September 2020

President's Message

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

Dear Fellow SRS Members,

What a year! I trust that you were able to learn much from the SRS Pre-Meeting Course and Annual Meeting last week. If there is a positive to this format, it could be your ability to target more precisely the information that you want to learn. I would like to tell all members how resourceful your SRS staff has been in pivoting to this new format with no loss of information. Equally amazing is that our financial losses are much lower than we had feared. COVID-19 has affected all of us but we have moved our Hands-on and other Global Courses to next year. Plans for IMAST 2021 will be announced soon.

A major new endeavor for SRS is to modernize our education format. SRS “iExperience” is now available for viewing, starting with Early Onset Scoliosis. This engaging platform offers technique videos, interactive queries, and narrated factual content which builds on our Educational Resources. The EOS module was led by your President, Muharrem Yazici. Please log on to the Website and learn from this offering. Other subject-areas will be developed in the near future to cover the whole range of Spine Deformity.

Interdisciplinary education is now recognized as critical for our patients. We need to learn from our colleagues in related specialties about issues which affect the deformity patient. We also need to teach them about our goals of care, and potential complications which may arise. Think of spine surgical teams which have been proven to improve care. Also remember the interaction between the thoracic skeleton and ribs with pulmonary function, as Greg Redding has taught us. Or the consultations with Infectious Diseases to care for an implant-related infection or a vertebral infection. All of these interactions highlight the need for inter-disciplinary education around Spine Deformity, and we can help to lead this. Baron Lonner’s Pre-Meeting Course was a start for this. The new Needs Assessment Task Force led by Haluk Berk is tackling this opportunity. Also a Fund for Interdisciplinary Education has been established within SRS. We hope you can join on this effort.

Early career surgeons are our Society’s future. We are making their engagement a regular part of each of our major meetings. Their ideas will help to transform spinal care in the coming years. Thanks to Brian Smith, Bob Cho, Kariman Abelin-Genvois, Caglar Yilgor and Kenny Kwan for their work on this.

It has been a privilege to serve as SRS President over the past year. I know that the SRS is in excellent hands for the future.

Paul Sponseller


Stanley Hoppenfeld, MD
July 31, 1934 - May 15, 2020

The SRS recently lost an academic icon in Dr. Stanley Hoppenfeld. He was a member of our society since 1971 and was an Emeritus member at his death.

He was born (July 31, 1934), raised and died (May 15, 2020) in New Yok City. His marriage to his wife Norma produced 3 sons. He received his undergraduate education at Hobart College (1955), medical education at the Chicago Medical School (1959), and orthopaedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases (1964). This was followed by the Frauenthal Orthopaedic Traveling Fellowship were he visited numerous international spine programs over the course of 2 years. He subsequently spent 2 years as an orthopaedic surgeon in the United States Army (1966-1968) and then became a member of the faculty at Bronx Municipal Hospital and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He then started his private practice, Scoliosis Associates, in which he practiced until his retirement in 1999, although he continued to perform surgery at Albert Einstein.

Academically he was a member not only of the SRS but the AAOS, AOA, the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons as well as an honorary member of the British Scoliosis Society. Throughout his career he was clinically and academically productive. He published 14 peer-reviewed studies but is best known for authoring 7 textbooks on musculoskeletal disorders. These are still well-known to medical students and residents today. Examples include the “Surgical Exposure in Orthopaedics. The Anatomical Approach”, one of the all-time best selling textbooks that was translated into numerous languages, “Physical Examination of the Spine and Extremities” and “Orthopaedic Neurology. A Diagnostic Guide to Neurologic Levels”. Most these underwent several editions. For his efforts he received numerous scholarly and academic awards. He was appreciated by residents, medical students and allied health professionals for his abilities as an educator and in distilling sophisticated concepts into their most basic elements

The SRS values his life and his contributions to our specialty. He will be missed.

