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Board of Directors
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President/Chairman: Peter Newton, M.D

Chief of Scoliosis and Orthopedic Research at Rady Children's Hospital
San Diego, CA

Peter is a surgeon member of the Harms Study Group and serves on the HSG Executive Committee. He joined the Harms Study Group in 1998 and is an active participant in four prospective research studies. He is currently Chief of Scoliosis and Orthopedic Research at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, while serving as Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his orthopedic training at the University of California, San Diego, with fellowship training at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He is currently serving as the President of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America. He resides in San Diego, CA and joined the board in 2008.

 

 

Treasurer: David Clements, M.D

Director of the Spine and Scoliosis Service at Cooper Bone & Joint Institute
Camden, NJ

Dave is a surgeon member of the Harms Study Group and serves on the HSG Executive Committee. He is a founding member of the Harms Study Group and has been a participant since 1995. He is currently Director of the Spine and Scoliosis Service at Cooper Bone & Joint Institute, New Jersey, while serving as Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and is an Attending Surgeon, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia Unit. He completed an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and a Fellowship in Spine and Scoliosis at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center in New York. He is a currently a Director on the Board of the Scoliosis Research Society and a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society. He resides in Merion Station, PA and joined the board in 2011.

 

 

Secretary: Michelle C. Marks, PT, M.A.

Research and Executive Director of Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation
Tucson, AZ

Michelle is a member of the Executive Committee of the Harms Study Group. Her participation in the group began in 1999 as the San Diego Site Coordinator for Peter Newton. She is now the Research Director of the HSG research organization and the Executive Director of the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation, where she manages a team of eight. Michelle obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles and her Master’s degree in Kinesiology and Biomechanics from San Diego State University. She is a current associate member of the Scoliosis Research Society, serving on the Research Grant and Program Committees. She resides in Tucson, AZ and San Diego, CA and joined the board in 2008.

 

 

Executive Board Member: Randal R. Betz, M.D.

Emeritus Chief of Staff and Medical Director of Research at Shriners Hospital for Children
Philadelphia, PA

Randy is one of the founding surgeon members of the Harms Study Group and serves on the HSG Executive Committee. He is an active participant in four prospective research studies. He is currently Emeritus Chief of Staff and Medical Director of Research at Shiners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia while serving as Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic training at Temple University, Philadelphia, with fellowship training at Alfred I. duPont Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. He was the President of the Scoliosis Research Society in 2005. He resides in Ocean City, New Jersey and joined the board in 2008.

 

 

Executive Board Member: Amer F. Samdani, M.D.

Chief of Surgery at Shriners Hospital for Children
Philadelphia, PA

Amer is a surgeon member of the Harms Study Group and serves on the HSG Executive Committee. He joined the group in 2006 and is an active participant in four prospective research studies. He is currently Chief of Surgery at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. He completed his neurosurgery training at Johns Hopkins Medical School with a Chief Residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital followed by Fellowship training at Cornell University in New York and at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a current member of American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He resides in Philadelphia and joined the board in 2008.

 

 

Executive Board Member: Harry Shufflebarger, M.D.

Director, Division of Pediatric Spinal Surgery at Miami Children Hospital
Miami, FL

Harry was an original surgeon member of the Harms Study Group in 1995 and reactivated his participation in 2003. He serves on the HSG Executive Committee and is an active participant in three prospective research studies. He is currently Director of the Division of Pediatric Spinal Surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital while serving as Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation at the University of Miami. He completed his orthopedic training at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He was the President of the Scoliosis Research Society in 1999 and presently serves on the IMAST Program Committee. He resides in Florida and joined the board in 2008.

 

 

Board Member: Suken A. Shah, M.D

Division Chief, Spine & Scoliosis Service Director, Spine Center ar Nemours/ Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, DE

Suken joined the Harms Study Group as a surgeon member in 2005 and has been an active participant in four prospective research studies. He is currently Division Chief of the Spine and Scoliosis Service and Clinical Fellowship Director at the Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, while serving as Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his orthopedic training at Thomas Jefferson University, with fellowship training at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Scoliosis Research Society and serves as chair of the Program Committee. He is also an active member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America with positions on the Treasurer’s Committee, One-Day Course Committee, and Industry Relations Committee. He resides in Wilmington, Delaware and joined the board in 2011.

