2020 ICEOS Virtual Meeting

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A Message from the Program Committee Chairs

Dear 2020 ICEOS Participant,
I want to welcome you to something new, the 14th annual International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis in a virtual format! As we are all aware, the events of this year have been incredible. The effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic has been far-reaching and are continuously evolving. As the planning committee for the 2020 ICEOS has monitored the situation since last year’s meeting in Atlanta, we felt it was critically important to ensure this meeting take place in some form for a number of reasons. First, as the science and treatment of early onset scoliosis is so rapidly evolving, we felt a responsibility to provide this outlet for the exchange of scientific information about this condition we all treat – we need to ensure that all providers have access to the state of the art and our patients receive the best care available. Second, even if only in a virtual setting, we feel it is important to provide a forum for all providers caring for early onset scoliosis to come together, interact, and support one another.
While we weighed a number of options for this year’s meeting, we felt the most responsible response to the current global situation would be to move this year’s meeting to a virtual format to maximize participant safety and minimize travel. As such, we are pleased to offer a brief preview of the 2020 ICEOS Virtual meeting.
Please be on the watch for more details regarding meeting registration and exact meeting times, but save the date for the meeting to be held on November 14, 2020. The virtual platform will allow a full slate of narrated abstracts to be available for meeting participant review in an on demand manner. We are also planning a two hour live virtual meeting session as. This live session will include the presentation of the awards papers, a keynote lecture on the past, present, and future of research for early onset scoliosis, and a special session on practice changing papers with a focus on how vertebral body tethering fits into the treatment of early onset scoliosis. In addition to these academic offerings, we will recognize the recipients of this year’s Robert M. Campbell award for special contribution to the field of early onset scoliosis and this year’s best paper with the Behrooz Akbarnia award.
On behalf of the 14th annual ICEOS planning committee, we want to thank you for your interest in this year’s virtual meeting. We are confident it will provide great academic content, allow for continued scientific advancement of the field of early onset scoliosis, and forward our shared mission of improving the care for children with early onset scoliosis.


Matt Oetgen, MD, MBA
Jack Flynn, MD
Program Chairs, 14th Annual International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis

Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:00 am -12:00 pm EST.

All times listed in EST*

10:00-10:05  Welcome/Introduction (Matthew Oetgen)
10:06-10:11 Robert M. Campbell, Jr. Award
Behrooz Akbarnia
10:12-11:13 Awards Papers
Moderators: Jaime Gomez and John M. Flynn
10:12-10:16 Rib-based Anchors do not Impair Chest Wall Motion in Early Onset Scoliosis (Award Paper #1)
Patrick J. Cahill, MD, Yubing Tong, Jayaram K. Udupa, Joseph M. McDonough, Caiyun Wu, Catherine Qiu, Carina Lott, MS, Nirupa Galagedera, Jason B. Anari, MD, Drew A. Torigian
10:17-10:21 Surgeon Distraction Forces in Open Lengthening’s Exceed MCGR Maximums: An In Vivo Biomechanical Study (Award Paper #2)
Vincent Ruggeri, Benjamin Sinder, PhD, Catherine Qiu, Carina Lott, MS, Patrick J. Cahill, MD, Jason B. Anari, MD
10:22-10:26 The Effect of Apex Vertebra Position on Growing Rod Treatment (Award Paper #3)
Muharrem Yazici, MD, Gökay Dursun, Riza Mert Cetik, MD, Gokhan Demirkiran, Mehmet Ayvaz
10:27-10:32 Discussion
10:33-10:37 Predicting Unplanned Return to the OR with MCGR (Award Paper #4)
Matthew Oetgen, MD MBA, John T. Smith, MD, Michael G. Vitale, MD MPH, John Heflin, MD, John M. Flynn, MD
10:38-10:42 Actuator End Cap Separation in Magnetically Controlled Growing Rods (MCGR) (Award Paper #5)
Ying Li, MD, Tricia St. Hilaire, MPH, John T. Anderson, Mark Erickson, MD, MMM, Amy McIntosh, MD, Peter F. Sturm, MD, David L. Skaggs, MD, Michael G. Vitale, MD MPH, Ron El-Hawary, MD, Pediatric Spine Study Group
10:43-10:47 Perioperative Serious Adverse Events After Instrumented Cervical Spine Fusion in Young Children (Award Paper #6)
Maxwell H. McKee-Proctor, Bram Verhofste, John B. Emans, MD, M. Timothy Hresko, MD, Mark R. Proctor, MD, Daniel Hedequist, MD
10:48-10:53 Discussion
10:54-10:58 Respiratory and Post-operative Outcomes in Early Onset Scoliosis Patients Treated with Rib Based Growing System: Single Centre Experience of 15 years (Award Paper #7)
Norman Ramirez-Lluch, MD, Lyanne Camacho, Mary Ibañez, Nicole Ramirez, Yashira Torres, Jose Montañez, Gerardo Olivella
10:59-11:03 Definitive Fusions are Better than Growth Friendly Procedures for Juvenile Patients with Cerebral Palsy and Scoliosis: A Prospective Comparative Cohort Study (Award Paper #8)
Arun R. Hariharan, MD, MS, Suken A. Shah, MD, Paul D. Sponseller, MD, Burt Yaszay, MD, Michael P. Glotzbecker, MD, Patrick J. Cahill, MD, Tracey Bastrom
11:04-11:08 Magnetic Controlled Growing Rods (MCGR) Vs Single Fusion Vs Tether in Older EOS Patients (Award Paper #9)
Catherine Mackey, Jaime A. Gomez, MD, Regina Hanstein, Majella Vaughan, Tricia St. Hilaire, MPH, Scott J. Luhmann, MD, Michael G. Vitale, MD MPH, Michael P. Glotzbecker, MD, Amer Samdani, Stefan Parent, MD PhD, Pediatric Spine Study Group
11:09-11:13 Discussion
11:14-11:24 Keynote Presentation: How EOS research has evolved over the last 15 years: A brief history of ICEOS
(Muharrem Yazici) Moderator: Matthew Oetgen
11:25-11:49 Practice Changing Session - What is the Best Treatment for Older Children with Early Onset Scoliosis?
11:25-11:27 Moderator: Ron El-Hawry
11:28-11:32 In Defense of Magnetically Controlled Growing Rods – Jeffrey Sawyer
11:33-11:37 In Defense of Vertebral Body Tethering – Stefan Parent
11:38-11:42 In Defense of Spinal Fusion – Jaime Gomez
11:43-11:49 Discussion - Michael Vitale / David Skaggs
11:50-11:55 Behrooz Akbarnia Award Presentation Moderator: Matthew Oetgen
11:56-12:00pm 2021 Preview and 2020 ICEOS Wrap-up John M. Flynn, Matthew Oetgen