Respectfully submitted,
George H. Thompson, MD
SRS Historian

John M. Roberts, MD
February 27, 1932 - August 8, 2020

The SRS also lost another icon last month in Dr. John Roberts. He joined the SRS in 1977 and was also an Emeritus Member at his death.

Dr. Roberts was born February 27, 1932 and died on August 8, 2020. He had been married to his wife Edith (Rusty) for 43 years. They were very proud their 2 children and 5 grandchildren. He received his undergraduate education from Yale University (1953) and his Doctor of Medicine from the Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons (1957). His Orthopaedic training was at Duke University. He went on to have a very academically productive pediatric orthopaedic surgery and scoliosis career. He held numerous academic positions including being Chief of Staff at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts and chief of pediatric orthopaedics at Louisiana State University, Tulane University, Brown University and Boston University. He was one of the Founders of the New Orleans Children’s Hospital where they continue to hold an annual Dr. John Roberts Visiting Professorship. In Springfield there is the John M. Roberts Teaching Center. During his career he served on the Board of Directors of the AAOS (1972-1973), he was the first President of POSNA (1983-1984) when the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society merged with the Pediatric Orthopaedic Study Group, served as chair of the Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies (1987-1989), and was Vice-President of the AOA (1996-1997). He published 17 peer-reviewed studies, most on spinal deformity. Dr. Roberts retired in 1999.

Respectfully submitted,
George H. Thompson, MD
SRS Historian

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Historian Corner

George H. Thompson, MD
SRS Historian

Did you know that 60 years ago…

The first major podium presentation by Dr. Paul Harrington describing his new operation for the treatment of scoliosis was made in June 1960 at the America Orthopaedic Association meeting in Hot Springs, Virginia. Although met with skepticism by many Orthopaedic Surgeons, public recognition of the importance of Harrington’s contribution is reflected in an article published in Time Magazine a few months later. In the June 1962 volume of JBJS, Harrington published the results of his surgical technique in the first 133 patients whom he treated. In 1963, Dr. John Moe presented his validation of 66 prospectively collected patients treated by Harrington’s method with favorable results. Within the next few years Harrington’s method was acknowledged as superior to fusion without instrumentation by many of the contemporary leaders in the field of scoliosis treatment because of reduced rates of pseudarthrosis and improved early mobilization as well as lower reoperation rate. Harrington Instrumentation became the standard of care in the treatment of scoliosis and other disorders requiring spinal stabilization. The wide acceptance of Harrington’s operation paved the way for future development of methods of internal fixation of the spine.

To learn more about the myriad of spine and SRS related topics dating back to 1911 please visit our Historical Timeline page.

And 40 years ago…

The first SRS research grant was awarded to Dr. Morey S. Moreland for his project on three dimensional shape and measurement in scoliosis.

Since that time SRS has provided more than $5.4 million in funding for 178 spinal deformity research projects from the institutions all over the world.

For more information, please visit our Research Grants page.


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

Gary Fleischer, MD
Ethics & Professionalism Committee Member

Worker's Compensation

Scenario 1:
Dr. Jones is engaged by a Worker’s Compensation insurance carrier to perform an Independent Medical Examination on Mrs. Smith for a presumably work-related injury.  Under the terms of Worker’s Compensation law, at least in Dr. Jones’ state, Independent Medical Examinations are specifically performed without establishing a doctor-patient relationship between the examining physician and the patient.  Dr. Jones faithfully made that clear to Mrs. Smith at the onset of her examination. Mrs. Smith sustained a lifting injury while at work and presents with a chronic, symptomatic disc protrusion that has failed appropriate nonoperative management and for which her surgeon has indicated her and requested coverage for a simple discectomy.  Dr. Jones agrees with her surgeon’s assessment and plan.  In compliance with Worker’s Compensation Law in his state, Dr. Jones submits his final report to the carrier confirming his agreement that Mrs. Smith’s injury was both causally related and appropriately indicated for surgical intervention.  In accordance with the appropriate restrictions, Dr. Jones shares none of his opinion with Mrs. Smith and informs her that his report will be sent to the insurance carrier, and that there is a mechanism for her to obtain a copy through the proper legal channels. Two weeks later, Mrs. Smith, who had been under whelmed with her original surgeon and favorably impressed with Dr. Jones’ professionalism, bedside manner, and office staff, contacted Dr. Jones’ office, requesting to transfer her care from her original surgeon to Dr. Jones.  Dr. Jones understands that, were he to accept her in care, he would almost assuredly also indicate her for surgery, as he agreed that it was appropriately indicated during his Independent Medical Examination.  However, the Worker’s Compensation adjustor raises an objection that Dr. Jones should not treat Mrs. Smith.

