7th International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis (ICEOS)
November 21-22, 2013


Session 1: Instructional Lectures “Fundamentals”
Moderator: Michael Vitale, MD

Aragon Ballroom II & III


Minimizing Radiation in EOS – From a Pediatric Radiologist Perspective

Jerry Dwek, MD


What a Pediatric Spine Surgeon Needs to Know about Pulmonology

Greg Redding, MD


Classification of EOS

Michael Vitale, MD


Natural History of EOS, and What Happens with Early Fusion

Lori Karol, MD


Classification of Growth Friendly Implants

David Skaggs, MD


Issues with Repetitive Anesthesia in the Young

Piyush Patel, MD


Session 2: Free Papers “American Idol Style”
Moderator: David Marks, FRCS
Judges: Laurel Blakemore, Charlie Johnston, John Emans
Format: Judges hold up signs 1-10 and give 1-2 sentences on each paper

Aragon Ballroom II & III


Free Paper #1: Pediatric Thoracic Volume Modeling for Early Onset Scoliosis: A Validation Study

Kristin England. MD; Charles Ledonio, MD; David Polly, MD; Behrooz Akbarnia, MD; Eric Hoggard, MD


Free Paper #2: Final Fusion After Growing Rod Treatment for Early Onset Scoliosis: Is it Really Final?

Connie Poe-Kochert, CNP; Claire Shannon, MD; Jeff Pawelek; George H. Thompson, MD; Christina K. Hardesty, MD; David Marks, FRCS; Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD; Richard E. McCarthy, MD; Growing Spine Study Group


Free Paper #3: Pulmonary And Radiographic Outcomes Of VEPTR Treatment In Early Onset Scoliosis

Ozgur Dede, MD; Etsuro K. Motoyama; Charles I. Yang; Rebecca L. Mutich; Austin J. Bowles; Vincent F. Deeney


Free Paper #4: Distraction Based Treatment Maintains Predicted Thoracic Dimensions in Early Onset Scoliosis

Michael Glotzbecker, MD; John B. Emans, MD; Meryl Gold; Patricia Miller; Behrooz Akbarnia, MD; Charles Johnston, MD; Suken Shah, MD; Francisco Sanchez Perez-Grueso, MD; Growing Spine Study Group


Free Paper #5: Comparison of Thoracic Growth and Pulmonary Function in Treated versus Untreated Early Onset Scoliosis Patients

Andriy Mezentsev, MD; Dmytro Petrenko, MD


Free Paper #6: The Rib Construct: A Valuable Alternative for Management of Early Onset Spinal Deformity

Alaa A.Ahmad, MD; Richard H. Gross, MD


Free Paper #7: Introduction of Shilla surgery into Japan: A report on the first 22 patient

Teppei Suzuki; Koki Uno, MD


Free Paper #8: Spinal Height (T1-T12) in Shilla Patients Who Have Reached Maturity

Richard E. McCarthy, MD; Frances L. McCullough, MNSc


Free Paper #9: Radiographic Outcomes of Patients Treated with Shilla Growth Guidance System and Definitive Posterior Spinal Fusion

Christopher G. Salib, MS; June C. O'Donnell, MPH; Scott J. Luhmann


Free Paper #10: The Effect of Positioning on Radiographic Measurements for Early-Onset Scoliosis

Caleb Behrend; John Faust; Suzanne Hilt; James Sanders, MD


Free Paper #11: Case-Matched Comparison of Spinal Fusion Versus Growing Rods for the Surgical Treatment of Progressive Idiopathic Scoliosis in Skeletally Immature Patients

Jeff Pawelek, BS; Burt Yaszay, MD; Stacie Nguyen, MPH; Peter O. Newton, MD; Gregory M. Mundis, MD; Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD; Harms Study Group; Growing Spine Study Group


Free Paper #12: Criterion Validity Test-Retest Reliability and Internal Consistency Reliability of the Early-Onset Scoliosis 24 Item Questionnaire (EOSQ-24)

Hiroko Matsumoto, MA; Howard Park, BA; Evan Trupia, BS; David Roye, MD; Behrooz Akbarnia, MD; Robert Campbell, MD; John M. Flynn, MD; Sumeet Garg, MD; James Sanders, MD; John Smith, MD; Burt Yaszay, MD; Michael Vitale, MD, MPH


Free Paper #13: Is There An Optimal Time Interval to Distract Dual Growing Rods?

