Tentative Time



6:45-7:30 am

Breakfast & Exhibits


7:30 - 8:30 am

Company Workshops


8:30 - 9:30 AM

Session 5: Neurosurgical Considerations in EOS: What can we learn from each other?

Moderators: Douglas Brockmeyer, MD and Matthew Oetgen, MD MBA



Tethered Cord Syndrome and EOS: When to treat and when to watch (Richard Anderson, MD)


Chiari Malformations and EOS: Risks, treatment and outcomes (David D. Limbrick, MD PhD)




Spasticity management in EOS: What works and what doesn’t in 2019? (Alex Powers)


Spinal cord injury in Children: Management in 2019 (Christopher Bonfield, MD)


Gadgets and risks in EOS imaging and surgery:  What you need to know? (David L. Skaggs, MD)



9:30 - 10:30 AM

Session 6: Free Papers

9:31-9:35 Comparison of Single Posterior Spinal Fusion (PSF) vs Growth-Friendly (GF) Surgery in Older Neuromuscular EOS Patients (Ying Li, Jennylee Swallow, Joel Gagnier, Patrick Cahill, Paul Sponseller, Sumeet Garg, George Thompson, Brandon Ramo, Pediatric Spine Study Group)

9:36-9:40 Unplanned Reoperations in Children with Cerebral Palsy-Associated Early Onset
Scoliosis Treated with Novel Growth-Friendly Surgery
(Margaret Sun, Nicholas Buckler, Mason Al Nouri, Majella  Vaughan, Tricia St. Hilaire, Paul Sponseller, John Smith, George Thompson, Jason Howard, Ron El-Hawary, Pediatric Spine Study Group)

9:41-9:45 Analysis of Health-Related Quality of Life in Cerebral Palsy Patients Treated with Growth-Friendly Surgery for Early-Onset Scoliosis (Nicholas Buckler, Margaret Sun, Mason Al Nouri, Majella Vaughan, Tricia St. Hilaire, Hiroko Matsumoto, Paul Sponseller, John Smith, George Thompson, Jason Howard, Ron El-Hawary, Pediatric Spine Study Group)

9:46-9:50 Discussion

9:51-9:55 Halo-Gravity Traction for the Treatment of Cervical Spine Disorders (Bram Verhofste, Timothy Hresko, John Emans, Michael Glotzbecker, Brian Snyder, Craig Birch, Nora O'Neill, Lawrence Karlin, Mark Proctor, Daniel Hedequist)

9:56-10:00 Os Odontoideum in Children: Treatment Outcomes and Neurologic Risk Factors (Ilkka Helenius, Jennifer Bauer, Bram Verhofste, Paul Sponseller, Walter Krengel, Daniel Hedequist, Patrick Cahill, A Noelle Larson, Joshua Pahys, John Anderson, Jeffrey Martus, Burt Yaszay, Jonathan Phillips)

10:01-10:05 Growth-friendly instrumentation for the treatment of early-onset scoliosis in Marfan Syndrome (Laura Bellaire, Graham Fedorak, John Heflin, Joshua Klatt, John Smith, Paul Sponseller, Daniel Hedequist, Pediatric Spine Study Group, Pediatric Spine Study Group)

10:06-10:10 Discussion

10:11-10:15 Controlled Dynamic Spine Distraction Increases Vertebral Body Growth, Disc Height and Volume, and Nucleus Pulposus Expansion; An in Vivo Study on Rodent Tail Model (Pooria Salari, Garrett Eason, Kaitlyn Broz, Simon Tang)

10:16-10:20 Induction of a Flexible Idiopathic-like Scoliosis with Axial Rotation Using a Dynamic Torsional Spring System: A Mini-pig Scoliosis Model (Sebastiaan Wijdicks, Justin Lemans, Gijsbertus Verkerke, Edsko Hekman, Rene Castelein, Moyo Kruyt)

10:21-10:25 Lung Function before and after Spine fusion in Children with EOS Treated Previously with Distraction-based Devices (Gregory Redding, Noriaki Kawakami, Hiroko Matsumoto, Vivana Bompadre, Walter Krengel III, Klane White)

10:26-10:30 Discussion

10:31-10:35 Is Performing Definitive Fusion for Scoliosis in Juvenile Cerebral Palsy Patients a Good Long-Term Surgical Option (Burt Yaszay, Paul Sponseller, Roland Howard, Suken A. Shah, Firoz Miyanji, Amer Samdani, Peter Newton)

Moderators: Ying Li, John M. Flynn


10:36 - 10:50 AM



10:50 - 12:00 PM

Session 7: Outcomes Assessment - How do we know if we are improving lives?