Scenario 2:
Dr. Jones is reviewing another case for a different Worker’s Compensation carrier.  In this case, Mr. Brown is being evaluated for a proposed lumbar fusion after sustaining a fall resulting in a spondylolysis that has failed nonoperative management.  Mr. Brown’s surgeon is planning to proceed with surgery within the next few days regardless of the outcome of the Independent Medical Examination, initially planning to bill the procedure to Mr. Brown’s private insurance and then re-filing with Worker’s Compensation if the carrier excepts responsibility for coverage.  Dr. Jones, again in accordance with his state’s Worker’s Compensation Law, proceeded to perform the Independent Medical Examination in good faith, without establishing a doctor-patient relationship.  However, in this case, while he agreed to the surgical intervention for the spondylolysis was both causally related and indicated, his physical examination raised significant concerns that Mr. Brown may have underlying cervical myelopathy that might need to be addressed prior to performing the lumbar fusion.  Without an opportunity to further examine his cervical spine, Dr. Jones has no way to assess the potential degree of cervical stenosis or cord compression and is concerned that that may pose some safety concerns for doing a prone lumbar surgery to address the lumbar spondylolysis.  However, under the Worker’s Compensation Law, Dr. Jones is prevented from having that discussion with Mr. Brown, as he is not permitted to discuss the findings of his examination or make recommendations regarding his care directly to the patient.

In both of these scenarios, there is an unusual relationship formed by the legal framework around which Worker’s Compensation functions, at least in Dr. Jones’ state.  There are other similar situations in which this type of unusual relationship occurs, but for most of us, Worker’s Compensation is probably the most typical.  Another example of this kind of altered relationship occurs in the military, where the physician’s primary obligation in some circumstances may be to the military and override his obligations to his patient.  In these situations, the physician may find himself trapped between his moral and ethical sense of responsibility and his or her legal obligations.  There may not always be a clear or easy pathway to resolve the potential conflict and fulfill both his or her ethical sensibilities and legal obligations.

In the first scenario, Dr. Jones performed his initial Independent Medical Examination in good faith and never intended to engage Mrs. Smith in care.  However, Mrs. Smith, perceiving his level of caring and professionalism, sought him out as her surgeon.  Since Dr. Jones did not solicit Mrs. Smith as a patient, there is no strict legal barrier to him treating her at some point in the future.  However, the Worker’s Compensation carrier, with whom Dr. Jones would like to maintain a good working relationship, has raised an objection that this constitutes conflict of interest in that his Independent Medical Examination rendered an opinion that the surgery was indicated and compensable, and paved the way for Dr. Jones to essentially approve his own surgery.  On the other hand, Dr. Jones has a patient requesting his services, for whom he knows he can provide meaningful care.  Dr. Jones is essentially faced with two choices, he can treat Mrs. Smith over the objections of the insurance carrier, potentially damaging his working relationship with the carrier, or Dr. Jones can elect not to engage Mrs. Smith in care and refer her back to her original surgeon, in whom Mrs. Smith has expressed a lack of confidence by trying to change surgeons.  One potential strategy to mitigate the conflict may be to discuss the situation with the Worker’s Compensation carrier at the time of the request and try to allay any concerns that they have about conflict of interest, but this also risks compounding the deterioration of the relationship with her Worker’s Compensation carrier if they were to still refuse and Dr. Jones felt obligated to care for Mrs. Smith.