Michael Paloski, DO; Paul Sponseller, MD


Free Paper #14: Serial Casting as a Delaying Tactic In Congenital Spinal Deformities

Gokhan Demirkiran MD; Senol Bekmez MD; Rustem Celilov MD; Ozgur Dede MD; Muharrem Yazici, MD


Free Paper #15: Pulmonary Function Following Early Thoracic Long Fusion in Congenital Scoliosis: Long-term Follow-up Study.

Toshiki Saito; Noriaki Kawakami; Taichi Tsuji; Tetsuya Ohara; Yoshitaka Suzuki; Ayato Nohara; Ryo Sugawara; Kosuke Takimura; Kyotaro Ohta; Kazuki Kawakami


Session 3: Congenital Spine Deformity
Moderator: Jim Sanders, MD

Aragon Ballroom II & III


Debate: Early or Late Intervention for EOS - Charlie Johnston, MD

Debate: Early or Late Intervention for EOS - Ron El-Hawary, MD

Charlie Johnston, MD – Late – 7 mins
Ron El-Hawary, MD – Early – 7mins


Discussion of Steve Marjedtko’s Case

Drs. Johnston, Newton & Bollini


When to Stop Lengthening? And What’s Next?

Paul Sponseller, MD


What is the Role of Halo Traction?

Jim Sanders, MD


What Every Spine Surgeon Should Know about Neurosurgical Issues – When to Refer, When Not to Worry

Amer Samdani, MD

3:25 – 4:05

Session 4: Free Papers: Finalists for Best Abstract
Moderator: Hillal Noordeen, FRCS

Aragon Ballroom II & III


Free Paper #16: Early Onset Scoliosis Treated With Growing Rods Has More Spinal Growth Better Cobb Correction But More Than Twice The Number Of Surgeries Compared To Shilla

Lindsay M. Andras, MD; Elizabeth R.A. Joiner, BS; Richard E. McCarthy, MD; Scott J. Luhmann, MD; Paul D. Sponseller, MD; John B. Emans, MD; David Skaggs, MD, MMM; Growing Spine Study Group


Free Paper #17: Five to Sixteen-Year Results of 201 Growing Rod Patients: Is There a Difference Between Etiologies?

Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD; Nima Kabirian, MD; Jeff Pawelek, BS; George H. Thompson, MD; John B. Emans, MD; Paul D. Sponseller, MD, MBA; David L. Skaggs, MD; Growing Spine Study Group


Free Paper #18: Traditional Growing Rods Versus Magnetically Controlled Growing Rods in Early Onset Scoliosis: A Case-Matched Two-Year Study

Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD; Kenneth Cheung, MD; Gokhan Demirkiran, MD; Hazem Elsebaie, FRCS, MD; John B. Emans, MD; Charles E. Johnston, MD; Gregory M. Mundis, MD; Hilali Noordeen, FRCS; Jeff Pawelek; Matthew Shaw, FRCS; David L. Skaggs, MD, MMM; Paul D. Sponseller, MD, MBA; George H. Thompson, MD; Muharrem Yazici, MD; Growing Spine Study Group


Free Paper #19: CT Lung Volume Changes after Surgical treatment for Early-onset Scoliosis

Charles E. Johnston, MD; Anna McClung, BSN, RN


Free Paper #20: Peri-Operative Neurological Injury Associated with Rib-Distraction Surgery

Luke Gauthier, MD; Yousef Mandourah, BSc; Amy McIntosh; Jack Flynn; Ron El-Hawary, MD, MSc, FRCSC


