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The Growing Spine Study Group (GSSG)

The mission of the GSSG is to improve the care of patients with early onset scoliosis and related deformities through research, education, and advocacy.


GSSG November 2017
San Diego, California


GSSG November 2016
Utrecht, Holland


GSSG November 2015
Boston, Massachusetts

Why was the GSSG developed?
The GSSG was initiated through educational tutorials and multicenter data collection in 2002 in response to a growing interest about improving treatment options for early onset scoliosis.  The group’s first scientific project was presented at the Scoliosis Research Society’s annual meeting in 2003.  The peer response to this initial research study was overwhelming and multiple institutions asked to collaborate and participate in future research studies.  Thus, the GSSG was formed.  The GSSG is now an internationally recognized study group comprised of pediatric spine deformity surgeons who specialize in the treatment of early onset scoliosis and related spinal and chest wall deformities. 

Who are the members of the GSSG?
The GSSG is based in San Diego, California and is comprised of 60 pediatric spine surgeons at 30 children's hospitals and medical institutions. All GSSG members have been trained in orthopaedic spine surgery and/or pediatric orthopaedic surgery and specialize in managing complex spinal deformities in young children. The study group is managed by two staff members with over 20 years of combined clinical research experience.  

Where does the GSSG present its work?
For podium or poster presentations, the GSSG typically presents its work on an annual basis at the following professional society meetings:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques
  • International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Scoliosis Research Society

Once a research study is ready for peer-review publication, the GSSG typically publishes its work in one of the following medical journals:

  • Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
  • Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics
  • Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine