
  • Dihan Taranga Aponso, MBChB
  • Viswanadha Arun-Kumar, MBBS, MS
  • Keith D. Baldwin, MD
  • Pramod Baral, MD
  • James Barsi, MD
  • Griffin R. Baum, MD, MSc
  • James T. Bennett, MD
  • Avery L. Buchholz, MD, MPH
  • Weng Hong Chung, MD, MS Orth
  • Murilo T. Daher, MD
  • Evan Davies, MD
  • Mostafa H. El Dafrawy, MD
  • Cesare Faldini, MD
  • El Amir Bachar Farouk Harfouch, MD
  • Peter W. Ferlic, MD
  • Michael A. Galgano, MD
  • Franklin K. Gettys, MD,
  • Qusai Hammouri, MD
  • Terrence G. Ishmael, MBB
  • Kenyu Ito, MD
  • Charbel Jacob Jr., MD
  • Andre Jakoi,
  • Sharif Ahmed Jonayed, MS, FCPS (BD)
  • Guillermo C. Kahl, MD
  • Saurabh Kapoor, MS DNB MRCS
  • So Kato, MD
  • Jim F. Kennedy, MD
  • Dimitriy G. Kondrashov, MD,
  • Lauren Lamont, MD
  • Jill E. Larson, MD
  • Fangcai Li, PhD
  • Peter Loughenbury, MBChB, MSC
  • Kerry L. Loveland, MD
  • Yi Lu, MD
  • Konstantinos Martikos, MD
  • Akira Matsumura, MD PhD
  • Rodrigo Goes Medea de Mendonca, MD
  • Richard P. Menger, MD MPA
  • Cynthia V. Nguyen, MD,
  • Rafael G. Oliveira, MD
  • Joseph A. Osorio, MD, PhD
  • Zhimin Pan, MD
  • Andrey A. Panteleyev, MD
  • Kun-bo Park, MD
  • Uwe Platz, MD
  • James F. Policy, MD
  • Vincent W. Prusick, MD
  • Fernando Rios, MD
  • Brett Rocos, MD FRCS (Tr & Orth)
  • Paul Rushton,
  • Arthur O. Sackeyfio, MD
  • Christina M. Sayama, MD, MPH
  • Tom PC Schlösser, MD, PhD
  • Abdullah Shah, FCPS
  • Veushj Sharma, MS
  • Hamdi Sukkarieh, MD
  • Muralidharan Venkatesan, MD
  • Raphael Vialle, MD, PhD,
  • Kent L. Walker, DO
  • Adam M. Wegner, MD, PhD
  • Kathryn Wiesman, MD
  • Nan Wu, MD
  • Vijay Yanamadala, MD
  • Haitao Zhou, MD

Senior Candidate Members (1)

  • Jianguo Zhang, MD

Associate Members (5)

  • John K. Birknes, MD
  • Dennis P. Devito, MD
  • Juan Antonio Martin-Benlloch, MD
  • Walid Osman, Sr., MD
  • Barend J. Van Royen, MD PhD

Active Fellows (74)

