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50 Spine Surgeons Focusing on Scoliosis Development Featured

Written by  Heather Linder | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 14:19
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Here are 50 spine surgeons who are leading scoliosis development nationwide.
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Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD (San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders). Dr. Akbarnia is the medical director at the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders and the fellowship director for the San Diego Spine Fellowship. During his career, Dr. Akbarnia has been president of the Scoliosis Research Society and a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North American. He also served as chief editor of Growing Spine and has published several research articles in professional journals. He is the founder of the Growing Spine Foundation, which supports research and educational activities related to early onset scoliosis. Dr. Akbarnia's training includes completion of the John H. Moe Scoliosis Fellowship Program.

Todd Albert, MD (Rothman Institute, Philadelphia).
Dr. Albert is director at large of the Scoliosis Research Society and the chairman of the department of orthopedics at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals in Philadelphia. He is the president of Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Albert also serves as the co-director of reconstructive spine surgery and the Spine Fellowship Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. He is a past president of the Cervical Spine Research Society and a past chair of the International Meeting of Advanced Spinal Techniques for the Scoliosis Research Society.

Howard An, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago). Dr. An is a professor of orthopedic surgery and director of the division of spine surgery and spine fellowship program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He has a professional interest in cervical spine surgery and treatment of scoliosis. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. An is interested in researching tissue engineering of the intervertebral disc and spinal biomechanics. He is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. An completed a fellowship in spine surgery at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and traveling fellowships from the American Orthopaedic Association and Scoliosis Research Society.

Neel Anand, MD (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles). Dr. Anand is the director of orthopedic surgery at Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders in Los Angeles. He previously served as the director of minimally invasive spinal surgery and spine trauma at Cedars-Sinai. He has a professional interest in treating spinal curvature in adults and was among the first surgeons to perform a combination of three minimally invasive procedures to correct adult lumbar degenerative scoliosis. During his career, Dr. Anand has been a founding member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Society for Lateral Access Surgery. He is the national director of ONE Spine Society.

Vincent Arlet, MD (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia). Dr. Arlet is a spine surgeon and professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and has a professional interest in treating scoliosis. He is also the creator of the online scoliosis database ScoliSoft, which can be used to monitor and predict outcomes of scoliosis surgery. Dr. Arlet's professional interests include spinal deformity surgery, congenital malformation and minimally invasive solutions for spine surgery. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Arlet serves as the editor of the European Spine Journal. He has previously served as the director of the spine fellowship program at McGill University in Quebec, Canada.

Randal R. Betz, MD (Shriners Hospital, Philadelphia). Dr. Betz is a past president of the Scoliosis Research Society and an executive board member and founding member for the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation, formerly known as the Harm Study Group Foundation. He serves as the chief of staff and medical director of the spinal cord injury unit at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. He is an active researcher and has six patents, including one for research involving spinal deformities and an apparatus for fusionless treatment.

Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD (Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City). Dr. Boachie-Adjei is chief of the scoliosis service at Hospital for Special Surgery and a professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. A native of Ghana, he recently participated in efforts to build an orthopedics hospital in his home country and founded the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine to help underserved populations in West Africa. Dr. Boachie-Adjei has received the Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and been president of the Scoliosis Research Society. His training includes a fellowship at Twin Cities Scoliosis Center and Minnesota Spine Center in Minneapolis.

Keith H. Bridwell, MD (Center for Advanced Medicine, St. Louis). Dr. Bridwell is the founder of the Center for Advanced Medicine in St. Louis. In 1991, he founded the Spinal Deformity Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, where he served as chief of pediatric and adult spinal surgery. During his career, Dr. Bridwell has served as president of the Scoliosis Research Society and spent time on board of directors for SRS. Dr. Bridwell was a co-founder of the Spinal Deformity Study Group and has served as co-chairman of the group. He is also editor-in-chief for The Textbook of Spinal Surgery for the first, second and third editions. Dr. Bridwell's additional training includes a spine and scoliosis research fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital, University of Illinois Hospital and Chicago Shriners Hospital, all in Chicago.

Jonathan Camp, MD (Children's Bone & Spine Surgery, Las Vegas). Dr. Camp established the Children's Bone & Spine Surgery to serve patients in southern Nevada in need of pediatric orthopedic and scoliosis care. He has a professional interest in operative and non-operative care for spinal disorders, with an emphasis on examining alternative treatment methods to surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Camp is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. He completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic and scoliosis surgery at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.  

