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Scoliosis Research Society

Dedicated to the optimal care of patients with spinal deformity

2017-18 Award Host Sites

2017-2018

The award host sites below are in geographical order, west to east according to the Mercator map projection.

Scripps Clinic San Diego:
Gregory M. Mundis Jr., MD

Location:
10666 N Torrey Pines Rd
San Diego, California USA 92037

Email:
gmundis1@gmail.com

Phone:
8583534852

Site Description:
San Diego hosts a unique practice environment where the weekly schedule will include both adult and pediatric spine deformity surgery and outpatient clinics.   This site has become recognized for its efforts in research, understanding minimally invasive applications to adult deformity including lateral based surgery, and MIS posterior correction.  In addition we have a robust early onset scoliosis program that boasts excellent faculty and pioneers in MCGR technology.  Furthermore the San Diego Spine Foundation has 2 decades of history of research in San Diego with involvement in major study groups with a world class infrastructure.  From a clinical standpoint the spine fellowship trains 3 surgeons yearly, of which one is usually a neurosurgeon, along with hosting 4th year residents from the Naval hospital.  Surgery occurs 2-3x per week and outpatient clinic and academics the other 2-3 days.  In addition to a fantastic deformity program San Diego is a wonderful destination with many outdoor activities and sites to see.

Preferred Fellowship(s):

  • Edgar G. Dawson Fellowship
  • Eduardo R. Luque Memorial as a Fellowship
  • Global Outreach Visiting Fellowship
  • OrthoPediatrics International Pediatric Spine Fellowship
  • SRS Traveling Fellows

University of Utah / Primary Children's:
John T. Smith MD

Location:
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah USA 84113

Email:
john.smith@hsc.utah.edu

Phone:
8016625600

Site Description:
Academic Pediatric Spine Deformity practice.  Full time research coordinator.  Residents and fellows.  Spine team in the OR.  Two days clinic and two days OR per week.  All cases are pediatric spine deformity including EOS, AIS, Neuromuscular and syndromic scoliosis. Visitors are only allowed to observe in surgery.

Preferred Fellowship(s):

  • Edgar G. Dawson Fellowship
  • Eduardo R. Luque Memorial as a Fellowship
  • Robert B. Winter Fellowship
  • OrthoPediatrics International Pediatric Spine Fellowship
  • SRS Traveling Fellows
  • Asia Pacific Fellowship

Children's Hospital of San Antonio, University of Texas, Combined Military Hospital:
Al Sanders, MD

Location:
San Antonio, Texas USA

Site Description:

  • pediatrics and adult cases residents at all three hospitals
  • 3 didactic teaching, 8 hours in clinic, 8 hours in operating room on a weekly basis

Preferred Fellowship(s):

  • Edgar G. Dawson Fellowship
  • Eduardo R. Luque Memorial as a Fellowship
  • Global Outreach Visiting Fellowship
  • Robert B. Winter Fellowship
  • OrthoPediatrics International Pediatric Spine Fellowship
  • SRS Traveling Fellows
  • Asia Pacific Fellowship

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital:
Dan Sucato, MD, MS; Steve Richards, MD; Charles Johnston, MD; Lori Karol, MD; Karl Rathjen, MD; Brandon Ramo, MD; Amy McIntosh, MD; Tony Herring

Location:
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, Texas USA 75219

Email:
dan.sucato@tsrh.org

Phone:
2145598471

Fax:
2145597570

Site Description:
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital is a pediatric orthopaedic hospital that takes care of all types of orthopaedic problems in children and adolescents/young adults including a very busy practice in spinal deformity. We have a total of 7 surgeons performing spine deformity surgery and an additional physician who does nonoperative treatment of spinal deformity. In addition, there are 5 pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellows, 4 orthopaedic residents, and 9 advanced practice providers. We perform over nearly 400 pediatric spinal deformity surgeries each year including the treatment of early onset scoliosis, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, congenital scoliosis/kyphosis. We also have a very busy nonoperative experience with bracing and casting  with an in-house orthotics department which measures and fabricates the braces. The outpatient clinic areas are very busy and patients are seen with outstanding efficiency.

