December 2018

Historian Corner

George H. Thompson, MD
SRS Historian

History at a Glance
Ten years ago, in 2008, SRS celebrated the first Lifetime Achievement Award winners. The first two individuals to receive this recognition were John E. Hall, MD and Jacqueline Perry, MD. Both Dr. Hall & Dr. Perry were Founding Fellows of the SRS and made many significant contributions to the field.

To view an interview with Dr. Hall (and many other), please visit the SRS Historical Archives website, found in the Members Only section. Unfortunately, SRS was unable to obtain a video interview of Dr. Perry prior to her passing in 2013.

2018 Member Deaths
In 2018, SRS lost several members, including two Founding Fellows and Past Presidents, John E. Hall, MD and Gordon W. D. Armstrong, MD. We also lost our dear colleagues Robert M. Campbell, Jr., MD; Henry V. Crock, MD, FRCS, FRACS, DSc; John M. Gray, MD; Ernest Letourneau, MD, CCBOM, DSC; Keyvan Mazda, MD, PhD; Min Mehta, FRCS; James E. Ricciardi, MD; Howard H. Steel, MD; David B. Stevens, MD.

Is SRS looking for items to add to the archives?
YES! Here is a list of specific items that SRS is looking to add to the archives. If you have any of these, or other items that you would like to donate, please contact Ashtin in the SRS Office,

  • SRS Annual Meeting Final Programs
    • 8th - 1973
    • 25th – 1990
    • 47th - 2012
  • International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) Final Programs
    • 1st- 1994
    • 2nd- 1995
    • 6th- 1999
    • 11th- 2004
    • 12th - 2005
    • 15th - 2008
    • 19th - 2012
    • 20th - 2013
    • 21st – 2014
  • Copies of the SRS Newsletter

Other items of interest:

  • Photographs, videotapes, audio recordings, DVDs, CDs, etc. from meetings and other SRS related events.
  • SRS related scrapbooks
  • Newspaper clippings regarding SRS
  • Other

Am I able to visit the SRS Archives?
Absolutely! It is a wonderful opportunity SRS would love all members to experience. If you would like to set up a visit, please contact Ashtin,, and she will help you coordinate your visit with the Archives staff.


Chair: George H. Thompson Committee: Kshitij S. Chaudhary (C); Chrisitan P. DiPaola (C); Janez Mohar (C); Brandon A. Ramo (C); Andrew G. King; Acke Ohlin (E); Patricia N. Kostial (A); Matthew J. Mermer; Jay Shapiro, Chair Elect