David H. Clements, MD (Cooper University Health Care, New Jersey). Dr. Clements is the director of the scoliosis program at Cooper University Health Care and director of orthopedic spine surgery. He works to treat scoliosis in pediatric and adult patients. His surgical interests include scoliosis, cerebral palsy, surgical orthopedic spine, disc replacement and spinal decompression. Dr. Clements is the treasurer for Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation, formerly known as the Harm Study Group Foundation. He completed a fellowship at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York City.

Christopher J. DeWald, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago). Dr. DeWald is a spine surgeon with a professional interest in treating scoliosis and performing adult spinal reconstruction. He has served as the chief of the section of spinal surgery/scoliosis at the Hospital of Cook County in Chicago and is a physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Dr. DeWald's current interests include fusionless scoliosis surgery. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. DeWald has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Spinal Disorders and the editorial advisory board of the Spine Journal. He is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spine Society. He also completed a research and spine surgery fellowship in Chicago.

John Dormans, MD (The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.). Dr. Dormans is the vice president of Scoliosis Research Society and the chief of orthopedic surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is also a professor of orthopedic surgery at University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine and has a special interest in treating scoliosis and cervical spine disorders. Dr. Dormans has research on scoliosis published in numerous book chapters and publications. He served a clinical pediatric orthopedic fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Thomas Errico, MD (NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City). Dr. Errico the director of the Spine & Deformity Center and chief of the spine division at NYU Langone Medical Center. He has served as president of the North American Spine Society and International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. His research has earned him recognition from professional organizations such as the Scoliosis Research Society. His additional training includes a spine fellowship at Toronto General Hospital in Canada.

David Feldman, MD (NYU Langone Medical Center). Dr. Feldman is the chief of the division of pediatric orthopedics at New York University's Langone Medical Center, and he specializes in the care of children with scoliosis. He attempts to detect scoliosis in early onset to avoid surgery, but Dr. Feldman is also experienced operating on spinal deformities. He also operates on spondylolisthesis, anthrogyposis and kyphosis. Dr. Feldman has a study published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics on thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis fusion. He is fellowship-trained from the Hospital for Sick Children.

Robert Fitch, MD (Duke University Health System, Durham, N.C.). Dr. Fitch is the chief of pediatric orthopedics at Duke Health in Durham, N.C. His clinical interests include pediatric and adult spine and deformity correction. He also has specialty clinics for scoliosis, myelodysplasia, cerebral palsy and pediatric amputations. Dr. Fitch is an active researcher. He had comparative research on treatments for idiopathic scoliosis published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. He is fellowship-trained in pediatric orthopedic surgery from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Joseph Flynn, Jr., MD (The Spine & Scoliosis Center, Orlando). Dr. Flynn is the chairman of the department of orthopedics at Orlando Health, and he is a spine surgeon for The Spine & Scoliosis Center, a practice founded by his father to help children with scoliosis and spinal deformities. Dr. Flynn's research interest is in spinal deformity, as well as spinal instrumentation and presentation. He treats pediatric and spinal deformities and degenerative and traumatic disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine. He served a fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery at the Arkansas Spine Center in Little Rock.

Matthew Geck, MD (Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center, Austin, Texas). Dr. Geck is the co-chief of Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center and has a professional interest in minimally invasive scoliosis reconstruction. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Geck is actively researching minimally invasive scoliosis reconstruction, surgical planning and complex osteotomy surgery. Dr. Geck is also the co-founder and medical director of SpineHope, a charitable organization for advancing spine treatment to underprivileged children around the world. He is a fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society and member of the Cervical Spine Research Society.

Steven D. Glassman, MD (Norton Leatherman Spine Center, Louisville, Ky.). Dr. Glassman is a spine surgeon with Norton Leatherman Spine Center and professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Louisville, where his work focuses on patient-based outcomes and cost effectiveness for spine surgery. He is the president-elect of the Scoliosis Research Society and the past vice president. In addition to writing about scoliosis treatment, he also focuses on the role of biologics in spinal fusion. Dr. Glassman completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the Leatherman Spine Canter.

Purnendu Gupta, MD (Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago). Dr. Gupta is medical director at Chicago Spine Center at Weiss and associate professor of surgery at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as director of the spine center. He also practices at the Center for Advanced Medicine, Comer Children's Hospital based in Chicago. Dr. Gupta completed a fellowship at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Dr. Gupta lectures on spinal disorders and injuries at national and international scientific meetings and is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society. He is the author of many book chapters on spine-related topics, and serves on the editorial board for several medical journals, including The Spine Journal.