We have a very busy research program of both clinical and basic research including a very active molecular genetics lab. There are several data registries which enroll patients in idiopathic scoliosis, EOS, severe spine deformity and kyphosis. We have a seven clinical research coordinators who assist in performing the researchers/clinicians. We have a full-time statistician and a grant writer.

The educational curriculum is very robust with a 1 hour conference each day. In addition, we have our most important conference is the preoperative conference where we review all of the cases for that upcoming week. If the traveling fellows would attend all of the conferences and we would extend this to provide for more interesting case discussions.

Dallas is a very large metroplex with a lot of excellent sites to see including the sixth floor museum which overlooks Dealey Plaza where President Kennedy was shot, outstanding art galleries and museum and the Texas culture including rodeos and Stockyards. In addition, we have great professional sports teams including the Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and the Dallas Stars. The nightlife including restaurants are outstanding.

Preferred Fellowship(s):

  • SRS Traveling Fellows

Washington University School of Medicine:
Munish Gupta, MD

Location:
660 S. Euclid CB 8233
St. Louis, Missouri USA 63110

Email:
tnester@wustl.edu

Phone:
3143627140

Fax:
3147472600

Site Description:
The spine specialists with Washington University Orthopaedics are nationally and internationally renowned and cover all spinal diseases/conditions of the cervical (40% of cases), thoracic & lumbar spine (60%): degenerative (35%), deformity (50%), trauma/tumor (15%); pediatric (30%), adult (70%).  Among the five attending physicians (Drs. Munish Gupta, Keith Bridwell, Jacob Buchowski, Michael Kelly and Lukas Zebala), approximately 1000 cases are performed annually.

Each spine attending has his own research coordinator to help with research projects.  The five coordinators (and one research manager), three of whom have master’s degrees and one with a PhD, also assist our fellows, residents and visiting researchers with their projects.  Statistical analysis is provided by Washington University’s biostatistics department, as well as by some of our research coordinators who use SPSS.  The spine research group is housed together in a state-of-the-art facility at the medical center, with room for several visiting researchers as well.

The Spine Service is supported clinically by two residents (PGY-2 and -4 levels) and four spine fellows, as well as clinical staff comprised of six nurse practitioners, a physician assistant, a nurse manager, five registered nurses, and six medical assistants.

In general, activities in a typical week are spent approximately 60% in the operating room and 40% spent in clinic.  Operations are performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Barnes -Jewish West County Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children, as well as the Orthopedic Center/Chesterfield (same-day cases).  Clinics are at these locations as well.  Each attending has a half-day to a whole day dedicated weekly to research and administration.

For more information about our spine specialists at Washington University Orthopedics, visit: https://www.ortho.wustl.edu/content/Patient-Care/2345/Services/Spine/Overview.aspx

Preferred Fellowship(s):

  • Robert B. Winter Fellowship
  • SRS Traveling Fellows
  • Asia Pacific Fellowship

Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics:
William C. Warner Jr., MD; Jeffrey R. Sawyer, MD; Derek M. Kelly, MD

Location:
1400 S Germantown Rd
Germantown, Tennessee USA 38138

Email:
dkelly@campbellclinic.com

Phone:
9017593100

Site Description:

  • Predominantly Pediatric Spinal Deformity Research Coordinator, Editorial Support, Librarian, and Statistician available Weekly conferences
  • >150 Scoliosis surgeries annually
  • Multiple scoliosis and multidisciplinary spine-related clinics monthly Host Institutions: Campbell Clinic, Campbell Foundation; Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

Preferred Fellowship(s):

  • Edgar G. Dawson Fellowship
  • Eduardo R. Luque Memorial as a Fellowship
  • Global Outreach Visiting Fellowship
  • Robert B. Winter Fellowship
  • OrthoPediatrics International Pediatric Spine Fellowship
  • SRS-Medtronic Research Fellowship
    • Spinal Deformity Spinal Trauma Biomechanics of Scoliosis Bracing Early Onset Scoliosis VEPTR/Growing Rods/MAGEC Spine Tumors Site

