March 2021

Global Outreach Committee Update

Kota Watanabe, MD, PhD
Global Outreach Committee Chair

The Global Outreach Committee serves as a networking community that provides a platform for exchanging ideas and strategies related to independent outreach programs. The committee also develops and disseminates educational materials to improve these programs. We encourage the active participation of experienced surgeons as well as those who have never experienced an outreach program but are interested in participating in future trips.

We have just launched the “Global Outreach Activity Form” to gather data from sites and clarify the infrastructure and program specifics for each.

Meanwhile, we would like to use the website to collect information about members who are interested in participating in the program, to effectively provide information about the global outreach activities to members interested in the activities.

Based on the data, the committee will provide online information about opportunities for members to get involved with outreach and to share their stories, tips, failures, and unique cases – all of which help build stronger outreach programs to care for patients with spinal conditions.

Although our support for global outreach efforts remain strong, the SRS has no oversight of specific global outreach programs and no longer endorses individual outreach programs.


Chair: Kota Watanabe Committee: W. Fred Hess, Chair Elect; Ravi S. Bains; Alejo Vernengo-Lezica; Hamish Deverall (C); Michael J. Heffernan (C); Xu Sun (C); Muralidharan Venkatesan (C); Nan Wu (C); Naveed Yasin (C); Saumyajit Basu, WWC; Daniel J. Hedequist; Kamal N. Ibrahim; Shyam Kishan; Elias C. Papadopoulos; Vidadhara Srinivasa; Michael J. Hartman; Kevin Boon Leong Lim; Mohammed Mostafa Mossaad (E); Dheera Ananthakrishnan, Orthopaedic Link Liason; Bettye A. Wright (E), Ex Officio