December 2020

President's Message

Muharrem Yazici, MD
SRS President 2020-2021

We are all going through very difficult times together. We've never seen days like these in our lifetimes. A living organism of 60-140 nM did what weapons and embargoes could not and made the whole world kneel. For almost a year, our lives have changed completely. Today, we are living a life that last year, we could not even imagine, and we internalize it more and more every day and accept it as the new normal.

We all - more or less - are angry with COVID-19 for what it does to us. We are quite right to be angry with untimely deaths, painful treatment processes, and economic difficulties. But when these hard times are behind us and we reach the good times again - I hope we will not have to wait too long for this - we will not remember the virus only for the evil it did. We will also be grateful for some of the good things it taught us:

  • Whether the color of our skin is black or white, we are rich or poor, wherever we live in the World, we remember that we have the same chromosome number and the same physiological mechanisms. In short, our common denominator is to be HUMAN.
  • We have seen that all our inequalities are equalized against the virus.
  • Even though we have the most effective treatments, the most expensive healthcare infrastructure and the strongest vaccines, we realized that we cannot get rid of this trouble until the whole world gets better (developing immunity). We realized that it is not a sustainable situation to constantly have one side of the world crying and the other side laughing.

As a Global Society, SRS has been trying to reach out to all geographies for many years, aware that as humanity, we are all cruising on the same ship. SRS strives to share its knowledge and skills with everyone without being confined to physical or metaphysical boundaries. COVID 19 justified this policy and encouraged us to be even more active in this direction. For a Society that has accepted education as one of its main missions, you will appreciate how difficult it is to complete a whole year without being able to do a single training activity! IMAST and the SRS Annual Meeting have been like a feast day for all spine deformity surgeons, whether SRS members or not, for many years; it is a fair that brings us all together. Not being able to come together on these special days has upset us all. However, although COVID 19 distanced SRS from its members - temporarily - physically and socially, it did not decrease the motivation and enthusiasm of SRS. I can wholeheartedly say that we have completed the year 2020 very actively.

Just before the pandemic imprisoned us in our homes, we gathered in Washington, D.C. for strategic planning under the leadership of Paul Sponseller and made very important decisions. Immediately thereafter, in line with these decisions, we established seven Task Forces (TF): Organizational Structure, Needs Assessment, Platforms for Performance & Outcomes, Patient Focus, Podcast, Early Career Surgeon, and Blended Learning. In the following days, we added two more task forces to this list: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and SRS-AANS Joint TFs. All of our TFs have started their work with extraordinary effort thanks to the devotion of our members, and have already completed a significant part of their missions. The reports they will be presenting in a very short time will illuminate the future of SRS.

Although the TF names are self-explanatory, I would like to briefly touch on the topics we will focus on in 2021:

  • We are trying to identify and fix the aspects that do not work well by reviewing our current organizational scheme.
  • We aim to contribute to the education of SRS not only for spinal deformity surgeons, but also for all stakeholders who have any contact with spinal deformity patients, and we try to determine the needs for this.
  • By revising the M&M reporting system, which is a very unique thing for SRS, we are looking for ways to transform it into a format that aims to improve both research and surgeon performance.
  • We want to understand our patients better and create a platform where they can find answers to all their questions about their problems.
  • We are determined to use podcast technology, one of the most popular modern communication tools, much more effectively.
  • One of our main goals is to eliminate all kinds of inequality and discrimination under SRS. For this purpose, we are developing new projects to make our young colleagues more visible in SRS, and to maximize the contributions of spine deformity surgeons with a background in neurosurgery.
  • Finally, in order to further strengthen the World-leader position of SRS in spine deformity education, we are focused on a new plan with a holistic approach that takes our educational activities and evaluates traditional and modern education tools together.

Before the end of 2021, I hope to share with you much more concrete results of this work.

Last but not least, I would also like to brief you on our Congresses:

We dreamed of meeting in Dublin for IMAST. However, the circumstances forced us to be realistic. We turned the Congress into a virtual format by taking early action to reduce the financial burden of our Society and to allow our members to plan ahead. We made very important changes in the format in the light of the lessons we learned from the past year. Our committee, led by David Skaggs, works for the perfect meeting. I hope that you will block the time on your calendar to attend the live sessions, April 23-25, 2021. To view the program and to register, please visit

We all missed the Annual Meeting again in 2020. We would love to fulfill this desire in St. Louis and are preparing to meet again in St Louis, Missouri, USA. Our Education and Program Committees are working with great enthusiasm to make the 56th Annual Meeting one of the most iconic meetings in SRS history. I wish you a happy year, hoping to meet under Arch on healthier days.