University of Miami:
Joseph Gjolaj, MD; Nathan Lebwohl, MD; Frank Eismont, MD

Location:
1611 NW 12th Ave, Rehab Bldg Suite 303
Miami, Florida USA 33136

Site Description:
High volume primarily adult spinal deformity practice in a major metropolitan city, the largest number of adult deformity cases in South Florida, clinical and research staff including Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical fellows, residents and nurse specialists. Typical week includes two to three full surgical days, two clinic days and one research day.

Preferred Fellowship(s):

  • Edgar G. Dawson Fellowship
  • Eduardo R. Luque Memorial as a Fellowship
  • Global Outreach Visiting Fellowship
  • Robert B. Winter Fellowship
  • SRS Traveling Fellows

University of Toronto:
Michael Fehlings, MD, PhD, FRCSC FACS; Stephen Lewis, MD, MSc, FRCSC; Reinhard Zeller, MD, FRCSC

Location:
149 College Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5T 1P5

Email:
uoft.spine@utoronto.ca

Phone:
4169788468

Site Description:
The University of Toronto Spine Program and the two affiliated deformity centres (Toronto Western Hospital; Hospital for Sick Children) The University of Toronto (UofT) Spine Program has a unique multidisciplinary faculty comprised of around 30 world renowned spine surgeons scientists and researchers (clinical, translational, and fundamental) drawn from across at the University and its affiliated adult and paediatric hospitals and research units: The Toronto Western Hospital (TWH); St. Michael's Hospital (SMH); Sunnybrook Health Science Centre (SHSC), and the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) also known as SickKids.

The three named hosts/faculty are longstanding and active members of Scoliosis Research Society. They are world leading spine surgeons and scientists: Michael Fehlings MD PhD FRCSC FACS, Professor of Neurosurgery, Spine Surgeon and Senior Scientist at TWH and Co-Director of the UofT Spine Program; Stephen Lewis MD MSc FRCSC, Associate Professors of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Surgeon and researcher at TWH and SickKids; and Reinhard Zeller MD, MSc, FRCSC Associate Professors of Orthopaedic Surgery Spine Surgeon and researcher at SickKids.

In addition to its academic role dedicated for training local and international spine clinical and research fellows, the Program acts as a hub for one of the largest and leading spinal care and research communities in the world. We are pleased to have been selected several times in the past years to be hosting the Annual SRS Traveling Fellows at our affiliated hospitals TWH and HSC. In addition, a number of SRS Fellowship Awardees have selected Toronto as their host site during the current and past years, and upon their request, have spent their awarded fellowship with Dr Fehlings, Lewis and Zeller.

The selected SRS traveling fellows visiting Toronto will have the exposure to clinical and administrative experience with broad range of complex deformity procedures for children, adolescent, adult, and elderly spine at the two deformity centres:

  • The Toronto Western Hospital (TWH)
    The TWH Spine team is comprised of two neurosurgeons (Michael Fehlings, Eric Massicotte) and two orthopedic surgeons (Stephen Lewis, Raj Rampersaud) who perform approximately 1000 spine cases per year including a full range of complex cervical and thoracolumbar deformity procedures. Over 10,000 spinal outpatients are seen each year. The team employs state of the art techniques to handle a broad range of complex pathologies. This is complemented by an active basic science and clinical translational research team as well as an active educational program. Some of the research project and multi-centre studies being conducted on the topic field are ScoliRisk, Complex Cervical Deformity. Elderly Deformity Surgery, Quality of Life in Adult Scoliosis, Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis, and Pelvic Obliquity in neuromuscular scoliosis.
  • The Hospital for Sick children (HSC) / SickKids
    The HSC spine team is made up of one full time paediatric spine surgeon (Dr Reinhard Zeller) and one part-time spine surgeon (Dr Stephen Lewis). We perform per year about 150 surgical procedures for severe spinal deformities in children and adolescents at the Hospital for Sick Children. Complex paediatric cervical spine cases are performed together with the neurosurgical team (Dr James Drake). During the last year 2920 spine patients were seen in their clinic.

