Pediatric Spine Foundation

17th International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis (ICEOS)

Program Chair, Dr. Burt Yaszay, invites you to join us for The 16th Annual Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis and the Growing Spine (ICEOS), the world's leading conference addressing complex scoliosis in the growing child. Known for its highly interactive and collegial atmosphere, the meeting will attract approximately 150 surgeons and allied health professionals from around the world. The program will include outstanding free papers, expert lectures, panel discussions, and workshops.

  • Wednesday afternoon Special Session: The EOS Graduate—The Decision Making Journey
  • Masters Tips and Techniques in EOS Care
  • Preventing and Managing Complications
  • EOS: State of the Art Care 2022
  • More than 30 outstanding Free Papers
  • Over 16 hours of scientific sessions
  • Multiple workshops
  • Invited speakers from around the world

Campbell Innovation Award

2022 Award Recipient - Dr. David S. Marks

Congratulations to Dr. David S Marks and his acceptance of the inaugural Robert Campbell Jr. Award for Innovation in Early Onset Scoliosis at ICEOS 2022 in Rome, Italy.

Dr. Marks qualified from St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London in 1985. Following general surgical training in London and Warwick, he commenced orthopedic residency in Birmingham in 1991. He was senior registrar to the spinal deformity service in Birmingham from 1993, and was awarded a British Orthopaedic Society Wishbone Travelling Scholarship in 1995.

Mr Marks was appointed as Consulting Surgeon to The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and The Birmingham Children's Hospital in December 1995. He was also made an Honorary Senior Lecturer to The University of Birmingham. He has been an active member of the Scoliosis Research Society, initially as a corresponding fellow, then as Active fellow, and now as a Member of The Board of Directors.

Mr Marks practise is now mainly in the area of spinal deformity, with the focus being on paediatric and early onset scoliosis in particular. He has been co-designer for two paediatric non-fusion systems, and remains actively involved in implant design.

He continues to be strongly committed to education and teaching and hosts national and international surgeons to visit him in Birmingham.Behrooz A. Akbarnia was born in Tehran, Iran where he graduated medical school at Tehran University Medical School. This was followed by an Orthopedic Surgery residency at Albany Medical Center and the John Moe Scoliosis Fellowship in Twin Cities, MN. He was Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Louis University and also served as the Medical Director of the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders in addition to being the President and Founder of the San Diego Spine Foundation.

Dr. Akbarnia has made exemplary contributions to the care of children with scoliosis as an early innovator of Growing Rod technology, also helping to run Growing Rod tutorials at SRS and POSNA. He established the first ICEOS meeting in 2007. He lives his life reaching out to others selflessly as he has headed the Global Spine Outreach program and served as the President of SRS. He founded the Growing Spine Study Group and the Growing Spine Foundation, which recently merged with the Children's Spine Foundation to create what we now know as the Pediatric Spine Foundation, the largest spine deformity research organization in the world.

About the Award


Dr. Robert M. Campbell, Jr. was a renowned pediatric orthopedic surgeon, especially noted for his invention of the Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR). This award, established in his memory, honors Dr. Campbell and his many accomplishments in the early onset scoliosis field.

The Campbell Award is granted annually at the International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis to a physician or scientist for outstanding contributions to the care of children with early onset scoliosis. Contributions may include innovative concepts, techniques, devices, or other major contributions which have significantly improved treatment outcomes for these children. While any physician or scientist is eligible to receive the Campbell Award, special consideration will be given to senior thought leaders.

At the ICEOS 10th Anniversary Gala in 2017, Dr. Campbell was awarded with the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Growing Spine Foundation for his unwavering dedication to the care of children with spine and thoracic deformities. It is in his name that ICEOS continues to recognize those who have made a significant difference within the field of Early Onset Scoliosis throughout their careers.

Photos from top to bottom: Dr. Robert M. Campbell, Jr.; President and Founder Behrooz A. Akbarnia presenting GSF Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Campbell at the 10th Anniversary Gala in San Diego; Dr. Campbell receiving his award at the 10th Anniversary Gala.

Past Award Recipients

2021: Dr. Behrooz Akbarnia

2020: George Thompson, MD

2019: John Emans, MD

Akbarnia Best Research Paper

2022 Award Recipient - Dr. Jaysson Brooks

The Behrooz A. Akbarnia Award for Best Research paper is granted to the author(s) of one free paper annually at ICEOS. Candidates for the award are selected by the ICEOS program chairs, who base their decisions on the highest scored papers in the abstract submission process. Congress attendees are then given the opportunity to vote on-site during the congress to select the distinguished prize recipient.

At the 2022 ICEOS meeting, this award was presented to Dr. Jaysson Brooks, presenter and author of "Money Can't Buy Happiness, but Can It Buy Less Complications and UPRORs in Growth Friendly Surgery?" Co-authors included Emeka N. Andrews, Eisha R. Patel, Anna McClung-Booth, David Thornberg, Brandon A. Ramo, MD, Amy L. McIntosh, MD, Megan Johnson, MD, and the Pediatric Spine Study Group.

"Salvage Treatment of Failed Growth-Friendly Surgery for Early Onset Spinal Deformity". Co-authors included Venkat Boddapati, Meghan Cerpa, Adam Fano, Richard Anderson, Benjamin Roye, Michael Vitale, and Lawrence Lenke.

This study recognizes that growth-friendly treatment will not always be successful for patients with early onset spinal deformities and has proposed an alternative treatment plan, or "salvage" therapy, in these difficult cases. This alternative treatment involves the use of prolonged halo-gravity traction, three-column osteotomies such as vertebral column resection, or significant correction of the deformity and replacement with another growing system in those with substantial remaining growth.

They concluded that salvage treatment of failed growth friendly treatment can be quite challenging. Early recognition of curve progression may help avoid this type of high-risk salvage intervention, however, when required, these challenging surgical solutions can result in successful treatment with markedly improved radiographic, clinical and overall outcomes in the majority of patients despite the risks and complications.

Past Award Recipients

2021: Dr. Rajiv Iyler

2020: Patrick Cahill, MD

2019 Award Recipient - John Emans, MD

Congratulations to Dr. John Emans for receiving the inaugural Campbell Award at ICEOS 2019 this November!

Dr. Emans has made significant contributions to ICEOS and has reigned as a true thought-leader and innovator in the field.  He has had a strong impact on our community and his contributions to the field are of special importance.  His work on complex cases resulting in many modifications of VEPTR device and technique are worthy of recognition. As a sponsor Dr. Brian Snyder wrote in his support letter, "His pedagogical skills are evident in the generation of spine surgeons that he has trained and have become thought leaders in their own right. There is no one more deserving to be the inaugural recipient of the Campbell award to honor Bob's legacy.

Photo: Program Committee Chair John Smith, MD, Award Winner John Emans, MD, President and Founder Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD.