Clinical research is critical for advancing and improving treatment. A major focus of the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation is to support the research efforts of the Harms Study Group. Named after Professor Juergen Harms, a world renowned spinal deformity surgeon from Germany, this premier study group is a collaboration of many surgeons across the United States and Canada . For over 20 years, this group has been dedicated to conducting comprehensive, prospective, multi-center research focused on improving treatment outcomes for patients with spinal deformities. The research is investigator-initiated, meaning the aims of the research studies are defined by our surgeon members and more recently by our Patient Partner Research Team!

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HSG currently has 37 active members at any one time and is spread across the United States and Canada. Each members contribute significantly to the main studies of the group. Membership is by invitation of the Executive Committee.

Click on the individual cities below to see which one of our members resides there.

Charlottesville, Virginia Atlanta, Georgia St. Louis, Missouri Cincinnati, Ohio
San Diego, California
Vancouver, Canada
Montreal, Canada
Boston, Massachusetts
New York, New York
Lawrenceville & Candem, New Jersey
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilmington, Delaware
Baltimore, Maryland
Miami, Florida
Dallas, Texas
Charlottesville, Virginia Mark Abel, MD
University of Virginia
Keith Bachmann, MD
University of Virginia
St. Louis, Missouri Munish Gupta, MD
Washington University
Michael Kelly, MD
Washington University
Cincinnati, Ohio Peter Sturm, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia Nicholas Fletcher, MD
Children's Healthcare of
Atlanta
Dallas, Texas Daniel Sucato, MD
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
Miami, Florida Harry Shufflebarger, MD
Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Steven George, MD
Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland Paul Sponseller, MD
John Hopkins Hospital
Amit Jain, MD
John Hopkins Hospital
Wilmington, Delaware Suken Shah, MD
Nemours Alfred I. DuPont
Peter Gabos, MD
Nemours Alfred I. DuPont
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Amer Samdani, MD
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Josh Pahys, MD
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Steven Hwang, MD
Shriners Hospital for Children
Patrick Cahill, MD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Jack Flynn, MD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Lawrenceville & Candem, New Jersey Randal Betz, MD
Institute for Spine & Scoliosis
David Clements, MD
Temple Hospital New Jersey
New York, New York Lawrence Lenke, MD
Columbia University
Tom Errico, MD
New York University
Michael Vitale, MD
Columbia University
Baron Lonner, MD
Scoliosis & Spine Associates,
Mount Sinai Hospital
Aaron Buckland, MD
New York University
Ben Roye, MD
Columbia University
Boston, Massachusetts Daniel Hedequist, MD
Boston Children's Hospital
Michael Glotzbecter, MD
Boston Children's Hospital
Montreal, Canada Stefan Parent, MD, PhD
CHU Sainte-Justine
Jean Marc Mac-Thiong, MD
CHU Sainte-Justine
Vancouver, Canada
Firoz Miyanji, MD
British Columbia Children's Hospital
San Diego, California
Salil Upasani, MD
Rady Children's Hospital
Burt Yaszay, MD
Rady Children's Hospital
Peter Newton, MD
Rady Children's Hospital

Support Our Research

We rely on the generous donations from contributors like you to help us carry out these research efforts. Your support will help ensure these important clinical questions are answered.

The surgeons who devote their time to the Harms Study Group remain focused on its commitment to be internationally recognized for the highest quality published research on new spinal deformity surgery techniques. There are, however, many more questions than answers, and spinal deformities continue to affect the lives of many young people who can, and should, have a chance at a better life.