In addition, the fellows will also be exposed to a varied and stimulating academic schedule at the other affiliated deformity centres (SMH and SHSC). They will be toured at the University complex, clinic and OR at the four affiliated leading academic health science centres and learn about state of the art scoliosis care at these centres, participate in CME accredited Citywide Spine Rounds and Citywide Spine Fellow Journal Club and discuss advances in scoliosis care. The visiting surgeon will also enjoy the opportunity to learn about techniques to minimize perioperative neurological risk in high risk spinal deformity. There are several pediatric and adult scoliosis clinical trials and research projects in progress. The SRS travelling fellow will learn and discuss the current advances in scoliosis surgery and will have the opportunity to meet and hear some of the current fellows' presentations on clinical and research projects at the University of Toronto Spine Program. The visiting  fellows will also have the opportunity to develop and build on future collaborations for various research projects and participation in the trials.

Finally, The University of Toronto Spine Program is known for excellence in hosting traveling fellows and ranked the top host site in 2016 for hosting the Cervical Spine Research Society Traveling Fellows and providing an outstanding academic, clinical and fun program packed with opportunities of networking with esteemed scoliosis surgeon scientists and world-class spinal community.

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Preferred Fellowship(s):

  • Edgar G. Dawson Fellowship
  • Eduardo R. Luque Memorial as a Fellowship
  • Global Outreach Visiting Fellowship
  • Robert B. Winter Fellowship
  • OrthoPediatrics International Pediatric Spine Fellowship
  • SRS Traveling Fellows
  • Asia Pacific Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania:
Vincent Arlet, MD and Patrick Cahill, MD

Location:
235 S 8th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA 19106

Email:
Arletvincent@gmail.com

Phone:
2158293073

Site Description:
The Philadelphia Spine Deformity Group would like to host the SRS traveling fellows for 2018. The different sites ( two adult and three pediatric ) to be visited  with live operative cases will be:

  • CHOP: VEPTR and early onset Scoliosis ( Pat Cahill, Jack Flynn, David Spiegel, Woody Sankar, and Bob Campbell)
  • University of Pennsylvania: Correction of Sagittal imbalance with anterior Surgery ( Vincent Arlet/ Comron Saifi)
  • Shriners Hospital: Tethering for AIS  ( Amer Samdani / Josh Pahys)
  • Rothman Institure / Jefferson: TBD ( Alexander Vaccaro)
  • Nemours/ Alfred I Dupont Hospital for Children.  AIS, Neuromuscular Scoliosis with pelvic fixation and cervical deformity in dysplasia ( Shuken Shah, Peter Gabos, and Will Mackenzie)

Each institute has a significant history of spine deformity surgery, former SRS TF, research coordinators, research lab, and residency/fellowship program.

A half day multidisciplinary Spine Symposium will be organized depending on the time schedule so the fellows' talks can be featured along with contributions from our regional SRS members. Numerous options are available for social activities and sightseeing.
This location will fit in nicely if the plan is to visit New York, Baltimore or Washington DC, since these locations are all within a 150 km radius.

Preferred Fellowship(s):

  • SRS Traveling Fellows

Hospital for Special Surgery:
Han Jo Kim, MD

Location:
535 E 70th St
New York, New York USA 10021

Email:
kimh@hss.edu

Phone:
2126061000

Site Description:
As an Institution, at the Hospital for Special Surgery, We perform the most deformity operations in New York City - Over 400 Adult deformity cases a year and over 3500 total spine operations.  Our Three Column Osteotomy Volume is around 100 Annually.  In addition, there are ~100 Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis cases done annually and 20-30 early onset cases that are managed with a variety of treatment options from casting, growing rod constructs, VEPTRs, etc.