Muharrem Yazici


The SRS has had several more member deaths to report. One from 2020 and three others which are very late as they were recently discovered by our staff when they were reviewing the status of our members born prior to 1920. In the future please notify the SRS office as soon as possible when you become aware of a member's death.

Mark Bernhardt, MD
November 2, 1957 - April 30, 2020

Dr. Bernhardt, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical Center and the Truman Medical Center passed away on April 30, 2020. He was born on November 2, 1957 and was only 62 years of age.

He was raised in Kansas and graduated from Lawrence High School in Lawrence. He was active in football and wrestling and was the state champion at the 145-pound weight class. After high school he attended the University of Kansas, graduating in 1979 with a degree in biology. He was a 1983 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then completed his orthopaedic residency training at the University of Kansas-Wichita in 1988. He did a spine fellowship at the Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Hospital and then joined the faculty in Boston for a few months while his mentor was on sabbatical. He returned to Kansas City in 1989 and was in practice at the Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedic Clinic. In 1998 he helped found the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute in Leawood, KS. He was always academically active and ultimately became a clinical professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine. In 2012 he became the Rex L. Diveley, MD Professor and Chairman of the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery at UMKC and the Truman Medical Center where he remained until his death.

Dr. Bernhardt became an active member of the SRS in 1993. He was also a member of the AAOS, CSRS, AOA and other orthopaedic and spine organizations. During his academic career he published 22 peer reviewed studies, predominantly spine related. Dr Bernhardt and his wife, Renee, were married for 36 years and have two daughters – Grace and Hillary to which he was a devoted husband and father. He was also devoted to the medical students, residents and fellows he trained during his career. He will be remembered for his dedication to medicine, teaching and patient care. He will also be missed by the SRS.

Edmond J. McDonnell, MD
September 28, 1916 - January 4, 2011

Dr. McDonnell was born on September 28, 1916 and died in Timonium, MD on January 4, 2011. He was 94 years of age. He became an Active Member of the SRS in 1967. At the time of his death he was an Emeritus member.

Robert W. Florence, MD
July 12, 1917 - February 20, 2014

Dr Florence was born on July 12, 1917 in Cushing, OK and died on February 20, 2014 in Tacoma, WA. He was 96 years of age. He had a very interesting life. He received his BS and MD degrees from the University of Oklahoma. After an internship at Providence Hospital in Seattle, WA he entered the US Army in 1942. His military orthopaedic training was at the Mayo Clinic. He landed at Utah Beach on D-Day+35 and provided surgical care under very difficult conditions. After the war he returned to Tacoma, WA. He later did orthopaedic specialty training at the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle. He became board certified in 1954. During his career he developed an interest in scoliosis and later studied with Paul Harrington. He became an Active Member of the SRS in 1973. He was an Emeritus Member at the time of his death.

Dr. Florence was married for almost 67 years to his childhood sweetheart – Helen Mae Hoyt. She died in 2007. They had three daughters which resulted in numerous grandchildren and now great-grandchildren.

Worth Miller Gross, MD
September 9, 1916 - March 22, 2018

Dr. Gross was born on September 9, 1916 and died in Tulsa, OK on March 22, 2018. He was 101 years of age. He became an Active Member of the SRS in 1970. At the time of his death he was an Emeritus Member.

The SRS Administrative Offices will be closed December 24, 2020 - January 1, 2021.

Historian Corner

George H. Thompson, MD
SRS Historian

Did you know that 70 years ago…

The Risser Cast utilized a lighter contoured cast applied in traction on a stabilizer frame (Risser frame). Traction through chin and pelvic straps, localized lateral pressure at apices of coronal deformity (Risser localizer cast) also described posterolateral pressure localized to rib hump. (Instr. Course Lect. 1955; 12:255-9) He also described the Risser sign for iliac crest that is still used today to indicate maturity.

