Tentative Time



6:45-7:30 AM

Breakfast & Exhibits


7:30-7:35 AM


John Smith, MD, Matt Oetgen, MD

7:35-9:25 AM

Session 1: Quality, Safety and Value in EOS Surgery

Rene M. Castelein, MD PhD



Surgical Teams: How I Implemented, Developed, and Got Support From My Institution (John M. Flynn, MD)


Complex Spine Checklists: How Do I Use Them in My Practice (John T. Smith, MD)


What Do I Do to Reduce Infection Risk in EOS Surgery, and What I Do if I Have One (Annalise N. Larson, MD)




Risk Severity Scores: What They Tell Us and How Do I Use Them (Michael G. Vitale, MD MPH)


Performance Dashboards: Do They Push the Needle on Safety? (Peter O. Newton, MD)


ICEOS 2019: How Does it Change my Practice (Patrick J. Cahill, MD)




Neuro-Monitoring in EOS Surgery: Is it Different than AIS? (Amer Samdani, MD)


Safety and Quality in Early Onset Scoliosis – International Perspective (Ilkka J. Helenius, MD PhD Professor)



9:25-10:00 AM

Refreshment/Exhibit Break


10:00-11:40 AM

Session 2: Free Papers

10:00-10:04 Health Related Quality of Life and Physical Activity after Multiple-surgeries in Patients with Early Onset Scoliosis (Thomas Johan Kibsgård, Ragnhild Susanne Molland, Jens Ivar Brox, Britt Stuge, Inger Holm, Rolf Bjarne Riise,)

10:05-10:09 The Effect of Medical Comorbidities on subdomain scores of the Early Onset Scoliosis Questionnaire (EOSQ) Before Treatment (Brandon Ramo, Anna McClung, Chan-Hee Jo, Paul Sponseller, Matthew Oetgen)

10:10-10:14 Quality of Life of Adult Patients with Early-Onset Scoliosis (Johan Heemskerk, Mark Altena, Diederik Kempen)

10:15-10:19 Discussion

10:20-10:24 Bigger is Better: Larger Thoracic Height is Associated with Increased Health Related Quality of Life at Skeletal Maturity (Matthew Simhon, Benjamin Roye, Hiroko Matsumoto, Sumeet Garg, Amer Samdani, John Smith, Paul Sponseller, Michael Vitale, Pediatric Spine Study Group)

10:25-10:29 Validation of the Early Onset Scoliosis Questionnaire (EOSQ) as applied to the Classification of Early Onset Scoliosis (C-EOS) Etiology Designation Before Scoliosis Treatment (Brandon Ramo, Anna McClung, Chan-Hee Jo, Burt Yaszay, Lindsay Andras, Paul Sponseller, Matthew Oetgen)

10:30-10:34 Similar Deformity Correction, but Limited Spinal Growth and Lower Health Related Quality of Life in Children with Skeletal Dysplasia Undergoing Growth-Friendly Management for Early-Onset Scoliosis. A Matched Comparison with Idiopathic Early-Onset Scoliosis (Ilkka Helenius, Antti Saarinen, Klane White, Anna McClung, Muharrem Yazici, Sumeet Garg, George Thompson, charles Johnston, Joshua Pahys, Michael Vitale, Behrooz Akbarnia, Paul Sponseller)

10:35-10:39 Discussion

10:40-10:44 Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze: Additional Spine Length with Shorter Distraction Interval, but at What Cost? (Catherine Qiu, Carina Lott, Patrick Cahill, Jason Anari)

10:45-10:49 Traditional Growing Rod Graduates of Different Etiologic Categories have Similar Clinical and Radiographic Outcomes (Behrooz Akbarnia, Jeff Pawelek, Pooria Hosseini, Pooria Salari, Nima Kabirian, David Marks, Suken A. Shah, David Skaggs, John Emans, Elsebaie Hazem, George Thompson, Paul Sponseller)

10:50-10:54 Single Rod Constructs in Severe EOS Produce Similar Cobb Correction and Spinal Growth as Dual MCGR Constructs (Scott Luhmann, David Skaggs, Charles Johnston, Joshua Pahys, John Smith, Amer Samdani, Ron El-Hawary, Pediatric Spine Study Group)

10:55-10:59 Discussion

11:00-11:04 Resistance to Correction - Prognostic Value of Correctability? Classification? (George Thompson, Paul Sponseller, John Emans, Charles Johnston, Dong-Phuong Tran, Pediatric Spine Study Group)