 

 

Board Member: Baron Lonner, M.D.

Director, Scoliosis and Spine Associate, Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
New York, NY

Baron joined the Harms Study Group as a surgeon member in 2004 and has been an active participant in four prospective research studies. He is currently serving as director of Scoliosis and Spine Associates and the Spinal Deformity Center at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, and he is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU. He completed his orthopedic training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, with fellowship training at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York. He is an active member of the Scoliosis Research Society, is the Chair-elect of the Advocacy Committee, serves on the Evidence-Based Medicine Committee, serves on the Research Committee, and is the liaison to the Board of Specialty Societies of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is the primary investigator of the Prospective Study of Scheuermann’s Kyphosis, being conducted by the Harms Study Group. He resides in New York City and joined the board in 2011.

 

 

 

Board Member: Robert Stone, CPA

Principal/ Vice President/ CPA/ ABV for Kaufman Rossin & Co., P.A.

Robert is active on the Board of Trustees for both Mount Sinai Medical Center and Mount Sinai Foundation. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Ransom Everglades School. He has served on multiple committees and has been active with board membership dating back to 1986. He resides in Coral Gables, FL and joined the board in January 2012.

 

Board Member: Alvin Crawford, MD
Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics and Orthopaedics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Volunteer Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cincinnati, OH

Alvin participated in the Harms Study Group as a Core Surgeon Member from 2001–2007. He currently participates as an associate member by contributing follow-up data on his previously enrolled patients and by serving on the board. He is the current Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics and Orthopaedics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine as well as a volunteer Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He is a past president of the Scoliosis Research Society and is the current President of the J. Robert Gladden Society. Alvin was recently appointed Member of Diversity Advisory Board of the AAOS. He is an active musician and is on the board of directors of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Alvin resides in Cincinnati, Ohio and joined the board in 2012.

 

 

Board Member:Tom Errico, MD

Chief Divison Spine Surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Disease

Tom is a currently Chief of Division of Spine at NYU Hospital for Joint Disease, as well as the Director of Spine Fellowship and Director of Spine Center for Musculoskeletal Care at NYU HJD. He is a tenured Professor of Orthopedic and Neurological Surgery in the NYU School of Medicine. He is a past President of North American Spine Society and International Society for Advancement of Spinal Surgery, as well as a former member of their Board of Directors. Tom’s practice is devoted to both Pediatric and Adult Spinal Deformity at the NYU Langone Medical Center. He resides in New York City and joined the board in 2012.

 

 

Board Member: Sally Woolworth Lynch

Senior Associate at George Corrigan Consulting, LLC

Sally is a previous patient with a rare spinal deformity. She underwent surgical treatment in 2006 and is now doing very well. Sally is committed to patient advocacy and currently serves as an Ambassador for Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. She holds a BA in Art History from Trinity College where she also served as mentor for the Big Brother/Big Sister organization. She hopes to be both a spokeswoman and liaison for patients and their needs and is personally connected to the mission of the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation. She resides in New York City and joined the board in 2012.

 

 

Board Member:Kevin Sayar

SVP/ GM ProQuest at Workflow Solution & ebrary

Kevin is co-founder and President at ebrary, the preferred e-book provider to institutions and researchers worldwide. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from California Western School of Law. Kevin began his professional career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati (WSGR), considered the U.S. leader in high technology start-up legal representation. He left WSGR to co-found ebrary in 1999. In 2011, ebrary was acquired by ProQuest LLC and Kevin has assumed leadership of three additional ProQuest business units whose shared vision is to deliver the next generation academic research solutions. Kevin’s ten-year--old daughter, Emma, recently underwent fusionless surgical treatment for Scoliosis and he is committed to assisting the mission of the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation. He resides in Los Altos, California and joined the board in 2013.

 

 

Board Member:Stacey Stevens

Director of Annual Giving at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta

Stacey Stevens is a fundraising executive with over fifteen years of experience in her field. She manages a five person professional development team and oversees a multi-million dollar annual giving campaign for eighteen YMCA facilities. She has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for over ten years. Stacey grew up in a medical family, and she has an affinity for fundraising efforts that focus on finding treatment solutions for children with medical needs. Stacey is committed to educating patients and parents about the work of the foundation and inspiring others to support our cause. She lives in Atlanta and became a member of the board in 2013.