March 2022

President's Message

Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD
SRS President

Dear SRS Members,

As I reflect on the first half of my term as President of the SRS, I am proud of all that we continue to accomplish and excited about the future of our Society. Not only are we largely able to return to our normally scheduled in person events, but we have several new initiatives on the rise.

In just a few short weeks IMAST will be back in person, for the first time in two years, April 6-9 in Miami, FL. The IMAST Committee, chaired by Ahmet Alanay, has put together an exceptional program that is not to be missed. My personal “must see” session list includes:

  • Session 1: Whitecloud Award Nominees
  • Session 3A: Advanced MIS Techniques: A Case-Based Video Symposium from the SRS-AANS Task Force
  • Session 7A: Enabling Technologies in Spine Surgery: The Evolution of Spine Surgery
  • Session 8B: Neurological Concerns in Spinal Deformity from the SRS-AANS Task Force
  • Session 9: Bandwagon vs. Pendulum Swing
  • Session 11: Lunch with the Experts: Master Video Techniques

On top of the must-see education, I am eager to visit with our industry partners and see all of the new technologies that have been developed since we were last able to gather for IMAST. We have a full and exciting exhibit hall, as well as a myriad of Hands-On Workshops sure to peak every attendee’s interest. I look forward to seeing you all in Miami! (Pre-Registration is open until March 24)

Over the last 18 months, SRS has had a passionate group of members working hard to look at Diversity, Equity & Inclusion within the Society. They have been able to identify short falls in these areas, have suggested policy updates to increase inclusion, and have several exciting plans in development. I am most excited to attend the DEI Task Force’s first webinar, being hosted in May: “DIVERSITY: What Do We Mean and Why Does it Matter?” I strongly encourage all SRS members to attend. 

We have now reached the two-year anniversary of officially entering a global pandemic and I am continually impressed by the resiliency of our world and of the SRS. Without the hard work and dedication of all of our members, we would not have continued to see the growth and development of our Society, thank you all.

See you in Miami!