Board of Directors

Members of Setting Scoliosis Straight’s board of directors are all uniquely connected to spinal deformities. This diverse group of individuals, volunteer their time, expertise, and energy, to ensure the foundation is successful in fulfilling its mission.

Peter Newton, M.D.

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....Read more

David Clements, M.D.

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....Read more

Robert Stone, CPA

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....Read more

Michelle C. Marks, PT, M.A.

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....Read more

Randal R. Betz, M.D.

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....Read more

Amer F. Samdani, M.D.

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....Read more

Harry Shufflebarger, M.D.

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....Read more

Baron Lonner, M.D.

Baron joined the Harms Study Group as a surgeon member in 2004 and has been an active participant in four prospective research studies....Read more

Tom Errico, M.D.

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....Read more

Kevin Sayar, Esq.

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....Read more

Stacey Goldfarb, Esq.

Stacey Goldfarb has endured three surgeries during her adolescence and adulthood to correct her scoliosis. Although her path has not been seamless, Stacey is now a lawyer, a mother of two, and a Board Member on the Setting Scoliosis Straight Board of Directors....Read more

Alan Olsen

Alan Olsen was founder and President of Danek Medical, Inc. With more than $90 million in sales during the early 1990’s after merging with Sofamor, S.A., Sofamor Danek Group, Inc., a New York...Read more

Lawrence Lenke, M.D.

I was interested in joining the board of SSS because of the multifaceted approach towards optimizing the care of children and teenagers with various spinal deformities. As a surgeon who has dedicated my 25 year career towards these same efforts, I'm honored to join such an esteemed group where the impact from this group is unparalleled and transformative for the field and also the patients....Read more

Suken A. Shah, M.D

Suken joined the Harms Study Group as a surgeon member in 2005 and has been an active participant in four prospective research studies....Read more

Our Infrastructure

Our staff is a reflection of the diverse patient population we serve; several of whom have been with the organization since its conception – almost twenty years!


There is nothing that brings us greater fulfillment than knowing the work we do will have a positive impact for children living with spinal deformity.

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Everyone has their own reasons for becoming a volunteer. People volunteer to meet new people, acquire new skills, gain workplace experience, boost their college applications, become more competitive in the job market, or embark on new career paths. Find your niche within our organization by signing up to be a volunteer today!

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TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.