Our Research Volume is outstanding with 27 people in our clinical research Lab spearheaded by Dr. Virginie Lafage and we also have 2 full time statisticians and a Basic Science Lab with many active Molecular and Animal Studies. We also have a full metabolic bone service with active randomized controlled trials on bone anabolic agents such as Forteo, on the outcomes of spine surgery.

The traveling Fellows will be visiting Closely with Dr. Todd Albert, Dr. Frank Schwab, Dr. Virginie Lafage and Dr. Han Jo Kim in addition to the ability to visit the ORs of the 12 additional members on the spine surgery faculty during their visit.

Preferred Fellowship(s):

  • SRS Traveling Fellows

CHU Ste-Justine:
Stefan Parent, MD, PhD; Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong, MD, PhD; Hubert Labelle, MD

Location:
3175 Côte Ste-Catherine
Montréal, Québec Canada H3T 1C5

Email:
stefan.parent@umontreal.ca

Phone:
5145156573

Fax:
5143454755

Site Description:
The CHU Ste-Justine is a University center in Montreal treating primarily Pediatric Spinal Deformities of all ages and aetiologies. We have a spinal deformity fellowship program were fellows are exposed to both adult and paediatric deformities in association with an adult hospital (Sacré-Coeur Hospital) We treat a wide variety of pathologies including trauma, tumours, infections and spinal deformities.

The research team comprises over 25 full-time researchers with different backgrounds ranging from molecular biology, genetics, mechano-biology, mechanical engineering, imaging and computer sciences. We have a Clinical Orthopaedic Research Unit with 3 full-time research-coordinators overseeing several research protocols including participation in several multi-centre studies.

Operating room and clinical duties take about 80% of the week and the remainder is dedicated to research. Our group is at the cutting edge of most developments regarding 3D imaging and no-fusion technologies aiming at growth modulation of the spine. We are also lead experts in the treatment of high-grade spondylolisthesis.

Preferred Fellowship(s):

  • Edgar G. Dawson Fellowship
  • Eduardo R. Luque Memorial as a Fellowship
  • Global Outreach Visiting Fellowship
  • Robert B. Winter Fellowship
  • SRS Traveling Fellows

Boston Children's Hospital:
M. Timothy Hresko, MD; John Emans, MD; Larry Karlin, MD; Dan Hedequist, MD; Brian Snyder, MD, PhD; Mike Glotzbecker, MD

Location:
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA USA 02467

Email:
timothy.hresko@childrens.harvard.edu

Phone:
6173554847

Site Description:
The division of spinal surgery, Boston Children's Hospital has extensive experience in spine deformity including early onset, idiopathic, neuromuscular, and Congenital conditions. Non operative and operative management is performed with orthopedic and neurosurgical input. Liaison with adult spine divisions at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Womens, or Beth Israel Deaconess is possible.

Preferred Fellowship(s):

  • SRS Traveling Fellows

Eifelklinik St. Brigida:
Per Trobisch, MD

Location:
Kammerbruchstr. 8
Simmerath, Germany

Site Description:
The "Eifelklinik Simmerath" is a 125 bed hospital that focuses on the treatment of musculoskelettal disorders.

The Spine Departement has three spine surgeons, 1 spine fellow, and 2 orthopaedic residents. The department is under the leadership of Dr. Per Trobisch - a spine fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon who focuses on complex spinal deformity (SRS member).

There are approximately 500 spinal surgeries annually, including approximately 100 deformity cases (70% pediatric, 30% adult).

The departement is experienced with hosting national and international surgeons - most of them are visiting to observe non fusion scoliosis surgery (aka Vertebral Body Tethering). Dr. Trobisch is currently performing one to two non fusion scoliosis corrections weekly plus one or two other deformity cases. The waiting list for scoliosis surgery is currently at three months, which facilitates planning for visiting surgeons.

The hospital has three international airports within 90 minutes by car (Brussels 90 min, Dusseldorf 70 min, Cologne 60 min). The close by city Aachen (30 min) is a beautiful town for sightseeing and to relax and is only 2.5 h away by fast train from Paris and 90 minutes from Frankfurt.

Preferred Fellowship(s):

  • SRS Traveling Fellows