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

And 50 years ago… was the Birth of Fellowship Training

During the September 10, 1970 business meeting, Dr. William F. Donaldson, Jr. introduced Dr. John D. King to comment on the first fellowship he had completed which in essence was the beginning of fellowship training in spine surgery. The fellowship was expected to last 6 months and the fellows were required to spend a major portion of their time in one institution, but were urged and expected to make short visits to at least one or more institutions. At that time two fellowships were appointed, one outside the United States and Canada and one from within. Dr. King and Dr. Jen Fan Wang were the first SRS fellows in 1970. Dr. King reported “everywhere we went, I have never seen so many people who were so generous and so sincere…..It was certainly one of the most stimulating experiences of my life and I will remember it as long as I live”. This historic first year lead to the development of spine fellowships world-wide, as well as the SRS Traveling Fellowship.

For more information on SRS Fellowships see our website:

The committee’s major activity continues to be working on obituaries. Timeline vignettes and the SRS Archives activities remain limited due to the pandemic.

Historical Timelines

We continue working on a Timeline vignette for a display on neuromonitoring for our next in person annual meeting or IMAST, hopefully in 2021.

SRS Archives

The SRS Archives remain on hold due to the pandemic. Material continues to be submitted but a new archivist has not be hired and there have been no trips to the facilities at UKMC who manage our archives.

Conference Call

We have not had a recent History Committee conference call. Our next call is being scheduled for this winter.


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

Pat on the Back

SRS would like to congratulate SRS Past President Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD on being enstooled as Otumfuo Hiahene.

Development Committee Update

Khaled M. Kebaish, MD
Development Committee Chair

This year has been challenging for many of us, and charitable donations to SRS was no exception. Our donations so far this year are not quite matching what we have seen in past years, but we are hopeful that things may improve as we approach the final days of the year. If you would like to support SRS through a charitable donation, please visit

In spite of these challenges, the efforts of the SRS and the development committee over the past several years have significantly increased the grants awarded.  Over the last seven years the SRS has awarded $2.3 million in grants to 86 investigators in nine countries, over three continents.  This has led to 122 presentations and 64 publications.  Included among them are 28 presentations at the SRS Annual Meeting and IMAST with five Hibbs award nominees and two winners.

Our committee is currently working on new and innovative methods to engage SRS members. Including a new SRS members App. We are also working on continuing to promote the SRS Facebook page which has the potential to increase public awareness and provide real-time information to our patients on endowments and philanthropic opportunities, this is also being used to solicit donations from grateful patients.


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

Podcast Task Force Update

Ron El-Hawary, MD
Podcast Task Force Co-Chair

As part of the SRS Research Task Force’s Innovative Dissemination of SRS Research initiative, the creation of SRS Podcasts was approved in July 2019. The SRS Board endorsed podcasts that are similar to the webinars and social media efforts that would allow for expansion of research ideas presented. The intent was that podcasts can be used for medical professional and patient information and that the Communication Committee should start a task force to pilot the program. The goal of this task force is to work to develop and to put in place a system for a new podcast process to help disseminate knowledge, research findings, and other relevant information throughout the year from SRS’s various sources. The task force worked tirelessly through 2019-2020 with a goal of hosting the first podcast by September 2020. With the help of task force advisors, Craig Louer and Carter Clement, we are pleased to report that we met this goal and that “Scoliosis Dialogues: An SRS Podcast” has published 3 podcasts this fall, which are available on the SRS website, iTunes, and Google Play.


Special thanks to Shawn Storey for his technical expertise, Jaysson Brooks for helping to finalize the intro and outro music, Jeff Mullin for helping to create the logo, and Ryan Fitzgerald for creating the podcast description for marketing: “Scoliosis Dialogues is a Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) podcast aimed at delivering the most current and trusted information to clinicians that care for patients with scoliosis and spinal deformities. From news in the world of spinal deformity, to reviews of the newest most impactful articles, to discussions with thought leaders in the field, we aim to provide up-to-date, quality information that will impact the daily practice of spinal deformity.” As well, Hui-Ren Tao and Masood Shafafy have provided an international perspective to the task force.

We have recruited other members from outside the task force to also host the podcasts. We adopted principles of diversity when recommending podcast hosts with the following representation: Pediatric and adult deformity expertise, orthopaedic and neurosurgical expertise, female and male, international, and basic scientist.