In the second scenario, Dr. Jones is legally prohibited from sharing the findings of his examination with Mr. Brown.  However, he has significant ethical and moral concerns that he may have identified a problem which poses a real surgical risk to Mr. Brown, and which seems not to have been identified by his surgeon.  Under normal circumstances, Dr. Jones might reasonably expect that including those concerns in the report for his Independent Medical Examination, would result in the findings being communicated to the patient or his surgeon prior to surgery so that they could be appropriate addressed.  However, Dr. Jones is quite distressed, understanding that the surgeon is planning to perform surgery in the very near future, before the report will have been seen.  In this case, Dr. Jones’ moral and ethical sensibilities, to prevent potential inadvertent, iatrogenic harm to Mr. Brown are in direct conflict with his legal obligations under the Worker’s Compensation law.  How should he proceed to try and fulfill both his moral/ethical obligation without violating his legal responsibilities of nondisclosure to anyone but the Worker’s Compensation carrier? One possible approach to this conundrum might be to contact the Worker’s Compensation adjustor and secure permission to contact the other surgeon directly.  In that way, Dr. Jones could discuss his concerns directly with the other surgeon and allow him to pursue further evaluation as he sees fit, thereby discharging his ethical/moral obligation to the patient without violating his legal obligations to the carrier.


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

Nominating Committee Update

Peter O. Newton, MD
Nominating Committee Chair

The nominating committee is tasked with evaluating nominated candidates for elected positions within the society. This year in addition to the Vice President and three Director at Large positions, a Secretary Elect and Research Council Chair Elect are also being chosen. The committee met by teleconference on several occasions to deliberate on the nominees for the various elected positions. The committee sought to bring broad representation to the SRS leadership positions consistent with our diverse global membership.

The committee recommended the following slate for 2020:

Vice President
Lori Karol, MD

Secretary Elect
Ferran Pellise, MD

Research Council Chair Elect
Douglas Burton, MD

Directors at Large
Benny Dahl, MD
Justin Smith, MD
Hee Kit Wong, MD

Fellowship Committee
Jwalant Mehta, MD

Thank you to all those who voted following the Member's Business MEeting. From this vote, the slate of nominees was approved, and have ascended to their roles within the Society.


Chair: Peter O. Newton Committee: Rene Castelein, John Dormans, Khaled Kebaish, Noelle Larson

2020-2021 Committee Leadership

Congratulations and a warm welcome to the following SRS members on their appointments as Committee Chairs for 2020-2021.