  • Kariman Abelin-Genevois, MD, PhD
  • Ioannis Avramis, MD
  • Theodore Andrew Belanger, MD
  • Christof Birkenmaier, MD
  • Kai Cao, MD, PhD
  • John M. Caridi, MD
  • Nelson R. Carvalho, MD
  • Chris Yin Wei Chan, MS Orth
  • Dong-Gune Chang, MD, PhD
  • Jason Pui Yin Cheung, MBBS (HK)
  • Jae Hwan Cho, MD, PhD
  • Alexandre Fogaça Cristante, MD, PhD
  • Romain Dayer, MD
  • Eugenio Dema, MD
  • Bassel G. Diebo, MD
  • Sabrina Donzelli, MD
  • Meric Enercan, MD
  • Haruki Funao, MD, PhD
  • Michael P. Glotzbecker, MD,
  • Pawel Grabala, MD
  • Geoffrey F. Haft, MD
  • D. Kojo Hamilton, MD, FAANS
  • Christina K. Hardesty, MD
  • Michael J. Hartman, MD
  • Stuart H. Hershman, MD,
  • Yashar Javidan, MD
  • Kristen E. Jones, MD
  • Takashi Kaito, MD, PhD
  • Isaac O. Karikari, MD
  • Manish K. Kasliwal, MD, MCh, FAANS
  • Christopher J. Kleck, MD
  • Moyo C. Kruyt, MD, PhD
  • Kenny Kwan, BMBCh(Oxon), FRCSEd
  • David E. Lebel, MD, PhD
  • Aroldo Carlos Legarreta, MD
  • Olavo Biraghi Letaif, MD, MSc
  • Kristopher M. Lundine, MD MSc FRCSC FRACS
  • Timothy P. McHenry, MD
  • Amy L. McIntosh, MD
  • Raphael Martus Marcon, MD, PhD
  • Michelle Claire Marks, PT, MA
  • Janez Mohar, MD, PhD
  • Kathryn McCarthy Mullooly, MD
  • Luiz Müller Avila, MD
  • Robert F. Murphy, MD
  • Yutaka Nakamura, MD
  • J. Naresh-Babu, MS, FNB
  • Stefano Negrini, MD
  • Scott C. Nelson, MD
  • Elizabeth P. Norheim, MD
  • Saba Pasha, PhD, MS
  • Peter G. Passias, MD
  • Andrea Piazzolla, MD
  • Suresh Sivadasan Pillai, MS, DNB
  • Javier Pizones, MD, PhD
  • Selina C. Poon, MD
  • Rolf B. Riise, MD
  • Monchai Ruangchainikom, MD
  • Andrew A. Sama, MD
  • Zeeshan M. Sardar, MD
  • Jason W. Savage, MD
  • Ajoy Prasad Shetty, MS Orth
  • Anuj Singla, MD
  • Reuben CC Soh, MBBS, MMedOrth, FRCS
  • Byron F. Stephens, MD
  • Dominick A. Tuason, MD
  • Shiau-Tzu Tzeng, MD
  • Gabriel Piza Vallespir, MD, PhD
  • Vidyadhar V. Upasani, MD
  • Cheerag D. Upadhyaya, MD, MSc
  • Caglar Yilgor, MD
  • William F. Young Jr., MD
  • ZeZhang Zhu, MD, PhD
  • Qianyu Zhuang, MD

 

Chair: Baron S. Lonner Committee: Michelle S. Caird, Past Chair; Jeffrey D. Coe, Chair Elect; Matthew Oetgen; Darrell S. Hanson

Patient Education Committee Update

William A. Phillips, MD
Patient Education Committee Chair

The patient education committee has been active. In January, we presented a webinar titled “Safety Considerations in AIS Surgery”. Doctors B. Garg, Lark, and Bonfield gave excellent presentations. The Hibbs award papers from last fall's Annual Meeting were summarized in an accessible manner by Drs. Lazarus (clinical) and Ohashi (basic science) and are now posted on the website. A “New and Emerging Technologies” section on the Patients and Families section of the SRS website with articles describing tethering (Dr. Lee), Apifix (Dr. Fuller), and robotic surgery (Dr. B. Garg) is being developed. Many committee members have volunteered to serve on the new “Ask a Doc” feature of the website. We were asked on very short notice to prepare an article about scoliosis to be included in a special section entitled “The future of personal health care” that will be published by USA Today in late June. Dr. Lee successfully led the effort with the assistance of Dr. Davey and myself. Our next task will be to start summarizing articles each month from the current spine literature to make research on spinal deformity more accessible to the public.

 

Chair: William A. Phillips Committee: Mark C. Lee, Past Chair; Evalina L. Burger; Toshiaki Kotani; Christopher Bonfield (C); Mohammadreza Etemadifar Sr. (C); Bhavuk Garg (C); Megan Johnson (C); David Lazarus (C); Kristopher M. Lundine (C); Masayuki Ohashi (C); Lucas Piantoni (C); Shiraz A. Younas (C); Joseph P. Davey, Chair Elect; Jonathan E. Fuller; Lisa Stringer (A); Robert K. Lark; Marissa M. Muccio (A); Carlos A. Tello; Joseph P. O'Brien, Advisory

Program Committee Update

Lindsay M. Andras, MD
Program Committee Chair

It is my distinct pleasure to update everyone on the diligent work of the program committee in preparation for the upcoming Annual Meeting. The selection process was quite competitive with nearly 1,300 abstracts from 42 countries submitted this year that were scored by a team of 32 reviewers. At the suggestion of past Annual Meeting chairs, Greg Mundis and Firoz Miyanji we developed the concept of team leaders for each of the submission categories. This facilitated our ability to have a more detailed review and discussion of abstracts in each category.

