Behrooz Akbarnia, MD, Elected President of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
Behrooz Akbarnia, MD, was elected President of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) during its 40th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida October 27-30, 2005. He will serve as President through September 2006.
SRS, founded in 1966 with 35 members, has since gained recognition as one of the world’s premier spine societies. Current membership includes over 850 of the world’s leading spine surgeons, as well as researchers, physician assistants, other allied health professionals and orthotists who are involved in research and the treatment of spinal deformities.
Dr. Akbarnia received his medical degree at Tehran University Medical School in Tehran, Iran, in 1966 followed by a general surgical residency at Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield MA and orthopedic residency at Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, NY. In 1974, he received board certification from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He completed a John H. Moe Scoliosis Fellowship at the University of Minnesota in 1975.
In addition to serving on the SRS Board of Directors as treasurer and 1st vice president since 2001, Dr. Akbarnia is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Orthopaedic Association and the North American Spine Society. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. He is the past president of Federation of Spine Association and Western Orthopaedic Association, San Diego chapter. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Diego and Director of San Diego Spine Fellowship Program. He is the author of over 200 Peer-reviewed and invited articles and book chapters. Dr Akbarnia is in private practice as Medical Director of San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders in La Jolla California.
The mission of the Scoliosis Research Society is to foster optimal care of the patient with any disorder that may affect the shape, alignment or function of the spine, throughout life. The SRS accomplishes this, through education, research, advocacy and ethical practice. The Scoliosis Research Society can be reached at 1-414-289-9107 and it’s Web site at www.srs.org.