A group of four individuals act as the core group of hosts includes pediatric lead hosts Ryan Fitzgerald and Jaysson Brooks; adult lead hosts Kariman Abelin-Genevois and Jeff Mullin. Other hosts include John Vorhies, Cynthia Nguyen, Masood Shafafy, and Charla Fischer. Additional panelists for content review include David Bennett, Hui-Ren Tao, and the task force co-chairs.

Specific podcast topics are determined by the hosts with input from the Podcast Task Force. Our initial goal was for one podcast every two months, but we are currently publishing podcasts monthly.  As the Education Committee charges include highlighting SRS Annual Meeting and IMAST award winners, we have spent the majority of this fall highlighting those two meetings. In addition, the Global Outreach Program is planning two podcasts in early 2021. Not only are these podcasts educational from a scientific perspective, the hosts have put a unique spin on their interviews with SRS members… there is a dedicated emphasis on getting to know the members as people by probing into their early years, their mentors, and on their path to where they are now.  Stay tuned for more Scoliosis Dialogue podcasts in 2021!


Co-Chairs: Yan Wang; Ron El-Hawary, RTF Liaison Task Force: Jaysson Brooks; Ryan Fitzgerald; Hui-Ren Tao; Masood Shafafy; Jeff Mullin; Carter Clement, Advisory; Craig Louer, Advisory

Fellowship Committee Update

Jeffrey D. Coe, MD
Fellowship Committee Chair

In this challenging year I am truly honored to have assumed the Chairmanship of the Fellowship Committee beginning at the Virtual Annual Meeting last fall, taking the reins from Baron Lonner. The Committee would like to thank Baron as well as SRS Membership Manager, Alysha Chapman, who together did a superb job of steering the Committee this past year. We also welcome Jwalant Mehta from Birmingham, England to our Committee having been elected to the Fellowship Committee at this past Annual Meeting!  Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of our Society’s membership remains strong. We have 752 Active members, 322 Candidate members, 78 Associate, 291 Emeritus, and 8 Honorary members. A total of 74 Active members were admitted to the SRS over the past year including  41 International members outside of the United States for a total of 515 international members from 64 countries, for a total of 35% of the overall membership of 1,454, truly reflecting the global scope of our society.

Throughout the last several years, membership requirements have been modified to allow for a more efficient application process, now exclusively on-line, for admission of deserving candidates in order to fulfill leadership’s desire to maintain a vibrant and growing society.  The minimum candidacy period is now three years instead of five.  The other requirements have been simplified as well.  See details by following this link,  For 2021, in addition to biannual vetting of new applicants for our society, the Fellowship Committee has been charged with reevaluating the processes for more experienced senior deformity surgeons to become members of our Society.

We would like to welcome the following new members to our Society:

