7:00 am

Exhibit Viewing/Coffee

Dominion Foyer

7:30 – 8:45

Company-Supported Workshops with Breakfast
*Not CME Accredited

Manzara Restaurant


Case Studies: Overcoming Challenges in Pediatric Deformity Correction
Supported by: Medtronic
Faculty: Scott Luhmann, MD & David Skaggs, MD

Dominion Ballroom


Anchoring Methods
Faculty: Paul Sponseller, MD & Reinhard Zeller, MD

Civic Ballroom

8:45 – 8:55

Walking Break


Session 6:Newer Techniques
Moderators: Drs. Lonstein & Wright

Dominion Ballroom

8:55 – 9:02

Convex Hemiepiphyseodesis Technique

M. Yazici, MD

9:03 – 9:12

Local Vertebra Resection Combined with Growth-Sparing Construct

L. Letko, MD

9:13 – 9:21

Questions & Discussion


9:22 – 9:31

Tethering Procedures/Modulation

P. Newton, MD

9:32 – 9:39

Auto Lengthening GR Update

B. Akbarnia, MD

9:40 – 9:47

Anchors/Instrumentation Techniques in Small Children

S. Luhmann, MD

9:48 – 10:00

Questions & Discussion


10:00 – 10:20

Refreshment Break & Exhibit Viewing


Session 7: Free Papers
Moderators: Drs. Bollini & Skaggs

Dominion Ballroom


Free Paper #7: Serial Casting As A Delay Tactic In The Treatment Of Moderate To Severe Early Onset Scoliosis

Nicholas Fletcher, MD; Charles E. Johnston, MD


Free Paper #8: Early Onset Scoliosis: The Value of Serial Risser Casts

George Thompson, MD; Connie Poe-Kochert, RN, CNP; Jochen P. Son-Hing, MD


Free Paper #9: Non-invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NPPV) for Sleep-related Breathing Difficulties in Children with Early Onset Scoliosis (EOS)

Gregory J. Redding, MD; Christopher Makris, MD; Kit Song, MD





Free Paper #10: Growing Rods for Scoliosis in Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Structural Effects and Burden of Care

Mark J. McElroy, MS; Paul D. Sponseller, MD; Adam Shaner, MD; George H. Thompson, MD; Rishi V. Kadakia; Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD; Growing Spine Study Group


Free Paper #11: Does Rib-Based Distraction Control Curve Progression and Prevent Parasol Deformity of the Chest in Scoliosis Associated with Congenital Myopathy?

John T. Smith, MD; Charles D'Amato, MD; Robert M. Campbell, Jr., MD; Michael Vitale, MD


Free Paper #12: To Operate or Not to Operate? Determining the Optimal Timing of Surgical Intervention for Patients with Early Onset Neuromuscular Scoliosis

Daniel J. Miller, BS; Jacqueline Corona, MD; Jennepher Downs, PhD, MSc; Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD; Laurel Blakemore, MD; Randal R. Betz, MD; Robert M. Campbell Jr., MD; Charles E. Johnston, MD; Richard E. McCarthy, MD; David P. Roye Jr., MD; David L. Skaggs, MD; John T. Smith, MD; Brian D. Snyder, MD, PhD; Paul D. Sponseller, MD, MBA; Peter F. Sturm, MD; George H. Thompson, MD; Murharrem Yazici, MD; Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH; John M. Flynn, MD





Free Paper #13: Preoperative Thoracic Kyphosis Can Predict Complications in Growing Rod Surgery for Early Onset Scoliosis

Jeff Pawelek, BS; Samuel Schroerlucke, MD; Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD; Pooria Salari, MD; Gregory M. Mundis, MD; Growing Spine Study Group


Free Paper #14: Increased Rates of Anchor Failure can be Predicted by an Early Onset Scoliosis Severity Score

Sumeet Garg, MD; Charles E. Johnston, MD


Free Paper #15: Hemivertebra Resection Via Posterior Approach In Young Children With Congenital Deformities

Cagatay Ozturk; Azmi Hamzaoglu




11:35 – 12:30

Symposium #1 When to Start Operative Management (? < 24 mo)
Moderator: J. Emans, MD Panel: Drs. Bollini, Sanders, Vitale