Like most events scheduled to transpire this spring, we had to make a shift from the scheduled planning meetings that were expected to take place in Athens during IMAST. Although that was disappointing, the use of virtual meetings had several positive repercussions. The virtual component provided an opportunity to dedicate more time and to revisit aspects of program development as needed. Perhaps most importantly, it facilitated equal opportunity for discussion with our international colleagues who in prior years have too often been less present for the planning phases due to logistics.

Through this process, we have selected 155 podium presentations with many high level studies and a growing number of randomized control trials. In addition, there are 18 abstracts being presented in the Half-Day Courses and 12 case presentations. There were also 75 E-Posters selected and for the first time these will be narrated. The Education Committee has also been at work developing both pediatric and adult Half-Day Courses focusing on Non-Fusion Scoliosis Correction and Optimizing Value and Minimizing Complications, as well as several exciting Lunchtime Symposia. This year’s program will also feature some additional sessions focused on the early career surgeon. I am confident that both the pediatric and adult deformity spine surgeon will find both the abstract presentations and programing stimulating and insightful.

As Dr. Sponseller mentioned in his message, the Program and Education Committees are working on finalizing the virtual program, set to take place September 9-13. The agenda will be shared next week so that everyone can plan their schedules accordingly.

 

Chair: Lindsay M. Andras Committee: Firoz Miyanji, Past Chair; Ferran Pellise; John T. Smith; Samuel K. Cho, CME; Aaron J. Buckland (C); Lindsay Crawford (C); Eugenio Dema (C); Hamid Hassanzadeh (C); Ehsan Jazini (C); Sinan Kahraman (C); Deniz Konya (C); Qianyu Zhuang (C); Amer F. Samdani; Sebastien Charosky; Michael P. Kelly, Chair Elect; Khaled M. Kebaish; Joseph H. Perra; Shay Bess

Website Committee Update

Joshua M. Pahys, MD
Website Committee Chair

The Website Committee has been working diligently to continue to improve the content and appearance of SRS.org this past year. We have taken a detailed look into every page of the site in order to eliminate dated or redundant information and improve the overall experience for the user. The website activity is regularly monitored using Google Analytics and Tag Manager to assess traffic patterns in an effort to target the most utilized pages for improvement. SRS.org has seen a nearly 20% rise in the number of new user visits this year. The Website Committee is collaborating with the Patient Education Committee to produce new patient centered videos, created by the patients themselves, to help answer common questions our members often receive from their patients/families. We are also excited to see the significant growing number of international visitors to SRS.org, which highlights the global reach of our Society.

The Website Committee worked with members of the Board, Presidential Line, and the global SRS community to produce two webinars related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first webinar featured members from seven countries spanning four continents to discuss their early experiences in managing patients and their practices at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and Europe. The second webinar discussed how to implement telemedicine and virtual communication into one’s practice. These two webinars have received over 1,000 views since being posted on the SRS YouTube channel. A COVID-19 Resource page was also created to include information for members as well as an online message board for members to pose questions and discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their practice.

The Website Committee will be launching our new “Ask a Doc” platform this summer thanks to the support of the SRS Board and Presidential Line. The site will feature the ability for patients and families to ask questions to SRS members. SRS staff members will vet queries prior to them being submitted to on-call SRS volunteers, and responses will be posted each week. We are grateful to the 25 SRS members who have volunteered their time and expertise, and will be able to provide responses in English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Hindi.

The Genealogy Project will soon be getting a face-lift. This project launched in 2018 to highlight the SRS Founding Fellowships and their lineage as well as serve as a resource for members to connect with their training programs. The Website and Development Committees have proposed several updates to improve the visual appeal of the site and provide a more interactive experience for members.

While the Website Committee has made progress, our work is far from finished. We are compiling recommendations towards significant improvements to the Patients and Families site, which is our most visited section. We will continue to collaborate with our fellow SRS committees to shape SRS.org into a trusted and valued source of information for members, providers, and patients/families.

 

Chair: Joshua M. Pahys Committee: Todd Milbrandt, Past Chair; Robert P C Huang; Harold J.P. Van Bosse; Samuel K. Cho, CME; Teresa Bas, ERC; William A. Phillips, Patient Education; Baron S. Lonner, Education; Christof Birkenmaier (C); Jaysson T. Brooks (C); Arjun Dhawale (C); David E. Lebel (C); Naveed Nabizadeh (C); Kushagra Verma (C); Kwadwo Poku Yankey (C); Michelle S. Caird; George H. Thompson, Historian; Joseph P. Davey; Mark D. Locke; Denis Sakai; Cristina Sacramento-Dominguez, Chair Elect

Awards & Scholarships Committee Update

Aplaslan Senkoylu, MD
Awards & Scholarships Committee Chair

First of all, I wish all the best for our community at this difficult time.