New Active Members

  • Meric Enercan, MD, Istanbul, Turkey
  • J. Naresh-Babu, MS, FNB, Guntur, India
  • Gabriel Piza Vallespir, MD, PhD, Santa Eugenia, Spain
  • Cheerag D. Upadhyaya, MD, MSc, Kansas City, MO, United States
  • Chris Yin Wei Chan, MS Orth, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Eugenio Dema, MD, Modena, Italy
  • Michael P. Glotzbecker, MD, Boston, MA, United States
  • Stuart H. Hershman, MD, Boston, MA, United States
  • David E. Lebel, MD, PhD, Toronto, Canada
  • Kristopher M. Lundine, MD MSc FRCSC FRACS, Mount Eliza, VIC, Australia
  • Timothy P. McHenry, MD, Greenville, SC, United States
  • Peter G. Passias, MD, Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • Andrea Piazzolla, MD, Bari, Italy
  • Suresh Sivadasan Pillai, MS, DNB, Calicut, India
  • Rolf B. Riise, MD, Krakeroy, Norway
  • Monchai Ruangchainikom, MD, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Andrew A. Sama, MD, New York, NY, United States
  • Jason W. Savage, MD, Gates Mills, OH, United States
  • ZeZhang Zhu, MD, PhD, Nanjing, Peoples Republic of China
  • Kariman Abelin-Genevois, MD, PhD, Lyon, France
  • Christof Birkenmaier, MD, Munich, Germany
  • Kai Cao, MD, PhD, Nanchang, Peoples Republic of China
  • John M. Caridi, MD, New York, NY, United States
  • Nelson R. Carvalho, MD, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Alexandre Fogaça Cristante, MD, PhD, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Romain Dayer, MD, Genève, Switzerland
  • Haruki Funao, MD, PhD, Tokyo, Japan
  • Pawel Grabala, MD, Bialystok, Poland
  • D. Kojo Hamilton, MD, FAANS, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • Christina K. Hardesty, MD, Cleveland, OH, United States
  • Moyo C. Kruyt, MD, PhD, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Olavo Biraghi Letaif, MD, MSc, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Raphael Martus Marcon, MD, PhD, Sao Paulo - SP, , Brazil
  • Kathryn McCarthy Mullooly, MD, Little Rock, AR, United States
  • Luiz Müller Avila, MD, Curitiba, Brazil
  • Scott C. Nelson, MD, Loma Linda, CA, United States
  • Elizabeth P. Norheim, MD, Downey, CA, United States
  • Saba Pasha, PhD, MS, Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Javier Pizones, MD, PhD, Madrid, Spain
  • Anuj Singla, MD, Charlottesville, VA, United States
  • Vidyadhar V. Upasani, MD, San Diego, CA, United States
  • William F. Young Jr., MD, Fort Wayne, IN, United States
  • Dong-Gune Chang, MD, PhD, Seoul, Korea
  • Jason Pui Yin Cheung, MBBS (HK), Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Bassel G. Diebo, MD, New York, NY, United States
  • Geoffrey F. Haft, Sioux Falls, SD, United States
  • Yashar Javidan, MD, Sacramento, CA, United States
  • Takashi Kaito, MD, PhD, Suita, Japan
  • Isaac O. Karikari, MD, Raleigh, NC, United States
  • Christopher J. Kleck, MD, Aurora, CO, United States
  • Kenny Kwan, BMBCh(Oxon), FRCSEd, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Amy L. McIntosh, MD, Dallas, TX, United States
  • Janez Mohar, MD, PhD, Ankaran, Slovenia
  • Robert F. Murphy, MD, Charleston, SC, United States
  • Yutaka Nakamura, MD, Saitama, Japan
  • Stefano Negrini, MD, Milano, Italy
  • Selina C. Poon, MD, Pasadena, CA, United States
  • Reuben CC Soh, MBBS, MMedOrth, FRCS, Singapore, Singapore
  • Shiau-Tzu Tzeng, MD, New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Caglar Yilgor, MD, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Ioannis Avramis, MD, Plano, TX, United States
  • Theodore Andrew Belanger, MD, Rockwall, TX, United States
  • Jae Hwan Cho, MD, PhD, Seoul, AE, Korea
  • Sabrina Donzelli, MD, Milano, Italy
  • Michael J. Hartman, MD, Goshen, IN, United States
  • Kristen E. Jones, MD, Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • Manish K. Kasliwal, MD, MCh, FAANS, Cleveland, OH, United States
  • Aroldo Carlos Legarreta, MD, Capital Federal, , Argentina
  • Zeeshan M. Sardar, MD, New York, NY, United States
  • Ajoy Prasad Shetty, MS Orth, Coimbatore, India
  • Byron F. Stephens, MD, Nashville, TN, United States
  • Dominick A. Tuason, MD, Trenton, NJ, United States
  • Qianyu Zhuang, MD, Beijing, Peoples Republic of China

New Associate Members

  • Dennis P. Devito, Atlanta, GA, United States
  • Walid Osman, Sr., MD, Cité Erriadh, Tunisia
  • Barend J. Van Royen, MD PhD, Heemstede, Netherlands
  • John K. Birknes, MD, Norfolk, VA, United States
  • Juan Antonio Martin-Benlloch, MD, Valencia, Spain

Members Moved to Emeritus Status

  • Michael Ain, MD
  • Allen Carl, MD
  • Samuel J. Chewning Jr., MD
  • Jean Dansereau, PhD
  • David Hanscome, MD
  • Nosrat Javidan, MD
  • Reginald Knight, MD
  • Rex Marco, MD
  • George Miz, MD
  • Joji Mochida, MD
  • Yoshinori Nakata, MD
  • Francisco Javier Sanchez Perez-Grueso Sr, MD
  • V. James Raso, MASc
  • Kit M. Song, MD, MHA
  • Rudolph Taddonio, MD
  • Vernon T. Tolo, MD