12:30 – 13:30


Bistro Restaurant

13:30 – 14:20

Symposium #2 When is Definitive Fusion More Appropriate than Fusionless Methods? Moderator: M. Yazici, MD Panel: Drs. Dimeglio, Newton, McCarthy


14:25 – 15:15

Symposium #3 Head/Neck Deformity with OCTO
Moderator: C. Johnston, MD Panel: Drs. Campbell, Letko, Skaggs


15:15 – 15:35

Refreshment Break with Exhibit Viewing

Dominion Foyer


Session 8: Free Papers
Moderators: L. Lenke, MD and D. Marks, FRCS

Drs. Luhmann & Perez-Grueso


Free Paper #16: Vertebral Growth Modulation in the Porcine Scoliosis Model Assessed by Computed Tomography: 3-D Effect of a Corrective Tether

Virginie Lafage, PhD; Frank Schwab, MD; Jean-Pierre Farcy, MD


Free Paper #17: Coronal Plane Displacement Gradient Precedes Vertebral Growth Modification Using Titanium Spinal Hemiepiphyseal Staples

Donita I. Bylski-Austrow; David L. Glos; Laura A. Boehm; Viral V. Jain, MD


Free Paper #18: The Effect Of A New Bi-planar Hinge Construct On A Normal Animal Spine: Scoliosis Creation With Retention Of Mobility.

John G. Burke, MCh FRCS(orth); Timothy Drew, PhD CEng; J. Alastair Gibson, MD FRCS(orth)





Free Paper #19: Effects Of T1-T12 Dorsal Arthrodesis On Thoracic Cage And Chest Organs. Anatomical, Histological And Radiological Study On Pre-pubertal New Zealand White Rabbits

Federico Canavese; Alain Dimeglio, MD; Marco Stebel, BD


Free Paper #20: Scalar Measurements of Pediatric Spine and Ribs from the Hamann-Todd (H-T) Collection

Richard M. Schwend, MD; Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD; Laurel Blakemore, MD; John Schmidt, PhD; Kevin R. Strauss, ME


Free Paper #21: Sagittal Spinopelvic Parameters of Children with Early Onset Scoliosis

Ron El-Hawary, MD; Peter F. Sturm, MD; Patrick J. Cahill, MD; Amer F. Samdani, MD; Michael G. Vitale, MD; John Smith, MD






Free Paper #22: Scoliosis Induced by Radiofrequency Ablation in Growing Pigs

Mariano A. Noel, MD; Eduardo Galaretto, MD; Martin J. Segura, MD; Luciana Sasbon, MD


Free Paper #23: Neurocentral Synchondrosis Behavior in Cadaveric Vertebra in Skeletally Immature Spines

Glen M. Ginsburg, MD; Richard M. Schwend, MD; John Schmidt, PhD


Free Paper #24: Effects of Posterior Distraction Forces on Anterior Column Intradiscal Pressure in Dual Growing Rod Technique

Andrew Mahar, MS; Behrooz Akbarnia, MD; Michael Flippin, MD; Pat Kostial, RN, BSN; Ramin Bagheri, MD





Session 9: 6 Minute Absolute Truths
Moderators: Drs. Newton & Yazici

Dominion Ballroom

16:50 – 16:56

Mehta Casts Always Work in N-M Cases

J. Sanders, MD

16:57 – 17:03

Posterior Distraction Techniques are Kyphogenic

P. Sponseller, MD

17:04 – 17:10

Final Fusion is Rarely Required in Growth-sparing Surgery

F. Perez-Grueso, MD

17:11 – 17:17

Apical Correction is Critical for Growing Instrumentations

C. Johnston, MD

17:18 – 17:34

Questions & Discussion


17:35 – 17:41

Chest Expansion Not Useful > 10 years due to Growth of Thorax

A. Dimeglio, MD

17:42 – 17:48

Early Short Segment Fusion is Never Definitive

A. Tsirikos, MD

17:49 – 17:55

Traction Makes EOS Correction Easy

R. Zeller, MD

17:56 – 18:02

We Definitely Know the Outcome of What We’re Doing

J. Wright, MD

18:03 – 18:19

Questions & Discussion


18:20 – 18:25

Award - Best Free Paper



Closing Comments and Adjourn