14th International Conference for the
Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment
San Francisco April 25-27th, 2019


Keynote Speakers SOSORT 2019

Manuel Rigo Special Guest

Dr. Manuel Rigo

Chair and Medical Director of the ‘Institut Rigo Quera Salva’, Barcelona

Having qualified with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the UAB, Barcelona in 1981, Dr. Rigo qualified as Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Córdoba in 2001. With over 30 years of experience working in the field of Scoliosis and Spinal Deformities, Dr. Rigo is highly respected for his role in the growth of conservative management of scoliosis. Through his own clinical experience and collaboration with clinicians, he has continued to develop this care with the introduction of the Rigo-Cheneau Brace and Classification Systems as well as launching the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School in 2009.

He was the first president on SOSORT 2006-2008 and an ever-present influencer in Society’s growth and direction.

Peter Newton Special Guest

Dr. Peter Newton

President, Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Chief of Orthopaedics and Scoliosis at “Rady Children’s Hospital”, San Diego.

After a degree in bioengineering, Dr. Newton attended the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, completing his residency and fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital respectively.

Specializing in scoliosis, Dr. Newton has been involved in over 200 publications focusing on spine surgery, non-fusion techniques, and orthopaedic biomechanics.

He is lead for the well-recognized Harms Study Group which has aims to produce influential multi-center scoliosis research and is president of the foundation ‘Setting Scoliosis Straight’ Dr. Newton will be presenting the annual SRS Presidential Guest Lecture and it will be an honor to have his insight at SOSORT 2019.

Dr Stuart Weinstein Special Guest

Dr. Stuart Weinstein

Ignacio V Ponseti Chairman
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Iowa

Having received his medical education at the University of Iowa, Dr. Weinstein has over 40 years of research experience focused on the natural history and long-term outcomes of paediatric orthopaedic conditions, primarily spinal and hip disorders.

Much of this research has been funded by the National Institute of health and has resulted in over 220 publications. He has been lauded throughout his career and awarded for his work with honorary memberships in National Orthopaedic Associations around the world and in 2007 became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in England. He is past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

His input and guidance has been pivotal in the development of understanding the role of Conservative Care in Scoliosis management and we welcome him warmly to share his experiences and knowledge this year



Local Host – Grant Wood

Organizing Chair – Grant Wood

Scientific Committee Chair – Lori Dolan

Scientific Committee – Lori Dolan, Angelo Gabriel Aulisa, Elisabetta d’Agata,
Dariusz Czaprowski, Larry Cohen, Jean Claude de Mauroy,
Sabrina Donzelli, Carole Fortin, Theodore Grivas,
Nikos Karavidas, Patrick Knott, Tomasz Kotwicki,
Jeb McAviney, Michael Mendelow, Stefano Negrini, Eric Parent,
Nigel Price, Michele Romano, Judith Sanchez Raya,
Sanja Schreiber, Luke Stikeleather, James Wynne,
Fabio Zaina, Lukasz Stolinski


2019 SOSORT Gold Partner Sponsor

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01 Grant Wood
Grant Wood, MS, CO (US), CPO (UK)
Dear Colleagues, Friends, Guests, and members of SOSORT,


The time has come! It’s my pleasure to welcome you to SOSORT’s annual meeting. And for those visiting California for the very first time – Welcome to San Fran!

For the past three years, the scientific, communication, and education committees of SOSORT have been hard at work to make this conference happen. Together, we’ve created a program that will ignite the passion of everyone looking to advance their knowledge of non-operative treatment of scoliosis and spinal deformities.

And of course, what better place to learn and share our expertise than San Francisco! The culture, architecture, and innovation happening here is truly unprecedented.

Research, ideas, and the best minds from around the world are here in one place, with you, and for you.

I’m excited to meet you and to share your passion for patient care in our great profession.

Welcome to SOSORT!

Grant WoodOrganizing Committee Chair