In 2020, in an effort to be more globally conscious after a comprehensive research and review process performed under the leadership of Past Chair Baron Lonner, the Fellowship Committee recommended that the SRS adjusted the dues rates of reduced rate countries which was approved by the SRS Board and Presidential Line.  These new rates based on the world bank scale are now in effect, please click here. I look forward to serving this term with my co-committee members, Baron S. Lonner, Past Chair; Matthew E. Oetgen, Chair Elect; Darrell S. Hanson; Brian G. Smith and Jwalant Mehta. We look forward to vetting many new potential members on behalf of the SRS.


Chair: Jeffrey D. Coe Committee: Baron S. Lonner, Past Chair; Matthew Oetgen, Chair Elect; Darrell S. Hanson; Brian G. Smith; Jwalant Mehta

Research Grant Committee Update

Virginie Lafage, PhD
Research Grant Committee Chair

Under the leadership of Ivan Chen, Past Chair, a new process for grant submission was implemented in 2020. The SRS now offers a single annual cycle for grant submission. It is my pleasure to announce that for the 2020 cycle the Research Grants Committee reviewed 63 letters of intent, and 29 full submissions. We had four team leaders who performed an admirable job in reviewing each submission in a timely manner while providing quality feedback. Thank you to Jwalant Mehta, Justin Smith, John Vorhies, and Donita Bylski-Austrow.

As a result of this team effort, 13 grants were funded for a total of $374,160. Congratulations to the winners listed below.




Amount Funded


Miranda van Hooff MSc PhD

Development and measurement properties of a patient-reported outcome measure of pulmonary function in patients with spinal deformity


Parham Rasoulinejad

Effect of mixing dissimilar metals on serum metal ion levels and spinal implant performance in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and neuromuscular scoliosis


Carla Pugh MD, PhD, FACS

Leveraging Embedded Haptic Sensor Technology for Force Vector Mapping in Orthoses for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis


New Investigator

Antonia Matamalas MD, PhD

Self-perceived health status and healthcare consumption of operated AIS patients (minimum follow-up>25 years) compared with normal,age and gender, matched controls.How much do operated AIS patients differ from the general population?


John Vorhies MD

Does Health Mindset predict Early Postoperative Outcomes after Posterior Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis?


Craig Birch MD

Postoperative pain control using local wound infiltration in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery: a randomized control trial


SRS-Cotrel Basic Science

Nancy Hadley Miller MD

Expanding Mechanistic Discoveries of IS Using a Hypomorphic kif7 Zebrafish Model


Biedermann Innovation Award

Kenny Kwan BMBCh FRCSEd(Orth) FHKCOS FHKAM(Orth)

Effectiveness of three-dimensional correction during bracing in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a prospective randomised clinical trial of Rigo Chêneau versus Boston-style orthoses


Resident Fellow

Karan Patel MD

Can Disease Related and Aged Related Inflammation Predict Disease Severity and Surgical Outcomes Following Adult Spinal Deformity Corrective Surgery?


Anna C. Rienmüller M.D. Dipl. Ing. C.O.

The importance of restoring harmonious sagittal alignment in AIS surgery for clinical and radiological outcome as well as prevention of PJK- a new classification of sagittal alignment in AIS


Asham Khan MD

Cerebrospinal fluid pressures at the Craniovertebral Junction in Patients with Chiari Malformation that develop Scoliosis


Exploratory Micro-grants

Niek Hennepe MD

‘Smart vest’ as a measurement instrument for pulmonary function in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis; An exploratory study.