Robert K. Eastlack, MD - Adult Deformity Committee
Kenneth J. Paonessa, MD - Awards & Scholarships Committee
Lawrence L. Haber, MD - Blended Learning Task Force
Andrew A. Sama, MD - Bylaws & Policies Committee
Steven W. Hwang, MD - CME Committee
Yan Wang, MD - Communications Committee
Paul D. Sponseller, MD, MBA - Corporate Relations Committee
Khaled M. Kebaish, MD - Development Committee
Kariman Abelin-Genevois, MD, PhD - Early Career Surgeon Task Force
Amer F. Samdani, MD - Education Committee
Ron El-Hawary, MD - Education Resource Committee
Steven D. Glassman, MD - Ethics & Professionalism Committee
Jeffrey D. Coe, MD - Fellowship Committee
Serena S. Hu, MD - Finance Committee
Ahmet Alanay, MD - Global Education in Spine Deformity Committee
     Kota Watanabe, MD, PhD - Current Concepts in Spine Deformity Course
Munish Gupta, MD - Hands-On Course
Saumyajit Basu, MD - Traditional Worldwide Course
Kota Watanabe, MD, PhD - Global Outreach Committee
Sumeet Garg, MD - Growing Spine Committee
Paul T. Rubery, MD - Health Policy Committee
George H. Thompson, MD - Historical Committee
David L. Skaggs, MD, MMM - IMAST Committee
Paul D. Sponseller, MD, MBA - Long Range Planning Committee
G. Ying Li, MD - Morbidity & Mortality Committee
Haluk R. Berk, MD - Needs Assessment Task Force
Paul D. Sponseller, MD, MBA - Nominating Committee
Brian G. Smith, MD - Non-Operative Management Committee
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD - Organizational Structure Task Force
Muharrem Yazici, MD - Organizational Structure Task Force
Joseph P. Davey, MD - Patient Education Committee
Lori A. Karol, MD - Patient Focus Task Force
Patrick J. Cahill, MD - Pediatric Device Task Force, joint project team with POSNA
Justin S. Smith, MD, PhD - Platforms for Performance and Outcomes Task Force
Ron El-Hawary, MDPodcast Task Force
Yan Wang, MD - Podcast Task Force
Michael P. Kelly, MD - Program Committee
Virginie LaFage, PhD - Research Grant Committee
René M. Castelein, MD, PhD - Research Promotion & Oversight Committee
Christopher P. Ames, MD - Safety & Value Committee
Avraam Ploumis, MD, PhD - Translation Committee
Cristina Sacramento Dominguez, MD, PhD - Website Committee
Suken A. Shah, MD - Education Council
Serena S. Hu, MD - Finance & Communications Council 
Laurel C. Blakemore, MD - Governance Council
Marinus de Kleuver, MD, PhD - Research Council


Research Promotion & Oversight Committee Update

Douglas C. Burton, MD
Research Promotion & Oversight Committee Chair

One of the outcomes of the Research Task Force led by Research Council Chair Marinus de Kleuver was the creation of a new committee, the Research Promotion and Oversight Committee. As the name indicates, this committee has the dual charge to promote SRS funded research inside and outside of the society and to oversee the progress and reporting of our funded studies. We have been busy this year initiating our work around these charges. Beginning in 2021, all research grant applications and grant progress will be tracked online through our new partnership with ProposalCentral. We believe this will streamline and automate what has previously been done by hand. In addition, the tracking function will enable us to better understand and appreciate the publications and even future funding that is created by our SRS funded research.

We will be promoting SRS research within the society in a number of ways. We have created a report of the research done between 2012 and 2019 that was presented to the members at the Annual Meeting last week and is posted in the Business Meeting section of the Member's Only page. We are also working with the Education and Communication Committees to find ways show our membership the outstanding research that their dollars support. We are writing a piece highlighting interesting and important research the SRS has funded for the Development Committee that can help them show our generous donors how we use their gifts.


Chair: Douglas C. Burton Committee: Ivan Cheng, Research Grants; Jonathan E. Fuller; Nancy Hadley Miller; Virginie Lafage, Research Grants; Meric Enercan (C); Bricwe Illareborde (C); Kenny Kwan (C); Michelle C. Marks (C); Javier Pizones (C); James S. Harrop; Stefan Parent; Rajiv K. Sethi; Rene Castelein, Chair Elect; Mun Keong Kwan; Carol A. Wise

Bylaws & Policies Committee Update

J. Michael Wattenbarger, MD
Bylaws & Policies Committee Chair

Over the course of the last several months, an in depth review of the SRS Policy Manual was completed. As our Society has continued to evolve, so do the policies that govern the work that we do. The full set of edits has been sent to the SRS Board of Directors for approval at their September 7 meeting. The updated version of the SRS Policy Manual will be available for all members to view via the Member’s Only section of the website, under the Governance heading in early October.