Free Paper #21: The Classification for Early Onset Scoliosis (C-EOS) Identifies Patients at Higher Risk for Complications at 5 years of Follow Up

Michael G. Vitale, MD,MPH; Howard Y. Park, BA; Hiroko Matsumoto, MA; Tricia St. Hilaire, BS; Jeff B. Pawelek, BS; Evan P. Trupia, BS; Hasani W. Swindell, BS; John M. Flynn, MD; David L. Skaggs, MD; David P. Roye, MD

8:35 – 10:10

Session 5: Free Papers: Instrumentation/Techniques
Moderator: Michael Glotzbecker MD & Koki Uno, MD

Aragon Ballroom II & III


Free Paper #22: Proximal Hooks In Growing Rod Systems: Can They Prevent Proximal Junctional Failures?

Francesco Lolli, MD; Konstantinos Martikos, MD; Elena Maredi, MD; Mario Di Silvestre, MD; Francesco Vommaro, MD; Andrea Baioni, MD; Tiziana Greggi, MD


Free Paper #23: Proximal Junctional Kyphosis Measurement Variability in Patients with Growing Rods

Kody K. Barrett, BA; Lindsay M. Andras, MD; Paul D. Choi, MD; Vernon T. Tolo, MD; David Skaggs, MD


Free Paper #24: Reliability of Proximal Junctional Kyphosis Measurements for Early Onset Scoliosis

Ammar Al Khudairy; Luke Gauthier; Jacob Matz; John Heflin; Ron El-Hawary


Free Paper #25: Radiographic Analysis of Cervicothoracic and Spinopelvic Changes After Dual Growing Rod Surgery for Early Onset Scoliosis

Daniel Barba, MD; Gregory M. Mundis Jr, MD; Burt Yaszay, MD; Jeff Pawelek, BS; Stacie Nguyen, MPH; Nima Kabirian, MD; Suken Shah, MD; John B. Emans, MD; Charles E. Johnston, MD; Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD; Growing Spine Study Group


Free Paper #26: Growing Spinal Systems And Early Onset Deformities: Is Hyperkhyphosis A Contraindication?

Tiziana Greggi, MD; Francesco Lolli, MD; Elena Maredi, MD; Konstantinos Martikos, MD; Mario Di Silvestre, MD; Andrea Baioni, MD


Free Paper #27: Do Thoracolumbar/lumbar Curves Respond Differently To Growing Rod Surgery Compared To Thoracic Curves?

Navid R. Arandi, BS; Jeff Pawelek, BS; Nima Kabirian, MD; George H. Thompson, MD; John B. Emans, MD; John M. Flynn, MD; John P. Dormans, MD; Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD; Growing Spine Study Group


Free Paper #28: Sublaminar Wires in Growing Constructs for EOS with Severe Curves Effective in Preventing Proximal Anchor Pullout

Anna McClung, BSN, RN; Charles E. Johnston, MD; Brandon A. Ramo, MD; Daniel J. Sucato, MD, MS


Free Paper #29: The Sagital Balance Challenge In Fusionless Surgery: PJK Predicting Factors in VEPTR Technique

Norberto Ventura, PhD, MD; Ana Ey, MD; Augusto Covaro, PhD; Inma Vilalta, PhD; Melisa Stitzman, PhD; Iago Garreta, PhD; David Bongiovanni, PhD


Free Paper #30: The Use of VEPTR for Treatment of Congenital Scoliosis without Fused Ribs

Jeffrey R. Sawyer, MD; Robert F. Murphy, MD; Alice Moisan, BSN; Derek M. Kelly, MD; William C. Warner, MD


Free Paper #31: Long-term Results Of Posterior Non-instrumented Fusion In Very Young Children With Congenital Hemivertebra

Martin Repko, Milan Filipovic, Milan Leznar, Jan Pesek, Otto Vlach


Free Paper #32: The Use of Spinal and Rib Based Distraction Systems in Early Onset Scoliosis Associated with Myelomeningocele