We, as The Awards and Scholarship Committee Team, had a productive conference call on 5 April 2020. The main agenda of this call was to review nominees for awards and applications for scholars and fellowships. As previously announced, SRS Travelling Fellows Outside of North America have been already decided.

The Nominees for Member Recognition Awards including Life Time Achievement and Blount Humanitarian were evaluated and the result was reported to the Presidential Line for a final decision.

The next important task was to assess applications for the Edgar Dawson Traveling Fellowship, GOP Fellowship, Eduardo R. Luque Memorial Scholarship, and also GOP Scholarship. Our outstanding reviewers from the committee scored all very competitive candidates. After a final evaluation that was done during the conference call, Kenneth D. Illingworth and Kamran Majid were granted for the Edgar Dawson Traveling Fellowship and Saurabh Kapoor, Mohammed Fawzy Khattab, Zhi Zhao, and Sharif Ahmed Junayed were awarded for the GOP Fellowship. Committee members awarded the Eduardo R. Luque Scholarship to Rodrigo G. Remondino and Fernando Rios. Finally, Abhishek Mannem, Rakesh P. Dhake, Shumayou Dutta, Abhinandan M. Reddy, Shardul Soman, Saurabh Gupta, Valentyn Rogozynski, Rajdeep Singh Bakka, Anuj Gupta, Saijyot Santosh Raut, Mohamed Elkhososi, Sanyam Jains and Nima Derakhshan Almadarloo were awarded the GOP Scholarship.

We would encourage future applicants for these precious educational and networking opportunities. Please visit https://www.srs.org/professionals/awards-fellowships-and-scholarships for detailed information.

The committee created a sub-committee for developing a weighting system for award applications to support diversity such as gender and geographic differences. This new weighing system aims to equalize these diverse candidates' chances of being evaluated more holistically.

 

Chair: Alpaslan Senkoylu Committee: Matthew E. Cunningham, Past Chair; Lindsay M. Andras, Program; Anthony S. Rinella; Suken A. Shah; Burt Yaszay; Nelson Astur (C); Theodore A. Belanger (C); Kai Coe (C); Dong-Gune Chang (C); Alan H. Daniels (C); Haruki Funao (C); Fernando A. Gomez Sr. (C); Hany AG Soliman (C); ZeZhang Zhu (C); Kenneth J. Paonessa, Chair Elect; Joseph H. Perra; David H. Clements, III; Hee Kit Wong; Kota Watanabe, Global Outreach; Nicholas D. Fletcher; Jung-Hee Lee; Kamran Majid; Surya P. Rao Voleti

Education Resource Committee Update

Teresa Bas, MD, PhD
Education Resource Committee Chair

The SRS Education Resources Committee has been working to review, revise, and update the preexisting e-text chapters and to put these chapters into the 10 domains of the SRS Core Curriculum. Many thanks to the numerous committee members who have cooperated with this hard work. We are also following up with the authors of new chapters to see if they are still able to write them or not. If not, volunteers from ERC committee will help to write these new chapters by the end of September.

The enduring material on the website, including previous webinars, are being reviewed to ensure their educational integrity before incorporating them into the new core curriculum domains.

The ERC committee is working to create Orthobullets type synopsis at the beginning of each chapter along with review questions. We are very enthusiastic about this new project, which was in response to the helpful feedback provided by the Website Committee led by Joshua Pahys.  We will provide another update once the format is available.

A few members of the Growing Spine Committee and the Adult Deformity Committee are also helping to develop a competency-based curriculum for early onset scoliosis and adult spinal deformities with new chapters to be contributed by members of those committees.

Thank you very much to help of the SRS staff (Ashtin Neuschaefer and Courtney Kissinger) and the future chair of ERC Committee Ron El-Hawary.

 

Chair: Teresa Bas Committee: Andre LF Andujar; Donita I. Bylski-Austrow; Kern H. Guppy; Yukihiro Matsuyama; Joseph F. Baker (C); Andrei N. Baklanov (C); Christina K. Hardesty (C); Daniel G. Kang (C); Saad A. Khairi (C); Umesh S. Metkar (C); Yutaka Nakamura (C); Theodore J. Choma; Charles H. Crawford; Ryan C. Goodwin; Robert K. Lark; Ron El-Hawary, Chair Elect; Marilyn L.G. Gates (A); Yong Hai; Mohammed M. Mossaad (E); Paul T. Rubery Jr.