Chair: John M. Wattenbarger Committee: Brian Hsu, Past Chair; James M. Mok (C); Pooria Salari (C); Wafa Skalli (C); Abhishek Srivastava (C); Andrew A. Sama, Chair Elect; Kevin M. Neal; David Wayne Gray

Development Committee Update

Khaled M. Kebaish, MD
Development Committee Chair

As with many things, COVID-19 has affected charitable donations to SRS. Our year to date donations are not quite matching what we have seen in past years. That being said, SRS tends to see a surge in donations the final months of the year, and we are hopeful that this with hold true in 2020 as well. If you would like to support SRS through a charitable donation, please visit

The efforts of the SRS and the Development Committee over the past several years have significantly increased the grants awarded. Between 2012 and 2019, over 75 total grants were awarded to investigators in 9 countries, with a total of $2.1 million. Those grants led to 122 presentations world-wide, 5 Hibbs nominees and 2 Hibbs awards and 64 publications.

Our committee is currently working on new and innovative methods to engage SRS members. Including a new SRS members App, and we are continuing to work on the genealogy project to improve engagement of younger members. The committee is also working on developing newer methods for soliciting donations from grateful patients, including our growing SRS Facebook page which has the potential to increase public awareness and provide real-time information to our patients on endowments and research funding opportunities.


Chair: Khaled M. Kebaish Committee: Rick C. Sasso, Past Chair; Todd J. Albert, PPII; Jacob M. Buchowski; Panagiotis G. Korovessis; Christof Birkenmaier (C); Ryan E. Fitzgerald (C); Sinan Kahraman (C); Rajat Mahajan (C); Brian J. Neuman (C); Peter O. Newton, PPI; Shay Bess; Anthony M. Petrizzo; Onur Yaman; Serena S. Hu (Treasurer); Darrell S. Hanson; Han Jo Kim; Hassan Serhan

Adult Deformity Committee Update

Eric O. Klineberg, MD
Adult Deformity Committee Chair

The Adult Deformity Committee had another productive year. We remained committed to our charges from the Presidential Line; including generating educational content, determine educational gaps, and generating website content. Obviously the COVID-19 pandemic has made our work challenging, and our committee members have been responsible for their local health response beyond the spine domain.

We have made significant progress in generating educational content. A Pre-op optimization project has been completed and has been passed onto the patient education committee for conversion and website publication. A paper on Proximal Junctional Kyphosis: State of the Art Review, is complete and has been converted and posted online. An article on Sacroiliac Joint dysfunction needed a complete revision but has been completed and submitted for publication and conversion. Finally, a paper on post-operative spinal infections has been completed, but not yet circulated.

A gap analysis on Early Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) for adult deformity is underway. A survey of the different ERAS pathways has been completed by SRS sites and is being complied for analysis and publication, we hope to have a report to the new ASD chair in September 2020. We also have a gap analysis to determine the patient reported outcomes that are available for deformity surgery and to provide a list of best practices, and recommendations for the SRS community.

The ASD committee members have also actively participated in the online IMAST and in the SRS Annual Meeting. We have had several Zoom meetings to discuss our charges and our progress. We will continue to work closely with the Education Committee Chairs to develop Half Day Cources, and/or Pre-Meeting Courses, for ASD. There is also interest in helping as content experts for the expansion of webinars on specific ASD issues, including PJK, SI Joint dysfunction, cervical deformity and others. I think that there is also opportunity to expand our library of online content and surgical videos.

Personally, I would like to thank the Board for the opportunity to Chair the ASD Committee for 2019-2020. It has been an enjoyable experience, and I think that we have made real progress this year, despite all the obvious limitations. I look forward to working with the incoming chair to provide a smooth transition and assist him in the coming year.


Chair: Eric O. Klineberg Committee: Frank F. Rand, Past Chair; Jean-Charles Le Huec; Elian M Shepherd; Fernando E. Silva; John M. Caridi (C); Kristen E. Jones (C); Takashi Kaito (C); Renaud Lafage (C); Jason W. Savage (C); Hai Wang (C); Onur Yaman (C); Caglar Yilgor (C); Ivan Cheng; Yongjung Kim; Panagiotis Korovessis; Douglas C. Burton; Robert K. Eastlack, Chair Elect; Virginie Lafage; Yukihiro Matsuyama; Shane Burch; Evalina L. Burger; Michael J. Faloon; Addisu Mesfin

Corporate Relations Committee Update

Peter O. Newton, MD
Corporate Relations Committee Chair

This committee works with our corporate partners to identify areas of mutual interest that benefits the mission of the SRS with regards to education and research to advance spinal deformity care for our patients.