11:05-11:09 Does the Law of Diminishing Returns Exist in Early Onset Scoliosis with Connective Tissue Disorders? (Majd Marrache, Klane White, A. Noelle Larson, Tricia St. Hilaire, Regina Woon, Majella Vaughan, Paul Sponseller, Pediatric Spine Study Group)

11:10-11:14 Long-term Results after Maturity following Hemivertebra Resection in Early Childhood – Lessons Learned (Michael Ruf, Tobias Pitzen, Gregor Ostrowski, Carolin Meyer, Juergen Harms)

11:15-11:19 - Discussion


11:20-12:25 PM



12:25-1:25 PM

Company Workshops


1:30-1:40 PM

Atlanta Highlights (Nicholas Fletcher)

 1:40-2:45 PM

Session 3: Mini Symposium: Syndromic EOS: What You Need to Know and What You Shouldn’t Miss (Paul Sponseller, Ilkka Helenius) Moderators

Syndromes and cardiac problems: What Do We Need to Know and What are the Risks? (Glen Iannucci)

Anesthesia and EOS Surgery: How Do We Minimize Risk (Lydia Andras)

Genetic Considerations in Syndromic EOS: What’s New and What Do We Need to Know? (Kim Keppler-Noreuil)

Cervical Instability Issues (Jon Martin)

Bone Health for patients with Syndromic EOS: How to Work Up, When and How to Treat (Jill Flanagan)


2:45-3:10 PM



3:10-4:10 PM

Session 4: Paper Sessions (Ron El-Hawary, Scott Luhmann) Moderators

3:15-3:19 Pediatric Device Regulation: The Case of Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering (Lisa Bonsignore-Opp, Joshua  Murphy, David Skaggs, Stefan Parent, Amer Samdani, Tricia St. Hilaire, Michael Vitale)

3:20-3:24 Accuracy of Screw Placement in Minimally Invasive, Robot-Assisted Iliosacral Screw Insertion in Children With Early Onset Neuromuscular Scoliosis (Francois Deroussen, Michel Lefranc, Céline Klein, Richard Gouron)

3:25-3:29 Introduction to a new motorized growing rod: Animal study and preliminary clinical results (Franck Accadbled, Jérôme Sales de Gauzy, Martina Muller)

3:30-3:34 Discussion

3:35-3:39 Are Serum Ion Levels Elevated in Pediatric Patients with Growing Spine Implants vs. Controls? (Smitha Mathew, A Noelle Larson, Bangke Zhang, Yong Xie, Matthew Abdel, Andre J van Wijnen, Todd Milbrandt, Geoffrey Haft)

3:40-3:44 Foundation Iliac Fusion Combined With Shilla Technique: A Reasonable Option For The Treatment Of Neuromuscular Scoliosis (NMS) With Pelvic Obliquity (Richard Schwend, Zhenkai  Wu,)

 3:45-3:49 A "One Stop Shop": Additional Surgeries at the Time of Rib-based Implant Procedures - Is it Safe? (Patrick Cahill, Carina Lott, Catherine Qiu, Jason Anari)

3:50-3:54 Discussion

3:55-3:59 Evolving Trends in the Inpatient Care of Early Onset Scoliosis (Robert Murphy, William Barfield, Corinne Corrigan, Jason Anari, Jeffery Sawyer, Pediatric Spine Study Group)

4:00-4:04 Can We Save the Implant: Rib-based Implant Removal Rates and Risk Factors Following Irrigation and Debridement (I&D) Surgery? (Carina Lott, Catherine Qiu, Nirupa Galagedera, Robert Campbell, Patrick Cahill, Jason Anari, Lia W. McNeely)

4:05-4:09 Discussion



4:10-4:15 PM

Transition to Breakout Sessions


4:15-5:15 PM

Breakout Session: Growth Friendly Challenges (Lindsay Andras, MD, Patrick J. Cahill, MD, John M. Flynn, MD, Robert Murphy, MD)



Breakout Session: Neuromuscular Challenges (Carol C. Hasler, MD, Charles E. Johnston, MD, Annalise N. Larson, MD, Brandon Ramo, MD)



Breakout Session: Complex Cervical Deformity Challenges (Richard Anderson, MD, Douglas Brockmeyer, MD, Matthew Oetgen, MD MBA, Burt Yaszay, MD)