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SRS: Scoliosis Research Society

Scoliosis Research Society

Dedicated to the optimal care of patients with spinal deformity

Research Mentor Program

The Research Committee has developed a mentor program designed to aid young researchers in basic science and clinical research. These mentors are willing to help with formulating project goals, recommending methodologies, reviewing grant applications (before review) and give general research advice to investigators. We hope you will take advantage of this program to create new opportunities for advancing spine research.

The committee would like to thank those members who have volunteered to be a mentor.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the SRS Administrative office (

Research Mentors

Todd Albert, MD
Rothman Institute
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
925 Chestnut St, 5th Fl
Philadelphia, PA 19107-4216
Ph: (267)339-3617

Areas of research:

  • Cervical
  • Lumbar
  • Revision
  • Adult Scoliosis

Kenneth Cheung, MD
Queen Mary Hospital
Department of Ortho Surgery
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Ph: 852 2974 0282

Areas of research:

  • Molecular Mechanisms of Bone Formation and Repair
  • Low Back Pain, Including Disease Gene Hunting and the Molecular Control of Disc Degeneration
  • Tissue Engineered Intervertebral Disc Replacement
  • Aetiology of Scoliosis and New Treatment Methods Including Nitinol
  • Bioactive Bone Cement for Spinal Fixation and Osteoporotic Fractures

Matthew Dobbs, MD
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery, 4S-60
One Children's Place
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 454-4814

Areas of research:

  • Genetics of Heritable Orthopaedic Conditions

Siavash S. Haghighi, DVM PhD
Neurodiagnostic Center
SHARP HealthCare, Ortho/Neuro
7901 Frost St
San Diego, CA 92123
Ph: (858) 541-3459

Areas of research:

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury Modeling
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Disc Degeneration Techniques and Strategies
  • Disc Regeneration Techniques and Strategies
  • Spine Biomechanics

Yutaka Hiraizumi, MD PhD
Showa Univ. School of Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgery
1-5-8 Hatanodai, Shinagawa-ku
Tokyo, 142-8666 Japan
Ph: 81 3 3784 8543

Areas of research:

  • Kyphotic Deformity & Spinal Corrective Osteotomy & Osteoporotic Spine
  • Endoscopic Surgery & Thoracosocpic Scoliosis Surgery, Endoscopic Lumbar Surgery
  • Rheumatoid Spine
  • Spinal Cord Monitoring & Neurophysiology
  • Spine & Spinal Cord Anatomy & Pathology
  • Biomaterials & Anti-adhesion
  • Biomechanics of the Lumbar Spine
  • Cervical Spine Anatomy

Panagiotis Korovessis, MD
General Hospital Agios Andreas
Orthopaedic Department
65-67 Haralabi Str
Patras, 26224 Greece
Ph: 30 61 0227202

Areas of research:

  • Spine Injuries
  • Degenerative Lumbar Spine
  • Spine Grafting and Substitutes
  • Bracing in Scoliosis

Isador H. Lieberman, MD MBA FRCSC
Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon
Texas Back Institute
6020 W Parker Road
Suite 200A
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 608-5000

Areas of research:

  • Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery
  • Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
  • Adult Spinal Deformity Reconstruction
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Spinal Tumor Reconstruction
  • Spinal Trauma Reconstruction
  • Osteoporosis
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Disc Arthroplasty

Richard J. Nasca, MD
1912 Verrazzano Dr
Wilmington, NC 28405
Ph: (910) 256-5320

Areas of research:

  • Biomechanics of Existing and New Spine Implants

Jeffrey H. Owen, PhD
5226 N. Calle Ladero
Tucson, AZ 85718
(410) 666-2588

Areas of research:

  • Intra-Operative Monitoring
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Electronics
  • Statistics

Matthew N. Songer, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery Associates of Marquette
1414 West Fair Avenue, Suite 149
Upper Peninsula Medical Center
Marquette, MI 49855-2675
Ph: (906) 225-1321

Areas of research:

  • Research, Design and Testing of Instrumentation Systems for the Spine

Jeffery L. Stambough, MD MBA
Tristate Orthopaedic Treatment Center
4600 Smith Road, Suite B
Cincinnati, OH 45212
(513) 235-9138

Areas of research:

  • Adult Degenerative and Reconstructive Surgery

Ian A. F. Stokes, PhD
University of Vermont
694 Johnnie Brook Road
Richmond, VT 05477
(802) 656-2250

Areas of research:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Biomechanics

Theodore A. Wagner, MD
UWMC Department of Orthopedic Surg.
1959 NE Pacific St BB1033A
Box 356500
Seattle, WA 98195
Ph: (206) 543-3690

Areas of research:

  • Spondylolithesis & Kyphosis Surgery

Michael J. Yaszemski, MD PhD
Mayo Clinic
Dept of Ortho Surgery
200 1st Street, SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Ph: (507) 266-5262

Areas of research:

  • Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Spinal Biomechanics