John T. Smith; John A. Heflin, MD; Paul Sponseller, MD; Larry Karlin, MD


Free Paper #33: The Use of Rib-Based Distraction in Dysplastic Early Onset Scoliosis associated with Neurofibromatosis

John T. Smith; John A. Heflin, MD; Michael G. Vitale, MD; Ron El-Hawary, MD; Randal Betz, MD

10:25 – 11:45

Session 6: Complications and Cases
Moderator: John Lonstein, MD

Aragon Ballroom II & III


Summary of Basic Science Studies

Brian Snyder, MD


Neurological Complications in EOS and Neuromonitoring Issues

Gerard Bollini, MD


Case Presentation: A Bad EOS Complication I have had or seen

Joe Perra, MD


Case Presentation: A Bad EOS Complication I have had or seen

Laurel Blakemore, MD


Case Presentation: A Bad EOS Complication I have had or seen

David Marks, FRCS


Long term followup of EOS fusions - average 32 year since surgery

John Lonstein, MD


When I use VEPTR vs. Growing Rod

John Emans, MD

12:40 – 1:20

Session 7: Free Papers: Complications
Moderator: Jeff Sawyer, MD

Aragon Ballroom II & III


Free Paper #34: Safety of Pedicle Screws for Pediatric Patients Younger than 10 Years Old: Analysis of 5024 Pedicle Screws

Takahito Fujimori, MD; Burt Yaszay; Carrie E. Bartley; Tracey P. Bastrom; Peter O. Newton, MD


Free Paper #35: Surgeon Practices Regarding Infection Prevention for Growth Friendly Spinal Procedures

Michael P. Glotzbecker, MD; Sumeet Garg, MD; Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD; Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH; Tricia St Hilaire, MPH; Ajeya Joshi


Free Paper #36: Wound Complications of VEPTR Incisions

Sumeet Garg, MD; Jaren LaGreca, BA; Tricia St. Hilaire, BS; Dexiang Gao, PhD; Michael Glotzbecker, MD; Ying Li, MD; John T. Smith, MD; Jack M. Flynn, MD


Free Paper #37: Incidence of False Positive Spinal Cord Monitoring Alerts in Surgery for Early Onset Scoliosis

Oliver M. Stokes; Katherine Bowyer, BSc; Laura Goodger, BSc; Hossein Mehdian, MD, FRCS


Free Paper #38: Quality of Life and Burden of Care in Patients with Early Onset Scoliosis (EOS) Undergoing Casting

Hiroko Matsumoto; Evan Trupia, BS; Hasani Swindell, BS; Tara Flynn, BA; Jeff Pawelek, BS; Sumeet Garg, MD; Michael Glotzbecker, MD; David Roye, MD; James Sanders, MD; Peter Sturm, MD; Michael Vitale, MD, MPH


Free Paper #39: Is Neuromonitoring necessary for VEPTR expansion and implant exchanges in Early Onset Scoliosis?

John T. Smith; Man Hung, PhD


Session 8: Masters Technqiues, Tips and Tricks
Moderator: John Smith, MD

Aragon Ballroom II & III


Masters Technique – Casting

Jim Sanders, MD


Masters Technique – SHILLA

Rick Mccarthy, MD


Masters Technique – SHILLA

Scott Luhmann, MD


Masters Technique – Growing Rods

Behrooz Akbarnia, MD


Masters Technique – Rib Anchored Distraction Based Growing Rods

David Skaggs, MD


Masters Technique – MAGEC

Hillal Noordeen, FRCS


Masters Techniques: Anterior Tether

Peter Newton, MD


Masters Techniques: Anterior Tether

Amer Samdani, MD


Tips and Tricks


VCR Plus Growing Rod

John Emans, MD


How to start an EOS casting program?

Lindsay Andras, MD


Vertebral Column Lengthening with Open Wedge Osteotomy in Congenital Bars

Deszö Jeszensky, MD


Intra-operative Traction

Rick Schwend, MD