David Gurd, MD (Cleveland Clinic). Dr. Gurd is the head of pediatric spinal deformity surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. His main interests are scoliosis surgery, pediatric trauma, lower-extremity deformity and children's hip conditions. He is an active researcher for improvements to scoliosis surgery and fracture care. Dr. Gurd completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas and treats both children and adults.

Richard Hostin, MD, (Baylor Scoliosis Center, Plano, Texas). Dr. Hostin is the medical director at the Baylor Scoliosis Center in Plano, Texas. He is a board-certified spine surgeon who treats pediatric and adult spinal deformity, trauma and degenerative conditions. His practice's focus is on primary and revision spinal deformity. Dr. Hostin is in the process of expanding the Scoliosis Center's research efforts to eventually train medical graduate fellows. He completed a spinal surgery fellowship at the Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis.

Kamal N. Ibrahim, MD (M&M Orthopaedics, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.). Dr. Ibrahim is a clinical professor of orthopedics at Loyola University in Chicago and serves as the president of the Scoliosis Research Society. During his career, Dr. Ibrahim has led the AAOS program to educate healthcare providers in Africa about orthopedic care and treatment. He has a professional interest in treating scoliosis and spine deformities and hip conditions in children and he regularly speaks on his research in these subjects. Dr. Ibrahim completed fellowships in orthopedics at Toronto University Hospitals and pediatric orthopedic and scoliosis surgery at Alfred I. duPont Institute in Delaware.

Paul Kuflik, MD (Spine Institute of New York). Dr. Kuflik is the associate director of the Spine Institute of New York at Beth Israel Medical Center and the former chief of scoliosis service at the Hospital for Joint Diseases. His clinical specialties are spinal deformity; cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine; and degenerative spine. His is affiliated with many professional organizations, including the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Kuflik is also an assistant professor in orthopedic surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is fellowship-trained in spine surgery from the Toronto General Hospital in Ontario.

Lawrence Lenke, MD (Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis). Dr. Lenke is the director of spinal deformity institute and fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine and the director of spinal surgery at Shriners Hospital for Children, both in St. Louis. Dr. Lenke has a professional interest in treating complex spinal disorders, scoliosis and spinal trauma. His research interests include lumbar and thoracic scoliosis, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and fusion surgery. He has published his research in several professional journals and is past president of the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Lenke completed a fellowship in pediatric and adult spinal surgery at Washington University.

Isador Lieberman, MD (Texas Back Institute, Plano). Dr. Lieberman is the director of the scoliosis and spine tumor center at the Texas Back Institute in Plano. He is a fellowship-trained in spine surgery from both the Toronto Hospital and Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, United Kingdom. He's a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and North American Spine Society. Dr. Lieberman is on the medical advisory board for Mazor Robotics, a spine surgery device company who focuses on robotic guidance systems.

Baron Lonner, MD (Scoliosis and Spine Associates, New York City). Dr. Lonner is the principle investigator for the Scoliosis Outcomes Database Registry at NYU Langone Medical Center Musculoskeletal Research Center. He has also been the director of Scoliosis and Spine Associates since 1999. He is the past chief of the spine and scoliosis division of the department of orthopedic surgery Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Schneider Children's Hospital in New York City.

John Lonstein, MD (Twin Cities Spine Center, Minneapolis). Dr. Lonstein is a surgeon at the Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis, which was founded to provide modern scoliosis research and treatment and has grown into one of the largest spine practices in the country. Dr. Lonstein specializes in pediatric spine and scoliosis deformities and is a part of the Scoliosis Research Foundation. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota.

Rex Marco, MD (University of Texas Spine & Scoliosis Center, Bellaire). Dr. Marco is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the department of neurosurgery and chief of spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology. He is the co-director of the Spinal Deformity Service at Shriners Hospital for Children and chief of musculoskeletal oncology at Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Marco completed a fellowship in spine surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.

Steve Mardjetko, MD (Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, Chicago). Dr. Mardjetko is an orthopedic surgeon with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. He is the chief of pediatric orthopedics at Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. He is a spinal deformities and pediatric orthopedic specialist and works to help parents check their children for scoliosis. He is the past chief of spinal surgery for Cook County Hospital. Dr. Mardjetko also has a paper published on selective anterior fusion and instrumentation for the treatment of neuromuscular scoliosis. He completed a spinal deformity fellowship from Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.

Paul McAfee, MD (St. Josephs Medical Center, Towson, Md.). Dr. McAfee is the director of the Scoliosis and Spine Center at St. Josephs Medical Center. He subspecializes in spine surgery, including spinal deformities and neurologic deficits. Dr. McAfee participates in the Spine Training Program at Johns Hopkins and Union Memorial Hospitals and has a traveling fellowship to teach spine surgeons around the world. He has a five-year National Institutes of Health grant to study spine instrumentation and fusion operations. Dr. McAfee completed his surgery training at the University of Virginia. He completed a fellowship in spine surgery.