Xu Fulong

Effect of posterior hemivertebra resection on spinal sagittal alignment of children with congenital scoliosis



Chair: Virginie Lafage Committee: Ivan Cheng, Past Chair; Juan Rodriguez-Olaverri; Theodore J. Choma; James S. Harrop; Lukas P. Zebala; James Barsi (C); Saba Pasha (C); Alexander A. Theologis (C); Walter H. Truong (C); John Vorhies (C); Michelle C. Welborn (C); Donita I. Bylski-Austrow; René Castelein; Jean-Christophe A. Leveque; P. Justin Tortolani; Michael D. Daubs; Siavash S. Haghighi; Ahmad Nassr; Justin S. Smith; Eric C. Parent; Peter G. Passias; Yong Qiu; Mitsuru Yagi, Chair Elect; Serena S. Hu, Treasurer, Ex Oficio

Education Resource Committee Update

Ron El-Hawary, MD
Education Resource Committee Chair

The Education Resource Committee (ERC) has hit the ground running this past fall by quickly picking up where last year’s committee left off. Teresa Bas, Past Chair, provided leadership and organization to the committee over the past two years and has really paved the way for us to take the ERC to the next level. Under Dr. Bas’ guidance, the ERC section of the website is now organized into the 10 core curriculum domains as defined by our Society. Nearly all of the information from the former SRS E-Text has now been updated and placed within the appropriate domains. This has been a huge undertaking for the group over the past two years and we are grateful to the dozens of members who have contributed to make this happen. In particular, Andre Andujar should be commended for his review of the webinar content on our website and for assigning each webinar to a core curriculum domain.

This fall, the ERC has been working to create OrthoBullet type synopses and review questions for each chapter. This will facilitate easy reference of key material from each chapter and may also enhance spine fellow training and evaluation. One of the goals of the ERC this year is to make the education materials more easily accessible as the content can sometimes be difficult to find on the website. In an effort to promote the educational material to spine fellows, the SRS is working on creating a list of spine fellowship program directors to ensure that fellows are aware of the educational material housed within the ERC. The ERC is also working with the Board and the PL to create easier sign-in access for members and non-members and to make the ERC easier to promote. Our committee is excited to continue refining the educational material available to medical professionals. We look forward to a very prolific 2021!


Chair: Ron El-Hawary Committee: Teresa Bas, Past Chair; Theodore J. Choma; Charles H. Crawford; Ryan C. Goodwin; Robert K. Lark; Griffin R. Baum (C); Charbel Jacob Jr. (C); Christophe J. Kleck (C); Ahmed Salem Mohamed (C); Reuben CC Soh (C); Marilyn L.G. Gates (A); Yong Hai; Mohammed M. Mossaad (E); Paul T. Rubery Jr.; Matthew F. Halsey; Chris J. Neal; Joshua Pahys, Chair Elect; Lukas P. Zebala

Non-Operative Management Committee Update

Brian G. Smith, MD
Non-Operative Management Committee Chair

On November 7, six panelists represented the Committee on a webinar that was an update on the value of bracing and exercise therapy in both adult and adolescent scoliosis patients. The webinar was very well attended with more than 500 viewers logged in at one point.

Time constraints prevented one of our speakers from presenting, but all lectures are now available on the SRS website.

Several hundred questions were submitted, and the panelists answered every question, whether live on the webinar or subsequently online.

In addition, the Committee has submitted a Lunch Time Symposium on the current status of bracing in AIS, with a focus on the use and value of the new Rigo brace. The issues include the challenges to the orthotists to make the brace, the evidence that it provides better outcomes, the ability of patients to comply with wearing regimens, and the burden of the additional cost to families.


Chair: Brian G. Smith Committee: Nigel J. Price, Past Chair; Kevin M. Neal; Michael L. Schmitz; Mohammadreza Etemadifar (C); Naobumi Hosogane (C); Stefano Negrini (C); Tom PC Schlosser (C); Hanneke M. van West (C); Claudio Vergari (C); Eric C. Parent (A); Luke Stikeleather (A); Kota Watanabe, Chair Elect; Eugenio Dema; Shyam Kishan; Chris Yin Wei Chan; Theodoros B. Grivas, Advisory; Joseph P. O'Brien, Advisory

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Long Range Planning Committee Update

Paul Sponseller, MD, MBA
Long Range Planning Committee Chair

Dear SRS Colleagues,

It is my privilege to lead the Long Range Planning Committee as the Past President, along with the current President, Past President II, and the chairs of IMAST, Global Education on Spine Deformity, and Global Outreach Committees.  We develop a list of potential cities and venues for the two major meetings and review the rotation for the other meetings. We try to make sure that we distribute our meetings as broadly across the globe as possible, yet with an eye on ease of access and costs. The Annual Meeting is outside of North America two out of every five years, with IMAST outside North America when the Annual meeting is in. In keeping with this rotation, we are pleased to announce that SRS has signed the contract for the Annual Meeting to be in Barcelona September 11-14, 2024. Since IMAST is unable to be held in Dublin as planned next April, we were also able to preserve our deposits for conference by booking IMAST in Dublin, March 22-25, 2023. We want to thank the SRS Staff for their expertise in concluding these plans.  We look forward to a string of successful in-person meetings after we are all vaccinated and staying healthy!

