June 2020

President's Message

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

As COVID19 has turned our worlds sideways, so it has for SRS. All of our staff have transitioned to ​readily provide full support remotely. You can read about the efforts of our energetic Society in these pages.

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In Memoriam

David Alberto Meneses, MD

April 1956 - September 2019

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Historical Vignette

Clyde Les Nash Jr., MD
(1932 - 2019)

Dr. Clyde L. Nash Jr., MD (“Les”) age 86, born November 25, 1932, passed away September 13, 2019. Dr. Nash was a gifted scoliosis surgeon and abundant tributes arrived after his passing from a lifetime of grateful patients and admirers alike.

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Ethics Corner

B. Stephens Richards, MD
Ethics & Professionalism Committee Chair

A patient secretly records the clinic conversation with his spine surgeon. Is this legal, and ethical?

Dr. Jones has seen Mr. Smith in his office twice previously for evaluation of Mr. Smith’s painful degenerative lumbar spine deformity. Dr. Jones encouraged non-operative care for several months before considering any operative intervention.

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CME Committee Update

Samuel K. Cho, MD
CME Committee Chair

The CME committee continues to ensure that our society is in good standing with the ACCME to provide the necessary educational credit to our members at large. We currently have ACCME accreditation with commendation until November, 2022 and can provide CME credit for not only the Annual Meeting and the IMAST, but also various regional meetings, both in-person and virtual, that take place throughout the academic year.

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Fellowship Committee Update

Baron S. Lonner, MD
Fellowship Committee Chair

I am honored to serve as Chairman of the Fellowship Committee and to work with my fellow committee members and Alysha Chapman from SRS to vet our future members and leaders of the society.  The state of our organization’s membership is strong.

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Patient Education Committee Update

William A. Phillips, MD
Patient Education Committee Chair

The patient education committee has been active. In January, we presented a webinar titled “Safety Considerations in AIS Surgery”. Doctors B. Garg, Lark, and Bonfield gave excellent presentations. The Hibbs award papers from last fall's Annual Meeting were summarized in an accessible manner by Drs. Lazarus (clinical) and Ohashi (basic science) and are now posted on the website.

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Program Committee Update

Lindsay M. Andras, MD
Program Committee Chair

It is my distinct pleasure to update everyone on the diligent work of the program committee in preparation for the upcoming Annual Meeting. The selection process was quite competitive with nearly 1,300 abstracts from 42 countries submitted this year that were scored by a team of 32 reviewers.

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Website Committee Update

Joshua M. Pahys, MD
Website Committee Chair

The Website Committee has been working diligently to continue to improve the content and appearance of this past year. We have taken a detailed look into every page of the site in order to eliminate dated or redundant information and improve the overall experience for the user.

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Awards & Scholarships Committee Update

Aplaslan Senkoylu, MD
Awards & Scholarships Committee Chair

First of all, I wish all the best for our community at this difficult time.

We, as The Awards and Scholarship Committee Team, had a productive conference call on 5 April 2020. The main agenda of this call was to review nominees for awards and applications for scholars and fellowships.

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Education Resource Committee Update

Teresa Bas, MD, PhD
Education Resource Committee Chair

The SRS Education Resources Committee has been working to review, revise, and update the preexisting e-text chapters and to put these chapters into the 10 domains of the SRS core curriculum. Many thanks to the numerous committee members who have cooperated with this hard work.

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