Richard E. McCarthy, MD (Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock). Dr. McCarthy is an orthopedic surgeon at Arkansas Children's Hospital and co-founder of the Arkansas Spine Center. He is a past president of the Scoliosis Research Society. He has a professional interest in spinal disorders for both pediatric and adult patients. During his career, he has been involved in organizing scoliosis training programs for school nurse screeners, pediatricians and family practitioners around the state. He completed a fellowship in spine surgery and pediatric orthopedics at Children's Hospital Boston.

Michael Neuwirth, MD (Spine Institute of New York). Dr. Neuwirth is the director of Spine Institute of New York at Beth Israel Medical Center and its fellowship program. He is the former chief of scoliosis service and the combined spine services at the Hospital for Joint Diseases. He has a professional interest in treating adult and pediatric patients with complex spinal deformities in the cervical and lumbar spine. He has written extensively on scoliosis throughout his career and published a book for patients with scoliosis. During his career, Dr. Neuwirth has served on the board of the Scoliosis Research Society and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Peter Newton, MD (Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego). Dr. Newton has been a pediatric orthopedic surgeon for more than 25 years. He is the chairman of orthopedics at Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and an associate clinical professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at the University of California San Diego. He is the president and chairman of the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation, formerly known as the Harm Study Group Foundation. He completed a fellowship at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Michael F. O'Brien, MD (Baylor Scoliosis Center, Plano, Texas). Dr. O'Brien is the medical director of research at the Baylor Scoliosis Center. He has a professional interest in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal deformity in pediatric and adult patients. He has served as the chairman of the Scoliosis Research Society Global Outreach Committee, which provides complex spine care to patients in Central and South America. He has also worked with Health Volunteers Overseas to provide care for patients with spinal deformities in Columbia and Nicaragua. Dr. O'Brien completed the Scoliosis Research Society traveling fellowship in Chicago.

James Ogilvie, MD (Shriners Hospital for Children, Salt Lake City). Dr. Ogilvie is a past president of the Scoliosis Research Society and associate editor of the Spine Journal. He is the founder, director and the chief medical officer for Axial Biotech, a company focused on developing genetic tests and treatment for spinal disorders and a staff surgeon at Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City. He's a former professor and vice-chair of the University of Minnesota department of orthopedic surgery. Dr. Ogilvie has three recently-issued patents to methods and instrumentation for spine surgery. He completed a spine fellowship at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.

Timothy Oswald, MD (Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates, Atlanta). Dr. Oswald is the director of the scoliosis screening program at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He serves on the non-operative management committee and the program committee for the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Oswald is part of two study groups for surgeons, the Spinal Deformity study group and the Chest Wall Spinal Deformity study group. Scoliosis, kyphosis and spinal deformities are his clinical specialty.

George D. Picetti, III, MD (Sutter Medical Group, Sacramento). Dr. Picetti is the medical director of pediatric spine surgery at Sutter Medical Group and the Children's Center at Sutter Medical Center. He has a professional interest in performing minimally invasive surgical approaches for scoliosis treatment and has participated in the development of new treatment options for pediatric patients with scoliosis and degenerative disorders. During his career, Dr. Picetti has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and traveled internationally to address modern advancement in spine surgery. Dr. Picetti completed a fellowship in spine surgery at Texas Back Institute in Plano.

David Polly, MD (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). Dr. Polly is the chief of the spine services at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the board of directors for the International Advocates for Spine Patients of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. Dr. Polly has a clinical interest in treating scoliosis, spinal tumors and degenerative spine disease. During his career, Dr. Polly has been the secretary of the Scoliosis Research Society. He also served on the board of directors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and was co-founder of the Army Spine Study Group. Dr. Polly has additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of Minnesota.

B. Stephens Richards, MD (Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas). Dr. Richards is a past president of the Scoliosis Research Society. He serves as the assistant chief of staff and medical director of inpatient services at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Richards is on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and serves as a reviewer for Spine. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. He previously served as president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.  

Anthony Rinella, MD (Illinois Spine & Scoliosis Center, Homer Glen, Ill.). Dr. Rinella is the founder of the Illinois Spine & Scoliosis Center and the co-founder of SpineHope, a nonprofit that helps children with spine deformities worldwide through surgery, education and research. Dr. Rinella's interests include adult and pediatric scoliosis and kyphosis, cervical disc replacement, revision procedures of the previously operated spine and minimally invasive procedures. He completed a fellowship in adult and pediatric spinal surgery at Washington University in St. Louis.