We typically recognize these sponsors at various levels of support as listed below:

$300,000+ USD      Double Diamond
$150,000 - $299,999 USD   Diamond
$100,000 - $149,999 USD   Platinum
$50,000 - $99,999 USD   Gold
$25,000 - $49,999 USD   Silver
$0 - $24,999 USD   Bronze

2020 Sponsorship Levels were reduced by 50% due to the global pandemic.

2020 has of course brought substantial changes to the world in many respects and the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt by the SRS and our corporate partners. In recognition of these challenges, we reduced the sponsorship levels by 50% this year. This allowed the majority of our sponsors to remain at their prior sponsorship level.

The Presidential Line visit each of the Double Diamond sponsors yearly, and since March we have conducted these via video conferencing. The relationship are valuable, and the SRS continues to be held with high respect in the eyes of our partners and bring substantial value to all parties of the relationships. We maintain an open dialogue and “arms length” relationship consistent with AVDAMED and ACGME guidelines.

Thank you to our 2020 Supporters!

Double Diamond Level Support

Diamond Level Support

Platinum Level Support


Gold Level Support


Silver Level Support


Bronze Level Support


Stanford Children's Health



Chair: Peter O. Newton Committee: Todd J. Albert, Past Chair; Paul D. Sponseller, President; Muharrem Yazici, President Elect; Christopher I. Shaffrey, Vice President; Hee-Kit Wong, Asia Pacific Representative; Ahmet Alanay, European Representative; Serena S. Hu, Treasurer; Helton L. Defino, Latin America Representative; Juan Uribe, North American Representative

Communications Committee Update

Yan Wang, MD
Communications Committee Chair

The Communications Committee has been active. As part of the SRS Research Task Force’s innovative dissemination of SRS Research initiative, the creation of SRS Podcasts was approved earlier this year. The SRS Board endorsed podcasts that are similar to the webinars and social media efforts that would allow for expansion of ideas presented.

Co-Chair with Ron El-Hawary, the goal of the Podcast Task Force is to work to develop and to put in place the processes for a new podcast process to help disseminate knowledge, research findings, and other relevant information throughout the year from SRS’s various sources. The first podcast is now available to listen to on the SRS website, or accessed and subscribed to on Apple Podcasts and Google Play.

The Committee has worked with the Program Committee Chair and Education Committee Chair to discuss our goal of supplementing the 2020 virtual Annual Meeting with podcast material and has worked with the 2021 IMAST Committee Chair to discuss our goal of supplementing the 2021 IMAST with podcast material. We would like to thank Dr. Paul Sponseller, Dr. Peter Newton, Professor Marinus de Kleuver, and Dr. Serena Hu for their vision in creating innovative methods to disseminate knowledge and research findings to members of SRS.


Chair: Yan Wang Committee: Todd Milbrandt; Karen S. Myung; Hui-Ren Tao; Paul C. Celestre (C); Yashar Javidan (C); Ahmed Salem Mohamed (C); Matthew P. Newton Ede (C); Reuben CC Soh (C); Naveed Yasin (C); Elias C. Papadopoulous; Jean-Marc Vital; Michael G. Vitale; Mehmet B. Balioglu; Masood Shafafy; Fernando Emilio Silva; Mitsuru Yagi; Brian G. Smith, Ex Officio; Marcus John, Advisory Social Media Subcommittee: Ryan E. Fitzgerald; Olavo B. Letaif; Jaysson T. Brooks; Mitsuru Yagi