December 2016

President's Message

October was the month for getting down to business!

With the completion of a successful Annual Meeting & Course in Prague, new committee chairs have taken up positions and are getting down to business. We all met during the cabinet meeting in Chicago, October 14-15, 2016. For those who have not been to this meeting, the cabinet meeting is when we invite all committee chairs, together with council chairs and board of director members to meet together

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In Memoriam

Pier Giorgio Marchetti, MD

Pier Giorgio Marchetti, MD died October 15, 2016 at his home in Bologna, Italy, after a prolonged illness. He was 85 years old.

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Historian's Corner

George H. Thompson, MD
SRS Historian

During the just completed Annual Meeting & Course in Prague, Czech Republic, your Historical Committee was very busy working on a variety of issues.

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New Committee Leadership

Congratulation and a warm welcome to the following SRS members on their appointments as committee chairs for 2016-2017

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Casting for Early Onset Scoliosis – Why, When and How

Presented by the Scoliosis Research Society Growing Spine Committee
Monday, December 12 at 8pm EST.
This webinar is free to members and non-members.
Program Chairs: Robert P. Huang, MD & James O. Sanders, MD

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Finance Council Update

J. Abbott Byrd, III, MD
Finance Council Chair

Four committees comprise the Finance Council, the Development Committee led by Serena Hu, MD; the Corporate Relations Committee and Long Range Planning Committees led by David Polly, Jr., MD, and the Finance Committee led by myself.

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Education Council Update

John R. Dimar, MD
Education Council Chair

The Education Council Chair is responsible for the coordination of the affairs of 12 committees that are integral to planning and presentation of the Scoliosis Research Society’s annual educational activities.

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Governance Council Update

Mark Weidenbaum, MD
Governance Council Chair

The eight committees that make up the Governance Council have been busy and productive. Here is a “sound bite” summary of some of their activities:

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Research Council Update

Frank Schwab, MD
Research Council Chair

 The Research Council (RC) interacts between the Board and various committees, ensuring smooth communication and achievement of mutually set goals. The RC includes the following committees: Adult Deformity, Growing Spine, Morbidity & Mortality (M&M), Non-Operative Management, and Research Grants. A brief synopsis of current priorities is as follows:

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Clinician Scholar Career Development

Baron Lonner, M.D.
Board of Specialty Society of AAOS representative for SRS

The future vitality of our specialty will be determined by the commitment of our young and upcoming generation of surgeons to leadership in clinical care, research, and education.

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Ethics Corner

Kamal Ibrahim, MD, FRCS(C), MA
Ethics and Professionalism Committee Chair

The committee publishes in each issue of the newsletter a case of possible ethical or professionalism dilemma and invites members to send their comments. Please send your comments to The committee will collect all responses, summarize and publish them in the next newsletter. In this newsletter, the committee presents a case of professionalism relevant to second opinion consultation.

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The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Importance of Caring SRS Guidelines

Hilali Noordeen, MD
Ethics and Professionalism Committee

Hilali Noordeen, MD, a member of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee wrote the following article to draw members’ attention to this law which might affect all who work in the US and internationally as well.

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Education Committee Update

Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD
Education Committee Chair

The Education Committee is responsible for the educational programs (Pre-Meeting Course, Half-Day Courses, and Lunchtime Symposia) at the Annual Meeting & Course. The feedback received from the program at the recent 51st Annual Meeting in Prague was superb. 

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Worldwide Courses Update

Benny Dahl, MD, PhD, DMSci
Worldwide Course Committee Chair

As the new chair of Worldwide Course (WWC), I want to express my gratitude to Marinus de Kleuver, MD, PhD who has done an outstanding job as WWC chair over the previous three years. As chair-elect, I have benefited from his experience and will do my best to maintain the success of the WWC reaching out to the spinal deformity community all over the world.

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Abstract Submission Site Now Open!

**Submission Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2017 at 11:59pm EST**

To submit an abstract, please log in to the SRS abstract submission site at

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Save the Dates for 2017 SRS Meetings!

Mark your calendars for the following future meetings...

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