March 2021

Historian Corner

George H. Thompson, MD
SRS Historian

Did you know that in 1947…

Dr. John H. Moe established the Scoliosis Service at Gillette State Hospital for Crippled Children in response to a need to fill the void in the field of spine deformity care.

And in 1964…

Dr. Moe established a Continuing Education Course on Scoliosis which was offered in the fall. He showed attendees almost all of his cases. With each case he gave attendees his thinking and showed his results, whether they were good or not as good. The course took place in a typical auditorium with less than 40 attendees. On the last day of the course, Dr. David B. Levine suggested that a group should be organized to study scoliosis. Dr. Moe said that if Dr. Levine would write the constitution and bylaws, that he, Dr. Moe would get it started. This was the precursor to the formation of the Scoliosis Research Society.

To learn more about the myriad of spine and SRS related topics dating back to 1911 please visit our Historical Timeline page.


Chair: George H. Thompson Committee: Patricia N. Kostial (A); Matthew J. Mermer; Behrooz A. Akbarnia (E); Richard M. Schwend; Jay Shapiro, Historian Elect