June 2016

Growing Spine Committee Update

Robert P. Huang, MD
Growing Spine Committee Chair

The Growing Spine Committee is charged with SRS membership education, improving patient care, and patient and family education as it relates to the multiple facets of Early Onset Scoliosis (EOS). We are working diligently with the Website and CME committees to bring SRS webinars to the SRS membership. Our first webinar will be spearheaded by James O. Sanders, MD on the role of EDF casting in EOS.

A new family and patient educational white board animation has been developed, with the support of Growing Spine Foundation, Children’s Spine Foundation, POSNA, and SRS. Please go to the SRS website under the EOS heading in the patient education portion of the SRS website to watch the video.

We are undertaking the task of updating and revising the EOS white paper to reflect the current, modern day practice in the care of EOS patients. Christina K. Hardesty, MD has taken the lead on organizing and revising the EOS white paper with the help and contribution of all of the members of the Growing Spine Committee.

Finally, under the direction of doctors Matthew D. Hepler, MD and Nigel J. Price, MD, the Coding and Growing Spine Committees will put forth coding vignettes as it pertains to common coding scenarios for EOS surgery.

We look forward to on-going and future collaborations with all of the stakeholders who take care of children with EOS to improve patient care and family education. Any thoughts, comments, and/or suggestions would be most welcome.

Chair: Robert P. Huang, MD Committee: John T. Smith, MD; Ron El-Hawary, MD; John B. Emans, MD; Mehmet B. Balioglu, MD; Paloma Bas Hermida, MD; Mazda Farshad, MD, MPH; David P. Gurd, MD; Christina K. Hardesty, MD; Antonio Hurtado, MD; Chang Ju Hwang, MD, PhD; Feng Zhu, MD; Scott J. Luhmann, MD; Francisco Sanchez Perez-Grueso, MD; John G. Thometz, MD; Nigel J. Price, MD; Amer F. Samdani, MD; James O. Sanders               , MD; Andre Luis F. Andujar, MD; Theresa Bas, MD, PhD; Jeff B. Pawelek; Peter F. Sturm, MD