September 2017

President's Message

52nd Annual Meeting and Course in Philadelphia, Sept. 6 to 9

For the past 51 years, the Annual Meeting has been the flagship event of our society, and a meeting that spinal deformity surgeons and scientists from around the world attend to obtain the latest information in this field. The 52nd Annual Meeting will continue this tradition with a theme on global spine care and innovative educational formats. There were 1506 submitted abstracts; 129 were accepted for podium presentations, 45% of which are from presenters outside of the USA. In addition, we have 104 e-posters, 15 e-presentations, and 12 case discussions. Muharrem Yazici, MD and the Program Committee have done masterful work in reviewing all of the submissions and putting together a truly outstanding program.

New this year are the e-presentations, 15 highly ranked abstracts that could not be included as podium presentations will be recorded and made available on the SRS website after the meeting for additional CME credit. The e-presentation abstracts are also included in the Final Program and are available for viewing on the E-Poster Kiosks.

Praveen Mummaneni, MD and the Education Committee have put together an excellent set of offerings starting with the Pre-Meeting Course, “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Global Spine Care”. After the Pre-Meeting Course on Wednesday will be case discussions followed by the Opening Ceremonies and the Steel Lecture, presented by Michael Smerconish, host of CNN’s Smerconish. He will share with us his perspective on the 2016 US Presidential Election. This promises to be insightful and entertaining.

Thursday morning begins the scientific program, presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Awards to G. Dean MacEwen, MD and Howard H. Steel, MD, and my Presidential Address, with the Half-Day Courses following. Thursday evening will be a wonderful opportunity for you to sightsee around Philadelphia and catch up with friends.

Friday will be a full day of scientific sessions, including the Harrington Lecture, presented by Christopher J.L. Murray, MD, Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, and author of the Lancet articles on Global Burden of Disease Study. In the evening, the Farewell Reception will be at the National Constitution Center, a beautiful museum with birds-eye views of Philadelphia’s historic landmarks and a rotating collection of rare artifacts celebrating the creation and legacy of the United States’ Constitution. Tickets are required, please come join us for an evening of fun and networking.

New this year for the Saturday half-day, will be a final “highlights session” whereby take-home points from each of the scientific sessions will be presented. So, if you have missed any of the sessions, this would be an excellent time to catch up!

I want to personally thank the committee of local hosts, led by Patrick J. Cahill, MD and including Vincent Arlet, MD; Randal R. Betz, MD; Robert M. Campbell, Jr., MD; David H. Clements, III, MD; John M. Flynn, MD; Peter G. Gabos, MD; Martin J. Herman, MD; Joshua M. Pahys, MD; Amer F. Samdani, MD; and Suken A. Shah, MD. Please take some time during the meeting and enjoy this spectacular and historic city.

All in all, a meeting not to be missed! I look forward to seeing you there.