Vishal Sarwahi, MD (Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y.). Dr. Sarwahi is a pediatric orthopedic spine surgeon who is the chief of scoliosis surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y. He is an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He treats scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, Rett syndrome scoliosis and more. His research focus includes surgical treatment of spine deformities of children, adolescents and young adults. He is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society and serves as a guest speaker and faculty member around the world.

Frank Schwab, MD (New York Spine Institute). Dr. Schwab is an orthopedic surgeon with advanced fellowship training in spinal deformities. He is the leading specialist on adult and pediatric scoliosis and spinal deformities at the New York Spine Institute. He is a clinical associate professor of orthopedics at New York University School of Medicine and chief of spinal deformity service at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr. Schwab is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society and actively researches effective spine solutions and techniques.

Harry L. Shufflebarger, MD (Miami Children's Hospital). Dr. Shufflebarger is the chief of the division of spinal surgery at Miami Children's Hospital. He previously served as a professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. During his career, Dr. Shufflebarger has authored several publications on topics such as spinal deformity and spine degeneration and chaired several scientific courses focused on these topics around the world. He has also served as president of the Scoliosis Research Society.

David Siambanes, DO (St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, Tampa, Fla.). Dr. Siambanes is the medical director of the St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Scoliosis Center. He also serves as director of education, clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and vice chair of the department of orthopedics at Riverside California County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley. He was also co-chair of the medical advisory team for the Children's Spine Foundation and president of the spine section of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. Dr. Siambanes completed a fellowship in reconstructive spine surgery from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society.

David L. Skaggs, MD, MMM (Children's Hospital Los Angeles). Dr. Skaggs is the director of the Scoliosis & Spinal Deformity Program and Director of the Children's Orthopaedic Center at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He specializes in the treatment of children with spinal deformities and trauma. He is fellowship-trained in pediatric orthopedic surgery and spinal deformity at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and in orthopaedic surgery research from Columbia University. Dr. Skaggs has written or edited three major textbooks, published 120 papers and given more than 500 lectures nationally and internationally.  He also has pioneered many techniques in the treatment of children with scoliosis.

Paul D. Sponseller, MD (Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore). Dr. Sponseller is the department executive vice chair and chief of the division of pediatric orthopedics at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. He has a special interest in pediatric spinal deformities and trauma. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Sponseller serves as treasurer of the Scoliosis Research Society and his research has been recognized by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. His additional training includes a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics and spine at Harvard in Boston.

Mark Stephen, MD (Stony Brook Medicine, New York). Dr. Stephen is the director of the Spine & Scoliosis Center at Stony Brook Medicine. He focuses treatment on pediatric scoliosis, spinal stenosis, spinal fusion, trauma, orthopedic surgery and herniated and degenerative discs. He completed a spine surgery fellowship at the Spine Institute of New York at Beth Israel Medical Center.

Rudolph Taddonio, MD (Stamford Hospital, Stamford, Conn.). Dr. Taddonio is the chief of orthopedics and a pediatric spine surgeon at Stamford Hospital. He is also the director of scoliosis and spine surgery at New York Medical College and founder of his practice, Scoliosis and Spinal Surgery. Throughout his career, Dr. Taddonio has focused on staying at the cutting edge of pediatric spine surgery and was one of 40 spine surgeons who participated in the refinement of ScoliScore, a genetic test to predict the risk of progression of scoliosis in adolescents. Dr. Taddonio is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society.

George Thompson, MD (University Hospitals, Cleveland). Dr. Thompson is the division chief of pediatric orthopedics at University Hospital Case Medical Center in Cleveland. His special interests are scoliosis, spinal deformity and pediatric orthopedics. He is a past president of the Scoliosis Research Society. He has extensively studied scoliosis and is a proponent of using genetic testing to analyze DNA markers and determine which patients should benefit from surgery or conservative treatment. He completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Michael Vitale, MD (Columbia Orthopaedics, Tarrytown, N.Y.). Dr. Vitale is the chief of pediatric and scoliosis surgery at Columbia Orthopaedics. He is also the associate chief of the division of pediatric orthopedics and a professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at Columbia University. He specializes in the nonoperative and operative treatment of children with complex spinal problems and early onsite scoliosis. Dr. Vitale is also the director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Group and has authored manuscripts and textbooks on the treatment of scoliosis. He completed a pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

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