Moderator:  Amer Samdani, MD



Measuring spinal growth in EOS: What are the goals and what does it tell us (James Sanders)


The 6 minute walk: What does it tell us and how can I use it in my practice? (Noriaki Kawakami, MD)




EOSQ 24: Research tool or does it change my practice? (Michael G. Vitale, MD MPH)


Pulmonary assessment in young children:  What are the options if I don’t have Greg Redding in my practice? (Gregory Redding, MD)




Graduates of “growth friendly surgery:  How are they really doing? (Jeffrey R. Sawyer, MD)


Outcomes in Neuromuscular EOS: How do we measure it? (Michael P. Glotzbecker, MD)



12:00 - 1:00 PM



1:00-1:30 PM

Keynote Presentation: EOS: The Biggest Challenge in Spine
Paul D. Sponseller, MD

 Behrooz Akbarnia (5-minute introduction)

1:30 - 2:10 PM

Session 8: Free Papers

1:30-1:34 The effect of traditional single growing rod technique on growth of unsegmented levels in mixed type congenital scoliosis (Tianhua Rong, Jianxiong Shen, Chong Chen, Youxi Lin, Haining Tan, Zheng Li, Yang Jiao)

1:35-1:39 The Outcomes of Mehta Casting for Non-Idiopathic Early Onset Scoliosis in a Large Multi-Center Cohort (Graham Fedorak, Joshua Pahys, Bruce Macwilliams, Joel Lerman, Michal Szczodry, Kim Hammerberg, Pete Stasikelis)

1:40-1:44 Effects of Serial Casting with or without Bracing on Sagittal Parameters in Early Onset Scoliosis (Robert Lark, Anthony Catanzano, Michael Vitale, charles Johnston, Paul Sponseller, Pediatric Spine Study Group)

1:45-1:49 Discussion

1:50-1:54 Age Stratified Outcomes of Mehta Casting in a Large Multi-Center Cohort of Idiopathic Early-Onset Scoliosis Patients (Graham Fedorak, Bruce MacWilliams, Michal Szczodry, Peter Stasikelis, Joel Lerman, Kim Hammerberg, Joshua Pahys)

1:55-1:59 Rod Diameter Does Not Influence Rod Fracture Rate after Surgical Treatment using Magnetically Controlled Growing Rods (Benjamin Roye, Gerard Marciano, Hiroko Matsumoto, Megan Campbell, Klane White, Jeffery Sawyer, John Smith, Scott Luhmann, Peter F. Sturm, Paul Sponseller, Michael Vitale, Pediatric Spine Study Group)

2:00-2:04 Surgical Site Infections in Pediatric Spinal Surgery Over a Decade of Serial and Iterative Efforts to Eradicate Infection (Bradley Hammoor, Hiroko Matsumoto, Gerard Marciano, Kevin Wang, Benjamin Roye, David P Roye, Michael Vitale)

2:05-2:09 Discussion

Moderator: Dror Ovadia, MD


2:10 - 3:15 PM

Session 9: Dynamic Transformation in EOS: The Next Decade and Beyond

Moderators: Jeffrey R. Sawyer, MD



The Use of Facial Recognition to Diagnose Autism (Ami Klin, PhD)


Uses for New Technology, Including AI, in Healthcare (Evan LaPointe, CEO)


Panel Discussion (Michael P. Glotzbecker, MD, Carol C. Hasler, MD, Peter O. Newton, MD, Michael G. Vitale, MD MPH, Robert Murphy, MD)

3:15 - 3:45 PM



3:45 - 3:50 PM

Behrooz A. Akbarnia Award Presentation

Presented by John Smith

3:50 - 5:00 PM

Session 10: Management of the Complex: How to Approach the Complex Patients and Problems in EOS

Moderators: Amer Samdani, MD and Richard M. Schwend, MD



Proximal Junctional Kyphosis with anchor failure (Ron El-Hawary, MD)


Fixation Issues: patients with poor anchor placement (Michael P. Glotzbecker, MD)




Too Much Kyphosis (Burt Yaszay, MD)


Too small and stiff (Charles E. Johnston, MD)




Real Congenital Scoliosis (rib fusions/jumbled spine) (Annalise N. Larson, MD)


Chronic pain in EOS (Brandon Ramo, MD)



5:04 - 5:15 PM

Wrap Up & Review
Plans for 2020

Matthew Oetgen, MD MBA