Paul Sponseller, MD


Chair: Paul D. Sponseller Committee: Peter O. Newton, Past Chair; Kota Watanabe, Global Outreach; David Skaggs, IMAST; Ahmet Alanay, GESD; Muharrem Yazici, Chair Elect

Growing Spine Committee Update

Sumeet Garg, MD
Growing Spine Committee Chair

We are excited to announce the SRS iExperience interactive courses on Growing Rods, Hemivertebra Excision, and Spine Casting are available to members and non-members through the SRS website. The blended learning platform for each course includes didactics, structured cases, surgical video, interactive cases, and learning assessments. Several members of the committee donated a large chunk of time over 2019 and 2020 developing these modules to educate surgeons on current best practices for these three procedures. We encourage you to review and interact with these courses and share your experiences with us.  We hope these can serve as a model for further interactive courses on techniques in spine deformity. A huge amount of gratitude to SRS members who worked on this project for the Growing Spine: Laurel Blakemore, Sumeet Garg, Lawrence Haber, Brice Ilharreborde, Ying Li, Laurel Blakemore and Muharrem Yazici.

Our committee recently hosted a webinar “Controversies in Early Onset Scoliosis” that featured lively quick-fire debate on four common case scenarios in early onset scoliosis. The recording of this webinar is available on the website for those who missed the live session. Kudos to Ying Li for organizing this well received webinar.

Although we could not meet in person this fall, we had a productive planning session for the committee in September. Our goals include providing video content to support patient education on the website, partner with the podcast task force, and produce print, online, and in person educational content for the SRS membership this upcoming year.

Please take care of yourselves and your patients as we proceed into 2021 and the continued COVID pandemic. We hope to be able to join in person this fall in St. Louis as a committee and society to advance education, clinical care, and research in early onset scoliosis.


Chair: Sumeet Garg Committee: G. Ying Li, Past Chair; Lawrence L. Haber; Tomasz Kotwicki; William A. Phillips; Evan Davies (C); Ozgur Dede (C); Moyo C. Kruyt (C); Javier Pizones (C); Pooria Salari (C); Terry Jianguo Zhang (C); W. Fred Hess; Reuben A. Maenza; Jwaland S. Mehta; Alaaeldin Azmi Ahmad; Benny T. Dahl; Nicholas D. Fletcher; Juan Rodriguez-Olaverri; Charles Johnston; Colin Nnadi, Chair Elect; Nigel J. Prive; Gregory J. Redding (A)

Translation Committee Update

Avraam Ploumis, MD
Translation Committee Chair

The Translation Committee’s main objective is to inform non-English patients and families on patient education materials of the Scoliosis Research Society curriculum. Currently on SRS website, 12 non-English languages are supported (with the coordination with the Website Committee) and this has been updated and extended this last year by the work of all 18 members of this Committee under the guidance of Bangping Qian, Past Chair.

Until now, 8 translation assignments in total of patient education material have been almost finished and new assignments (in coordination with the Patient Education Committee) will be sent out soon.

I am honored for the proposal to become Chair of the Translation Committee and hope to fulfill the requirements of this post.


Chair: Avraam Ploumis, Greek Committee: Bangping Qian, Chinese, Past Chair; Sebastian Charosky, French; Monchai Ruangchainikom, Thai; Ahmed M. Shawky, German; Martin Gehrchen, Danish; Pawel Grabala, Polish; Sajan K. Hegde, Indian; Richardo A. Santos, Portuguese; Cristina Sacramento-Dominguez, Spanish, Website Chair; Onur Yaman, Turkish; Marco Brayda-Bruno, Italian, Chair Elect; Hassan Serhan, Arabic; Kota Watanabe, Japanese; Sergey Kolesov, Russian; Janez Mohar, Slovene; Pooria Salari, Persian; Junseock Bae, Korean